Steve Garfin, M.D.

University of California at San Diego

Steve Garfin, M.D.

University of California at San Diego

Steven Garfin, MD, is a board-certified and world-renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in the adult spine. Dr. Garfin is consistently elected as a Top Doctor in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence.” Dr. Garfin performs reconstructive spine surgery and provides treatment for people with adult scoliosis, back and neck pain, sciatica, spinal cord injuries, spinal trauma, and other spinal conditions and diseases.

Dr. Garfin has been involved in the design and assessment of new surgical techniques and instrumentation to treat spinal disorders. These include lumbar and cervical anterior plating systems, kyphoplasty to treat painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures, artificial discs, and biologic alternatives to bone grafts. His work has contributed to the development of current international standards in surgical care of the spine.

Dr. Garfin has received multiple awards for research, teaching, and clinical care. He has published more than 260 articles, authored 123 book chapters, and edited nine books.

Dr. Garfin completed his fellowship in disorders of the spine at Pennsylvania Hospital. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Garfin earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his fellowship in disorders of the spine at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Garfin is a member of most national and international spine societies, including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, and more. For several of these societies Dr. Garfin has served as president, board member, or program chairman.

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