Nitin Bhatiawas selected as one of
the top twenty notable spine surgeons in America who has
focused his care on spinal trauma cases.
Dr. Bhatia serves as chief of the spine service
and associate professor of clinical orthopaedics at UC Irvine
as well as co-director of the UC Irvine Spine Center and residency
program director. He has a professional interest in spine trauma,
as well as spinal stenosis, disc herniations, scoliosis and
complex cervical and lumbar reconstruction. He performs percutaneous
fusions, X-Stop lumbar stenosis treatment and kyphoplasty and
has an active interest in research.
Nitin Bhatia was selected as an Orange County
Physician of Excellence for 2013. It's an honor
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Nitin Bhatia was also selected as a 2013 Super
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Nitin N. Bhatia, M.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedics
Chief, Spine Service
Co-Director, UC Irvine Spine Center
Residency Program Director
Dr. Bhatia, a Board-Certified and Fellowship-trained spine surgeon, serves
as Chief of the Spinal Surgery service and co-Director of the Multidisciplinary
Spine Program at UC Irvine.
Clinical Interests Dr. Bhatia specializes in the surgical
and non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders. He has a
special interest in problems affecting the cervical spine
as well as spinal trauma. He also has significant experience
with the thoracic and lumbar spine and with minimally invasive
For all of our patients, a multi-disciplinary non-surgical
approach is used. This approach allows the majority of our
patients to improve without surgical intervention. When surgery
is necessary, Dr. Bhatia's extensive training in state of the
art techniques including minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic
and microscopic discectomy, percutaneous fusions, X-Stop lumbar
stenosis treatment, Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), and kyphoplasty
help to cure his patients' problems with minimal recovery time
and less discomfort than other methods.
Dr. Bhatia has been featured as a treating surgeon in the
television show "Guardian Angels, MD" seen nationwide
on The Learning Channel (TLC) as well as programs on PBS. He
has expertise in all areas of spinal pathology including spinal
stenosis, disc herniations, spine trauma, scoliosis, complex
cervical and lumbar reconstruction, and failed back syndrome.
Dr. Bhatia has completed multiple spine surgery fellowships
and has trained in both orthopaedic and neurosurgical techniques.
The UC Irvine Spine Center provides care for Orange County
and the related communities including Irvine, Newport Beach,
Corona del Mar, Laguna Nigel, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley,
Santa Ana, Fullerton, Westminster, Huntington Beach, Costa
Mesa, Long Beach, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fountain Valley,
La Palma, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Tustin, San Clemente,
and Mission Viejo. Our offices are conveniently located near
the 22, 5, and 55 freeways for easy access for our patients
from further communities such as Temecula, Beverly Hills, Burbank,
Covina, Downey, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Palos
Verdes, Redondo Beach, Apple Valley, Visalia, Palm Springs,
Fresno, Fallbrook, Hemet, Los Angeles, and Riverside. Patients
from outside these communities are welcome at the UCI Spine
Center as well. International patients are encouraged to contact
us for assistance and coordination of medical care.
Dr. Bhatia has significant research experience and continues to perform both
clinical and basic science studies. He is currently evaluating new techniques
for the treatment of cervical spinal stenosis and new minimally invasive
Dr. Bhatia is also studying the efficacy of surgical and non-surgical
treatments for patients with spinal trauma and spinal cord
injury. His current biomechanical projects include the improvement
of cervical spine stabilization techniques and an evaluation
of different types of spinal fixation.
Dr. Bhatia has previously published numerous peer-reviewed
articles and book chapters. Additionally, he has presented
his research to national and international audiences and won
multiple research awards.
Dr. Bhatia graduated with honors from Stanford University, after which he attended
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During medical school, Dr.
Bhatia won numerous research and academic awards and was the valedictorian
of his graduating class.
Following his general surgical internship and orthopaedic
surgery residency at the University of California, Los Angeles,
Dr. Bhatia completed a spinal surgery fellowship at the University
of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, after which he completed
a second spinal surgery fellowship at Miami Children’s
He currently serves as Chief of the Spinal Surgery Service
in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University
of California, Irvine. In 2004, Dr. Bhatia co-founded the UC
Irvine Multidisciplinary Spine Program which combines experts
in multiple medical and surgical fields to provide unparalleled
care for our patients.
Baylor College of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Spinal Surgery, University of Miami
Spinal Scoliosis and Deformity Surgery, Miami Children’s Hospital
Scoliosis Research Society - Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship, 2005
AOA-JOA Traveling Fellowship - Alternate, 2005
American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program,
University of California, Irvine - Faculty Teaching Award,
Orthopaedic Surgery, 2005
Outstanding Paper Nominee, Cervical Spine Research Society,
Hibbs Award Nominee, Basic Science, Scoliosis Research Society,
American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders, 2005-2009
American Orthopaedic Association - Japanese Orthopaedic Association Exchange
Traveling Fellow, 2008
Outstanding Paper Award Winner, Cervical Spine Research Society, 2008 The Role of Durotomy and Duraplasty Following Cervical
Spinal Cord Injury in an Animal Model.
Best Paper Award Winner, American College of Spine Surgery, 2009 The Role of Durotomy and Duraplasty Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury
in an Animal Model.
The Harold and Nancy Willingham Award for Outstanding Research Paper, Western
Orthopaedic Association, 2009 Biomechanical Evaluation Of Short-Segment Posterior Instrumentation
With Crosslinks In An Unstable Human Burst Fracture Model.
Hibbs Award Nominee, Basic Science, Scoliosis Research Society, 2009 Early Surgical Decompression with Duraplasty in Acute Spinal
Cord Injury Improves Functional Recovery in an Animal Model.
Resident Research Award, California Orthopaedic Association, 2010 Analysis of Prognostic Factors in Chordoma Using the California
Triumvirate Grant Award, University of California, 2010 Quantitative MRI and MRA to Study Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain.
Orange County Medical Association, Physicians of Excellence, 2011-2013
Southern California “SuperDoctors”, Los Angeles Magazine, 2012-2013
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery