Orthopaedic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon in Orange, California (CA)

Nitin N. Bhatia MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon

Location

  • Chief, Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery
    The UCI Spine Center, 101 The City Drive South
    Orange, California, 92868 - United States
    Phone: (714) 456-7012

About Our Practice

Please feel free to email us to set up appointments: PATIENTS@IRVINESPINE.COM

Now with offices in Orange and Costa Mesa/Newport Beach!

Dr. Nitin Bhatia, a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship Trained Spinal surgeon, serves as Director of the Spine Center and Chief of the Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery service at the University of California, Irvine in Orange County. He is a nationally recognized expert in spinal disorders and treatments including complex cervical surgery, stenosis surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

The UC Irvine Spine Center provides care for Orange County and the related communities including Irvine, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Nigel, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Westminster, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fountain Valley, La Palma, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Tustin, San Clemente, and Mission Viejo. Our offices are conveniently located near the 22, 5, and 55 freeways for easy access for our patients from further communities such as Temecula, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Covina, Downey, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Apple Valley, Visalia, Palm Spring, Fresno, Fallbrook, Hemet, Los Angeles, and Riverside. Patients from outside these communities are welcome at the UCI Spine Center as well. International patients are encouraged to contact us for assistance and coordination of medical care.

For all of our patients, a multi-disciplinary non-surgical approach is used. This approach allows the majority of our patients to improve without surgical intervention. When surgery is necessary, Dr. Bhatia's extensive training in state of the art techniques including minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic discectomy, percutaneous fusions, X-Stop lumbar stenosis treatment, Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), and kyphoplasty help to cure his patients' problems with minimal recovery time and less discomfort than other methods.

Dr. Bhatia has been featured as a treating surgeon in the television show "Guardian Angels, MD" seen nationwide on The Learning Channel (TLC) as well as programs on PBS. He has expertise in all areas of spinal pathology including spinal stenosis, disc herniations, spine trauma, scoliosis, complex cervical and lumbar reconstruction, and failed back syndrome. Dr. Bhatia has completed multiple spine surgery fellowships and has trained in both orthopaedic and neurosurgical techniques.

Dr. Bhatia graduated with honors from Stanford University, after which he attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During medical school, Dr. Bhatia won numerous research awards and was the valedictorian of his graduating class. Following his Orthopaedic surgery residency at UCLA, Dr. Bhatia completed a spine surgery fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, after which he completed a second spine surgery fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bhatia is active in multiple research projects including federally funded spinal cord injury research and has been nominated for the prestigous Russell Hibbs research award by the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Bhatia has been inducted into the most prestigous international spinal societies including the North American Spine Society and the Cervical Spine Research Society.

Dr. Bhatia and his staff a fluent in multiple languages including Spanish, Vietnamese, and Romanian. Se habla espanol.

For further patient education information, please see our website atwww.irvinespine.com

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Dr. Bhatia's CV:

CURRENT POSITION:

Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Service
Director, The Spine Center at the University of California, Irvine
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, Irvine

EDUCATION:

University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, Florida
Spinal Surgery Fellowship (Dr. Frank J. Eismont, Director)
July, 2003 – June, 2004

Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, Florida
Spinal Deformity Fellowship (Dr. Harry L. Shufflebarger, Director)
June, 2004 – August, 2004

University of California, Los Angeles
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, 1999 - 2003
General Surgery Internship, 1998 - 1999

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Doctor of Medicine with Highest Honors, 1994-1998
Class Valedictorian

Stanford University, Stanford, California
Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1990-1994
Graduation with Honors

AWARDS AND HONORS:

Scoliosis Research Society
Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship, 2005

AOA-JOA Traveling Fellowship
Alternate, 2005

AOA Emerging Leaders Program, 2005-2006

University of California, Irvine
Faculty Teaching Award, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2005

University of California, Los Angeles
Physician of the Year nominee, 2001
Emergency Department Consultant of the Year nominee, 2001

