Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD

Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD

Orthopedic Spine SurgeryMaleAge 52

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Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD is a Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in Santa Monica, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Shamie to book an appointment.

Locations

UCLA Spine Center

UCLA Spine Center1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100 Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Shamie

4.0

Based on 48 ratings

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Dr. Shamie was congenial, professional and highly skilled. I cannot speak highly enough regarding the diagnosis and surgery I received from him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Mr. Stern – Sep 08, 2021
Dr. Shamie is a miracle worker. He solved a problem (disabling leg pain caused by my spine hitting a nerve) with minimally invasive surgery. He explains what he is doing and why he is doing it. He follows up. I recommend him without any reservation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Miriam Vogel – Aug 19, 2021
I was seeing Dr Shamie for over a year. He continually misdiagnosed my back pain and then eventually just said he doesn't know what it is. It's okay to not know what it is -- but the misdiagnoses set my recovery back indefinitely. On more than one occasion, our appointments lasted less than 2 minutes -- it was like he couldn't wait to get out the room and get to his next task. For something that was impacting my entire life, he could have shown some compassion at least. Wasted thousands of dollars and, more importantly, several months with Dr Shamie. I would definitely recommend trying another doctor first.
3 people found this helpful
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Feb 16, 2021
Go the experts! An excellent medical team headed by Dr. Arya N. Shamie and anesthesiologist Dr. Christina Nguyen. I recently had Anterior Cervical Discectomy (Decompression) Fusion (ACDF) C5-C6-C7 in UCLA Santa Monica CA. I was extremely nervous before the surgery specially after hearing all the “horror” stories about ACDF post op from my ACDF support group. Most people said they had a hard time swallowing and were on liquid diet for quite some time and their throat is very swollen. Having been in pain for quite some time, I convinced myself not to prolong my agony and face the adverse effects of ACDF surgery. My daughter woke me up along with the nurses. To my surprise, I can speak, swallow and no pain at all. I could hardly believe it myself because I was ready for the worst pain possible. I spoke to my daughter, “I can speak! I can swallow! I am not in pain! I was so thankful! I sincerely believe it is the medical expertise of Dr. Arya Shamie and his team that made it happen.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Sylvia – Aug 26, 2020
My 60 year old mom had an appointment today. She came in from Bakersfield to see Dr. Shamie. Unfortunately her visit was SHAMEFULL, based on her interaction with the office staff. She was stuck in backed up traffic on the 405, and had proof of the incident. The heartless staff wouldn’t even give her the opportunity to wait it out, while in pain, in the empty waiting room. She asked to use the restroom, because on top of her debilitating back pain, she also was suffering while in traffic, needing to use the bathroom and feeling sick due to the nervousness at being late for this long awaited appointment. The office manager had the nerve to badger her out of the restroom mid sickness threatening her with security. All of this happening in this large, quiet, empty waiting room. Heartless. Thanks for nothing Dr. SHAMEFULL.
7 people found this helpful
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May 29, 2019
Dr. Shamie preformed a successful discectomy/laminectomy on my L4 herniated disc in October. I am pain free for the first time in over two years. Recovery has not been much of an issue and I am slowly but surely returning to the life I knew before my disc went bad in 2016. To say that he helped me tremendously is an understatement. Highly recommend.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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C.Lund in Los Angeles – Jan 16, 2019
I have seen five plus surgeons, even paid out of pocket to a great spine surgeon who referred me highly recommend to Dr. Shamie. His demeanor was cordial although he didn't go over my MRI said he read it and it didn't match my symptoms telling me to go to a hand specialist. I have severe spinal stenosis, cervical mylopathy, why would he be this incompetent??? Supposedly he and a handful are experts. Anyway, he was wrong!! Found the top notch surgeon and its not this guy, disappointing
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
10 people found this helpful
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Sandra in CA – Jun 16, 2018
You found the right Doctor for your back pain! Dr. Shamie diagnosed my back pain and performed a Laminectomy/Lumbar Decompression which changed my life. I was having trouble sleeping at night and performing my normal duties at work. The post-op recovery wasn't as bad as I thought. With each passing day, I look forward to all the activities I use to do like fishing and hiking before the pain in my lower back took control of my life. Thank you Dr. Shamie and to my wife who recommended you.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Kevin A. in Palmdale – May 08, 2018
I have had experiences with Dr. Shamie related to both me and my wife. He stands alone as far as competence, demeanor, and ease of communication. You couldn't find anyone better whatever the problem.
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Jerry in Los Angeles, CA – Nov 08, 2017
My husband fractured his spine and has seen many doctors all of which either sent him home with meds or wanted to do crazy invasive procedures. Dr. Shamie very personable & patient when he explained the procedure needed. Due to my husbands pain, he expedited my husbands surgery. My husband went from not being able to walk to 99.9% complete pain free recovery. Thank you so much for your professionalism & kind heart, god bless the work that you continue to do. Your the best!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Sandra Lopez in Chino Hills, CA – Aug 11, 2016
After 10 years of doctors trying to keep me on pain meds, Dr Shamie put titanium pins through my SI joint, stabilizing it. My pain is 99% less and I feel great. His staff is fantastic and the other surgeons he works with are phenomenal!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
4 people found this helpful
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Snelly in Los Angeles, CA – Jul 27, 2016
Dr.Shamie is one of the worst doctors I have encountered. We went to him recommended by his family & friends and despite all this he catastrophically screwed up my mother's surgery. He did not open the nerve canals as he was supposed to, put in place implants that were not needed and was completely irresponsible. Avoid surgery with this surgeon at all costs. You can look him and see that he receives money from medical companies to promote their devices--same device he put inside my mother's back
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
10 people found this helpful
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Farnaz in New York, NY – Jul 23, 2016
Had complex lumbar decompression operation two weeks ago with amazingly good results. I am already up and feeling better than I have in years. Kudos Dr. Nick! You're my hero.
6 people found this helpful
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w1kok in Santa Monica, CA – Mar 16, 2016

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Shamie's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Interlaminar Spacer
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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(310) 596-1007

Dr. Shamie accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Vivity-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net of California
Large Group HMO
Large Group PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare HMO
United Healthcare
WellPoint

About Me

Care Philosophy

We believe every patient has a unique diagnosis and need. We individualize our care for every patient...and stress the fact that surgery is considered...Read more

Biography

A. Nick Shamie, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Nick Shamie is a Board Certified Spine...
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

2001
University of California At Los Angeles
Fellowship Hospital
2000
SF Marys MC
Residency Hospital
1996
UCLA Bone Research Lab
1995
USC
Internship Hospital
1990
University of California At Irvine / California College of Medicine & Surgery
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Persian

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (310) 596-1007.

Is Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Shamie's profile to make an appointment.

Does Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Shamie frequently treats Low Back Pain, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Shamie treats.

Where is Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD's office located?

Dr. Shamie's office is located at 1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD speak?

Dr. Shamie speaks Arabic, Farsi, and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. A. Nick Shamie, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Shamie has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Shamie is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Santa Monica, CA

83% Patient Experience Rating, 14% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

82% Patient Experience Rating, 13% higher than the national average

31 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

82% Patient Experience Rating, 13% higher than the national average

31 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Santa Monica, CA

83% Patient Experience Rating, 14% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Casa Colina Hospital

Pomona, CA

88% Patient Experience Rating, 19% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)