Dr. David Yam, MD

Dr. David Yam, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Dr. David Yam, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Walla Walla, WA and has been practicing for 8 years. He graduated from Univ Of Tn Hlth Sci Ctr Coll Of Med in 2004 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

301 W Poplar St Ste 50

Walla Walla, WA 99362

Contact Information

(509) 897-8300

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • LifeWise
  • MultiPlan
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Spine Deformities
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more than 99% of peers
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more than 98% of peers

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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.  "

1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

75  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Astrocytoma
  • Back Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Tumor
  • 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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48  Procedures

  • 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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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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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
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Yam's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Yam to family and friends
28 total reviews (12 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (28)

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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
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.  


Patient Comments (12)

Dr. Yam is a professional, an outstanding surgeon, and by my personal interaction, a generally compassionate individual. He performed an L5-S1 TLIF on me in October. While my recovery has been slower and more problematic than most, I would guess, there is little doubt that he correctly...more
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Dr Yam is far the best doctor I have come across. He listens like if he had all day to spend on me, he reassured me on what tyoe of surgery I needed . He is just great Bedside manners are phenomenal. Thank you Dr Yam and PA that works with him you guys rock. Im 7 days post Discectomy/Laminectomy...more
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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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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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.

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