Dr. David Yam, MD

Dr. David Yam, MD

Neurosurgery  |  

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Dr. David Yam, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Walla Walla, WA. He has been practicing for 13 years. Read his story

Providence Medical Group

301 W Poplar St Ste 50

Walla Walla, WA 99362
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • LifeWise
  • MultiPlan
  • ODS Health Plan
  • PacificSource
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Providence Health Plans
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Spine Deformities
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Dr. Yam's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Yam "I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. I am the son of a physical therapist that inspired me to care for people. I am the son of an engineer that taught me to improve every process. I am the brother of two of the greatest men I know that keep me striving to their greatness. I moved to Washington in 2010 and really enjoy our community. I take great pride in my work, you are my neighbors, friends, and family, and will always give my best effort in your care. "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Yam "As a neurosurgeon, I oftentimes see people in their most desperate times.  My goal in providing care is to help patients and their families get through these difficult situations by providing high quality and compassionate care. I appreciate my patients putting their trust in my experienced hands and enjoy improving their lives using the most modern techniques and technologies.  I strive to have easy to understand discussions with my patients so that the options for care are not confusing or complicated.  My wait times can be a bit long which is something I am always try to reduce, but hopefully you will find my care to be worth the wait.  "


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Dr. Yam does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Astrocytoma
  • Back Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Breast Cancer
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Compression Fracture
  • Craniospinal Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Glioma
  • Head and Neck Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Cancer
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Fracture


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniotomy
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Surgery


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Background Check

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  • Ut
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2000
  • Univ Of Tn Hlth Sci Ctr Coll Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • University of Tennessee / Memphis / College of Medicine & Surgery
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • University of Tennessee / Memphis / College of Medicine & Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Yam's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Yam to family and friends
based on 26 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Yam Says:

I greatly appreciate both positive and negative feedback on this site and the others out there.  I always want my patients to succeed with surgery and with their lives after and feedback from you is how I can learn to be a better doctor in my effort to improve every person's life that I meet.  

Dr. Yam's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
Kennewick, WA |
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Yam. I had a bulging disc in my neck and I was able to meet with him and discuss my options. He answered every question I had and I felt completely confident in his ability to do the best job. The office staff was also very nice. Opting for a single level disc replacement, surgery went well and I had a GREAT group of nurses and didn’t feel rushed to check out of the hospital. My comfort was their top priority. HIGHLY recommend Dr. Yam and Providence.
in Kennewick, WA |
I had lost height, developed a poor posture, and suffered from increasing back pain. Dr. Yam replaced my lower 5 discs with synthetic discs and pinned and screwed it all together to repair the problem. He did a great job and though it takes awhile to get through the pain and rehab, I am so much better off now. I liked the atmosphere and care that I received at St. Mary's Hospital at Walla Walla and would highly recommend this for those who suffer from severe back pain...... Duane Garner
in Pendleton, OR |
Office is chaotic and unorganized, appointment wait times are unreasonable , scheduling 6 months out. Appointment was reschedules 3 times after a 2 month wait to get in. I would encourage anyone to do some research and choose another provider, even if you have to travel. We were able to get an appointment in Bend OR with an equally qualified neurosurgeon within 2 weeks? If you're in that much pain it's worth it. Will never recommend . He may think he has a corner on the market but he's wrong.
I'm sorry that your husband wasn't able to get in quickly enough and wish you well with the surgeon in Bend. Happy to take him back if they don't meet your expectations in the end. I am aware of your concerns with the wait times. I work 6 days a week now and really can't do more. We hope to add more high quality providers in the future.
in Walla Walla, Wa |
I have had 2 back surgeries, both performed by Dr. Yam. I don't think I could ever trust another doctor with care for my back. He is kind and compassionate. He listened to my concerns and explained the different options for care in a way that was easily understood. He even went as far as to contact my family in another part of the state to explain my procedure to them and calm their fears. He is amazing and his team is phenomenal as well. Thank you Dr. Yam for taking such great care of me.
Thanks for the feedback. It means a lot to have your trust and appreciation. I hope you will continue to do well for years to come.
walla walla, wa |
Good listener, cares about the results of your surgery, and answers questions in a manner easy for patients to understand.
in Pendleton, OR |
Lucky to have such a talented Dr. so close to my home
in Joseph Oregon |
Great Dr.!!!!! Answered all my questions,and has a great bed side manner!!!! He is very busy so getting an appt took some time but we'll worth it!
in Walla Walla, WA |
Great surgical results. No arrogance. You feel like he has all the time in the world to listen. Very positive. Staff is kind.
in Kennewick, WA |
I've had 2 back fusions and they both have been successful. I have issues which make my case more complicated( osteoporosis, degenerative spine and osteo arthritis) but Dr Yam has met the challenge with a level of professionalism and competency. He takes time to listen and has great bedside manner. You've got to trust your neurosurgeon when you put your life on the line, and I trust him with my life. I have and will continue to recommend him to others.
in La Grande, OR |
I think Dr. Yam isn't a Doctor that wants to take time out of his day to review a MRI. As I was told I didn't need surgery on my back. To where the Laser spine Institute in Tampa Bay Fla determed from my first MRI I did with the results of a torn disc a herinedted disc and bone spurs. Poor Doctor that doesn't take time
I am sorry that you feel this way but unlike Laser Spine doctors, I personally review every referral I receive. If I don't have the right tool, procedure, or option for you, I share that with your doctor and try to get you to the right person and place so you can get help.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Yam accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • First Choice Health
    First Choice Health PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Net
    Health Net PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • LifeWise
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • ODS Health Plan
  • PacificSource
    Preferred PSN
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Plus
  • Providence Health Plans
    Personal Option EPO
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Preferred Provider Network PPN
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Yam has admitting privileges

Providence St. Mary Medical Center
401 W Poplar St
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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