Dr. Wayne K. Cheng, MD

Dr. Wayne K. Cheng, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 50 years old

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My father struggled with his neck and back for years. As a patient's son, Dad's experience opened my eyes to how a patient feel. I enjoy the spine and consider myself blessed to be able to stay at the cutting edge of spine surgery. I pray that God will utilize me as a vessel to take care of his patients.Read more

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Patient Reviews (6)
in Ontario, CA |
We had omly a few visits with Dr. Chang, however, he was very good at explaining things. I'm hopeful he will help she'd some light on my future.
in Riverside, CA |
He is an excellent provider, and I feel confident with our discussions. His staff is friendly and the office is very welcoming.
in Perris, CA |
He is a caring Physician
in San Bernardino |
Dr. Cheng not only has excellent patient care, but discussed every thing with me and provided me with incredible service. His staff went above and beyond in getting me in on unscheduled visits when I did not feel right. Thanks to Dr. Cheng I've been able to continue my career of a pipe fitter, as if nothing ever happened. All the while having a prosthetic disc in my back. It's been 10 years now, and I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Dr Cheng and his staff. Thank you so much Dr. Cheng,
in san jacinto, ca |
Dr. Chang was excellent I was a patient since 2011. Since then he has gone out of his was to provide me the best care. I would not go anywhere else when he left loma linda we followed he also accommodated me by getting my insurance in network with him. His knowledge, skills, and bedside manner make him a great caring doctor.
Yucaipa, CA |
Dr. Cheng was attentive, LISTENED TO ME, explained each step of the exam, spent more than enough time with me, and gave options and reasons why different treatments should be explored. He was easy to talk to and open with his diagnosis. He took the time to show me what I was looking at in an MRI and what to look for. I wish I would have found him 20 years ago.
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Dr. Cheng says...

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS:                 

Clinical Professor

                                                                        Department of Basic Science

                                                                        Loma Linda University, School of Medicine


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

                                                                        Loma Linda University, School of Medicine


 Shalin S. Patel MD, Wilson Aruni PhD, Serkan Inceoglu PhD, Gary D. Botimer MD, Wayne K. Cheng

MD, Olumide A. Danisa MD.  A comparison of staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation on cobalt-

chromium and titanium spinal implants.  Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 31, 219-223.

 Adeel Husain MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Daniel K. Palmer BS, David Rios BS, Kevin R. Criswell MA, Wayne K. Cheng MDA comparison of open versus percutaneous cervical transfacet fixation.  Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 1-6

 YT Akpolat, OA Danisa, WK ChengComplication Associated With Pedicle Screw placement Using Cortical Bone Trajectory. Clinical & Experimental Orthopaedics, 2015. 1, 1:2

 Benjamin Chen MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Paul Williams MS, Darren Bergey MD, Wayne K. Cheng MDRetrospective analysis of survivorship and clinical outcomes after multi-level anterior lumbar reconstruction: Stand-alone ALIF versus hybrid. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Feb 17. pii: S0967-5868(15)00676-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.10.033. Epub ahead of print

 Cheng WK, Akpolat YT, Patel S, I?nceog?lu S, Danisa OA. Pars/Pedicle Fracture And Screw Loosening Associated With Cortical Bone Trajectory: A Case Series And Proposed Mechanism Through A Cadaveric Study.  2015 Sep 24. pii: S1529-9430(15)01456-4. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.09.046. [Epub ahead of print]

Akpolat1, S. Inceoglu2, N. Kinne1, D. Hunt1, W. Cheng1. Fatigue Performance of Cortical Bone Trajectory Screw Compared to Standard Trajectory Pedicle Screw. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print]

 Shalin S. Patel MD, Wayne K. Cheng MD, Olumide A. Danisa MD.  A Case Series Of Early Complications After Instrumentation Of The Lumbar Spine Using Cortical Bone Trajectory Technique.  J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Oct 16. pii: S0967-5868(15)00449-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.07.018. [Epub ahead of print]

Wayne K. Cheng MD, Serkan Inceoglu PhD.  Cortical and standard trajectory pedicle screw fixation techniques in stabilizing multi-segment lumbar spine with low grade spondylolisthesisInt J Spine Surg. 2015 Aug 31;9:46. doi: 10.14444/2046. eCollection 2015.

 Serkan Inceoglu PhD, Justin Chen, Hayden Cale, Bjorn Harboldt, Wayne K. Cheng MD.  Unconstrained testing of spine with bi-axial universal testing machine.  Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 50,223-227. 2015

 Zachary S. Jager MD, Serkan Inceoglu PhD, Daniel Palmer BS, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Wayne K. Cheng MDPreventing Instrumentation Failure in 3-column spinal osteotomy: Biomechanical Analysis of Rod Configuration. Spine Deformity 4 (1), 3-9

 Peter Elsissy MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Alexander Chien MD, Wayne K Cheng MDMRI evaluation of the knee with non-ferromagnetic external fixators: Cadaveric knee model. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Aug;22(8):1239-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.03.004. Epub 2015 Apr 23. Review.

 Mark Mikhael MD, Jaysson T. Brooks MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Wayne K. Cheng MDRotation effect and anatomic landmark accuracy for midline placement of lumbar artificial disk under fluoroscopy. Published online May 14, 2015, Eur Spine Journal, 1-5.

 Jonathan Allen MD, Yusuf T. Akpolat MD, Shyam Kishan MD, Tim Peppers MD, Farbod Asgarzadie MD, Wayne Cheng, MD.  Comparison between gearshift and drill techniques for pedicle screw placement by resident surgeons. Int J Spine Surg. 2015 Jun 11;9:23. doi: 10.14444/2023. eCollection 2015.

Dr. Cheng's Care Philosophy

My father struggled with his neck and back for years.  As a patient's son, Dad's experience opened my eyes to how a patient feel.

I enjoy the spine and consider myself blessed to be able to stay at the cutting edge of spine surgery.

I pray that God will utilize me as a vessel to take care of his patients.

Dr. Cheng says...

minimal invasive spine surgeries for spinal stenosis

kyphoplasty for fractured vertebrae 

cervical artificial disc replacement for disc degeneration in the neck

lumbar artificial disc replacement  for disc degeneration in the back

scoliosis reconstruction for s shapped deformity

kyphosis reconstruction for hunched back or hunched neck deformity

spine tumor surgeries for cancer of the spine

cervical laminoplasty for pinched nerve in the neck

minimal invasive fusion for spondylolisthesis

discectomy for disc herniation

endoscopic spine surgery

coflex instrumentation for spondylolisthesis

spinal cord injury

spinal cord stimulator for neuropathic pain

pain/baclofen pump for spasm or back pain

Dr. Cheng says...

minimal invasive spine surgeries


cervical artificial disc replacement

lumbar artificial disc replacement

scoliosis reconstruction

kyphosis reconstruction

spine tumor surgeries

cervical laminoplasty

minimal invasive fusion


endoscopic spine surgery

coflex instrumentation

spinal cord injury

cervical spine fracture surgery

lumbar spine fracture surgery

spinal cord stimulator

pain/baclofen pump

Dr. Cheng's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Neck
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


  • Medical School
    Loma Linda University

    Graduated in 1995

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Southern California Medical Center and Affiliated Hospitals

    Completed in 1996

  • Residency Hospital
    Los Angeles County Martin Luther King Jr General Hospital

    Completed in 2001

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Duke Univ Med Ctr

    Completed in 2002

  • Undergraduate School
    Loma Linda University

    Graduated in 1988

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin

Memberships &
Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member


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

Procedures Performed

  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection