Dr. George Wahba, MD

Dr. George Wahba, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
38 y/o

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Dr. George Wahba, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Bakersfield, CA. He is 38 years old and has been practicing for 12 years. Dr. Wahba is affiliated with Mercy Hospitals, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Bakersfield.

Mercy Orthopedic Hand & Spine Center

300 Old River Rd Ste 200

Bakersfield, CA 93311
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • GEMCare
  • Health Net

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Wahba takes a very conservative approach to spine surgery, and believes surgery should only be considered once all conservative options are exhausted. His world-class training provides him with extensive knowledge in comprehensive spine care, including both conservative and surgical treatments.
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Dr. Wahba's Experience

Dr. Wahba's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Neck
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
  • Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica as Seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Cervical Without Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Fracture


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  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation Procedure
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Epidural Block
  • Facet Block
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgical Procedures
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation Procedures
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure


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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.


  • University Of California, Los Angeles. (UCLA)
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2000
  • University Of California, San Francisco, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • University Of California, Irvine, School Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of California, Irvine, School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Harvard Medical School
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Mercy Hospitals

is a Healthgrades Top-Rated Hospital

Hospital Quality

2017 Five Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment

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Dr. Wahba's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Wahba to family and friends
based on 39 total reviews (18 with comments)
Dr. Wahba's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (18)
in Bakersfield, Ca. |
After 8 months of deteriorating back pain and numbness, Dr. Wahba ordered an MRI which showed my L5 was herniated. He quickly recommended an out patient surgery that saved my life. He did everything he said he was going to do and gave me numerous options before we agreed to the surgery. This was Dec. 24th 2013 and it was the best Christmas gift I've ever received. Thank you Dr. Wahba
Los Angeles, CA |
If you're thinking about or have been referred to Dr. Wahba, don't waste your time - FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR! This man is ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS! He's the rudest person I have EVER met! Seriously go SOMEWHERE ELSE! Doesn't let you talk and is extremely RUDE! Not sure where he's from but it's unacceptable!!
in Bakersfield, CA |
I underwent near 5 hour surgery for a pinched nerve on the night of March 10, 2016 and I am so grateful to say that Dr. Wahba has saved my life. His expertise and skill as an orthopedic surgeon gave me a new life. I can now walk, cook, work, lie down on a bed, eat, and do other daily activities all thanks to Dr. Wahba. I can't stress enough the care and kindness that Dr. Wahba is. He is truly one of the BEST orthopedic surgeon out there and I can not thank him enough for giving me back my life.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Absolutely would not recommend this condescending dr. Very rude, relying entirely on one X-ray, and had no interest in trying to understand the pain I had or where it was coming from. Don't waste your time!
in Lake Isabella, CA |
Dr.Wahba's hands are the best hands you could ever be in besides God's. He is very professional and personal to your needs. He takes his job very serious which in his profession it is very serious. I check out my doctors before I let anyone touch me. Sorry to say there are many doctors out there who just want the money from sugery even if you don't need it. Dr.Wahba is a wonderful caring person. I have named him THE GOLDEN CHILD!! HE HAS HANDS OF GOLD!! BEST SPINE DOCTOR EVER.
Bakersfield, CA |
If I could get a zero Stars I would also. I seen Dr Waba he was really cool and upfront at first we had surgery unfortunately with his expertise did not fix my problem first follow-up appointment he has horrible attitude like he is God. He just became really short. And sent me for MRI I had a nerve conduction test done prior to surgery they came out negative. He said those tests don't tell everything. We went ahead with the surgery at the post-operative he sent me for new tests they came back ne
