About Us / James S. Hamada, M.D.

Dr. HamadaJames Hamada, M.D. is an accomplished Orthopedic Spine Surgeon with wide ranging experience from Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) for the spine to the most complex tumor and deformity cases which require extensive open surgery both anterior (front) and posterior (back).

In Minimal Invasive Surgery he has routinely performed true percutaneous (Band-Aid) discectomy using an endoscope, laser and direct instruments in over a hundred cases as well as micro-discectomy using an operating microscopes and a small incision allowing for same day discharge of the patient.

Dr. Hamada has advanced the recently FDA-approved X-stop procedure for applications in severe lumbar spinal stenosis.  Complex pediatric scoliosis cases are regularly performed at UCLA Medical Center and other neck, upper and lower back procedures are performed at well-equipped community hospitals.

Patients are thoroughly evaluated with multi-specialty consultation required and every recommendation is made specific to the needs of the patient in the way of medication, non-surgical modalities and post-operative care and rehabilitation.

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Curriculum Vitae

ACADEMIC POSITION
Assistant Clinical Professor –UCLA, 1995-Current      

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
            American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
            Qualified Medical Examiner
            American Board Spine Surgery
                        Part I written, passed November 2002
                        Part II oral, passed October 2003

CURRENT HONORS
            Examiner, American Board of Spine Surgery Oral Exam
                        2004
                        2005
                        2006
                        2007
                        2008

            Consumer Research Council of America- America’s Top Surgeons
                        Listed in the 2002-2003 Edition
                        Listed in the 2004-2005 Edition
                        Listed in the 2005-2006 Edition
                        Listed in the 2006-2007 Edition
                        Listed in the 2007-2008 Edition

CURRENT HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS
           
                  Tri-City Reginal Medical Center Hospital – Director of Spine Program 2006-2008

  • Member Medical Executive Committee 2006-2008
            Torrance Memorial Hospital, IPA: Consultant for Complex Spine Deformity
             

     Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital – Director of Spine Program
     UCLA/ Orthopaedic Hospital – Pediatric Scoliosis

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

UCLA Orthopaedic Program
            Dr. Harian Amstutz, Division Orthopaedic Surgery
            Richter M.D., Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery UCLA / Wadsworth Hospital

Internship:
            LAC-USC Medical Center- Los Angeles, California

Medical School:
            University of Cincinnati College of Medicine-Cincinnati, Ohio
            Number 8 in class of 100, Senior year

Undergraduate Training
            University of California- Berkeley, California
            Bachelor of Science Degree- Psychology
            (Honors Program completed in Major)
            Minor in Physics

TEACHING AFFILIATIONS

Current:
            Assistant Clinical Professor, Harbor- UCLA Adult Spine Clinic
            Director, 1990-1998

PATENTS

  1.  U.S. 6,425920 BI
  2.  U.S. 6,436101 BI
  3.  U.S. 6,84064 BI
  4.  U.S. 7,351244 B2

Pending:

  •  US 10/280,624
  •  US 11/001268
  •  US 11/168295
  •  US 11/230420
  •  US 11/267618
  •  US 11/489858
  •  US 11/510804

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Western Orthopaedic Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • International Spinal Injection Society
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Fellow, American College of Spine Surgery

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS

  • San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, San Pedro, CA                            2001-present
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance, CA                      1992-present
  • Little Company of Mary Medical Center, Torrance, CA              1978-present
  • Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center
           Memorial, Marina & Centinela Campus                                1978-present
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SPECIAL CONSULTANT
Spine Consultant and Surgeon for:

  • Torrance Memorial IPA                                                      Current
  • Danek- Clinical Investigation “Maverick” Total Disc Replacement

Prior Consultant and Surgeon for:

  • FHP- Revision of Total Joint Arthroplasty and Spine Surgery
  • Depuy Acromed- Lecturer in Spine Surgery

MEDICAL DIRECTORSHIPS

  • Virginia Slims Professional Tennis Tournament
    Manhattan Beach Country Club, CA                                 1984-1994
  • Acura Classic professional Tournament                             1995-1997
  • United States Olympic Badminton Team                            1987-1988
  • American Youth Soccer Organization
    National Finals Tournament, Torrance, CA                         1992

MEDIA EXPERIENCE

  • Low Back Pain
    Health Matters, Television Program                               November 1989
               
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
    Health Matters, Television Program                               November 1987

GUEST LECTURER- INTERNATIONAL

  • Operations for failed back surgery
    Soul Korea                                                                       November 2007
  • ACL Reconstruction
    American Medical Technology Seminar
    Consulate of the United States of America
    Fukuoka, Japan                                                                   1992
  • Repair of Peripheral Meniscus Tears Using Arthroscopy Technique
    International Symposium of Orthopaedics China                1983
  • Operative Arthroscopy
    Surface Replacement of Hips
    China                                                                                    1981

GUEST SURGICAL TREATMENT LECTURER                                           1997-Present
                       

  • Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital
    Surgical treatment of Vertebral Compression Fractions
    Thoracic and Lumbar Spine                                              January 2004
  • Western Occupational Health Conference
    Occupational Medicine
    Getting to W.O.R.K.
    Workforce, Outcomes, Research, Knowledge                 September 2001                   
  • Current Controversies in Spine
    Daniel Freeman Hospitals
    Park City, UT                                                                  January 1997

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