As a leading and respected neurosurgeon, Dr. Burak Ozgur specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery and is Chief of Spine Surgery and Section Chief of Neurosurgery at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian. His achievements have earned him a doubleboard certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American Board of Spine Surgery; he has even completed a combined Neurosurgery and Orthopedic spine surgery fellowship — all significant distinctions.
“Most spinal surgery can be performed minimally invasively now which is so much easier on the patient and has far fewer complications,” he explains. “A majority of patients who have spine problems do not need surgery at all and can be treated conservatively. I am always completely honest with my patients and recommend only what they need to improve their quality of life — even when it means no surgery at all.” Dr. Ozgur goes on to note that when he does operate, he focuses only on what is necessary to minimize a patient’s recovery time.
In practice for over 12 years, you could say Dr. Ozgur has literally written the book on minimally invasive spine surgery; his first book is widely circulated among fellow surgeons and he’s currently working on one for the general public. He has been recognized for his excellence, including seven consecutive years as a Super Doctor in Southern California and also named Most Compassionate Doctor, a patient-driven award that is bestowed to only 5 percent of the nation’s 870,000 active medical practitioners. He is the founder of ONE® Brain & Spine Center® in Southern California.
“Taking a patient who is suffering, perhaps can’t walk, can’t play with grandkids or can’t work — if I can make the diagnosis and cure the problem it’s tremendously fulfilling to help them get back to the activities they enjoy. People say ‘You gave me my life back’ — that’s very rewarding.”
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