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Wahba performed a micro-discectomy on me due to severe sciatic nerve pain. It has been 6 weeks since the surgery and I am feeling much better and very happy with my decision to go with him and do the surgery. He was upfront and honest about what to expect after the surgery, I highly recommend Dr. Wahba, he's no doubt the best in town. I saw negative reviews about the staff but I had a good experience with them, especially the surgery coordinator, Nancy.
Bakersfield, CA |
I would not recommend this man to my worst enemy
in Bakersfield, CA. |
Dr. Wahba is a excellent doctor he is kind and understanding to his patients. On 2016 dr. Wahba perform surgery on my neck. I was having pain in my neck and down my arms. Dr. Wahba insured me that my surgery would go very well. Indeed I am doing real good now and expect to do better each day. Thank you very much dr. Wahba. This was endorsed by John Moody.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Ppl do your research and you will find he is one of the most top rated spinal doctors in the country and Bakersfield is lucky to have him here... I highly recommend him to anyone... Everything about the Doc and his staff is professional, kind , caring and super friendly.. Love those girls... Chris Tate... P.S. Don't mistake the confidence this man has for arrogance. He know his stuff.. PT 3
in Bakersfield, CA |
Seriously- this doctor cares and is not doing his job just for the money. He cares about the outcome. He is very serious about his work as surgeon. He is not the bedside comedy type of a doctor because what he does is seriously important in your recovery. He doesn't waste time on small talk because his talent is surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Wahba
in Bakersfield, CA |
Dr. Wahba is an excellent and caring doctor who performed a double laminectomy/discectomy/foraminectomy on my L4 & L5 vertebrae. He was honest and up front and carefully explained the surgical procedures, etc. Post-op I experienced very little pain and was off my pain meds within a few weeks. The surgery was a complete success with very little discomfort and I would highly recommend Dr. Wahba for any kind of lower back or neck surgery.
in Bakersfield, CA |
Kind of a pompous person. Not someone whom I think a regular Bakersfield person will relate to. Staff was insubordinate in offering information that was impertinent to current situation, against my permission. I am not the only person to have this experience, my friend had some serious surgery performed by him, and bit nearly half his tongue off. Wahba was less than sympathetic, and may now be facing litigation. Proceed with caution.
in Bakersfield, CA |
I am fortunate I was able to find Dr. Wahba. After xrays, an MRI, a few visits to Dr. Wahba and some attempts at physical therapy for a few months, I concluded I wasn't going to get better without surgery. Dr. Wahba was never quick to rush me into surgery. After scheduling surgery to lift bone off of crushed nerves, I could not have been more impressed and confident in my decision. His office and staff could not be more friendly and helpful (thanks to Jan and Christina and the others!).
Bakersfield, CA |
Just horrible, he cuts you off when talking and won't listen to anything you say. I waited two months to see him and all he basically said was hi, bye, and get a second quote from another orthopedic for peace of mind.
in Bakersfield, CA |
When I first saw Dr. Wahba, I could not sit, walk or stand without pain. I had a cyst on my lower spine between 2 disks. He explained procedure very well taking time to explain the need for fusion of the disks as well as cyst removal. Within a week I had no pain and although was in a brace for 3 months continued to have no pain. I year later I walk 4 miles a day, can bend and twist again with not pain.
in bakersfeild, california |
I have found that Dr Wahba is technically fantastic but his personal skills are lacking. He is so quick to walk in and walk out. It maybe the best and most correct solution to the problem but he should take a few more minutes to talk to the patient.
in Bakersfield, California |
I love Dr. Wahba. Doctor took his time to ask questions and help with my symptoms.Eexcellent service from the time you walk into the doctor's office until you leave. All staff act professionally and are friendly. I highly recommend Dr. Wahba
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Wahba accepts 19 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
    Beech Street (Multiplan) PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    CaliforniaCare HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Bluegrass Family Health
    Worker's Compensation WC
  • ChoiceCare Network
    ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • GEMCare
  • Health Net
    Health Net PPO
  • Health Net of California
    Large Group HMO
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
    Interplan Health Group
  • MultiPlan
  • PHCS
    PHCS Par-Multi Plan PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Wahba has admitting privileges

Mercy Hospitals
2215 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
420 34th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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Adventist Health Bakersfield
2615 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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