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Class Valedictorian, 1998
Michael E. DeBakey Scholar Award, 1998
Most Outstanding Research by a Medical Student, 1998
Alpha Omega Alpha, elected 1997 (Junior year)
Graduation with Highest Honors, 1998
Outstanding Student in Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998
Alumni Award for Academic Excellence, 1996
Basic Science High Honors, 1995
Butler Award for Academic Excellence, 1995

Stanford University, Stanford, California
Graduation with Honors, 1994
Kappa Alpha Order Scholarship Award, 1993

RESEARCH GRANTS AND AWARDS:

Hibbs Award Nominee, Basic Science, Scoliosis Research Society, 2005
Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury.

Hibbs Award Nominee, Basic Science, Scoliosis Research Society, 2005
Three-point versus Two-point fixation for Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures.

Outstanding Paper Nominee, Cervical Spine Research Society, 2005
Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury.

EBI Spinal Cord Injury Research Grant, 2005
Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury.

Stryker Biotech Spine Research Grant, 2005
Resection of Glial Scar Following Spinal Cord Injury.

Lange Medical Research Award, Baylor College of Medicine, 1998

Walter Lorenz Surgical Research Grant, 1998
Compartmentalized Bone Regeneration of Cranial Defects with Biodegradable Barriers: an Animal Model.

Baylor College of Medicine-Karolinska Institute Research Fellowship, 1997
Compartmentalized Bone Regeneration of Cranial Defects with Biodegradable Barriers: an Animal Model.

The Endocrine Society Student Research Award, 1994
Pathogenic Role of Stem Cell Factor in Infertile Men with Sertoli Cell Only Syndrome.

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

1. Transcriptional and Posttranscriptional Regulation of Inhibin alpha-Subunit Gene Expression in Rat Sertoli Cells by 8-Bromo-3’, 5’-Cyclic-Adenosine Monophosphate. Najmabadi H, Rosenberg LA, Yuan QX, Bhatia N, Albiston AL, Burger H, Bhasin S; Molecular Endocrinology, 7(4): 469-476, 1993.

2. Congenital Syndromes Associated with Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer. Gherardini G, Bhatia N, Stal S; Clinics of Plastic Surgery, 24(4):649-661, 1997.

3. Compartmentalized Bone Regeneration of Cranial Defects with Biodegradable Barriers: an Animal Model. Stal S, Tjelmeland K, Hicks J, Bhatia N, Eppley B, Hollier L; Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 12(1):51-47, 2001.

4. Current Information Regarding the Biochemical and Genetic Events Which Occur During Disc Degeneration. Bhatia N, Wang J; Current Opinion in Orthopaedics, 14(3):153-158, 2003.

5. Adjacent Segment Degeneration in the Lumbar Spine. Ghiselli G, Wang JC, Bhatia NN, Hsu WK, Dawson EG; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 86-A(7):1497-1503, 2004.

6. The Role of the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle Flap for Esophageal Fistula Repair in Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery. Navarro R, Javahery R, Eismont F, Arnold DJ, Bhatia NN, Vanni S, Levi AD; Spine, 30(20):617-633, 2005.

7. Body Mass Index in Patients with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: A Predictive Model. Bhatia NN, Pirpiris M, Otsuka N; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 26(2):197-9, 2006.

8. Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Accepted for Publication

9. A Prospective Evaluation of Diagnostic Modalities in Pediatric Back Pain. Submitted for publication.

10. Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann cells following Hemisection Spinal Cord Injury. Submitted for publication.

11. Proximal Segment Degeneration Following Posterior Lumbosacral Fusions (L4-S1 and L5-S1). Submitted for publication.

12. Minimally invasive Atlanto-Odontoid joint injection for C1-C2 joint Rheumatoid Arthritis. Case Report and Technical Note. Submitted for publication.

