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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 202 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 202 reviews

    Rating Categories

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    Ease of scheduling appointments

    201 ratings

    Provider showed concern

    202 ratings

    Provider explained things clearly

    201 ratings

    Provider included you in decisions

    201 ratings

    Likelihood of recommending this provider

    199 ratings

    Comments (36)

    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.

    Dec 21, 2019
    *Dr. Mok is very knowledgeable and very frank an honest. I trust him completely and will always consult him because he is so competent and personable.  
    Dec 11, 2019
    Dr. Mok is outstanding . He has to be the best that I have ever met.  
    Dec 11, 2019
    Dr Mok is one of the best doctors I have worked with. His staff is great as well. I am so happy that I found him and recommend him often.  
    Dec 10, 2019
    *Dr. Mok was excellent, very friendly, easy to understand explained every thing in terms easily understood, showed empathy, a very caring person.  
    Dec 04, 2019
    I was well informed of my problem and I feel that I can work with Dr. Mok and get it resolved.  
    Nov 14, 2019
    entire staff was caring, professional, and knowledgeable enough to instill confidence in all of them.  
    Nov 07, 2019
    *Dr. Mok is the kindest, most caring dr. I have ever met. He is a wonderful surgeon too. He was able to correct a horrible pain from a blown disk in my neck.  
    Nov 05, 2019
    Dr Mok was very professional, caring, and informative.  
    Oct 31, 2019
    Highly recommend *Dr. Mok.  
    Oct 30, 2019
    He was extremely friendly, caring, and understanding to my fears.He also went over and above to make sure I understand  
    Oct 17, 2019
    Dr. Mok is outstanding!  
    Oct 15, 2019
    Amazing doctor. Listened to my explanation of pain, worked to indentify treatment options, and explained everything. Great personal skills and empathy. By far one of the best doctors I have visited  
    Oct 12, 2019
    Dr. Mok was terrific, great bedside manner and great surgeon  
    Oct 07, 2019
    I am confident I will see *Dr. Mok and staff again  
    Oct 02, 2019
    You are so lucky to have *Dr. Mok. He is THE VER BEST! We followed him from UCMC to you.  
    Sep 25, 2019
    very thorough exam and took time to explain my issues  
    Sep 25, 2019
    Very knowledgeable Doctor, Very Good at his field  
    Sep 24, 2019
    Even though DePage is not in my provider group I still will continue to see Dr Mok. He has restored our faith. He has been honest and has helped me so much and helped my See more  
    Sep 18, 2019
    Dr Mok is the most personable and knowledgeable physician I've ever met next to my primary care physician. I was impressed with his ability to listen and intuitive manner he processed my situation. Dr Mok See more  
    Sep 16, 2019
    Dr Mok and his team are excellent, they all communicated very well and were passionate about their jobs.  
    Sep 12, 2019
    Dr. Mok was exceptional. He listened, he did not rush at all, explained things very clearly and answered any questions.  
    Sep 11, 2019
    Dr Mok is very thorough and always makes sure you understand before he leaves the room. If my husband asks a question it is answered. I have recommended Dr Mok to everyone!  
    Sep 11, 2019
    Dr. Mok is a very knowledgeable and compassionate doctor. He performed a successful surgery on my back.If I did not have the surgery I would be paralyzed. I am very grateful to Dr. Mok See more  
    Sep 10, 2019
    Very good doctor  
    Sep 10, 2019
    Dr Mok thoroughly explained my condition, my treatment options and prognosis, answering all my questions in detail.  
    Aug 20, 2019
    I'm very happy with results of seeing Dr Mok. I have already recommended him to someone  
    Aug 05, 2019
    I can't speak highly enough about *Dr. Mok. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had *Dr. Mok care for me. He demonstrates a caring, competent professionalism which is very reassuring.  
    Aug 01, 2019
    Dr. Mok was an excellent doctor & explained everything to me in language that I was able to understand. I will definitely be visiting him again!!!!  
    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  
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