Dr. Christopher Duma, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 61
  
Dr. Duma
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Brain and Spine Sgns Orange Cty

3900 W Coast Hwy Ste 300 Newport Beach, CA 92663

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(949) 642-6787

Dr. Christopher Duma, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Newport Beach, CA and has over 34 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Duma has more experience with Cranial Neurosurgery, Neuro-oncology, and Neurocritical Care than other specialists in his area. He graduated from State University of New York / Health Science Center At Stony Brook medical school in 1986. He is affiliated with medical facilities Hoag Hospital Newport Beach and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Duma to book an appointment.


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Dr. Duma accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Health Net HMO
Health Net PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
PacifiCare
PacifiCare HMO
PacifiCare PPO
United Healthcare
WellPoint

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Practice Areas

Cranial Neurosurgery

Cranial neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures that involve opening or passing through the skull to treat conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.

Typically treats 98% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Brain Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma performs Brain Surgery more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Duma performs this procedure more than 100% of their peers

Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma performs Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Duma performs this procedure more than 100% of their peers

Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma performs Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Duma performs this procedure more than 96% of their peers

Neuro-oncology

Oncologists diagnose and treat tumors, both malignant and benign, in or near the brain and spinal cord.

Typically treats 98% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Meningiomas
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma treats Meningiomas more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Duma treats this condition more than 100% of their peers

Acoustic Neuroma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma treats Acoustic Neuroma more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Duma treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma treats Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma) more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Duma treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Neurocritical Care

Neurocritical care specialists diagnose and treat severe and life-threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumor, and traumatic brain injury

Typically treats 72% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Traumatic Brain Injury
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma treats Traumatic Brain Injury more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Duma treats this condition more than 100% of their peers

Subdural Hemorrhage
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma treats Subdural Hemorrhage more than 71% of their peers

Dr. Duma treats this condition more than 71% of their peers

Cerebral Hemorrhage
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Duma treats Cerebral Hemorrhage more than 46% of their peers

Dr. Duma treats this condition more than 46% of their peers

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Dr. Duma's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Fracture
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Duma's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Duma