BOOK CHAPTERS:

1. Costal Cartilage Grafts. In Evans G. ed., Operative Plastic Surgery. Appleton and Lange, Stamford, CT, 2000.

2. The Management of Spinal Cord Injury in Thoracolumbar Trauma. In Reitman C. ed., Management of Thoracolumbar Fractures, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rosemont, IL, 2004.

3. Disorder, Disease, and Injuries of the Spine. In Skinner H. ed. Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Orthopaedics. Lange/Mc-Graw Hill, New York, NY, 2006.

4. Imaging of the Spine. In Lieberman, JR. ed. Orthopaedic Board Review. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rosemont, IL. In press.

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS:

1. Pathogenic Role of Stem Cell Factor in Infertile Men with Sertoli Cell Only Syndrome. Transactions of The Endocrine Society, 1994.

2. Adjacent Segment Degeneration After Lumbar Fusion: Long Term Survivorship Analysis of 217 Patients. Proceedings of the North American Spine Society, 2001.

3. Proximal Segment Degeneration Following Posterior Lumbosacral Fusions (L4-S1 and L5-S1). Transactions of the Scoliosis Research Society, 2002.

4. A Prospective Evaluation of Diagnostic Modalities in Pediatric Back Pain. Transactions of the Scoliosis Research Society, 2002.

5. A Prospective Evaluation of Diagnostic Modalities in Pediatric Back Pain. Transactions of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2003.

6. Prospective Randomized Study of Modified Harrington Instrumentation Versus Segmental Instrumentation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Proceedings of the North American Spine Society, 2003.

7. Adjacent Segment Degeneration After Posterior Lumbosacral Fusion. Proceedings of the North American Spine Society, 2003.

8. Diagnostic Techniques Used in Pediatric Back Pain. Proceedings of the North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2003.

9. Can Bilateral Hip Involvement with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis be Predicted by the Body Mass Index? Transactions of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, 2004.

10. Body Mass Index in Patients with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. Transactions of theAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004.

11. Outcome Differences for Primary and Recurrent Disc Excision Patients Treated by a Single Surgeon. Proceedings of the North American Spine Society, 2004.

12. Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. International Meeting for Advanced Spinal Techniques (IMAST), annual meeting, 2005.

13. Resection of Glial Scar Following Spinal Cord Injury. Transactions of the International Meeting for Advanced Spinal Techniques (IMAST), 2005.

14. Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann cells for Spinal Cord Injury with a Contusion Model. The Spine Journal 4(4S): 33S, July/August 2005.

15. Results of Cervical Open-Door Laminoplasty in Patients with Tandem Cervical and Lumbar Stenosis. The Spine Journal 4(4S): 2005.

16. Results of Open Door Laminoplasty for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy in a North American Population. The Spine Journal 4(4S): 2005.

17. Three-point versus Two-point fixation for Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures.
Transactions of the Scoliosis Research Society, 2005. Russell Hibbs Award Finalist.

18. Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. Transactions of the Scoliosis Research Society, 2005. Russell Hibbs Award Finalist.

19. Results of Open Door Laminoplasty for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy in the Elderly Population. Proceedings of the Cervical Spine Research Society, 2005.

20. Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. Proceedings of the Cervical Spine Research Society, 2005.

21. Results of Open Door Laminoplasty for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy in a North American Population. Proceedings of the Cervical Spine Research Society, 2005.

22. Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann cells following Hemisection Spinal Cord Injury. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society 31:1257, 2006.

23. Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann cells for Spinal Cord Injury with a Contusion Model. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society 31:1261, 2006.

24. Resection of glial scar following spinal cord injury. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society 31:1258, 2006.

25. Do Patients with Concurrent Lumbar Stenosis Have Imparied Results Following Cervical Laminoplasty for Spondylotic Myelopathy? Bhatia N, Geck M, Gottlieb J, Harrison R, Eismont F; Proceedings of the North America Spine Society and Japanese Spine Research Society, Spine Across the Sea: 51-52, 2006.

