Dr. Alexander Taghva, MD

Dr. Alexander Taghva, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 37
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Dr. Alexander Taghva, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Mission Viejo, CA. He is 37 years old and has been practicing for 13 years.Read his story

26732 Crown Valley Pkwy Ste 541

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Contact Information

(949) 388-7190

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Health Net
  • Optima Health
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Taghva's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Taghva "Dr. Taghva is a board-certified neurosurgeon practicing in Orange County, California. He specializes in the treatment of neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, as well as other conditions requiring brain or spine surgery. He offers his patients unique nonsurgical options as well as minimally-invasive surgery and neuromodulation therapies.He received his medical degree from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which was ranked the top hospital in the United States by U.S. News and World report for 21 straight years. Prior to that, Dr. Taghva graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a degree in biochemistry. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Southern California, where he learned complex techiques in brain surgery and spine surgery, including minimally-invasive spine surgery. Dr. Taghva is a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Taghva completed a prestigious fellowship in neuromodulation and functional neurosurgery at Ohio State University. During that time, Dr. Taghva treated such conditions as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor using deep brain stimulation (DBS). In addition, Dr. Taghva has specialized training in the use of spinal cord stimulation in the treatment of chronic pain. He is considered a "key opinion leader" nationally in neuromodulation and is on the cutting-edge of these interventions. Most recently, he was a primary investigator for the St. Jude Medical Sunburst study, and one of the first in the nation (and first in Southern California) to implant the Nevro Senza device. He also has an interest in noninvasive forms of neuromodulation and was principal investigator in a trial using magnetic stimulation of the brain to treat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in conjunction with the Brain Treatment Center. Dr. Taghva's training has given him unique perspective on the treatment of many patients who have failed prior spine interventions, including patients with "failed back surgery syndrome," as well as patients who are not traditionally considered candidates for surgery. Dr. Taghva tailors his approach to each patient and can offer minimally-invasive options for corrective surgery or neuromodulation options for the treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Taghva's personal philosophy is that many patients get unnecessary spinal fusion operations, and he prefers nonsurgical, minimally-invasive, or motion-sparing alternatives for most of his patients. He also specializes in the treatment of uncommon pain syndromes including trigeminal neuralgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD). He also keeps an active practice of general neurosurgery, including surgery for tumors of the brain and spine, as well as epilepsy surgery, including vagal nerve stimulation. On a personal note, Dr. Alexander Taghva was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was a national champion tennis player featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd." He now lives in Orange County, California with his wife, Goretti, and two daughters, Ella and Lara. He now practices as part of Orange County Neurosurgical Associates and is director of neurotrauma at Mission Hospital Regional Trauma Center."

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Taghva "Dr. Taghva's training has given him unique perspective on the treatment of many patients who have failed prior spine interventions, including patients with "failed back surgery syndrome," as well as patients who are not traditionally considered candidates for surgery. Dr. Taghva tailors his approach to each patient and can offer minimally-invasive options for corrective surgery or neuromodulation options for the treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Taghva's personal philosophy is that many patients get unnecessary spinal fusion operations, and he prefers nonsurgical, minimally-invasive, or motion-sparing alternatives for most of his patients. He also specializes in the treatment of uncommon pain syndromes including trigeminal neuralgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD). He also keeps an active practice of general neurosurgery, including surgery for tumors of the brain and spine, as well as epilepsy surgery, including vagal nerve stimulation."

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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
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Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of Southern California
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Usc University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • University Of Southern California
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Ohio State University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Taghva has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Taghva's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Taghva to family and friends
5.0
based on 5 total reviews (2 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (5)

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Dr. Taghva's Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

in Mission Viejo, CA |
I haven't had my surgery yet but I feel so confident now that I met with him. He answered all my questions and put me at ease. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Dr Taghva performed spinal stimulator implant surgery 11/14. Helped me through the whole process. Very happy with the way I was treated, and I don't trust many doctors.
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Dr. Taghva accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Basic PPO
    Local Access Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Optima Health
  • UnitedHealthCare
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    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Taghva has admitting privileges

Mission Hospital - Mission Viejo
27700 Medical Center Rd
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Saddleback Memorial Medical Center- Laguna Hills
24451 Health Center Dr
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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