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Cedars-Sinai Achieved Top Rankings for the 8th Consecutive Year in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” Analysis.

Facing the possibility of needing spinal surgery can be both intimidating and confusing. There are plenty of qualified spine surgeons in the Los Angeles area, but who is the best one for you?

At Saadat Spine, we believe in providing the safest and most effective care for our patients, founded on the principles of evidence-based medicine, research, and the latest techniques available. Our treatment philosophy is simple: Restore function and reduce pain.

Back pain? Referral to a surgeon? Need a second opinion? Dr. Ehsan Saadat of Saadat Spine is ready to help.

Book your appointment with Los Angeles spine surgeon Dr. Ehsan Saadat.

Dr. Saadat is currently accepting new patients. Click below to schedule your appointment online, and get on the path to improved function and less pain.

4 Reasons to Choose Los Angeles Spine Surgeon Dr. Ehsan Saadat

1. Dr. Saadat completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Harvard University.

Physicians who have not completed residency training are not qualified to perform spinal surgery, even if they are board-certified.

2. Dr. Saadat completed his spine surgery fellowship at Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Center.

A fellowship is a period of intensive training where physicians learn advanced techniques. Not all physicians complete fellowships in their area of specialty. Dr. Saadat completed his fellowship at Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Atlanta, one of the finest spine centers in the World.


Cedars-Sinai Surgery Center – Where Dr. Saadat is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery – Achieves Top Rankings for the 8th Consecutive Year in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” Analysis (2023 – 2024)

3. Dr. Saadat is a thought-leader in the field of orthopedic spine surgery.

In addition to treating his patients, Dr. Saadat is an accomplished author, having penned dozens of research publications, and book chapters, and most recently contributing substantially to Emory’s Illustrated Tips and Tricks in Spine Surgery. Dr. Saadat regularly speaks at national and international medical conferences and leads several clinical studies at the Cedars-Sinai spine center.

Related: Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles—Everything You Need to Know

4. Dr. Saadat’s patients consider him among the best spine surgeons in the country.

Dr. Saadat has received positive public endorsements from hundreds of patients on sites like Google, U.S. News & World Report, Cedars-Sinai, Heathgrades, and ZocDoc.

There is nothing more important to us than the well-being of our patients. Below you’ll find a selection of real quotes from Dr. Saadat’s patients. You can read the full reviews on Google.

“He is by far the best doctor my wife of 67 years has ever had!

Dr. Saadat was a Godsend!!! My wife has suffered from very significant nerve pain caused by spinal compression – level 8-9 pain every day. He performed a serious double fusion XLIF which was done in two stages over ten days at Cedars Sinai. She is now pain-free as she continues to convalesce.Jeff Seabright via Google

“As a retired RN, Dr. Saadat is the model that every physician should aspire to be!”

I live in Las Vegas and was in need of a spinal fusion. After researching for a spine surgeon I came across Dr Saadat. From my initial consult, my husband and I knew that I found the surgeon that I needed. Dr Saadat took a tremendous amount of time explaining everything that was necessary to restore my function. We traveled to Cedars-Sinai and I had my fusion in April. Dr Saadat visited me every day that I was hospitalized and has followed my progress since. I am 5 weeks post-op and feel amazing! – Gloria Cool via Google

“Thank you Dr. Saadat for everything you have done for us.”

After having suffered a traumatic fall my mother had an orthopedic injury to her back. Dr. Saadat was recommended to us. From the moment my mother’s care was in his hands, Dr. Saadat demonstrated a calming and thoughtful/caring bedside manner and very clearly had a level of expertise unmatched by other surgeons in his field. He provided the utmost level of care and made an otherwise stressful time into a much more manageable experience. I would recommend Dr. Saadat without reservation and would not hesitate for a second to have him treat my mother or other family members again. Thank you Dr. Saadat for everything you have done for us. You are a God send! Cameron Sikavi via Google

“Dr. Saadat is an amazing spinal surgeon.”

I’ve had two micro discectomy’s, both times I was dealing with severe drop foot. If I hadn’t had the surgery I’m confident that the nerve damage would’ve been more severe and I would’ve been in pain a lot longer. It’s been a month since the surgery and my body is healing fast, I do have some residual nerve “dullness” in my leg, but NO pain. Thank you Dr. Saadat for literally taking my pain away! And making it so I can walk again, thank you truly thank you.Brittany Sjoberg via Google

“Hands down the best doctor I have ever worked with.”

I broke my back in a sports-related injury in Eastern Europe and was having a very difficult time getting an American doctor to take my case while I was still abroad. Dr Sadat and his staff were very prompt in taking me and providing the necessary referral that I needed to be medevac’d home. He was the doctor I saw when I made it back to Los Angeles and provided excellent care and insight into my recovery which gave me in turn peace of mind, also essential in my recovery. Trudi Radtke via Google

I’ve recommended him to others already; they agree — he’s great.

