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John Finkenberg M.D.


Fellowship Trained in Advanced Spinal Reconstruction

Dr. Finkenberg has been in private practice with Alvarado Orthopedic Medical Group in San Diego, California since 1992. He is a general orthopaedic surgeon who has obtained fellowship training after his orthopaedic residency in advanced spinal reconstructive surgery. After attending U.C.L.A. Medical School, he completed his orthopaedic training at Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center in Torrance, California. He has been the Chief of the Orthopaedic Department at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and has served on the Executive Supervisory Committee for many years. Dr. Finkenberg is the acting Director of the Alvarado Spine Center. As a surgical consultant for a spinal instrumentation company, he has developed instrumentation utilized in reconstructive spinal surgery. Dr. Finkenberg has authored several published articles and lectures nationally/internationally on spine surgery. He has served on the faculty of the North American Spine Society’s national hands-on spinal surgery course. Presently he coordinates multi-center prospective outcome studies on lumbar and cervical spinal fusion. He holds a patent for diagnosing fractures with intrasound vibration and has sculpted statues that are on display at U.C.L.A. Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Grossmont Hospital Women’s Center.

Medical Degrees
Doctor of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles

Orthopedic Surgery
Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California

Spine, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Professional Appointments
Director, Spine Center, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
Orthopedic Supervisory Committee, Grossmont Hospital
Past Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
Editorial Board, Sports Medicine Digest
Faculty, North American Spine Society, spine surgery course
Qualified Medical Examiner, California

Professional Affiliations
American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
European Spine Society
American Academy of Neurosurgeons
California Medical Association
San Diego County Medical Society
Associate Editor, The Spine Journal (NASS Journal)
Section Editor for Spineline Journal
Board of Directors for Foundation for Orthopedic Spine Research, Boston, Massachusetts
FDA DSMB Chairman, Product Review

Additional Credentials/Achievements
Published author and international lecturer on advanced techniques for spine surgery
Surgical consultant, research and development, EBI, LLC, Biomet
Accomplished Sculptor
Donated Art of Surgery to UCLA Medical Center, 1997
Art of Surgery II to Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1999
Gift of Life to Grossmont Hospital Women’s Center, 2002

Media Appearances
Dr. Finkenberg has appeared in the San Diego media on several occasions.
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