Dr. Gowriharan Thaiyananthan, MD

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Dr. Gowriharan Thaiyananthan, MD
Dr. Gowriharan Thaiyananthan, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Newport Beach, CA. He has been practicing for 16 years.

4631 Teller Ave Ste 100

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Contact Information

(949) 335-7500

Dr. Gowriharan Thaiyananthan, MD

Dr. Gowriharan Thaiyananthan, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Our compassionate and dedicated spine surgeons and pain management specialists are recognized as leaders in performing the most up-to-date minimally invasive procedures for patients suffering from spinal injuries and damage, or for our patients with chronic pain. Our goal is to provide patients with the least invasive medical approach, and better and faster recovery times and surgical outcomes.
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Dr. Thaiyananthan's Experience

Dr. Thaiyananthan'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
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery
  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Interventional Spine Medicine
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pain Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aneurysm
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Rigidity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondolthesis
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Spondylarthropathy
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Endoscopic Laser Therapy
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Joint Drainage
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laser Surgery
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection


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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.


  • Johns Hopkins University / School of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1997
  • University of California, San Francisco
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Institute of Spinal Disorders
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Thaiyananthan has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Thaiyananthan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Thaiyananthan to family and friends
based on 82 total reviews (13 with comments)
Dr. Thaiyananthan'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 (13)
in Northridge, CA |
I am very grateful to Dr. Ty. On July 31st of this month, he performed a surgery called Lumbar Micro-discectomy (LMD) for disc herniation. Soon after, I was completely pain free. I was able to walk out of the surgery center two hours after he surgery was performed. He is kind caring and more importantly, a very competent surgeon. Many thanks.
in Ladera Ranch, CA |
I had a very successful surgery. My pain in my neck was a 10 and now it is a 0. Very good surgeon and very pleasant and supportive staff.
in Corona, CA |
I really have nothing negative just all positives for this Dr and his complete staff. From the very first phone call to the initial office visit 100% most caring medical office and staff! Dr Ty was with us for a long time no rushing us and explained all Xrays and MRIs to us in our language. Dr Ty is deffintely one in a million! Thank you to Monica & Tammy as well for making a Mefical office visit comfortable and pleasant Robyn M
in Anaheim, CA |
He is a life saver, suddenly I wasnt able to walk at all with excruciating pain my back, Dr.Ty (Thaiyananthan) find the root cause in the way I sat in front of him (thats experience) & he got it fixed with just an SIJ injection instead of a surgery what other doctor told. Its hard to get appointment right away for the visit & also for the procedure which could've saved me from 2 weeks of unnecessary pain, but I understand how busy good doctors must be.
in Irvine, CA |
I researched the qualifications, residency, fellowship, and recommendations from other neurosurgeons to see Dr Thaiyananthan regarding severe lower back pain. He reconfirmed the MRI results on the monitor along with Radiologists comments and gave his diagnose in very clear and professional manner. He listens very attentively and offered all the possible course of action keeping the interest of patient foremost . I was so happy to see a neurosurgeon who treats you like a family member.
in Irvine, CA |
Such a pleasant visit with Dr.Ty. He takes his time answering my endless list of questions and never felt rushed. He is very detailed with his answers and I am thankful for his kindness. He is a very smart man. He accurately pin pointed where my pain was and I had my treatment done immediately thanks to his staffs. I'm pain free and very happy. Thank you Monica, and Tammie for getting me scheduled so quickly. Best staffs with the best doctor.
in brea, ca |
Excellent doc, took care of my pain.
in Newport Beach, CA |
Dr. Ty is one of those rare and amazing people that are hard to find in OC. I went to see him because my friend had surgery with him in Irvine and she went home the same day and was jogging in about 2 months. I had an epidural injection and then a foraminotomy procedure. I had no stitches to take out and 4 weeks later I'm waiting to cleared for activities which I think I ready for but didn't want to do until he cleared me. I love you Dr. Ty
in Aliso Viejo, CA |
Dr. Ty is a wonderful physician! Compassionate and highly skilled. My husband had intractable sciatica that shot down his leg. He had failed therapy, epidurals, and even surgery. Dr. Ty came up with the possibility of a stem cell injection. This was a cutting edge technology. I felt relief within a few days! No hospitalization. I am very happy!
in Anaheim, CA |
I love Dr. Ty. I was told I needed a multi-level lumbar fusion by a Hoag spine specialist. I ended up getting a one level microdiscectomy procedure in Irvine. I left the same day and now 2 months later I feel almost back to 100%. I highly recommend Dr. Ty and BASIC and their staff including Monica! Thank you so much!
in Tustin, CA |
Dr. Ty did my minimally invasive lumbar disc surgery. After I awoke from anesthesia, my pain was gone immediately. He is a miracle worker. The staff and facilities at the center was top notch. I have had good care at Hoag and Mission. However, what Dr. Ty and his staff provided to me blew me away. I would recommend him highly to anyone!
I was having neck issues. By looking at my MRI and going over my symptoms Dr. Ty was able to give me my options. I was scared to have surgery, but him and his staff made me feel at ease. They kept me informed step by step of what to expect. Everyone from the receptionist to the MA were kind and caring. I'm 8 weeks past surgery and feeling great! Thanks to Dr. Ty and the staff for all your GREAT work. I will be forever THANKFUL.
He's a great surgeon but his staff are horrible they don't do what they are supposed to do and the manager Kim is very arrogant it's ashamed he is a great surgeon but doesn't have the right staff to run his office in a professional manner
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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Bluegrass Family Health
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  • ChoiceCare Network
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  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Humana
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