Dr. Don Park, MD

Dr. Don Park, MD

Orthopedic Spine SurgeryMale

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Don Park, MD is an Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Ucsd Med Sch in 2006. He is affiliated with medical facilities UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Locations

UCLA Spine Center

UCLA Spine Center1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100 Santa Monica, CA 90401
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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UCLA Health Torrance - Primary & Specialty Care

UCLA Health Torrance - Primary & Specialty Care3500 Lomita Blvd Ste 100 Torrance, CA 90505
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At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions WellPatients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers TelehealthThis provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
  • Practices at Top HospitalAmerica's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ See hospitals

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Dr. Park's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Park

4.0

Based on 20 ratings

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Caring and highly knowledgeable.
I am so grateful to have found Dr. Park. He wanted to wait on surgery, I insisted, and we are both glad I was so insistent. He is highly trained and knows his field. I never felt rushed and he was patient and responsive to my in person questions and emails. 4 years post surgery and I feel great and learned how to do things correctly. I travel around the world, snorkel, and enjoy life. I am forever indebted to him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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AP – Dec 16, 2022
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Wonder Doctor
On September 2nd, I underwent a very difficult procedure by Dr. Don Y. Park at UCLA Santa Monica Orthopedic Hospital. I have dealt with long term, dibilitating neck pain which caused me to lose my balance and control of my arms and legs. Although the idea of replacing three bones in my neck felt extremely risky, I always trusted Dr. Park because of his outstanding reputation and his ability to communicate well and ease and concern I had before surgery. Today is three weeks since the surgery, I am happy to say everything went well and I have regained full functionality of my arms and legs! I owe a lot of gratitude to Dr Park, the incisions and pain have healed quickly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Grace – Sep 23, 2022
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Dr Don Y Park is AMAZING
I recently had surgery on my cervical spine...I needed two discs replaced. I am a very physically active 60 year old and was very nervous about what impact this surgery would have on my lifestyle. First of all, Dr. Park was incredibly nurturing and so reassuring about the entire procedure. The day I went in for my surgery, he came to visit me and reassured me yet again, that I would be ok. I was so surprise when I awoke that I felt as great as I did! The chronic and utterly agonzing pain I had been experiencing in my upper back, neck and shoulder was gone. I was thrilled! And, even after a very long day of surgery for Dr. Park, he made time to come check on my recovery. He was and is always so calm and reassuring. At almost two months post surgery, I am SO HAPPY with the results! I can't say enough great things about Dr. Park. He has always been responsive to my many questions, always reassuring and helpful, takes the time to listen to me and is a FANTASTIC surgeon!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Therese Rizzo – May 17, 2022
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Looking at his watch
Dr. Park couldn't wait to get out the door during our consultation. He spoke of the surgery like it was a piece of cake (severe anterolisthesis) and that the success rate was over 90%. Back surgery is very serious and the recovery can make or break the result. I want someone who'll put in the time with me, before, during and after surgery. Same for his physiatrist, Dr. Fish. Stay away from the UCLA Spine Center. It's like a factory.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
8 people found this helpful
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Mar 04, 2022
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Dr. Park performed min invasive spine surgery on my back in Dec 2019 on L3 L4 L5. Spectacular results. I had extreme pain in the lower extremities which is now eliminated. The recovery has been remarkable. The results far better than I could have ever hoped for. Dr. Park has a great bedside manner and his team is great, including his nurse practitioner Rebbeca S. Prakash.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Chris in Los Angeles – Feb 05, 2020
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Dr. Don Y. Park specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery at UCLA. He performed surgery on an area of diagnosed "severe spinal stenosis" in my lumbar spine that had me in deep pain and limited movement. When I awoke after the surgery I was surprised to find that the spinal pain had gone away completely -such relief. My recovery was quick - even at 80 years of age - and has persisted over six months by now. In addition to his excellent surgical skills, Dr.Park is as patient, gentle and courteous as any physician I have ever met - and I have met many.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Herbert Blumstein – Jan 19, 2020
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Dr. Park is amazing! I am a Registered Nurse who developed severe spinal stenosis due to wear and tear, arthritis and degenerative disk disease. Dr. Park showed compassion, and was kind during my interactions with him during the past 2 years. We tried everything but surgery was inevitable. I had surgery several months ago and My right leg numbness and weakness was gone as soon as I woke up from surgery. He was recommended by all of the doctors I work with and encounter.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Highly recommended! – Oct 16, 2019
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Dr. Park was amazing. I was extremely nervous to have my back surgery but he reassured me that it was an easy fix. Sure enough, after the surgery I had zero amount of pain. I would highly recommend Dr. Park.
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Apr 10, 2019
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Dr. Park recommended insertion of metal in my husband's spine which was contraindicated by the manufacturer of the product given his osteoporosis and their limited research.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
7 people found this helpful
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RW in Culver City, CA – Nov 17, 2017
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Doctor spent 10 minutes with me. Told me, a patient in my 20s, to live with back pain. He said my pain will get worse over time. Told me to stop working out. Didn't offer a solution.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
10 people found this helpful
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JR in Los Angeles, CA – Dec 30, 2016
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Dr. Park initially cared for me during an acute episode of spinal stenosis. I have congenital stenosis aggravated by arthritic and degenerative changes in the central canal and foraminal areas at a few levels. He was companionate,caring and most of all he was knowledgable and conservative. He moved to so.cal. From where my treatment began, if I progress from the stability I've gained I will likely make the trip for his expertise ! Dr Jeffrey T
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
16 people found this helpful
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Dr Jeffrey T in California – Dec 25, 2015
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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Park's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Interlaminar Spacer
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Upper Back Pain

