Dr. Christopher Summa, MD

Dr. Christopher Summa, MD

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Dr. Christopher Summa, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Santa Cruz, CA and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and more.

1661 Soquel Dr Ste F

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna

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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Summa's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Scoliosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Summa treats Scoliosis more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Summa treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Summa treats Spine Disorders more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Summa treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Diseases
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Progressive Spinobulbar Muscular Atrophy
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Dysostosis, Anhalt Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Ryukyuan Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Scapuloperoneal
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type III
  • Spinal Tuberculosis
Spondylolisthesis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Summa treats Spondylolisthesis more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Summa treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Dr. Summa's conditions and procedures:

Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Aneurysm
Ankle Fracture
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
Arthritis of the Elbow
Ataxia
Autoimmune Diseases
Back Pain
Baker’s Cyst
Bone Cancer
Bone Disorders
Brain Disorders
Broken Neck
Bursitis
Cancer
Carpal Tunnel Release
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chondrocalcinosis
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Coccygeal Pain
Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Disc Replacement
Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
Ear Disorders
Elbow Injuries
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Epilepsy
Foot Conditions
Fracture
Fracture Care
Gait Abnormality
Gout
Hand Conditions
Herniated Disc
Herniated Disc Surgery
Hydrocephalus
Internal Derangement of Knee
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Joint Pain
Knee Dislocation
Knee Disorders
Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
Limb Cramp
Limb Pain
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Lupus
Myelopathy
Neck Muscle Strain
Neuroplasty
Neurostimulation
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
Osteoarthritis of Hands
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Osteopenia
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Pathological Spine Fracture
Pelvic Fracture
Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Rasmussen's Syndrome
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rotator Cuff Tear
Sacrum Disorders
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Scoliosis
Secondary Malignancies
Shoulder Dislocation
Shoulder Disorders
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Sjögren's Syndrome
Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Fusion
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
Spinal Stenosis
Spine Deformities
Spine Disorders
Spine Fracture Treatment
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Spondylitis
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylosis
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Steroid Injection
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
Thrombosis
Vascular Disease

About Me

Biography

Dr. Christopher Summa, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Santa Cruz, CA and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and more.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

  • 2000
    University Of Washington
    Fellowship Hospital
    2000
  • 1999
    University Of Nm
    Residency Hospital
    1999
  • 1995
    University Of Nm
    Internship Hospital
    1995
  • 1994
    University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine
    Medical School
    1994

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Summa's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Summa

4.0

Based on 16 reviews

5 Stars
68.75%
(11)
4 Stars
0%
(0)
3 Stars
12.5%
(2)
2 Stars
0%
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1 Star
18.75%
(3)

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Dr. Summa's Performance
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I got opinions from 3 different highly rated orthopedic surgeons for bad lower back pain. All recommended spinal fusion. I went to Dr Summa as my 4th opinion. He reviewed the other doctor's write-ups, my X-ray & MRI and said "I don't think the pain is coming from your back? I think it's your...Read More
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I have have nine surgeries over the years, I have had multiple procedures done at Stanford and UCSF, I have seen many specialists not only at all of the above facilitys but, locally as well. The point being, Dr. Suma is definitely one of the most conscientious, kind, grounded and more importantly...Read More
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I've had several surgeries w/ Dr Summa and I've no complaints. Always felt informed and comfortable after we both discuss the situation. Been through a lot w Dr and Surgeries and came out pleased given the circumstances.
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