Dr. Richard C. Ostrup, MD

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Dr. Richard C. Ostrup, MD

Neurosurgery | Male

Neurosurgical Medical Clinic 9850 Genesee Ave Ste 770, La Jolla, CA 92037 Get Directions
(619) 297-4481

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"My primary job is to educate patients; not recommend surgery."Read more

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Dr. Richard Ostrup has more than 25 years of neurosurgical experience treating disorders and tumors of the spine and brain....Read more

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4.6
based on 45 total surveys (8 with reviews)
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in San Diego CA |
An outstanding physician with blessed hands and great bed side manner. My husband got in a motorcycle accident March 3, 2016 which as a result left him with C1 C2 fracture. Dr. Ostrup performed a spinal fusion which thanks to him and God he is alive today. I would defiantly take my mom to Dr. OSTRUP if she ever needed too and that sayshe enough.
in Rancho Santa Fe, CA |
Dr Ostrup performed a three level cervical fusion on me in a five hour surgery. To my surprise I was ready to go home the next day and Dr Ostrup concurred. Since then I have only taken probably five of the prescribed pain pills and an occasioal Tylenol. Excellent results. Great surgeon. Highly recommend!!
in El Cajon, CA |
Dr. Ostrup is an amazing surgeon. I was in a trauma situation and was a little apprehensive as anyone would be wondering who would be performing my surgery. I am so happy it was Dr. Ostrup! He was kind and patient with my wife and I through the entire process from pre-surgery options, to the actual surgery, and at all our follow-up visits. He was also very thorough and professional in my treatment. I am certainly grateful he was my surgeon and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
in San Diego, CA |
Dr Ostrup was courteous, informative, with absolutely no pressure and provided me with some surgery options. After having the surgery I am able to honestly say that I am pain free and have resumed my normal activities that I was doing before the surgery. If you are experiencing that chronic pain that just won't go away you will understand what a relief (miracle) it feels like to be normal once again. I am very grateful to Dr. Ostrup for the great work he did in giving me my life back.
in San Diego, CA |
I just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of me these past few months. I really feel good now and rarely even remember that I had the procedure. I made the right decision in having the surgery and I am happy that I picked you as my surgeon. J Foster
in San Diego, CA |
My first visit I was told that if I was ready for surgery he would go ahead and schedule me. On my second visit after complaining of excruciating pain, he advised me against ACDF procedure. Then told me he would provide other surgeons for second opinion. I never got that neither. Physicians, you all took an oath to heal those who are ailing.
in San Diego, CA |
I was so fortunate to have Dr Ostrup as my surgeon. He explained everything to me in such a way that I was at ease and not nervous at all. My surgery was an emergency. I had a malignant tumor that was compressing on my spinal cord. My surgery was a success and I owe this to Dr Ostrup. He is a very compassionate an cares about his patients.
in San Diego, CA |
I chose Dr. Ostrup based on his excellent reputation as a neurosurgeon, both with patients and in the medical community. He is very capable, kind, thorough, and takes time to answer questions.
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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Critical Care Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery
  • Neurovascular Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic Tumors (Brain)
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Procedures Performed

  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Conservative and Complex Management of Spinal Column Disorders
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Fracture Treatment

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for California.

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    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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  • 0
    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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Education

  • Medical School
    University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor

    Completed in 1979

  • Residency Hospital
    Ucsd Med Center

    Completed in 1986

    University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor

    Completed in 1980

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Toronto

    Completed in 1993

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California At San Diego

    Graduated in 1975

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Ostrup says...

Dr. Richard Ostrup has more than 25 years of neurosurgical experience treating disorders and tumors of the spine and brain. A partner with Neurosurgical Medical Group in San Diego and La Jolla, California, Ostrup believes his primary job is to educate patients about all the alternatives, and not to specifically recommend surgery.  "My primary job is to provide patients with knowledge about their health problems. Surgery is an alternative for some, but not for everyone." 

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Dr. Ostrup's Care Philosophy

"My primary job is to educate patients; not recommend surgery."