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South Bay Spine Surgeon Inducted into Leading Physicians in the World

Hooman M. Melamed, M.D. Cited For “Extraordinary Surgical Skill & Excellent Outcomes”

Hooman M Melamed, MD, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Marina del Rey, has been inducted into the “Leading Physicians in the World” due to his “extraordinary surgical skill and excellent outcomes.” According to Shannon Dawson, director of the organization, his charity work through his nonprofit, Back To You, also contributed to his being considered for the honor.

Spine Surgeon Launches Nonprofit For Those Without Insurance

“Back to You” To Offer State-of-the-Art Treatment For Those in Need

One of Southern California’s leading spine surgeons has launched a nonprofit designed to offer those without medical insurance hope for a new lease on life. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Hooman M. Melamed, M.D. said his new humanitarian organization, Back To You, will select one patient each month to receive free, state-of the-art treatment of cervical and lumbar spine disorders, tumors, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and complications from botched surgeries.

Those hoping to be considered are asked to submit a brief description of their condition, how it’s affecting their lives and what they hope that treatment will bring them. Submissions may be made to: [email protected]. A panel of judges will evaluate each submission.



Should High Heels Come With A Warning Label?

LA Spine Surgeon Thinks So & Challenges Shoe Industry To Consider

Ahhh… nothing sexier than a hunchback, huh? Swaybacks…now they’re in style this season. Persistent pain, complicated (and sometimes risky) surgery and dramatic lifestyle restrictions… that’s something to look forward to. What’s with all the doom and gloom? One prominent spine surgeon says that wearing high heels on a regular basis can cause some women to develop a wide range of serious medical conditions – with the higher the heel, the more severe the pain. If Dr. Hooman Melamed, M.D. has his way, the likes of Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik will begin slapping warning labels on their designer shoeboxes.

Pepperdine Volleyball Star With Crippling Back Injury “Jumps” Back on the Court Thanks to New Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

It only took a moment and 20-year old Pepperdine volleyball star Parker Kalmbach went from a healthy athlete with Olympic dreams to being nearly crippled with constant pain. During a game, the Newport Beach, Calif native went for a shot but landed in an awkward position with searing pain shooting though his back.

“I felt something slip in my lower back and knew something was wrong,” said Kalmbach. “I kept playing thinking it was just a strain but over the course of a few weeks, the pain really got worse. It just kept intensifying, eventually leaving me barely able to lift my leg and it was even hard to walk. Not only did I see my dreams for competing for a spot on the USA Olympic Volleyball team dashed in a split second, but I lived in constant pain with the simplest of tasks becoming difficult.”

Parker had a bone spur in his lower back complicated by a stress fracture. After consulting multiple doctors, he was referred by a trusted coach to board-certified spine surgeon Hooman Melamed, M.D. of Marina Del Rey, whose patients include some of the world’s top athletes, who turn to him as he is one of only a few specialists in the nation performing the minimally invasive procedure he needed to regain his life.

Up until that point, Parker turned to several conservative treatment options including a back brace to stabilize the injury, physical rehab and injection therapy before opting for Melamed’s revolutionary approach using minimally invasive surgery.

World Renowned Spine Surgeon Named Director of Scoliosis at Marina Del Rey Hospital 

MARINA DEL RAY, Calif. — World-renowned spine surgeon Hooman M. Melamed, M.D., who was recently inducted into the Leading Physicians of the World and was appointed by Dr. Oz to serve on his “Share Care” board of experts, has been named director of scoliosis at Marina del Rey Hospital. The board-certified back and neck specialist, noted for his minimally invasive surgical approach, will be in charge of improving standards of care for those with scoliosis, a condition that affects approximately 9 million Americans. In addition, he will provide education and in-service instruction for the facility’s medical staff as well as its nurses and ancillary personnel.

“I’m delighted and honored to have been appointed to this prestigious position,” said Melamed, who has been featured in media nationwide including “Dr. Oz,” “The Doctors,” “Steve Harvey Show,” and various local newscasts and newspapers. “Marina del Rey Hospital is a respected institution known for its state-of-the-art approach to care and I’m proud to serve in this capacity and help those in the community plagued with scoliosis.”

In addition to treating scoliosis, Melamed uses his minimally invasive surgical approach to repair herniated discs, complex cervical Lumbar spine disorders, and cervical and lumbar stenosis. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Touro University Medical Center. He also is the director and founder of the nonprofit, Back To You, which extends free care to those who do not have the financial means for treatment.

Melamed practices at DISC Sports and Spine Center, 13160 Mindanao Way, Suite 300, 
Marina del Rey, CA 90292. For more information, call our office or visit


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