Dr. Kenneth Yonemura, MD

Dr. Kenneth Yonemura, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
58 y/o
18 reviews

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  • Aetna
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
  • Cigna
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MultiPlan
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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You, the patient, are the most important person to our practice. We are committed to providing the best possible medical care. Excellence is our goal. We have worked to provide a full range of service and highly trained and knowledgeable staff who have been together for some ten years plus. We look forward to being part of your medical team.Read more

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Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to evaluate you for your current neurosurgical problem. To help you feel comfortable...Read more

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I strongly recommend Dr. Yonemura. He was recommended to me by another doctor who had undergone spinal surgery with Dr. Yonemura. It was the best decision I made. I was his first patient at Wasatch Neurological Surgery nearly five years ago. He did a discectomy with a small incision of less than two inches. My sciatica pain was gone immediately. I was dismissed from Lakeview Hospital after three days, back to work after one week and traveling after three weeks. No pain/problems since.
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Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to evaluate you for your current neurosurgical problem. To help you feel comfortable with your upcoming appointment, I would like to provide some introductory background about myself.

I was born and raised in Southern California and obtained a B.S. in psychobiology at the University of Southern California prior to attending medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. My neurosurgical residency training occurred at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCIMC) and was completed in 1990. I was then selected as a spinal surgery fellow at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ that I completed in 1991. I returned to UCIMC as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery but, at the request of my chairman Dr. Ronald F. Young, I joined him in private practice in Seattle in 1993. 

I received certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in May of 1995 and since that time, my practice has evolved to focus primarily on complex spine and peripheral nerve disorders. I have been a FDA investigator for both lumbar and cervical interbody fusion cages as well as motion preservation techniques that include artificial disc and facet replacement technology. I am also actively involved in the development minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of cervical and lumbar disc disease including the design of one of the first generation percutaneous pedicle screw systems.

My desire to remain active in research and teaching prompted my return to academic medicine at SUNY-Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY in 1999 but a desire to be closer to family on the west coast prompted my relocation to Salt Lake City in 2005, in the Neurosurgery Department at the University of Utah until 2011 when I returned to private practice. I have now accepted the medical directorship for the NeuroSpine Institute in Park City. I will be seeing patients in Bountiful, Park City, and Salt Lake City. My primary hospital is Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful and I will be using the Restitute Surgery Center in Park City and the Cottonwood Surgery Center in Murray, UT.

Although many patients believe that their referring physician will send all of their records, frequently these records are not available. I would strongly advise that these records and diagnostic studies (DVD discs, as reports alone are insufficient) be personally obtained and hand carried to your upcoming appointment. The absence of any pertinent diagnostic studies (i.e. x-rays, CAT scans, MRI scans) will definitely delay my ability to come to an accurate diagnosis or determine an appropriate course of action. If you should encounter any difficulties please call for assistance.

I look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Yonemura's Care Philosophy

You, the patient, are the most important person to our practice. We are committed to providing the best possible medical care. Excellence is our goal. We have worked to provide a full range of service and highly trained and knowledgeable staff who have been together for some ten years plus. We look forward to being part of your medical team.

Dr. Yonemura'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
  •  Malpractice claims in Utah not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Injury
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


  • Medical School
    Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University

    Graduated in 1984

  • Internship Hospital
    Uc Irvine-Med Ctr

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    University Ca Irvine Med Center

    Completed in 1990

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Barrow Neurologial Inst

    Completed in 1991

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Southern California

    Graduated in 1980

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Decompression
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Spacer Procedure
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
  • Trigger Point Injection