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What is Minimally Invasive Spine surgery

What makes the Spine Institute unique

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh on Good Morning San Diego

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh on San Diego 6 News Topic: Yoga and Back Pain

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh on San Diego Living Topic: SpineZone: Latest Trend in Back Pain Solutions

Interview with Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh on San Diego Living Topic: How to Avoid Back Surgery

The Minimally Invasive Spine Center at Alvarado Hospital

Dr. Choll Kim on 10 News

Dr. Choll Kim on KUSI News San Diego

Dr. Choll Kim on M.D. TV Topic: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Articles & Publications:

Spine Zone puts surgery as its last option
- The Coast News, February 2013
Top Doctors
- US News & World Report, July 2012
10 Spine Surgeons Involved in Humanitarian Spine Care
- Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review, October 2011
100 of the Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America
- Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review, February 2011
10 Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leaders
- Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review, September 2010

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The Advanced Spine Institute
Winner of The San Diego Health Care Champions award 2009


Alvarado Hospital Physicians and Staff Receive Prestigious
San Diego Health Care Champion Awards

San Diego, CA - With more than 500 finalists and their guests in attendance, the San Diego Business Journal’s Health Care Champions event proved once again to be one of the premier recognition events for the health care community throughout San Diego County.

With representatives from every community in health care—first responders, nurses and doctors, hospital administrators and various technical specialties including representatives from local military health care organizations—the event brought together a group of dedicated health care professionals as accomplished as it was diverse. “Alvarado Hospital is proud of our nine 2009 San Diego Health Care Champion Finalists for their spirit of innovation and dedication to patient care—helping to ensure that our hospital provides advanced medicine and personalized care to San Diegans and beyond,” said Harris Koenig, CEO of Alvarado Hospital. “We join the San Diego Business Journal in recognizing the significant impact these individuals have made on health care in our community.”

Alvarado Hospital Physician Champions:
Advanced Spine Institute at Alvarado Hospital Physicians
- Dr. Rob Bei, emergency medicine
- Dr. Kevin Kelly, emergency medicine

Alvarado Hospital Innovation and Research Champions:
- Dr. Irwin Goldstein, sexual medicine
- Dr. Brian Weeks, otolaryngology

Alvarado Hospital Nurse Champion:
Peggy Tilley, director, medical/surgical services

Alvarado Hospital Health Care Staff Champions:
- Cathi Foley, RN, employee health services
- Steve Keller, physical therapy

Alvarado Hospital Community Outreach Champion:
- Betty Gossett, volunteer services

Three of our champions received additional recognition as special Honorees:
- Dr. Rob Bei, Cathi Foley, RN, and the physicians of the Advanced Spine Institute.

Alvarado Hospital is a 306-bed acute care hospital that also operates the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute, which serves patients with either inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation needs, and the premier Advanced Spine Institute & Minimally Invasive Spine Center. Alvarado has more than 450 on-staff physicians, 1,000 employees and 400 volunteers who provide quality care to San Diego and beyond. Alvarado Hospital’s programs include cardiac services, emergency medicine services, neuroscience, orthopedics, oncology, rehabilitation, general surgical services, sexual medicine, skull base surgery, sleep center, spine, vascular services and surgical weight reduction.