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Lew Disney, M.D., PhD.

Dr. Disney believes that patients need an individualized approach to their neurosurgical problems. This includes complex disorders of the spine and brain as well as peripheral nerves. There is no substitute for listening carefully to patients and guiding them to the best approach to their problem. Many problems of the spine and brain give rise to pain or other impediments to quality of life. Dr. Disney utilizes conservative treatments where appropriate to help resolve these problems and return individuals back to active pain free lives. Many patients don’t need surgery but instead find relief with physical therapy, exercise and activity modification. When needed surgery is performed in the least invasive way possible consistent with alleviating the patient’s symptoms and problems.

A frequent recipient of top doctor awards, patient choice awards and most compassionate doctor awards Dr. Disney takes the time to listen carefully to patients concerns and fears. Treatment options are laid out in layman’s terms to allow patients to understand their choices and what is being recommended to them. Most neurosurgical disorders have more than one possible approach to treatment and it is important to empower patients to make the choice that is correct for them.

A graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, Dr. Disney initially studied Engineering Physics and later medicine. The critical thinking and problem solving skills of engineering have been applied to neurosurgery with success. A surgical internship at the University of Toronto was followed by Neurosurgical Residency and Fellowship at the University of Alberta where he also obtained a PhD in Experimental Surgery. Dr. Disney has practiced in the same group practice in Southern California since finishing residency. Our name has changed but what has not is a patient centric approach dedicated to achieving the best possible patient outcomes. All the partners of the group share the same philosophy. When not engaged in neurosurgery Dr. Disney enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid skier, cyclist and aviator.

Education, Training & Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Physics, McMaster University 1979
  • Doctor of Medicine, McMaster University 1982
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Surgery, University of Alberta 1990.
  • Completed Neurosurgical Residency in June 1991.
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada Board Certification in Neurosurgery, 1991.
  • GAMMA Knife trained and certified 2009.
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • California Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • California Medical Association (CMS)
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