Dr. Christopher Duma, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 61

Dr. Duma
Accepting new patients
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Brain and Spine Sgns Orange Cty

3900 W Coast Hwy Ste 300 Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Dr. Christopher Duma, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Newport Beach, CA and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Duma has more experience with Cranial Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Nervous System Neoplasms 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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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Duma

4.7

Based on 93 ratings

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Dr.Duma is an amazing surgeon! He was very informative and thorough in his approach to my emergency craniotomy. His personal touch to communicate and include my husband and sons every step of the way was very touching at such a scary time for my family. I will forever be grateful that he was the surgeon on call when I was admitted to emergency. It was my lucky day.
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SB – Apr 16, 2021
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I am a 37 y/o who has suffered with Essential Tremor since birth. When it came time to do DBS, I wanted to see the best… And that is Dr. Duma and his staff. They are prompt (your appointment will start on time!) and consummately professional. However, they treat you with kindness and respect, too… Which isn’t always the case with doctors! Even during a pandemic, he and his entire team made me feel so comfortable and heard. Ashley at the front desk who never fails to have a smile and genuinely cares about all the patients. Erin, who made what is usually a nerve-wrecking ordeal (telling all your information to yet *another* physician and his team… not to mention staple removal!) incredibly pleasant. Carol, the incomparable office manager who made the process of scheduling 3 surgeries (and all the MRI’s and COVID tests that went along with it!) seem like a breeze! The surgeries themselves were as smooth and pleasant as brain surgery can be. His team (I specifically remember Ciara and her
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Charley Wanamaker – Aug 06, 2020
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I had my surgery with Dr Duma in Jan 2014 and gamma knife in Feb 2014. The whole process was done without any problems. I have been monitored by Dr. Duma and his physician assistant for the last 6 years and the staffs has always been pleasant.
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vincent dang – Aug 05, 2020
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Dr. Duma is a wonderful, no-nonsense brain surgeon.  We came to him after mediocre experiences with two other surgeons.   He quickly understood the nature and scope of my mother-in-law's Hydrocephalus and was able to correct it quickly and effectively.  We could have saved months in a rehabilitation hospital had we known of him first.   He has our deep gratitude and highest recommendation!
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E.Y. – Jun 13, 2020
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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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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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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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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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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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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,...Read more

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
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Languages

  • English
  • French

Awards

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Dr. Duma has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

What are Dr. Christopher Duma, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Duma frequently treats Cranial Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Nervous System Neoplasms. See all practice areas where Dr. Duma specializes.

Where is Dr. Christopher Duma, MD's office located?

Dr. Duma's office is located at 3900 W Coast Hwy Ste 300, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Duma

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Duma treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Duma treats other conditions, please contact the office at (949) 642-6787.

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.Compare with other Cranial Neurosurgery specialists.

Dr. Duma is experienced in the area of Cranial Neurosurgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Brain Surgery
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
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High
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Very High
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Pediatric Neurosurgery

Pediatric neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures to treat diseases and conditions of the brain and spinal cord in children and teenagers under age 18.Compare with other Pediatric Neurosurgery specialists.

Dr. Duma is experienced in the area of Pediatric Neurosurgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Hydrocephalus
Chiari Malformation Type 1
Chiari's Deformity
Reconstruction for Craniosynos
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Nervous System Neoplasms

Oncologists diagnose and treat tumors, both malignant and benign, in or near the brain and spinal cord.Compare with other Nervous System Neoplasms specialists.

Dr. Duma is experienced in the area of Nervous System Neoplasms. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Meningiomas
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Brain Cancer
Pituitary Tumor
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High
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Very High
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Neurocritical Care Disorders

Neurocritical care specialists diagnose and treat severe and life-threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumor, and traumatic brain injuryCompare with other Neurocritical Care Disorders specialists.

Dr. Duma is experienced in the area of Neurocritical Care Disorders. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Hydrocephalus
Traumatic Brain Injury
Subdural Hemorrhage
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
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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
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dural Tear
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pineal Region Tumors
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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Dr. Duma accepts the following insurance:

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Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
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Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
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Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
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Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
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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
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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 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
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
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HealthyBlue Advantage
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Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
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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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Affiliated Hospitals

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

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Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

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

19 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)

Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

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