Robert Watkins, M.D.

Dr. Watkins is a spine surgeon and co-director of the Marina Spine Center with his son, Robert, at the Cedars Sinai-Marina Del Rey Hospital in Marina del Rey, CA. His expertise ranges from innovative spine surgeries to treatment of sports spine-related injuries. His practice includes the successful treatment of professional athletes from all over the country as well as college level and Olympic athletes. He has served over 30 years as a spine consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Lost Angeles Angels, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and the PGA Tour. He has extensive experience in spinal surgery and post-operative rehabilitation of professional athletes and returning athletes to full performance. He has also been a consultant for the Cirque du Soleil performers, Olympic athletes, NBA, NHL, NFL, and the Galaxy Soccer Team. He is a Professor of Clinical Orthopedics at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine where he evaluates spinal problems in their athletes and participates in the teaching program. He is the author of “Surgical Approaches to the Spine,” published by Springer/Verlag, and “The Spine in Sports,” by C.V. Mosby Yearbook, which describes the treatment of spine problems in every major sport by the top experts in that field. He has lectured in cities all over the world. He is among the founding members of the North American Spine Society and served as the society Secretary. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee.


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