Dr. David A. Yam, MD

Dr. David A. Yam, MD

Neurosurgery | Male

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Care Philosophy

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.Read more

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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.  

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
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Dr. Yam's Care Philosophy

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.  

Dr. Yam says...

I treat a wide range of neurological diseases from the brain to the arms and legs, but my primary interest is in the management of spinal disorders.  I can offer the most up-to-date and modern approaches available anywhere and always strive to stay cutting edge.  I no longer perform any open spinal procedures and only perform minimally invasive procedures.  This results in some of the smallest surgical incisions for my patients and as a result some of the quickest recoveries possible.  

Dr. Yam says...

I trained with the pioneer of modern spinal surgery Dr. Kevin T. Foley and have integrated all of his knowledge and skill into my practice in rural Washington.  I can offer surgeries that are not performed in Seattle, Spokane, or Portland using these techniques and with great precision and skill.  I have over 5 years in practice and over 13 years of neurosurgical experience having performed over 4,000 different operations to date.  

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 experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  Malpractice claims in Washington not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • 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
  • Epilepsy
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • 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)
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • 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
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Fracture

Education

  • Medical School
    Univ Of Tn Hlth Sci Ctr Coll Of Med

    Graduated in 2004

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Tennessee / Memphis / College Of Medicine & Surgery

    Completed in 2005

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Tennessee / Memphis / College Of Medicine & Surgery

    Completed in 2010

  • Undergraduate School
    Ut

    Graduated in 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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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