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Nitin N. Bhatia, MD
UC Irvine Spine Center
Orange, CA

About Nitin N. Bhatia, MD

Dr. Nitin Bhatia, a fellowship trained spine surgeon, serves as Director of the UC Irvine Spine Center. He has expertise in all areas of spinal pathology including spinal stenosis, disc herniations, spine trauma, and scoliosis. Dr. Bhatia is active in multiple research projects including federally funded spinal cord injury research. Most of all, Dr. Bhatia gives his patients compassionate and understanding care.

When surgery is necessary, Dr. Bhatia uses state of the art techniques including minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic discectomy, percutaneous fusions, and kyphoplasty. Dr. Bhatia is active in multiple research projects including federally funded spinal cord injury research.

The UC Irvine Spine Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for all spine related problems. The Center's multi-disciplinary approach to neck and back problems results in non-surgical solutions for the majority of our patients. As the only university medical center in Orange County, we provide cutting-edge care including minimally invasive surgery and disc replacement surgery.

The Spine Center provides comprehensive surgical and non-surgical care for all type of spinal disorders including spinal stenosis, disc herniations, disc degeneration, arthritis, spine trauma including fractures and spinal cord injury, scoliosis, infections, tumors, neck pain, and back pain.

The UC Irvine Spine Center provides care for Orange County and the surrounding 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, Mission Viejo, Temecula, Fallbrook, Los Angeles, and Riverside. Patients from outside these communities are welcome at UC Irvine as well. International patients are encouraged to contact us for assistance and coordination of medical care.


Peer Reviewed Publications
1. A Prospective Evaluation of Diagnostic Modalities in Pediatric Back Pain. Submitted for publication.

2. Novel Transplantation of Preconditioned Schwann Cells Following Spinal Cord Contusion Injury. Submitted for Publication.

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

4. Body Mass Index in Patients with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: A Predictive Model. Bhatia NN, Pirpiris M, Otsuka N; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Accepted for publication.

5. Sternocleidomastoid flaps in the Management of Esophogeal Injury During Anterior Cervical Surgery. Spine.

6. Adjacent Segment Degeneration in the Lumbar Spine. Ghiselli G, Wang JC, Bhatia NN, Hsu WK, Dawson EG; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Vol 86-A, Number 7, July 2004, pp 1497-1503.

7. Current Information Regarding the Biochemical and Genetic Events Which Occur During Disc Degeneration. Current Opinion in Orthopaedics, Bhatia N, Wang J; Vol 14, Number 3, June 2003, pp 153-158.

8. 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, Vol 12, Number 1, January 2001, pp 41-47.

9. Congenital Syndromes Associated with Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer. Gherardini G, Bhatia N, Stal S; Clinics of Plastic Surgery, Vol 24, Number 4, October 1997, pp 649-661.

10. 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, Vol 7, Number 4, April 1993, pp 469-476.

Book Chapters
1. Spine. In Skinner H. ed. Current Concept in Orthopaedics. Publication Pending.

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

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