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Physician Directory | Christopher Summa, MD



Dr. Christopher Summa is a board certified, fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in diagnosis and surgical treatment of spinal disorders. He graduated from The University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and, post Bachelors, he continued his education at The University of New Mexico Medical School where he received his MD. His Neurosurgical internship and Orthopaedic residency were completed at The University of New Mexico and were followed by a combined Orthopaedic/Neurosurgical Spine Fellowship at The University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center.


Dr. Summa founded The Spine Clinic of Monterey Bay, a private medical practice, in 2000. Originally he provided general orthopaedic services to the community but eventually focused his practice on diagnosis and surgical treatment of spinal disorders. Dr. Summa now leads a team of medical providers in diagnosis, treatment, and surgical interventions for the spine.


Dr. Summa, while skilled in the standard techniques of fusion for cervical, lumbar, and thoracic spine, is diligent in spending time keeping current on the most innovative surgical techniques including: minimally invasive diskectomy, motion preservation surgery for cervical and lumbar spine (namely artificial disc replacement), and percutaneous spinal decompression.


Dr. Summa’s professional affiliations include: The North American Spine Society, American College of Spine Surgery, AO Spine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Society of Lateral Access Surgery, and many local medical and surgical societies.



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