Robert Watkins IV, M.D.

Robert Watkins IV, M.D.

Dr. Robert Watkins IV is Co-Director of Marina Spine Center and Chairman of the Surgery Department at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. He is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, computer-assisted surgery, spinal-deformity treatment, and disc replacement. The surgeon earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at L.A. County/USC General Hospital. Dr. Robert Watkins IV subsequently worked as a traveling fellow in Europe, focusing on artificial disc replacement and scoliosis surgery. Over the past decade, he has lectured on spine issues to doctors, patient groups, athletic trainers, and physical therapists, led research teams that have published studies and taught surgeons on specialized techniques.

The surgeon is the spine consultant of many Los Angeles sports teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Rams, and the Los Angeles Clippers, and has treated professional, college, and high school athletes from all over the country. Dr. Robert Watkins IV is the creator of the Back Doctor app, which is a comprehensive rehabilitation program for athletes and anyone with spine problems. He is also the creator of the Dr. Robert Watkins Podcast, an extensive library of medical information related to spine pathology and treatment. The surgeon believes in distributing information freely to anyone in need in hopes of helping as many people as possible with non-surgical information. Dr. Robert Watkins IV has authored papers and chapters on spine biomechanics, deformity surgery, spine injuries in athletes, and computer-guided spine surgery. He has nearly 25 years of professional experience and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Procedures Dr. Robert Watkins IV Performs at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

Insurance Accepted

  • Medicare

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Education & Training

Medical Degree

Keck School of Medicine of USC




University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center - Orthopedic Surgery


Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery - Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham - Spine

European and United States - traveling fellowship

Memberships & Affiliations

  • North American Spine Society North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • California Orthopaedic Association California Orthopaedic Association
  • Scoliosis Research Society Scoliosis Research Society