Dr. Mark Hambly, MD

Dr. Mark Hambly, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 60
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Dr. Mark Hambly, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Sacramento, CA. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 33 years. Read his story

2801 K St Ste 410

Sacramento, CA 95816

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
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very high
more than 91% of peers
Spine Disorders
more than 83% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
more than 78% of peers

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Dr. Hambly's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Hambly "Dr. Hambly is a 1984 graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. He received spine fellowship training at the Wiltse Spine Institute and has been in private practice since 1989. Since then he has written scientific articles and is a lecturer on spinal surgery. He is board certified to the highest standards with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery."

Care Philosophy

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  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture


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  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

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 Massachusetts Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Umdnj University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Hambly has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Hambly's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hambly to family and friends
based on 75 total reviews (53 with comments)
Dr. Hambly'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 (53)
in Chico, CA |
I've been a patient of Dr Hambly's for the past four years. I've had two surgeries on my lower back to relief back pain and associated sciatic pain. Dr. Hambly and his entire staff have been exceptional in their care of my needs. I have found that their appointments are very helpful and educational related to my injury. Dr. Hamby and his staff always make me feel as if I'm their only patient. Dr. Hambly was recommended to me by a friend and I would strongly recommend his services to anyone.
in Marysville Ca |
Great Doctor, he explained exactly what was wrong with my back and what my options were and what he thought was the best option. He didn’t try to force any one treatment I took his advice and the results have been amazing. I would add his staff is very friendly. I would recommend him to anyone who asks
in Sacramento, CA |
Doctor Hambly is the best. He is straightforward, honest, and down to earth. I can attest to his skill as a surgeon. I needed a micro-discectomy for a large extrusion. Prior to my surgery I could barely stand or walk. When I woke up in recovery I was pain free, able to stand for unlimited time, and walk unlimited distance - without pain! Immediately after surgery I only needed Ibuprofren for soreness. Doctor Hambly has great skill as a surgeon and is a true patient advocate.
in El Dorado Hills, CA |
Dr. Hambly suggested surgery for my chronic pain. I am pleased with the results. He is very talented and confident,which helped ease my fears. He just states the facts and lets you decide for yourself. He is concerned with details,as far as comfort while recovering, infection prevention, and safety.
in Citrus Heights, CA |
The first time I saw Dr Hambly was in 2010. I had chronic sciatica pain. Injections were not working anymore so we decided on a micro discectomy and it got the job done. In February of this year I herniated C4-5, C5-6. The pain was debilitating. I met with Dr Hambly and we decided having them fused was the best option for me. My surgery was in May and it was a success. Dr Hambly is a great surgeon. He has been very supportive and positive. Thank you to you and your staff, you're all amazing.
in Camino, CA |
Dr. Mark Hambly's warm, calm manner helped to ease my terrified pre-surgery self. He had no problem answering all of the questions on my list, I was never rushed through exams/consultations and he maintained highest standard of care. I recommend Dr. Mark Hambly to everyone I can. Under his care, the whole trajectory of my life changed. I am now able to imagine and plan for the future. Living life instead of existing in it. Bittersweet when treatment ended as I enjoyed a "doctor crush" on him.
in Sacramento |
What a bitter sweet review I am writing. Dr. Hambly performed spinal surgery on my neck. It has been a long rough road for me that is still not at its end. Every time I go to a follow up appointment and see Dr. Hambly I leave feeling better then when I walked in. Dr. Hambly is an amazing surgeon and has a great bed side manner, I have never felt like he is not listening to me or my concerns about my medical care. He is a funny man with a steady hand. I truly appreciate him!
sacramento, ca |
I am extremely pleased with Dr. Hambly's treatment of my cervical spine problem. I had debilitating stabbing pain in my neck and shoulder and had been told by another doctor that I would likely need removal of a protruding disc and fusion of vertebrae. That doctor referred me to Dr. Hambly who reviewed my MRIs and told me surgery would do more harm than good and that I should have physical therapy. He was patient and clear. After 6 weeks of physical therapy I am pain-free and can drive again.
