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Expert Spine Care

Hoag Neurosurgery Spine Program offers an experienced multidisciplinary team of board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, pain management specialists and dedicated spine care nurses who work together to provide personalized patient-centered care.

Led by Neurosurgeon Burak Ozgur, M.D., Hoag’s expert spine care team works collaboratively to determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient. Having a specialized team that’s highly trained in all aspects of innovative spine care is a unique distinction that sets Hoag apart from many other centers and provides patients with the highest quality care, as well as exceptional clinical outcomes.

Program Leadership

Burak M. Ozgur, M.D.

Chief of Service, Hoag Neurosurgery Spine Program

Burak M. Ozgur, M.D​., is a neurosurgeon and Chief of Service for the Neurosurgical Spine Program at Hoag. Dr. Ozgur is double board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery. Additionally, he completed a rare dual orthopedic surgery-neurosurgery spine fellowship. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques for common degenerative and complex disorders of the spine including tumors, scoliosis, and trauma. Dr. Ozgur also has a strong interest in stem cell research, spinal biomechanics, and innovative minimally invasive spine surgery development and research​.

Michael Brant-Zawadzki, MD, FACR

Executive Medical Director, Hoag Neurosciences Institute
The Ron and Sandi Simon Endowed Chair

Michael Brant-Zawadzki, M.D.​, is the first Executive Medical Director of the Neurosciences Institute at Hoag, and holds the Ron and Sandi Simon Endowed Chair. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in Neuroradiology at Stanford University. Dr. Brant-Zawadzki trained in radiology and neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center. He then spent six years as a full-time Professor on the Neuroradiology faculty at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, focusing on MRI development and spine imaging. Dr. Brant-Zawadzki has authored and co-authored more than 250 papers in professional journals, 17 textbooks, and numerous book chapters.

To view all of the Hoag Neurosciences Institute physicians, click here.

Neuro Spine Nurse Navigators: Your guide throughout the process

Clinical nurse navigators provide education and support to patients and their families,
to help them chart a course through the health care system. They assist patients in understanding diagnoses and treatment options, provide guidance on selecting a specialty physician or surgeon, aid in scheduling surgery and making pre- and post-treatment appointments. They also assess complex psychosocial needs, and help to appropriately coordinate resources.

  • Julie Treat, R.N.
    Spine Neurosurgery Nurse Navigator
  • Marilyn Fitzgerald, R.N.
    Neurosciences Nurse Navigator​

To view all of the Hoag Neurosciences Institute Nurse Navigators, click here​.
To contact a nurse navigator, call 949-764-6066 or email [email protected]

Clinical Providers

  • Neurosurgery - Hoag Neurosurgery Spine Program is a recognized leader in accurately diagnosing neck and back pain, while providing the most advanced non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment options available.
  • Neurology​ - The Neurology Program at Hoag treats disorders affecting the nervous system, including conditions of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These can include headache disorders, infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system, as well as speech and language disorders.
  • Pain Medicine - The Pain Medicine Program at Hoag focuses on a comprehensive approach to pain management, treating various types of chronic pain including chronic pain, back pain, cancer pain, orofacial pain and headaches. Types of chronic pain treated
  • Physical Therapy - Hoag physical therapists are specifically trained to improve movement, restore function and/or relieve pain. Hoag Rehabilitation Services are geared toward both the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Types of disorders treated​​

Experience You Can Trust

Hoag Neurosurgery Spine Program’s commitment to accurate diagnosis, combined with progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve optimal clinical outcomes.

To learn more visit Hoag's Neurosurgery Spine Program​.

To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion consultation with a Hoag spine care specialist, please call 949-764-6066.​