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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr. Don Young Park is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon with a particular interest in minimally invasive spine surgery. He was born and raised...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2012
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Fellowship Hospital
2011
Stanford Hospitals and Clinics
Residency Hospital
2007
Stanford Hosp & Clin|Stanford Hosp & Clin
Internship Hospital
2006
Ucsd Med Sch
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Korean

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to schedule an appointment with Dr. Don Park, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients may call (310) 878-6095 to make an appointment.

Does Dr. Don Park, MD accept any insurance plans?

A list of accepted insurance providers is available on the Healthgrades insurance check. It is always a good idea to verify your insurance when making an appointment.

Does Dr. Don Park, MD accept new patients?

New patients are generally accepted by Dr. Don Park, MD on Healthgrades. To arrange an appointment, call the number on Dr. Park's profile.

What conditions does Dr. Don Park, MD treat?

Dr. Park frequently treats the following conditions: Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), Low Back Pain, and Osteoarthritis of Spine. See more on Healthgrades.

What is Dr. Don Park, MD's office address?

Dr. Park's office is located at 1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100, Santa Monica, CA 90401. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages is Dr. Don Park, MD fluent in?

Dr. Park is able to speak Korean and English. View profile to see all.

Is Dr. Don Park, MD able to provide telehealth services?

Dr. Park provides telehealth services. Please contact the office to determine whether you are eligible.

Is Dr. Don Park, MD affiliated with any hospitals?

Dr. Don Park, MD is affiliated with UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Is Dr. Don Park, MD a board-certified professional?

Yes, Dr. Don Park, MD holds board certifications in Orthopedic Surgery.

How much experience does Dr. Don Park, MD have?

Dr. Park has over 16 years of healthcare experience.

Does Dr. Don Park, MD receive good ratings from patients?

There is a star rating of 4/5 for Dr. Don Park, MD. Patients say that the provider explained conditions well and they trusted the provider's decisions. See all patient feedback on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Park is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Santa Monica, CA

83% Patients that would definitely recommend, 13% higher than the national average

15 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2023)

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

85% Patients that would definitely recommend, 15% higher than the national average

30 Awards Received

Award Highlight: State Ranking Award - Stroke Care™ (2023)