in Fair Oaks, CA |
5 months ago I experienced the worst pain in my life, from my groin to my knee. After an MRI, I was sent to PT/Nerve Study/Massage/Inversion Table/Chiro/Injections, then finally Dr. Hambly. He is AMAZING! He reviewed my MRI and found disc fragments in the nerve in my back that no one else did. They got me a surgery date, and now 2 weeks post op...I feel amazing. Thank you to his amazing staff and the team at Sutter Surgery Center and of course, Dr. Hambly. Thanks for giving me my life back!!
Fair Oaks, CA |
Horrible personal skills and diagnosis ability. Takes questions personally and lies. Does not, repeat does not care about patients. Never looked at films or charts until in the room, then quickly scanned them and stated there was nothing he saw that was wrong. Did not read radiology report. Appears to have disdain for workmanship comp patients. Would not recommend to worst enemy. Subsequent doctors found and diagnosed issues and treatment easily. Using same reports.
Pioneer |
I'm a 73 year old male with a past back injury which occurred on my job. I have future worker's comp coverage but couldn't get the first back specialist to do anything about it. I went through all the 'hoops', exercise, shots, PT...then was told I may benefit from surgery in the future. That was 6 years ago. The pain increased, developed nerve damage in my feet and FINALLY my MD recommended I see Dr. Hambly. BEST DECISION EVER. TLIF on L4/L5. Pain gone. It's been 4 months and still good!
in Sacramento, CA |
Yesterday I celebrated my five year “neck surgery” anniversary. I couldn’t be happier with the results and must say if you need a doctor you can trust and hope to have the best results, Dr. Hambly is the doctor. I know a few people that had the same surgery with a different doctor and they have gone in for a second surgery due to bad results. I’m very thankful for Dr. Hambly and his wonderful staff and will continue to say Happy Anniversary each and every year!! Kelly A.
in Paradise, CA |
Dr. Hambly is extremely proficient, knowledgeable, listens to patients concerns about their health issues, takes time to explain the specific treatments/surgeries that are available and is always available to answer questions about the surgery and recovery process. I highly recommend Dr. Hambly for treatment/surgery. I have had fantastic recovery from both the 2006 double laminectomy and the current single level fusion on May 24, 2017.
Great bedside manor. He is easy to talk to, he listens and answers questions.
in Sacramento, CA |
Dr. Hambly was able to expedite an appointment with him to discuss my condition and the best course of action. He took the time to fully explain my options, and we agreed that surgery was the best option available for my condition. In fact, he was able to schedule (because of a cancellation) my surgery for the next morning. The surgery went well, and Dr. Hambly referred me to a wonderful physical therapy office. I am grateful for the care I received with Dr. Hambly.
in Oroville, CA |
Dr. Hambly gets my vote for physician of the year. I have had back "problems" off and on for years which had resulted in Sciatica and unbearable pain for the last 6 months. His skill, bedside manner, patient empathy are above reproach. I love his sense of humor, direct approach and listening skills. Surgery on July 28th has resulted in almost zero pain at this point. He cares and I feel it at each visit.
in Concord, CA |
Dr. Hambly is awesome! He explained the entire procedure to me in great detail. His encouragement and support are unsurpassed. I followed the strategy plans he had for me and today I am pain free. I would recommend Dr. Hambly and his team to anyone in need, he is amazing!
in Sacramento, CA |
My experience with Dr. Hambly has been nothing short of stellar. His ability to explain my condition and surgical procedure in layman's terms is exceptional. He gave me a couple of websites to go to so I could research what to expect. My surgery, post-surgery interactions and later follow-up appointments have also been excellent. If you leave Dr. Hambly's office without fully understanding your condition & what to expect following surgery, you've only yourself to blame.
Sacramento, CA |
Very good experience! Clearly on top of his game. Well spoken and thorough, most all my questions were answered before I could ask them. Very approachable and open at consultations and all business on the day of surgery. No problem recommending Mark to anyone requiring disc surgery!
in Sacramento, CA |
2nd review: On September 30, 2016 Dr. Hambly performed surgery on my spine. I am now eight months post surgery and I cannot praise, or thank, Dr. Hambly enough. He truly gave me my life back. My entire experience with Dr. Hambly was positive, beginning with my Sept.9 consultation. He saw what horrible shape I was in and some how made my surgery happen in just 3 short weeks. I am now physically as good as ever and I am forever grateful to him for fixing me.
in Sacramento, CA |
An excellent surgeon. No pain afterwards. Very caring.
in Drytown, CA |
I cannot say enough about Dr. Hambly. The surgery he performed on my back in 2016 was a complete success, relieving 3 yrs of pain, that allowed me to fully return to an active athletic lifestyle. He is prompt, cordial, and extremely capable. I recommend Dr. Hambly very highly.
in Sacramento, CA |
Very warm and personal, took a real interest in me as an individual, explained thing to me in a way I could understand, including surgical procedure he used on me. Most times I dread going to see the doctor but Dr. Hambly has changed my opinion on doctors in general.
in Foresthill, CA |
Dr. Mark Hambly offered unbelievable professional care Dr. Mark Hambly fast tracked my surgical procedure from start to finish in four months
in Placerville,Ca |
We count ourselves fortunate to have been referred to Dr. Hambly. My wife was having problems with balance to the point that she was no longer able to dance. He is a no nonsense doctor who let my wife know what the problem was and what his procedure would and would not do for her. He did a great job, and she is now back dancing. Thank You Bill & Linda
in Walnut Grove, CA |
My experience with Dr. Hambly was great. He is very good about explaining what is going on and takes his time with you. He listens to you. Gave me several different options which I really like. Didn't suggest surgery right away. Very friendly also. I would recommend him highly.
in Sacramento, CA |
The best surgeon in town! His bedside manner is great and his commitment to patient success is what makes him stand out as one of the best surgeons in Sacramento. I've been suffering w/ pain for over 6 years, on too many pain meds, unable to work, and a previous back surgery under my belt by age 28. I am now without ANY nerve pain, off meds, and getting back to "normal". I cannot thank Dr. Hambly enough!
in Davis, CA |
Having suffered over nine months with severe back pain and after multiple MRIs, doctor visits and spinal injections, I came to Dr. Hambly. He immediately sent me to get X-Rays of my back - couldn't believe no-one had ordered them yet. The X-Rays showed that my L5-S1 disk was completely collapsed, causing bone-on-bone pain and pinching my sciatic nerve so that my left leg and Glute were often numb. Dr. Hambly did a fusion surgery on my L5-S1 and, seven months later, I am virtually pain-free!
in Roseville, Ca |
Dr. Hambly is an amazing surgeon. I feel so lucky to have gotten my back surgery done by him. He is very professional and took the time to see me multiple times to awnser questions I had. I didn't have that high of hopes going into the surgery because I had been in so much pain for the past few years I couldn't imagine life not in constant pain. I knew 5 minutes after waking up from my surgery that it was better. He went the extra mile to help me and I will be forever greatful.
in Granite Bay, CA |
Dr Mark Hambly is by far the best back surgeon ever. His "bedside manner" and his knowledge are amazing. I suffered from leg pain resulting from a spondylosthesis for approx 15 years as I was terrified to consider surgery. A friend recommended Dr Hambly to me. Because of her recommendation I used Dr Hambly for my second opinion and he immediately became my first. I will recommend him to anyone who needs surgery. His office staff is great
in Carmichael CA |
“I just wanted to thank the staff at Doctors Care for taking such great care of me when I was ill. I could tell that the staff worked very well as a team and ensured that I received high quality care. Thank you for being so compassionate!” Dr Hambly is a eminence surgeon, extremely professional Dr. I definitely highly recommend him to the entire State not only Sacramento. Thank you very much Dr. Hambly. I owe you my life.
in Angels Camp, CA |
My back surgery by Dr. Hambly was successful. The confidence he displayed in his knowledge and ability was proved out in the successful result of the surgery he performed. Thank you, Dr. Hambly.
in Sacramento, CA |
I was referred to Dr. Hambly by Dr. Schneiderman. Dr. Hambly was the doctor who figured out what was going on with me. I was seen by several doctors for my hips and back. I was finally diagnosis with spinal stenosis after an xray. Dr. Hambly knew right away and schedule me for surgery. I was seen on Thursday and had my surgery the following Wednesday. Yes, I would recommend Dr. Hambly to anyone who is having problems with their back or spine.
in Loma Rica, CA |
Dr. Hambly was extremely helpful to me. He explained the problem and the array of potential solutions. I was very impressed with his concern for the long term benefits for me. I feel as though I will be doing the process for me with the least risk. I don't if what we are trying will solve the problem, but I feel confident we will.
Sacramento, CA |
I went to see him for my back and he was so rude did not explain anything to me and did not answer any of my questionsi was really disappointed that he treated me like that because I read good reviews about him he just checked me and walked out of the room and I told him I was in so much pain he did not even care and told me too seek a different surgeon I don't recommend this doctor
in Sacramento, Ca |
Dr. Hambly was excellent! I can't recommend him high enough! His bedside manner put me at ease as I was headed into my 3rd discectomy. I had great results and enjoyed him and his staff during me pre-op and post op appointments.
Sacramento, CA |
Excellent surgeon. Very accommodating. Helpful office staff. Very good outcome with my surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Hambly.
in Ione, CA |
Dr. Hambly did surgery on me Sept. 19th, 2016. I have not one complaint! Surgery went well, and healing was quicker than I had imagined. I was instructed exactly what I needed to do to get well, and I followed the instructions. Office people were always kind and ready to help. Annette, Dr. Hambly's assistant was awesome and helpful to arrange for the surgery. I would recommend Dr. Hambly to anyone, he's very sharp and know's quickly what to do!! I would go to him again without a second thought!
in Winters, CA |
I was referred to Dr. Hambly due to a chronic back problem. After evaluating my condition he recommended that surgery could give me great relief for many years. His suggestion was to do as little as possible and still get the wanted results. Dr. Hambly seemed very pleased with my progress each time I visited him after surgery. After four months he has given me a clean bill of health but has scheduled me for six weeks of physical therapy. I would recommend this surgeon to anyone.
in Seldovia, Alaska |
Dr Hambly recently did a discectomy on me. The outcome was very good. While I hope I do not need his services again, If I do I would not hesitate to use him again.
in El Dorado Hills |
Dr Hambly was very professional and did not push the surgery route at all. He explained my options and eventually performed a micro discectomy. I am still in the early stages of recovery but the surgery went well and I would highly recommend Dr. Hambly
in Fair Oaks, CA |
Dr Hambly was amazing to work with throughout my surgery and the recovery that followed. He is very down to earth, and takes the time to listen to concerns, and is an excellent communicator. He stressed to me throughout my recovery to work hard and often. He gave me the opportunity to return to full duty as a Fire Captain after a successful surgery. What a relief after living the previous four years with ongoing back pain.
in Sacramento, CA |
I felt very comfortable talking with Dr, Hambly from the beginning. He took the time to explain my condition so that I understood my situation . His staff was very accommodating and friendly. I am very pleased to have him as my physician.
in Jackson, CA |
Dr. Hambly was very pleasant when I met him. He looked over my case and gave me hope. He performed the TLIFT which decompressed my L3, L4, L5 and fuse my L4-L5. My surgery was a success and I am back to work doing a physical job of heavy lifting. I would like to thank him and his staff for all they did. I highly recommend NCSRA.
in West Sacramento, CA |
very efficient office staff. Went for a consult regarding my low back pain due to spinal stenosis. Dr. Hambly explained the treatments, both surgical intervention, or non surgical interventions. He ordered xrays to show the condition of my spine and compared them to previous ones to see if there were any changes. He did not pressure me one way or the other regarding treatment decisions, but fully explained the pros and cons. I had surgery, and for the first time in years I was pain free...
in Pioneer, CA |
Dr. Mark Hambly is the best Surgeon I have ever had. He is just great very efficient and very friendly. He explains everything so that you can understand it. I would recommend him to everyone. Thank you Dr. Hambly for fixing my back I am doing great.
in Pioneer, CA |
I was extremely satisfied with the lumbar laminectomy with instrumentation surgery I had by Dr. Mark Hambly on Jan. 28, 2015. He was extremely knowledgeable about what I needed to have done by showing me on the x-rays. I felt at ease after meeting him. He performed the surgery well and I have not had any problems since. When I had an appointment, I was impressed by how prompt he was. He was never late but often times early. That was impressive!
in Chico, CA |
Dr. Hambly is very professional, and takes the time to explain all your options and what to expect before and after surgery. He answers all your questions and takes the time to explain everything about your injury. He was willing set my appointments early in the morning because of the long distance I have to travel to see him. His staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with everything from parking to paperwork. This office works well with Worker's Compensation claims.
in Folsom, Ca |
Recovery from surgery was almost immediate. The pain level decreased daily to a point that after a month I was able to quit my pain medication. I am still a little stiff but considering what I felt like before my back surgery, I feel great.
in auburn,ca |
I spent over a year in agonizing pain and after trying all of the alternative treatments was sent to Dr. Hambly. I found him to be kind, compassionate and humble, he has answered all of my questions, every one of them! Before the surgery he carefully explained the procedure, showed me the hardware and when I had a complication after several weeks in the rehab hospital he stopped to personally check me on his way home after spending all day in surgery. I have my life back again, thanks-Dr.H!
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Sutter Medical Center
2825 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Mercy General Hospital
4001 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
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Sutter Roseville Medical Center
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Roseville, CA 95661
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