ABOUT THE DOCTOR:

Mario Ammirati, M.D.
Board Certified Neurosurgeon/ Spine Surgeon
 
Dr. Mario Ammirati is a board-certified neurosurgeon who recently opened his private practice in Sorrento Valley (San Diego) after 20+ years of operating his own skull base surgery lab in Ohio. He has two clinics – one in Sorrento Valley and one in La Mesa. He performs surgery at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Surgical Center of San Diego (and currently in the credentialing process for Paradise Valley Hospital and several more). He has 30+ years of neurosurgical and spine surgery experience; he has been published in 160+ medical journals and publications, and he has co-written the guidelines for the treatment of brain metastases and primary brain tumors for the American Neurosurgical and Cancer Associations. Newsweek Magazine published a physician-voted survey in which Dr. Ammirati was listed among the “Top 3% of Neurosurgeons in the U.S. in 2015.”

Dr. Ammirati has performed 4,000+ procedures on skull base and benign and malignant tumors in the brain and spine/lumbar. He’s known by his peers for correctly diagnosing and treating patients who were otherwise misdiagnosed (e.g. brain tumors hidden behind blood clots; normal pressure hydrocephalus misdiagnosed as dementia/Alzheimer’s). He takes personal injury cases, and has 20+ years of experience as a medical expert – providing IMEs and testifying for both plaintiff and defense attorneys.

He trained in neurosurgery at Northwestern University Medical School. Afterwards, he completed a 2-year fellowship with Professor Samii, the leading world expert in skull base neurosurgery. He contributed to writing the guidelines for the treatment of brain metastases and Brain Tumors on behalf of American Neurosurgical/Cancer Associations. Dr. Ammirati was one of the first neurosurgeons in the USA to use computers and intraoperative Computerized Tomography (CT) to place instrumentations (screws) in the spine, thereby decreasing the number of badly-positioned screws and hence the need for reoperation while optimizing patient outcomes. 

Since the beginning of his career in 1989, Dr. Ammirati has personally trained more than 120 neurosurgery residents and fellows from all over the world in the delicate art of neurosurgery/skull base surgery and spine surgery. These surgeons have used the techniques that they learned from Dr. Ammirati at prestigious neurosurgical institutions such as, amongst others, Harvard and Cleveland Clinic. He is also one of the world’s foremost leaders in diagnosing, removing and treating benign brain tumors with care and precision, while prioritizing his patients’ quality of life and physical functions. He prides himself in being the most considerate doctor to his patients, who meet him at the most vulnerable time in their lives. 

Dr. Ammirati’s treatment philosophy is based on adherence to the most up to date reliable scientific evidence that is tailored to the need of each individual/unique patient. Indeed, no guideline completely fits each unique patient.

Dr. Ammirati has contributed chapters on Skull Base Surgery in the last 3 editions of the #1 neurosurgery textbook in the world (Youman’s Neurological Surgery), and his contributions to the advances of medicine in general include authoring 13+ textbooks on skull base tumors and meningiomas, speaking at hundreds of conferences over 40 years, and publishing more than 165 peer-reviewed research papers that uncover and perpetually evolve techniques to improve outcomes and lives through neurosurgery. 

ABOUT THE DOCTOR:

Lars R. Newsome, M.D.
Board Certified in Pain Management
Board Certified in Anesthesiology
Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Newsome received his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York, and graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing his anesthesiology residency and fellowship at Emory University he remained on the faculty for three years as an assistant professor of anesthesiology before moving his practice to San Diego.

Dr. Newsome specializes in interventional pain management and anesthesiology. He offers a variety of procedures to manage pain, such as lumbar, thoracic
 and cervical epidural steroid injections, facet injections, radiofrequency ablation,
 intrathecal drug delivery and neuromodulation.

CERTIFICATIONS:
American Board of Anesthesiology

Critical Care Medicine-Subspecialty

American Board of Anesthesiology-
Pain Medicine-Subspecialty

SERVICES OFFERED:
Facet Injections

Fluoroscopically Guided Epidural

Steroid Injections

Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems

Joint Injections

Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks

Percutaneous Intradiscal Nucleoplasty

Peripheral Nerve Blocks

Provocative Discography

Spinal Cord Stimulator

AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS:
American Medical Association

California Medical Association

Associate Examiner, American Board of Anesthesiology

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS/PRIVILEGES:
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

HONORS & AWARDS:
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 1979

National Medical Fellowship Award 1979

Kaiser Foundation Award of Merit 1990

Emory University, Anesthesiology Faculty Member of the Year 1986

Roger Kasendorf, D.O.
Board Certified Pain Medicine
Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Roger Kasendorf, DO, is a top physiatrist in the La Jolla, CA, area, providing state-of-the-art pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation services for superior, effective treatment of a wide array of issues affecting the musculoskeletal system. Recognized as a leading specialist in the management of chronic pain, Dr. Kasendorf is committed to providing the most advanced care for patients at his practice on Genesee Avenue in La Jolla. His close affiliation with Scripps Memorial Hospital ensures patients have ready access to cutting-edge therapeutic options aimed at assessing and treating their unique health needs.

Dedicated to providing patient-centered care based on each patient’s condition, medical history, personal goals, and other factors and objectives, Dr. Kasendorf offers an array of care options, including osteopathic manipulation, arthritis management, acute and chronic pain management, cancer pain management, regenerative medicine, electrodiagnostics (EMG) and rehabilitation services.

Dr. Kasendorf completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, followed by medical training at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, a medical internship at Plainview Hospital on Long Island, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center in NY. After completing his residency, he served as medical director for his pain management and rehabilitation clinics in New York before moving to the San Diego area, where he served as associate program director for the Long Beach Medical Center before opening his practice in La Jolla.

Dr. Kasendorf is committed to expanding his knowledge and skills in the areas of pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and he holds board certifications in both pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation from the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has also lectured extensively about the topics of chronic and acute pain management.

In addition to caring for patients at his private practice, Dr. Kasendorf maintains an affiliation with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He welcomes new patients, and his practice accepts most major medical insurance plans.

David A. Petersen, M.D., FAAOS
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

ABOUT THE DOCTOR

Dr. David Petersen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He joined the San Diego Spine & Joint Center in 2014 and, along with his team of nurses and healthcare providers, manages and oversees his patients’ care from the pre-operative to post-operative process.

Dr. Petersen went to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, completing his residency there in 1994. While in the Navy, he worked at the Pensacola Naval Hospital and Naval Reserves Medical School, as well as general medical officer and assistant emergency department director at Orlando Naval Hospital with the rank of Lieutenant.

His research includes radio biochemistry, articular cartilage regeneration study, cadaveric pedicle screw study, and extensive spine biomechanics research performed at USF as part of a PhD mentor program. He conducts product evaluation for numerous spine companies and has approximately 20 patents in spine surgery.

Dr. Petersen’s goal is that each of his patients receives the highest quality medical care with a seamless experience in the continuum of care at Paradise Valley Hospital.

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