Dr. Richard Kahmann, MD

Dr. Richard Kahmann, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 61
Dr. Richard Kahmann, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Santa Barbara, CA and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University Of California At Los Angeles in 1982 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic neck surgery, and more.Read his story

2324 Bath St Fl 2

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Contact Information

(805) 682-7801

Insurance Accepted

  • CoreSource
  • Medicare

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Top Care Areas

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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 96% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 94% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 93% of peers

Dr. Kahmann'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.

Dr. Kahmann's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kahmann "Dr. Richard Kahmann is a distinguished, board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in the treatment and care of disorders and deformities of the spine. He has been a leading partner of Santa Barbara Orthopedic Associates since 1989. Dr. Kahmann has dedicated his career to improving patient care through the advancement of new and better treatments and technology for spine surgery. He has continuously introduced innovative techniques in treating his patients. Dr. Kahmann is an expert in disc replacement, minimally invasive METRx techniques and image guided surgery. He is an expert in the treatment of cervical myelopathy, cervical and lumbar degenerative disc disease, spinal stabilization and fusion for traumatic and degenerative spinal instability and deformity. Dr. Kahmann brings the expertise necessary to evaluate and, if required, treat disorders of spinal alignment such as scoliosis or imbalance. Dr. Kahmann has advanced training in minimally invasive techniques which spare the muscle when surgically accessing the spine using METRx image guided surgery. Traditional, open spine surgery involves cutting or stripping the muscles from the spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery involves a small incision or incisions and muscle dilation, allowing the surgeon to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cutting them. Research has proven that minimally invasive spine surgery is both safe and effective. Patients who undergo minimally invasive spine surgery benefit dramatically over those who received open spine surgery. Patients require less recovery time and reduced hospital stays due to reduced trauma of muscles and soft tissues surrounding the spine. In fact, the majority of Dr. Kahmann's spine surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis. His patients' satisfaction is apparent from numerous online testimonials. Dr. Kahmann operates at both Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and the Santa Barbara Surgery Center. Dr. Kahmann graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Biology. He received his Medical Degree at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Kahmann is one of a select group of American doctors elected to the Medical Honors Society Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Kahmann subsequently completed his surgical internship at the University of California, San Diego, and Orthopedic Residency at the University of California Orthopedic Hospital Research Center at UCLA. After residency, Dr. Kahmann furthered his training in an intensive fellowship program with the highly acclaimed John H. Moe spine fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Spine Center - one of only 16 spine programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) - under the Director David S. Bradford M.D. This broad base of experience in well-established and new cutting-edge techniques has given Dr. Kahmann a unique skill set in patient care for high-quality treatment both surgical and non-surgical. A leader in his field, Dr. Kahmann is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and clinical research papers at national and international meetings. He has given presentations on new treatment techniques for spinal trauma, disorders and deformities of the spine, scoliosis in adolescents and the deformities of the adult and adolescent spine."
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4  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

22  Conditions Treated

42  Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid 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.


  • University Of California At Los Angeles
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • University Calif
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Ucsd Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • University Calif
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kahmann has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Kahmann's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kahmann to family and friends
11 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (11)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Kahmann'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 (2)

Without question Dr Kahmann has made a normal life possible, I have had multiple procedures cervical & lumbar as well as my brother & friends all of which have been hugely successful! I thank God for Dr Kahmann...!
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Dr. Kahmann changed my life. After 20 years of chronic pain, he diagnosed & was able to repair my thoroughly messed up back. He treated me like an adult, listened to my concerns, and best of all, fixed the problem. I never felt dismissed or stupid like I have sometimes felt with other surgeons. Dr....more
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