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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.

Patient Satisfaction Rating

Based on 141 reviews

  • 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, Spondylolisthesis

    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

  • Patient Ratings & Comments

    Patient Satisfaction Rating
    Based on 141 reviews

    Rating Categories

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    Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

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    Ease of scheduling appointments

    140 ratings

    Provider showed concern

    141 ratings

    Friendliness/courtesy of Care Provider

    141 ratings

    Care Provider spoke using clear language

    140 ratings

    Provider explained things clearly

    141 ratings

    Time Care Provider spent with patient

    141 ratings

    Provider included you in decisions

    140 ratings

    Patients' confidence in Care Provider

    139 ratings

    Likelihood of recommending this provider

    140 ratings

    Wait time at clinic

    138 ratings

    Comments (15)

    Comments are collected in our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Patients are de-identified to protect confidentiality and patient privacy. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

    Jul 30, 2019
    It's difficult to put into words how much I love Dr. Mok. He is so kind and caring, on top of being brilliant. Even though he told me that I would be so much better See more  
    Jul 24, 2019
    Dr Mok was very pleasant. His bedside manner was excellent. He made us feel comfortable enough to talk to him about our problems.  
    Jul 23, 2019
    Great Staff  
    Jul 16, 2019
    GREAT JOB!  
    Jul 09, 2019
    Dr Mok was extremely nice and explained everything to me asking questions etc. felt very comfortable with him & his expertise.  
    Jun 19, 2019
    I liked Dr Mok very much. He explained things clearly and was courteous and empathetic.  
    Jun 19, 2019
    *Dr. Mok was a very concerned dr. and listened intently about my pain.  
    May 14, 2019
    Dr Mok is the best doctor for spine that I have been to. He was so kind and included my family in everything. We have a high confidence level with this doctor. I will only See more  
    Apr 25, 2019
    Dr. Mok is by far the best surgeon I have ever spoken too. I have gone through 3 surgeons whom I felt either didn't care, didn't listen, or had bad bedside manner before I saw Dr. See more  
    Apr 05, 2019
    Dr. Mok is a great surgeon. I felt like I was in good-hands with my surgery. He was so nice and understanding. There were some issues that delayed my surgery and Dr. Mok reached out See more  
    Mar 21, 2019
    Have been treated by care provider for some time. Have absolute confidence in his care.  
    Mar 19, 2019
    very Good In his field  
    Feb 10, 2019
    first time seeing Dr. Mok...amazing bedside manor, caring, took the time to listen... not sure where he came from but I hope he stays with DMG. Super professional and amazing doctor.  
    Feb 08, 2019
    Feb 05, 2019
    I have been looking for a good doctor for my spine and I really feel good about keeping this doctor  
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