Dr. Richard Ostrup, MD

Dr. Richard Ostrup, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 64
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Dr. Richard Ostrup, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in La Jolla, CA. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 39 years. Read his story

9850 Genesee Ave Ste 770

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(619) 297-4481

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
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Top Care Areas


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Spinal Fusion
very high
more than 93% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 92% of peers
Low Back Pain
more than 90% of peers

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Dr. Ostrup's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ostrup "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." "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Ostrup ""My primary job is to educate patients; not recommend surgery.""


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

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • 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
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


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  • 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
  • Neurostimulation
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Fracture Treatment

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 San Diego
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Ucsd Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • University Toronto
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ostrup has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ostrup's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ostrup to family and friends
based on 54 total reviews (15 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (54)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Ostrup's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (15)

in San Diego, CA |
October 2017 Dr. Ostrup was highly recommended to me by three physicians I work with. I am so grateful for Dr Ostrup's expertise and his calm and compassionate demeanor. Recovering from back surgery can have its ups and downs. Dr Ostrup has always been 100% encouraging and accommodating...more
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in La Jolla, CA |
For several years I was in a great amount of pain in my lower back. After exhausting numerous non-surgical treatments over the years I asked for a referral to Dr. Richard Ostrup. From the beginning he was straightforward with me, compassionate, and forthcoming about whether surgery would help me....more
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in Escondido, CA |
DR. Ostrup is very professional, kind, personable, and came highly recommended to me, even from Neurologist out of state. He relayed every sequence of events that would, and will occur with me reference my procedure, and recovery. DR. Ostrup, his assistant Erica, and all of the other Docs. involved...more
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in Canyon Lake, CA |
I had cervical spine surgery 2 years ago. Dr. Ostrip was awesome. I have been able to resume almost all of my activities with little or no pain.
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in San Diego,CA |
After a visit with Dr. Ostrup, my wife and I were very well informed of my condition and the surgical procedure recommended. Dr. Ostrup provided excellent detail and a clear understanding of all aspects related to the surgery and recovery. Erica Ebert, his Practice Manager, was also very...more
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Dr. Ostrup accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Basic HMO
    Vitalidad Plus California Con Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
    Power Select HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    CaliforniaCare HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Pathway X Direct Access PPO
    Pathway X Tiered Direct Access
    Select Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Basic Exclusive PPO for Small Business
    Basic PPO
    Enhanced Exclusive for Small Business HMO
    Local Access Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Net
    Blue & Gold HMO
    Community Care Network HMO
    Employer Group HMO
    SmartCare HMO
    WholeCare Network HMO
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Meritain Health
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Premera Blue Cross
    Heritage Signature
  • Sharp Health Plan
    Blue Choice
    Gold Value
    Health Premier
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Ostrup has admitting privileges

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
9888 Genesee Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Sharp Memorial Hospital
7901 Frost St
San Diego, CA 92123
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