4.7

Based on 89 reviews

5 Stars
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I first met Dr. Duma for a consultation for DBS surgery. I was a little nervous with the thought of brain surgery. Dr. Duma put my mind at rest. He throughly explained every aspect of my surgery and answered all of my questions. The surgery was a success and was truly life changing. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Duma and his team. I highly recommend Dr. Duma, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment.
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M Stay – Mar 13, 2020
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Follow up Dec. 19 with Dr Michael Vogelbaum. Probably start radiation/chemotherapy
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Glioblastoma – Dec 14, 2019
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Diagnosed at 19 waited until 82 for surgery. The professional treatment given by Dr. Duma and the staff was outstanding. I couldn't complain about anything including everyone at Hoag Hospital. It has been 1 1/2 years now and I feel wonderful. Sorry I waited so long. Follow up treatment is very good also.
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Patricia Johnson – Nov 07, 2019
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Dr. Duma and his first class staff quickly diagnosed my meningioma that was successfully removed through surgery with minimal side effects. Due to Dr. Duma and his team's expertise in neurosurgery, my recovery has been swift and without complications. Dr. Duma has taken the time to educate me on my condition as well as my treatment options. Dr. Duma and his staff are friendly, efficient, optimistic and helpful. I am deeply grateful to them for their excellent medical care.
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Nov 05, 2019
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My breast cancer traveled to my brain. I had 6 tumors. Dr. Duma took care of all of them! One was so big he had to do brain surgery to remove it, the others he did radiosurgery with the gamma knife. Dr. Duma is a neurosurgeon specialist, the top in his field. My last MRI showed my brain free of cancer, thank you Dr. Duma!! I always felt that I was in the best of hands with Dr. Duma and his entire staff. Dr. Duma and his team, the Hoag Brain and Spine Surgeons of Orange County, deserve a higher rating than excellent...they are miracle workers, and just downright amazing!
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Deborah Newmeyer – Sep 14, 2019
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I have visited Dr. Christopher Duma both for Gamma Knife leading edge a year ago as well as an his supervision of a MRI Spectroscopy / PET MRI Brain Oncologic recently conducted at the Hoag Hospital. Mr. Duma and his physician assistants are all very helpful and knowledgeable in their experience, and I appreciate all of them very much.
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May 04, 2019
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He saved my life by performing an emergency craniotomy when I was brought in to Hoag ER.
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Apr 16, 2019
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His work was excellent His staff friendly Only problem he says things like discharge and forgets . Says he will call with biopsy did not. And when confronted not very nice. For these reasons I recommend him if you want a neurosurgeon in the burbs.
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Apr 04, 2019
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Absolutely wonderful Doctor! So professional and informative and helpful through all that myself and my family are dealing with ! Highly recommend! Thank you Dr. Duma and staff
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Kortney Robb in San clemente, CA – Mar 07, 2019
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Corrected a misdiagnosis by other doctors for my problem. Entire visit by staff and doctor was pleasant and very efficient.
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Buddy Carls in Huntington Beach, CA – Mar 07, 2019
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Dr Duma and his marvelous team got me tumor free (4 tumors!) within 6 weeks of diagnosis. Two surgeries and gamma knife therapy and I was only in the hospital a total of 4 days and missed only one week of work. He and his team were efficient, warm, friendly and optimistic. I love these people! Thank you!
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Laurie H in Huntington Beach, – Dec 01, 2018
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My experience with Dr Duma was outstanding. He addressed the problem with concern and operated in one week. Dr Duma removed a tumor of the brain completely and I have had no re-occurrence of the malignancy. Rod M Jones
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Rod M Jones in Long Beach – Feb 21, 2018
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Dr. Duma did multiple DBS surgeries on me for my Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremors. He is an outstanding doctor and very compassionate. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
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Mary Reynolds in Irvine, CA – Feb 20, 2018
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I can't express my gratitude for the care I've received from Dr. Duma. He explained the details of my condition, the surgical options and the prognosis in a very detailed, easy-to-undertand and compassionate manner. I am fortunate that my prognosis is good. Dr. Duma and his staff have been helpful and caring through every step of my treatment. I am grateful to have found him!
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Linda Kannow in Huntington Beach, Ca – Feb 06, 2018
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Dr. Duma is impressive. He is professional and personable. It seems he is the only Gamma Knife specialist in town and he just might be the best. Unfortunately, the professionalism of his office staff does not sinc with Dr. Duma's. From the office manager down to the receptionist, At the other end of the phone at Dr. Duma's office, you will find unprofessionalism, disorganization, rudeness and poor communication. Perhaps because Dr. Duma is never in the office. I don't blame him.
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Jan 13, 2018
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We are so thankful and Blessed to have the best Neurosurgeon in Orange County. My husband had a stroke in the year 2015 and was put in a coma. Dr Duma scheduled a Surgery for my husband to implant a Shunt which led to my husbands recovery from the Stroke. Dr Duma is outstanding, caring, Skillful, and awesome doctor. Thank you so much Dr Duma for saving my husbands life.
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Maria in Costa Mesa cal – Jan 06, 2018
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The best! My wife had Chairi surgery and Dr. Duma not only conducted a successful surgery but was very thorough and professional in every aspect from start to finish. 5 STAR AND HIGHLY Recommend!
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R Salerno in Irvine, CA – May 31, 2017
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I'm Martha Baraggiotta a Dr Duma survivor ,from the last Aneurysm i got on November 14th 2014 all the time i have to said in my name and my family name thank you !!Dr Duma to save my life" also to all ICU team for the good care i been received in Hoag Hospital . From the bottom of my heart Thank you Dr Duma ' you are the best!! Martha B
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Martha Baraggiotta in Huntington Beach, CA – Apr 22, 2017
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I have been seeing Dr. Duma since January 2013, when he did my brain surgery for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). He is an excellent surgeon. He is also a pioneer of the Gamma Knife procedure for GBM, which he used on me in October 2014, when my tumor had begun to spread. I credit that procedure and his skill for the quality of life I have today. I go in for follow ups every 3 months but I have been in remission since that time.
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AW70 in Aliso Viejo, CA – Apr 07, 2017
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THE best doctor that I've ever own. Very compassionate, intelligent, honest; everything one needs in a doctor.
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Sacramento, CA – Mar 02, 2017
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I have had more than 20 years of neurosurgical experience. I super-specialize in brain tumor surgery, functional neurosurgery, stereotactic neurosurgery, Parkinson's surgery, etc. My philosophy is that if there is a condition that I am not absolutely...

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1993
Georgetown University Hospital
Residency Hospital
1991
University Of Pittsburgh, Presbyterian Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1987
Georgetown University Hospital
Internship Hospital
1986
State University of New York / Health Science Center At Stony Brook
Medical School
1981
Colgate University
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • French
  • English

Awards

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Locations

Brain and Spine Sgns Orange Cty

Mitochon Systems3900 W Coast Hwy Ste 300 Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)

Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2017)