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James Mok, MD, MBA

Philosophy of Care

I am a spine surgeon with passion and purpose. The foundation of my practice is giving my patients the knowledge to make the best decision for themselves. This starts at our initial meeting, when I do a thorough evaluation honed by years of experience in academic research hospitals. I consider it essential that my patients have a good understanding of their spinal condition, and that each patient feels kindness and respect. I inform my patients of all their treatment options, the possible role of surgery and an honest discussion of the likely outcome. As a spine surgeon, my philosophy is to perform the least invasive surgery with the maximum chance of success. I am skilled in minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques of the spine. I am also proud to be a veteran, having served as a Major in the US Army, where I witnessed the power of service, integrity and teamwork. Being part of a team that helps my patients get back to their lives pain-free is a role that is very meaningful to me.

  • General


    • Spine Surgery
    • The Spine Center


    • Orthopaedic Surgery

    Accepts adults


    • English
    • Korean
    • Spanish

    Cervical spondylotic myelopathy, Disc herniation, Failed back surgery syndrome (re-do surgery), Fixed sagittal plane deformity (flatback syndrome), Microsurgery, Minimally invasive spine surgery, Post-laminectomy syndrome, Radiculopathy, Scoliosis, Spinal stenosis, Spodylolisthesis

    Spending time with family

  • Education

    School Columbia University
    Graduation Date 05/2003
    Degree MD

    School University of California San Francisco

    School University of California San Francisco
    Title Orthopaedic Surgery

    School Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Specialty Spine Surgery

  • Memberships

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • Scoliosis Research Society
    • Lumbar Spine Research Society
    • North American Spine Society
    • Society of Lateral Access Surgery
    • Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    • American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program
  • Awards and Accolades

    Name Excellent Paper Presentation, 52nd Annual LeRoy C. Abbott Scientific Program
    Date 12/2006

    Name Norman T. Kirk Award, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Date 12/2009

    Name Outstanding Resident Research Presentation, LeRoy C. Abbott Scientific Program
    Date 12/2008

  • Research & Clinical Trials


    • The Impact of Mental Health on Patient-Reported Outcomes in Cervical Radiculopathy or Myelopathy Surgery, 2018
    • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Traditional Open Versus Minimally Invasive Techniques, 2018
    • Impact of a Bundled Payment System on Resource Utilization During Spine Surgery, 2016
    • Direct Measurement of Tissue Oxygenation as a Method of Diagnosis of Acute Compartment Syndrome, 2016
    • Is the Lateral Jack-knife Position Responsible for Cases of Transient Neurapraxia?, 2015
    • Bone Morphogenic Protein (BMP) Signaling in Development and Human Diseases, 2014
    • Morbidity of Early Spine Surgery in the Multiply Injured Patient, 2014

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