Dr. Ian Armstrong, MD

Dr. Ian Armstrong, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
59 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Ian Armstrong, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA and has been practicing for 26 years. He specializes in neurosurgery, neurological spine reconstructive surgery, and more.

Dr. Ian Armstrong, MD

415 Rolling Oaks Dr Ste 210

Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
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Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Armstrong performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Low Back Pain
very high
more than 93% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
more than 89% of peers
more than 86% of peers

Dr. Armstrong'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. Armstrong "Dr lan Armstrong is the founder and director of Southern California Spine Institute established in 1996. Dr Armstrong offers premier comprehensive spinal care and minimally invasive spinal surgery. This organization has offices throughout southern California. Dr Armstrong is a second generation physician. His practice philosophy can be summarized as cutting edge conservative, compassionate patient care. Where the latest surgical techniques are used as a last resort when conservative management has failed. He has twenty years of experience with spinal surgery and has been involved in teaching, research, lecturing as well as contributing to advances in the field of spinal surgery. He specializes in the latest minimally invasive spinal surgery, motion preservation artificial disks, major reconstructive spinal surgery, tumor spinal surgery, as well an emphasis in regenerative and restorative techniques for the spine. "


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8  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery
  • Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

71  Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Compressed Spinal Cord
  • Concussion
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Craniospinal Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Diseases Affecting Musculoskeletal System
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I, With Congenital Bone Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondolthesis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Cervical Without Myelopathy
  • Sports-Related Concussion
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Disorders
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis


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62  Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation Procedure
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Concussion Treatment
  • Decompression
  • Decompression Surgery
  • Degenerative Disc surgery
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Non-Operative Spine Treatment
  • Percutaneous Disc Decompression
  • Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Percutaneous Procedures
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Spacer Procedure
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine and Back Procedures
  • Spine and Sports Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Trauma Neurosurgery
  • Worker's Compensation Evaluations
  • 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 Kansas / School of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Ben Taub General Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • St Luke's Hosp-Baylor
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Texas Childrens Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • U TX-Houston The Methodist Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Veterans Administration Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Baylor College Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
  • University of Florida
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1992

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Armstrong has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Armstrong's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Armstrong to family and friends
25 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (25)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Armstrong'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 (1)

I'm a 55 year old female, I have worked all my adult life. In Oct. 2015 I was placed on disability due to neck pain, I had never encountered this before, I had neck pain pretty much forever but it would come and go, however this neck pain was not going away, it was getting worse. I was referred to...more
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