Learn Advanced Spine Surgery Techniques From Our Specialists

Visiting Surgeon Program

The Visiting Surgeon Program is designed to provide spine surgeons an opportunity to study the precise techniques of minimally invasive surgery and deformity correction. Surgeons are welcomed into the operating room to witness all forms of muscle-sparing approaches to the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Surgeons are also afforded the opportunity to observe in the clinic in order to facilitate an appreciation for surgical decision-making and radiographic analysis.

If you are interested in participating in the Visiting Surgeon Program, please call (310) 423-9209. 

Recent Visiting Surgeons

Dr. Hrushikesh Mehata

“It was an absolutely fabulous experience for me. This visit has definitely broadened my outlook towards approaching a patient with spinal problems and has also stimulated me to think in different directions. Dr. Neel Anand demonstrates minimally invasive spine surgery in its true sense. I was lucky to see a variety of cases. I am grateful to Dr. Neel Anand and his entire team for taking good care of me. Thanks a ton!!”

Dr. Hrushikesh Mehata, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, from Pune, India

March 14 to April 14, 2017
Sponsored by the Indo-American Spine Alliance (IASA)

Dr. Jairam Jagiasi

“It was a pleasure visiting and working with Dr. Neel Anand. He is very organized and work efficient. He is my mentor and I love to work with him and his team. He really takes good care of his patients and gives them an honest opinion. I have seen him doing complex spine surgeries, which appear to be so simple in his hands. His success rate is 100% and I have seen him giving best to the patients. I like his concepts, his philosophy of doing charity and doing so many free surgeries. I wish him, his team, and his family good health and success in the years to come and also thank him for having me as his observer.”

Dr. Jairam Jagiasi, Spine & Joint Replacement Surgeon, from Mumbai, India

April 9 to 17, 2017
Sponsored by Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Medical College & Dr RN Cooper Hospital

Dr. Vit Kotheeranurak

“Dr. Anand, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for giving me this opportunity.  It was such a great experience here.  Your teamwork was perfect.  Thank you for teaching me lots of things, you are one of the best teachers.  I would definitely use those lessons with my patients.  My sincerest gratitude.”

Dr. Vit Kotheeranurak, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon from Bangkok, Thailand

August 15 to September 30, 2017

Dr. Avinash Jain

“Dr. Anand has not only showed me the fine techniques of performing spine surgeries, but also how to “knock down” the actual pain generator in spine.  He showed me how to correctly approach the pathological site.  I feel really grateful to his entire team for their coordinated work and especially Dr. Anand for letting me into Cedars and taught me enough within this short time.”

Dr. Avinash Jain, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon from Indore, India

October 10 to October 30, 2017

Dr. Rodrigo Lima

“I have no words to thank you for this opportunity in my life.  I could help a lot of people in Brazil.  I have a lot of admiration for you.  I will miss those moments with you.  Dr. Anand, you are an example to me, as a person and as a spine surgeon.”

Dr. Rodrigo Lima, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon from Brazil

November 3, 2017 to January 17, 2018

Dr. Srikanth Reddy Dumpa

“First of all, a great thanks for the opportunity.  Dr. Anand is a world-class renowned spine surgeon.  He rightly says, 'Identifying the problem and planning does 80%, execution is only 20%'.  He cares about his patients and takes time to do the job right and is a teacher of renowned knowledge.  I truly admire Dr. Anand and his team and learned a lot of new techniques which will be greatly helpful.”

Dr. Srikanth Reddy Dumpa, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon from India

April 10 to May 10, 2018

Dr. John Andrews & Dr. Andrew James Bowey

"I had a fascinating and informative trip.  I gained great insight into the surgical techniques and planning for MIS deformity.  Dr. Anand has a wealth of experience and talking through cases was very interacting and will be great to enhance my practice.  He is also a great host and I have had a fantastic time."  - Dr. Andrews  

"Great visit.  Fantastic to see both anterior and staged posterior percutaneous fixation in adult deformity surgery.  I have learnt a great deal and have plenty to think about.  Also, great fun spent with the whole team."  - Dr. Bowey

Dr. John Andrews & Dr. Andrew James Bowey, Orthopedic Spine Surgeons from Newcastle, UK

March 18 to 21, 2019

Dr. Ayush Sharma

“I had a great time visiting Dr. Anand.  Saw some good OLIF cases and complex spine surgeries.  But what impressed me most was his approach to patients and overall patient care.  Dr. Anand is a great mentor.  He inspired me to never stop learning." 

Dr. Ayush Sharma, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon from Mumbai, India

May 5 to June 6, 2019