Dr. Frank Coufal, MD

Dr. Frank Coufal, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 56
Dr. Frank Coufal, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas in 1988 and specializes in neurosurgery.

9834 Genesee Ave Ste 411

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 677-1755

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California

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Top Care Areas

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Low Back Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Degenerative Disc Disease
very high
more than 97% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 96% of peers

Dr. Coufal's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Coufal "The physicians and staff of La Jolla Neurosurgical Associates, AMC are dedicated to the compassionate care of patients affected with maladies of the central nervous system and spinal column. In that pursuit, we actively engage the most up to date, state of the art technologies to continually improve the patients' ultimate outcome."

1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

54  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
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22  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Stanford University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1984
  • University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center At Dallas
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • University Of California San Diego Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • University Of California San Diego Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Select Specialty Hospital Milwaukee
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Coufal has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Coufal's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Coufal to family and friends
33 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (33)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Coufal's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

Almost 1 yr ago the Mayo clinic, AZ did a very risky 11hr surgery to remove what Dr Frank Coufal did to me. Mayo does not believe in artificial disks in the lower back. They took that right out and needed to revise his fusion in which the screw stripped. Prior Dr C surgery he could not find...more
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Having been thrust into a totally unexpected and difficult medical decision-making role , I am extremely grateful for the continuous communication, highest standards of care and skill , candor, and caring provided by Dr. Coufal. Three weeks ago I was selected by my cousin to orchestrate his...more
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After 2 visits & a promise from him that my surgery would be performed within 2 months, I never heard a word back from his so-called office, which he only temporarily works out of. Then out of the blue I get a call saying that he could operate in 5 days. No preop preparation & after calling 9 times...more
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My mother needed brain surgery after a stroke. Coufal operated at Scripps La Jolla. After surgery we never saw him again. Only his PA saw my mom. In the ICU the nurse said the incision did not look good. I do not have a medical background and I could tell it was infected. The nurse called Correen...more
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Worst Neurosurgeon ever! Don't let his smooth talk and fake personality fool you... He did surgery on my back and his office would not follow up with me... WORST OFFICE EVER!!!! He has a swanky office and probably is able to pay for it because he does the surgery then DASHES!!! My back is still a...more
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