Dr. Duncan McBride, MD

Dr. Duncan McBride, MD


Neurosurgery | Male | 62 years old

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Dr. McBride specializes in Neurosurgery and practices in Santa Monica, CA. He practices at 1 location.

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    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (17)
in san pedro, ca |
Dr. McBride delivered on his promises to fix my back and get me back to normal.
in Los Angeles |
If Duncan McBride makes mistakes during your operation, he will do everything to avoid accountability and to make sure you are not compensated. The hospital will do the same. In my case, they refused to give me my medical records for three years, even after I had written to both McBride and the hospital multiple times. You may have a good result from your operation, but if not, YOU WILL BE SCREWED. There is a reason that UCLA was given an F rating for patient safety. Don't be a victim!
in Redondo Beach, CA |
I had tried everything for my back to avoid surgery. After 20 years of pain, I was finally introduced to the one and only Dr. Duncan McBride. Great Bed side manner and very professional. After going to several doctors, Dr. McBride had all the answers. His staff is very good at getting back to you with any questions you should have. The hospital stay was A1, from the very attentive staff to how clean everything was, I was very comfortable with the whole procedure.
in Rolling Hills Estates, CA |
Dr. McBride was one of three surgeons I interviewed before making the decision to have my second cervical spine surgery. I knew immediately he was the surgeon for me. His calm demeanor and apparent expertise put me at ease from the start. Questions that arose between scheduling and surgery were answered in detail by a very quick callback. To this day I am amazed at my lack of pain after this surgery. No more pain down my left arm or neck and no more daily discogenic headaches.
Seal Beach, CA |
Performed a C5-6 discectomy/fusion June 2016. 4 months later, still rebuilding the muscle in right arm with numbness but back to full activity with zero pain. Dr. McBride is very down to earth, clearly explained what was causing the issue, the fix, and was honest saying the nerve could be severely damaged and it may not help or ever feel the same. Based on my outcome, I have complete trust in Dr. McBride’s knowledge and skills and will be my first call if another procedure is ever needed.
in Arcadia, CA |
Duncan McBride may be the worst surgeon in the world. He made every mistake in the book during my surgery and then refused to provide my medical records so that I could get competent medical treatment elsewhere. I finally got the records after two years and eight months of writing and calling the hospital and McBride's office multiple times. Now I see in the records that McBride knew that I had screws pulling out of my spine on the right side just weeks after surgery but he didn't tell me.
in Ojai, CA |
Dr. McBride is an excellent surgeon. I whole-heartedly recommend him. He just did surgery on me two days ago and the whole experience was wonderful. He and the staff at UCLA-Santa Monica could not have been more caring and professional. Dr. McBride always answered all my questions, was easily accessible, and his skills are unquestionable. He was top-notch in every phase of this journey. I feel fortunate to have found him.
in Wilmington, CA |
Dr. McBride's diagnosis and treatment were right on the money. Yes, I have spent too much time waiting, but it is worth it as he spends a lot of time with me going over procedures and making me feel comfortable with him as a surgeon. I wouldn't want him to rush with me, so I am willing to let him spend time with other patients as needed. He fixed something that was hard to diagnose and killed the pain that had me afraid to move. I LOVE Dr. McBride. He's the best!
in Rosamond, CA |
Dr. McBride is such as amazing Doctor! I went to a doctor before seeing Dr. McBride about a painful bulged disk in my neck. That Doctor wanted to fuse my disks together. I got my second opinion from Dr. McBride and he was able to do a less evasive surgery that wouldn't need my disks to be fused.
in Los Angeles, CA |
I hurt my back over ten years ago, and have needed multiple back surgeries. Anyone who's had back trouble knows how difficult pinpointing the problem can be AND how difficult finding the right approach for your situation can be. I was so happy to find Dr. McBride. He is a no nonsense doctor that looks at your case as a whole to find out what would work best for you. He speaks to you in plain English and lets you know what you can expect. I have great admiration for him as a doctor and person.
in Bakersfield California |
I was experiencing severe arm and neck pain due to a herniated disc. Epidurals, acupuncture, physical therapy were not effective. I saw Dr McBride after suffering pain for 7 months. He mentioned 3 surgery options but elected to do the least invasive which would result in a faster recovery. Others suggested doing a more complicated fusion. I had the surgery going thru the neck. My arm and neck pain disappeared completely in 4 weeks. My sore throat disappeared after 2 days. Thanks Dr McBride!!
in Grand Terrace, CA |
Dr. McBride has been a Godsend! I have been suffering for over 40 years. I had shrunk over 4 in height. I was now in a wheelchair unable to stand or walk any length of time and had balance issues. I am 6 weeks post op! No use for the wheelchair. I'm going to have my life back. He was wonderful, caring, did it all in one surgery not 2 like others said. Shorter recovery. He explained everything, caring, a listener. He made rounds 2 times a day! Who does that anymore! I am a new woman/ so thankful
in Oxnard, CA |
I was referred to Dr. McBride after being told my thoracic spinal surgery was too risky for our local facilities. Dr. McBride was direct and honest about the risks I was facing. I was scared. He discussed my case with his spinal team, which I found reassuring. Having been a Registered Nurse for many years, I instinctively felt I was in the hands of a competent surgeon and an excellent problem solver. Luckily, my surgery was a success. So grateful to Dr. McBride and his team.
in Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. McBride was so wonderful to me and my family. He answered all my questions and was never rushed when talking to me. He put me at ease and was very helpful. I would recommend him to anyone that needed an excellent, qualified surgeon. The surgery was successful and I was able to continue with work after the recovery process.
in Keeler, CA |
The whole process of evaluation, recommendations, timing, the operation, recovery etc. was perfect. I felt confident that my particular problem had been seen and understood by the Surgeon; Duncan Q. McBride MD. The results were better than expected as confirmed by the post-op.
in Santa Monica, CA |
Good, professional, most importantly got the job done!
in Santa Monica, CA |
Dr McBride performed surgery on my neck and is a godsend. I suffered with daily severe neck and shoulder pain for 2 years. 9 weeks after surgery I am pain free and on a rapid road to full recovery. A friend, who also had spine surgery performed by Dr. McBride, recommended him and I am RECOMMENDING him to anyone with a spinal or neck problem. He explained things in words I could understand, listened, collaborated with me on a treatment plan and of course, he is an EXCELLENT surgeon.
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Dr. McBride's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1981

  • Internship Hospital
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Residency Hospital

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Danish
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities