Dr. Praveen Prasad, MD

Dr. Praveen Prasad, MD

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64 y/o
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Dr. Praveen Prasad, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Sacramento, CA and has been practicing for 38 years. He specializes in neurosurgery, neurological spine surgery, and more.

Mercy Medical Group

3939 J St Ste 250

Sacramento, CA 95819
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
  • MultiPlan
  • Networks By Design
  • Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Western Health Advantage

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Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Shield of California
ChoiceCare Network
Cigna
Coventry Health Care
Health Net
HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
Interplan Health Group
MultiPlan
Networks By Design
Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
Western Health Advantage

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Prasad's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Spondylosis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Prasad treats Spondylosis more than 73% of his peers

Dr. Prasad treats this condition more than 73% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Prasad treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 72% of his peers

Dr. Prasad treats this condition more than 72% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
Spine Disorders
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Prasad treats Spine Disorders more than 71% of his peers

Dr. Prasad treats this condition more than 71% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Diseases
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Progressive Spinobulbar Muscular Atrophy
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Dysostosis, Anhalt Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Ryukyuan Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Scapuloperoneal
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type III
  • Spinal Tuberculosis

Dr. Prasad's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthropathy of Spinal Facet Joint
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Block
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Compression Fracture
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniotomy
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • Decompression Surgery
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Facet Joint Synovial Cysts
  • Facetectomy
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Procedure
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Block
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Injection
  • Medical Branch Block
  • Meningiomas
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuromodulation
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Spacer Procedure
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Transforaminal Epidural Block
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Vertebroplasty
  • X Stop® Interspinous Process Decompression System
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure

About Me

Care Philosophy

I apply the same standard of care, compassion and conscientiousness to all patients that you would expect for your own family.   To paraphrase the Golden Rule, “Take care of others as you would want others to take care of you.”

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurosurgery

Education

1987
UC Davis Sch Med/Med Ctr
1981
UC Davis Sch Med/Med Ctr
Residency Hospital
1979
UC Davis Sch Med/Med Ctr
Internship Hospital
1978
University Of California, School Of Medicine
Medical School
1974
Stanford University
Undergraduate School
1987
1981
1979
1978
1974

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Director of Neurosurgery at the Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California, 2016
  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, 2016
  • Chief of Neurosurgery at Mercy General Hospital, 2016

Dr. Prasad's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Prasad

4.8

Based on 62 reviews

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What a fabulous Dr! He takes his time listening to your issues. Together you agree on the correct steps that fit your best way to become healthy. The surgery I had with him went better than I expected. My pain was gone! He has great bedside manner. I would highly suggest him and his staff!
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Dr. Prasad and his team are the BEST. I have had debilitating headaches due to my cervical spine for the past three years. I just finished a nine day trial with the Nevro HF10 Spinal Cord Stimulator, and we are preparing to have it permanently implanted. I did not suffer a single headache during the trial. Dr. Prasad, Jennifer, and Maritza were very informative of the benefits and risks of the Spinal Cord Stimulator. Dr. Prasad is easy to talk to and he listens to any concerns and fears you might have. I feel I am very fortunate to have Dr. Prasad performing my procedures.
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It's been just a year since I first met with Dr. Prasad and his team. MRIs of my lower back and neck showed severe deterioration of spinal canals and discs. The pain in my lower back and legs was crippling. Dr. Prasad clearly explained what was happening to my spinal system, how it wouldn't get better without treatment, and what my options were to relieve the pain. Dr. Prasad was so compassionate and patient. By the grace of God, I was directed to a true physician, one who cared for me more than the process. There was no feeling of being rushed through consultation, nor was I pushed for a quick decision. I knew what to expect from surgery. Given the severity of my spinal stenosis, Dr. Prasad and his team saved my life. I treasure his compassion and dedication to his patients. He is a true physician.
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A year ago my wife was crippled by back pain. After tests, our primary care physician referred her to Dr. Prasad. His examination revealed severe spinal stenosis in two places. He performed surgery on her lower spine which resulted in relief of her pain. Dr. Prasad utilized the latest techniques and materials to treat my wife. But his greatest gift is an old school commitment to patient care as a first priority. Together with his able assistant Dr. Jennifer Bowman, he led us through a great ordeal. I have my wife today because we met Dr. Prasad.
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Dr. Prasad is amazing! Right from the very first appointment I had with him to discuss my cervical spine issues. He explained everything to me in detail while also showing me the areas of concern on my MRI. I had surgery to replace 2 discs in my neck on February 19, 2019. Everything went very well, my incision healed beautifully due to Dr. Prasads perfection. The office staff has been kind and courteous to me at all times. I highly recommend Dr. Prasad!
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Dr. Prasad is very skilled, kind and patient. He is a great communicator. He is delighted to explain every detail of the medical process with you without hurrying or rushing. He operated on my lower back successfully, and his work has changed the course of my life from years of severe stabbing pain to pain free. His determinations and recommendations as to what needs to be done medically has been very on point and confident. Dr. Prasad is the type of doctor that all doctors should be! A+
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I was referred to Dr. Praveen Prasad by my primary care and my plastic surgeon who went to medical school with Dr Prasad and thinks so highly of him! I first saw PA Jennifer Bowman who reviewed my tests (MRI, nerve tests, etc) along with administrating in office tests and answering lots of questions. She was so amazing! She really listened and was generally engaged in our conversation…I could tell she really cared! Then I met Dr. Prasad…it was determined fusing a few vertebras in my neck and r
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There is nothing bad I can say about Dr Prasad. He has worked on me twice, he has fused my neck in 2014, and Sep. 5th 2016 he fused my lower back. His support staff is the best you can ask for. Jennifer Bowman who works along side with Dr Prasad is one of the best support staff he has. I would recommend him to all my friends who are having trouble with there Spine. He listens to your questions and has the answers along with Jennifer she will have answers also. Great surgeon hands down.
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my name is kent hubbard...I had back surgery in January of 2017...by Dr. Prasad and his wonderful support group and office staff. I would like to commend his PA ...Jennifer Bownan ..his surgery support group...his office staff...and anyone else he had on his team regarding my surgery. My recovery time at Mercy General ...4040 J street...was minimal..I had the best medical care I could have ever hoped for! My night nurse..wish I could remember her name..was the best! Prasad and Jennifer.THANKS!
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I have nothing but good things to say about Dr Prasad. Having been operated on and treated by him he has always answered all my questions so that I understood the procedure and subsequent recovery. I would highly recommend him to my friends and family.
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I have seen Dr Prasad for my chronic low back issues that I have been dealing with for 10 years. All I can say is Dr Prasad is the BEST!!! He recognized my problems and explained everything to me in great detail. If you are in need of a neurosurgeon you can be sure that Dr Prasad will treat you very well, as he is an excellent, top notch, well experienced doctor!
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Extremely personable, explains everything to my understanding. Easy to talk to and down to earth.
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Dr Prasad is an excellent doctor, taking the time to explain the procedures, executing the surgery flawlessly. Thanks to him, my recent back surgery was an outstanding success and I am recovering well.
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Dr. Prasad has preformed two different surgery on me. My neck and my back. I had an outstanding experience with my hospital care. Dr. Prasad made sure my care was excellent. Each surgery was explained in detail as to what to expect. I would highly recommend Dr. Prasad to anyone needing a good Neurosurgical Surgert.
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The level of care my husband received from Dr. Prasad for a brain bleed was exemplary. He was thorough in his evaluation and so knowledgeable as he explained everything to us. He patiently answered all our questions. Emergency surgery was at 9 PM. Dr. Prasad spent time with us afterwards telling us about the surgery, which went well and he, again, answered all our questions. We feel Dr. Prasad was caring, competent and conscientious, We would not hesitate to recommend him.
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My father had to have emergency surgery for a brain bleed. Dr. Prasad was thorough, spoke to me in a way I could understand, answered all my questions, and even touched on subjects I hadn't considered. He spent a significant amount of time before and after the surgery with my family making sure we were comfortable with everything and all questions were answered. Best part... My dad is expected to have a 99% recovery!
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I have worked with Dr. Prasad for several years, in a professional capacity,and would recommend him in an instant. His level of professionalism and empathy for his patients is unmatched, as are his skills in the operating room. Dr. Prasad is one of the area's very best neurosurgeons and his PA, Jennifer, is of the same caliber when it comes to patient care. They work very well together, ultimately putting patient needs first.
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Dr. Prasad was very nice, efficient, and very trustworthy. My husband and I really liked him and trusted him so much so that we did wait months for him to do surgery on my husband, however, that was not Dr. Prasad's fault. And since then the problem has been corrected. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone we know that would need surgery.
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