Great surgeon with great staff. Very caring and personable; explains everything in clear and precise terms. Spends plenty of time, makes excellent use of technology, shows and tells what to expect before and after surgery. Very organized staff; no undue waiting time for appointments. Entire staff friendly and professional. I had serious work done on my neck; went very well (as he described). I’ve recommended him to others already; they agree — he’s great. Anthony DeCorso via Google

Even if you don’t decide to call us, we want you to know the key qualifications to look out for when choosing a spine surgeon. Below Dr. Ehsan Saadat shares his advice for things to think about when choosing the best Los Angeles spine surgeon for you.  

8 Things to Consider When Searching for the Best Spine Surgeon in Los Angeles for You

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Here are 8 tips for selecting a qualified spinal surgeon.

1. Has the spine surgeon finished residency training, and are they board-certified in their specialty?

The spine surgeon that you choose ought to have completed their residency training in neurosurgery or orthopedic surgery.

A physician who is board-certified in pain management or anesthesiology may be qualified to perform injections, but to be qualified to perform spinal surgery, they must have completed a residency in orthopedic surgery and/or neurosurgery.

2. Has the spine surgeon undergone advanced spine surgery training via a fellowship?

Ideally, the spine surgeon you choose will have received training beyond her residency. This training often comes in the form of a fellowship.

Fellowships provide specialized training on advanced techniques like minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal reconstruction, and spinal fusion.

Dr. Saddat completed his Spine Surgery Fellowship at Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Atlanta, GA.

3. Should you be treated by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?

While both orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons can perform most varieties of spinal surgery, there is an important difference in their training.

The 5-year residency of orthopedic surgeons provides training in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal refers to joints, bones, muscles, and nerves.

Alternatively, the residency training for neurosurgeons focuses on disorders of the brain and spine.

Therefore, it’s important that you know whether the spine surgeon you are considering is an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon, and that you choose the right one based on your condition.

Dr. Saadat is an orthopedic spine surgeon who completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Harvard University.

4. How often does your surgeon perform the operation that he or she is recommending?

Ask about other surgical options, such as minimally-invasive surgery or motion-preserving surgery, and their relative advantages and disadvantages. Additionally, you should confirm whether your surgeon has considered other options in treating the problem at hand. 

These questions should not offend your surgeon. Most spinal problems can be effectively treated without surgery and, except in rare circumstances, surgery should not be the first option in treating a spinal problem.

If your spinal surgeon has not considered non-surgical options or has not discussed other surgical methods of addressing your spinal problem, it might be good to get a second opinion.

5. Where will the surgery be performed? Does the hospital or surgery center perform a high volume of spinal surgeries?

Ask if your surgeon is part of a multi-disciplinary and well-recognized spine center. 

As with many other things in medicine, repetition can mean more expertise. Having surgery at a center where a high volume of spine surgery is performed every year might mean that more resources and advanced facilities are available and that systems are in place to reduce complications and adverse events.

Being part of a multi-disciplinary spine center usually means that your surgeon works closely with a team of other providers. 

6. Does your spine surgeon support your decision to get a second opinion?

It is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion before committing to undergoing spine surgery. It is a significant red flag if the spine surgeon you are considering – or already being treated by – takes offense to your desire to get a second opinion.

At Saadat Spine, we routinely see folks who want a second (or third) opinion before committing to surgery, and we encourage our patients to seek the same. There is rarely anything to lose by getting a second opinion, and much to gain. The best spine surgeon for you should know this and support your choice in doing so.

7. Does your Los Angeles spine specialist have a good bedside manner?

It’s no secret that recovering from spine surgery is challenging. That’s why it’s crucial to find a spine surgeon with a good bedside manner who is willing to answer your questions throughout your recovery—even when it seems inconvenient.

This is because the best spine specialist understands that clear communication and emotional support are vital for a successful recovery. A surgeon who listens and responds to your concerns can help you feel more comfortable and confident in your treatment plan, reducing anxiety and promoting better outcomes. Their willingness to engage with you throughout the recovery process ensures that any complications or uncertainties are promptly addressed, leading to a smoother and more effective healing experience.

8. Does your spine surgeon in Los Angeles have good online reviews?

Reviews are a great way to understand what it’s like to work with a particular Los Angeles orthopedic spine surgeon. We are proud to have earned dozens of reviews from our patients.

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One of the dozens of 5-star reviews for Los Angeles spine specialist Ehsan Saadat, MD.

If you’re considering reaching out to us for a consultation, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to review what our patients say about us on Google, Healthgrades, ZocDoc, and Yelp.

Los Angeles Spine Surgeon Ehsan Saadat is Ready to Assist You

We hope you’ll contact us if you are searching for a Los Angeles spine surgeon. At Saadat Spine, we have locations in Los Angeles and Orange County. We also offer virtual consultations so that we can get to know you, ask you questions about your condition, and provide you with your options for treatment.

Book an appointment online or call 310-961-9820 today to learn how we can assist you.