Jason M. Cu  llar, MD, PhD

Jason M. Cuéllar, MD, PhD

Jason M. Cu  llar, MD, PhD

Jason M. Cuéllar, M.D., Ph.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, CA. He provides compassionate treatment of patients with spinal disorders; both non-surgical and surgical. He focuses on total disc replacement (artificial disc replacement) and minimally invasive spine surgery. In addition, he provides non-operative treatment of knee pain, including injections of a novel biologic therapy for mild and moderate osteoarthritis. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is affiliated with the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center of Excellence and Dr. Todd H. Lanman of Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery. Dr. Cuéllar will spend as much time with you as you need to make sure you receive the treatment you deserve.

Dr. Cuéllar performs surgery primarily at the following locations:

Education and Training

Undergraduate and Graduate Training

Prior to medical school, Dr. Jason Cuéllar completed an undergraduate degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at U.C. Davis, followed by a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, where he researched the mechanisms of pain and pain pathophysiology within the spinal cord. He had an early interest in how exactly a disc herniation causes pain at the molecular level.

Medical school

After completing his Ph.D. at U.C. Davis, Dr. Cuéllar attended Stanford University Medical School. Throughout his medical school training Dr. Cuéllar continued to work in a pain research laboratory, completing post-doctoral research and a year as a medical scholars research fellow.

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

Dr. Jason M. Cuéllar completed his training in orthopaedic surgery at the prestigious New York University-Hospital for Joint Diseases (NYU-HJD). During this 6-year training period he treated patients at the two busiest level-1 trauma centers in New York state. He received training in spinal surgery from world-renowned scoliosis and deformity spinal surgeons Drs. Thomas Errico, Frank Schwab and Peter Passias, among many others.

While at NYU-HJD, Dr. Cuéllar completed an extra year as a musculoskeletal research fellow, performing both basic science and clinical research to advance the field of spine surgery and inflammatory cytokine research.

Spinal Disorders Fellowship

Dr. Cuéllar completed his final year of training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in the spinal disorders fellowship, under the directorship of Dr. Hyun Bae and Neel Anand at The Spine Center. This was a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine fellowship.

During the spinal disorders fellowship Dr. Cuéllar trained with world experts in total disc replacement and motion preservation surgery (Dr. Todd Lanman), minimally-invasive decompression and fusion (Drs. Hyun Bae and Neel Anand), minimally-invasive scoliosis reconstruction (Dr. Neel Anand), open spinal deformity surgery (Dr. Michael Kropf) and spinal tumors (Drs. Patrick Johnson and Todd Lanman).

Inflammatory Cytokine Research and Cytonics Corporation

Throughout medical school, residency and beyond, Dr. Cuéllar has been involved in basic and clinical scientific research investigating the mechanisms of pain for patients with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal pathologies. This research has led to the development of a new treatment for musculoskeletal pain in the hip, spine, shoulder, knee, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow and other disorders.

We have developed a method by which we withdraw a patient’s own blood, process it and concentrate a powerful anti-inflammatory protein called alpha-2-macroglobulin (A2M) that can be injected into the painful site.

For Dr. Cuéllar's full Curriculum Vitae (CV), please click here.

Dr. Cuéllar’s wife is an orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon in Beverly Hills. For more information, click here.

For Dr. Cuellar's story as a lumbar artificial disc replacement patient, click here.

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