26. Laminoplasty for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy in the Elderly North American Population: Minimum of Two Year Follow-Up. Bhatia N, Geck M, Gottlieb J, Harrison R, Eismont F; Proceedings of the North America Spine Society and Japanese Spine Research Society, Spine Across the Sea: 52, 2006.

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS:

Pathogenic Role of Stem Cell Factor in Infertile Men with Sertoli Cell Only Syndrome. The Endocrine Society, annual meeting, 1994.

Adjacent Segment Degeneration After Lumbar Fusion: Long Term Survivorship Analysis of 217 Patients. North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2001.

Proximal Segment Degeneration Following Posterior Lumbosacral Fusions (L4-S1 and L5-S1). Scoliosis Research Society, annual meeting, 2002.

A Prospective Evaluation of Diagnostic Modalities in Pediatric Back Pain. Scoliosis Research Society, annual meeting, 2002.

Diagnostic Techniques Used in Pediatric Back Pain. North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2003.

Adjacent Segment Degeneration After Posterior Lumbosacral Fusion. North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2003.

Prospective Randomized Study of Modified Harrington Instrumentation Versus Segmental Instrumentation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2003.

A Prospective Evaluation of Diagnostic Modalities in Pediatric Back Pain. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, annual meeting, 2003.

Outcome Differences for Primary and Recurrent Disc Excision Patients Treated by a Single Surgeon. North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2004.

Body Mass Index in Patients with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, annual meeting, 2004.

Can Bilateral Hip Involvement with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis be Predicted by the Body Mass Index? Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, annual meeting, 2004.

Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. International Meeting for Advanced Spinal Techniques (IMAST), annual meeting, 2005.

Resection of Glial Scar Following Spinal Cord Injury. International Meeting for Advanced Spinal Techniques (IMAST), annual meeting, 2005.

Results of Cervical Open-Door Laminoplasty in Patients with Tandem Cervical and Lumbar Stenosis. North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2005.

Results of Open Door Laminoplasty for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy in a North American Population. North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2005.

Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. North American Spine Society, annual meeting, 2005.

Three-point versus Two-point fixation for Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures.
Scoliosis Research Society, annual meeting, 2005. Hibbs Award Nominee.

Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. Scoliosis Research Society, annual meeting, 2005. Hibbs Award Nominee.

Results of Open Door Laminoplasty for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy in a North American Population. Cervical Spine Research Society, annual meeting, 2005.

Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. Cervical Spine Research Society, annual meeting, 2005. Outstanding Paper nominee.

Results of Open Door Laminoplasty for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy in the Elderly Population. Cervical Spine Research Society, annual meeting, 2005.

Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann cells for Spinal Cord Injury with a Contusion Model. Orthopaedic Research Society annual meeting, 2006.

Resection of glial scar following spinal cord injury. Orthopaedic Research Society annual meeting, 2006.

Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann cells following Hemisection Spinal Cord Injury. Orthopaedic Research Society annual meeting, 2006.

Do Patients with Concurrent Lumbar Stenosis Have Imparied Results Following Cervical Laminoplasty for Spondylotic Myelopathy? North America Spine Society and Japanese Spine Research Society, Spine Across the Sea, 2006.

Laminoplasty for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy in the Elderly North American Population: Minimum of Two Year Follow-Up. North America Spine Society and Japanese Spine Research Society, Spine Across the Sea, 2006

Specialties
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Neurosurgeon
Certifications
  • Board Certified
  • Fellowship Trained
Area of Focus
  • Degenerative Spine
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Trauma
  • Tumor / Infection
  • Other
Associations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American College of Spine Surgery
  • Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
Hospital Affiliations
  • University of California, Irvine Medical Center
  • UC Irvine Comprehensive Spine Program
  • UCIMC, Orange County
  • Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, Newport Beach, California
University Affiliations
  • UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • UCI Spine Center
  • University of California, Irvine
Languages spoken at this practice
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
 
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