Dr. Alexander Taghva, MD

Dr. Alexander Taghva, MD

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Dr. Alexander Taghva, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Mission Viejo, CA and has been practicing for 13 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med in 2005 and specializes in neurosurgery.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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Top Care Areas

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Cranial Trauma
very high
more than 99% of peers
Traumatic Brain Injury
very high
more than 93% of peers
Spondylosis
very high
more than 90% of peers

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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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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

54  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • 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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21  Procedures

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

5.0
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Taghva to family and friends
6 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (6)

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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 (3)

Dr. Taghva performed a very complex 11 hour lower lumbar surgery on me 5 months ago. So far I am ver pleased with the results. Other neurosurgeons I saw were afraid to treat me. Dr. Taghva impressed me with his straightforward approach and professionalism. His manner is confident, but not...more
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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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