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.
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'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 sanctions found
No board actions found
Dr. Yam does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Yam's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Degenerative Disc Disease
Head and Neck Conditions
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
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)
Spinal Cord Injury
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
Artificial Disc Replacement
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, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
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
Dr. Yam has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Yam has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Yam to family and friends
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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.