Burak Ozgur, MD – award-winning and Best US Neurosurgeon
Specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery

Best Neurosurgeon in the United States - Southern CaliforniaBurak Ozgur, M.D. is one of the best US neurosurgeons specializing in minimally invasive spine neurosurgery for the treatment of spine conditions or injuries in children, adults and seniors, such as scoliosis, chronic back pain, neck pain, degenerative disc disease and more. His achievements have earned him a double-board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery. He has been recognized for his excellence, in-depth knowledge and expertise in this specialty by reputable healthcare rating resources, including the 2017 Super Doctors in Southern California and the 2016 Spine Surgeon Leadership Award by Becker’s Healthcare.

With an impressive background that includes a unique dual orthopedic surgery-neurosurgery spine fellowship, Dr. Ozgur has built his medical expertise on meticulous and conservative spine treatments that shorten rehabilitation times, preserve native tissues, and maximize treatment outcomes. Dr. Ozgur provides high quality orthopedic surgery-neurosurgery results combined with individualized and compassionate patient care.

A native of California, U.S., Dr. Ozgur has also dedicated a huge part of his medical career to clinical studies and scientific research involving spine and neurosurgery techniques and procedures, with numerous scientific publications in peer and non-peer reviewed journals, book chapters, oral presentations and books.

Expert Spine Surgeon with Exceptional Skill and Compassion

Committed to providing optimum and outstanding spine and neurosurgical care for each and every patient he treats, Dr. Ozgur has developed what he calls the “look, listen and feel” approach to spine care. This concept allows him to select the best approach that is designed around the particular needs of every patient, resulting in less pain and scarring, minimal blood loss, less tissue damage, shorter hospital stay, fewer complications and faster recovery and quick return to normal activities.

Today, Dr. Ozgur practices as a double board certified spinal and neurological surgeon in Los Angeles, Irvine and Newport Beach, California with full staff privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Hoag Hospital. He is the Director of ONE® Brain and Spine Center® and serves as Chief of Service over the Spinal Neurology Department at Hoag Hospital.


Experience, expertise and compassion greatly influence surgery success rates. Burak Ozgur, MD is double board-certified who have chosen to subspecialize in a specific type of neurosurgery. His specializations include:

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Minimally invasive neurovascular surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Neurosurgical oncology (tumors)
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Critical care neurosurgery
Medical/Surgical Practice

Founder/Director, ONE Brain and Spine Center, Newport Beach, CA.
January 2013 – present

Chief of Service, Neurosurgery Spine, Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, CA.
January 2012 – present

Director, D.I.S.C. Sports and Spine Center, Newport Beach, CA.
November 2010 – December 2012

D.I.S.C. Sports and Spine Center, Marina del Rey, CA.
July 2010 – December 2012

Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Department of Neurosurgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
October 2007 – June 2010

University of California, Irvine Medical Center
Department of Neurological Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery
Director of Spinal Neurosurgery
Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Spine Program
July 2006 – October 2007

Hospital Privileges

Hoag Hospital
Newport Beach, California
August 2010-present

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
October 2007-present

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery
May 2011

Diplomate, American Board of Spine Surgery
June 2011

Academic Distinctions

Dr. Ozgur completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine in 1994 and proceeded to earn his medical degree from the prestigious University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1999. After graduation, he continued his education with a general surgery internship, a neurosurgical residency, and a combined orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship at the University of California’s San Diego Medical Center between 1999 and 2005, where he was also trained by experts in the field of neurosurgery.

University of California – Irvine
Paul Merage School of Business
Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Transformation
September 2013

University of California – San Diego, San Diego Medical Center
Combined Orthopedic Surgery/Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship
July 2004 – December 2004: Neurosurgery Spine (Dr. LF Marshall, Dr. WR Taylor)
January 2005 – June 2005: Orthopedic Spine (Dr. SR Garfin, Dr. C. Kim)

University of California – San Diego, San Diego Medical Center
Neurosurgery Chief Resident, June 2005 – June 2006
Neurosurgery Residency, June 2000 – June 2005
General Surgery Internship, June 1999 – June 2000

University of Vermont
College of Medicine, Class of 1999
MD degree awarded May 1999

University of California – Irvine
Biological Sciences major
Bachelor of Science degree 1994


2017, Super Doctors for Neurological Surgery, Southern California
2016, Super Doctors for Neurological Surgery, Southern California
2015, Super Doctors for Neurological Surgery, Southern California
2014, Super Doctors for Neurological Surgery, Southern California
2013, Super Doctors for Neurological Surgery, Southern California
2012, Super Doctors for Neurological Surgery, Southern California
2013, Patient’s Choice Award
2012, Most Compassionate Doctor Award
(only 3 percent of physicians in the US chosen)
2012, Patient’s Choice Award
(of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians, only 5 percent were accorded this honor by their patients in 2012)
2012, Super Doctors, Southern California
(only 5 percent of top physicians in Southern California)


Dr. Ozgur served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery, Director of Spinal Neurosurgery, and Co-Director of the University of California, Irvine Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Spine Program between 2006 and 2007. He went on to serve as Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Assistant Professor Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center between 2007 and 2010.


Dr. Ozgur stays abreast of cutting edge practices and confer with peers in the most prestigious medical societies in the nation. He is actively participates in the following professional societies:

Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), member
December 2006-present

AANS/CNS Spine Section, Active Member
November 2006-present

Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS), member
September 2006-present

American Academy of Spine Physicians
September 2006-present

UCI Publications Editorial Board
December 2006-September 2007

North American Spine Society
July 2003-present

UC San Diego Graduate Medical Education, Committee Member
July 2001-June 2006

UC San Diego Resident Physician, Council Member
July 2001-June 2006

American College of Surgeons, Member
July 2001-present

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Member
July 2000-present

Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Member
July 2000-present

California Medical Association
July 1999-present

American Medical Association
July 1996-present

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Research & Publications

Dr. Ozgur has contributed to numerous researches publications and articles with focus in the area of spine and neurosurgery. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Ozgur has always been passionate about research, which has led to numerous publications and citations. He has authored more than 27 articles in peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters, delivered more than 100 presentations and co-authored a surgery book. In the book, “Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery, A Practical Guide to the Anatomy and Techniques,” Dr. Ozgur, and his co-authors who are all experts in the neurologic and orthopedic spine surgery, tackle the 18 most widely accepted minimally-invasive procedures in spine surgery. The beautifully illustrated book provides the most up-to-date material and the broadest perspective on the subject. Procedures range from simple to complex and cover the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine.

Competitive Recreation

In his spare time, Dr. Ozgur loves spending time with his wife and children. He also enjoys the great outdoors and adventures, frequently participating in fishing excursions and competing in competitive running events, obstacle courses and triathlons. An accomplished triathlete, Dr. Ozgur has competed in some of the top local and international triathlons, including the Los Angeles Triathlon, the ITU World Triathlon and the Turkey Triathlon.

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