Dr. Leonel Hunt
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
Dr. Leonel Hunt is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon in Los Angeles who focuses on the treatment of pediatric and adult scoliosis, complex spine disorders and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Commonly recognized as one of the top spine specialists, Dr. Leonel Hunt is an attending surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders and Cedars-Sinai Orthopedic Center. His primary areas of research interest involve orthopedic implants and innovative treatments of spine-related back pain. These findings have been presented at numerous national and international conferences as well as peer review publications.
Dr. Hunt is a highly trained spine specialist and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and Scoliosis Research Society.
Dr. Hunt received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and a residency in orthopedic surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Hunt also completed specialty training in orthopedic surgery of the spine focusing on both adult and pediatric spinal disorders at the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders in La Jolla, California.
To learn more about how spine specialist Dr. Hunt can help with your back condition, please schedule a consultation today.
What Spine Procedures Do Orthopedic Surgeons Specialize in?
In the case of specific spinal problems, it is advised that treatment is performed by our orthopedic surgeon at Hunt Spine. Our orthopedic surgeon is well-equipped to treat patients who are suffering from scoliosis or other spinal deformities. If you need to undergo spinal surgery to treat an uncomfortable or painful condition, our medical team uses the most advanced technology and surgical techniques, along with carefully managed postoperative care.
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Leonel Hunt has a great depth of knowledge of the entire musculoskeletal system. Our spinal surgeries are performed with the highest level of surgical skill and meticulous attention to detail. While orthopedic surgeons specialize in various areas, Dr. Leonel Hunt focuses on treating spine conditions. He is highly educated, offers innovative, state-of-the-art treatments, and has years of experience in treating a scope of spinal conditions.
How is This Different From Neurosurgery?
When seeking treatment for a spinal condition, it helps to understand the differences between an orthopedic spine surgeon and a neurosurgeon. Many people think that there is a significant difference between orthopedic spine surgery and neurosurgery with a focus on the spine. This is not the case. In both specialties, doctors are trained with a specific focus on the spinal cord, and many doctors complete additional training after their residency.
Both Dr. Leonel Hunt and Dr. Gabriel Hunt have completed spinal fellowships, which have helped them obtain detailed and specialized training in spine treatments, including the nerve structure.
Just like neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons are qualified to treat many spinal conditions involving nerve damage. Depending on your condition, you could be properly treated by either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon.
In many cases, an orthopedic surgeon may be the right medical professional to perform your surgery. Orthopedic surgeons are often more qualified to treat a spinal deformity such as scoliosis, as this medical specialty focuses on musculoskeletal problems.
Dr. Gabriel Hunt
Dr. Gabriel Hunt is a board-certified neurosurgeon with a focus on spinal surgery. While some neurosurgeons focus primarily on the brain, Dr. Hunt has chosen to specialize on both, the brain and the spine.
He focuses on the treatment of spinal cord injuries and spinal trauma, the treatment of complex spinal disorders, as well as tumors and vascular abnormalities of the skull base, spine, and spinal cord.
Known by his patients and peers as one of the most skilled spine doctors, Dr. Hunt believes in utilizing a minimally invasive approach to treat all appropriate spinal disorders. In addition to his private practice with Hunt Spine, he is an attending neurosurgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery and the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center.
Primary areas of research interest for Dr. Hunt include new advances in the treatment of spinal cord injuries and developing new minimally invasive surgical technologies. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Gabriel Hunt is recognized as a leading neurosurgeon due to the advanced surgical techniques he employs. He uses minimally invasive techniques to perform spinal procedures that to help you achieve a healthier spine or minimize pain. With his extensive knowledge of the nervous system, Dr. Hunt ensures that you receive the correct, most effective treatment for your condition.
Dr. Hunt has written articles for several peer-reviewed publications, including Neurosurgical Focus, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Neurological Research. He has given numerous presentations in his areas of expertise in the United States and abroad. He was also a recipient of a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship while attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine.
Dr. Hunt began his higher education with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurological surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia. Dr. Hunt received specialized training in the treatment of complex spinal disorders, spinal trauma, and spinal cord injuries through participation in the Orthopedic and Neurosurgical fellowship program at the Delaware Valley Regional Spinal Cord injury Center at Thomas Jefferson University.
If you're looking for a skilled spine doctor, schedule a consultation today to discuss your spinal condition with Dr. Gabriel Hunt.
What Spine Procedures Does a Neurosurgeon Specialize in?
While both orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons can perform many of the same procedures, there are some conditions that require the knowledge of a neurosurgeon to properly treat.
Surgeries that happen within the spinal cord or the dura can only be performed by a neurosurgeon. If you have a condition such as a cyst or a tumor within the spinal cord, you should seek treatment from a board-certified spinal neurosurgeon.
Because neurosurgeons focus on understanding the nervous system during their training, they are particularly equipped to treat any problem involving the complex network of nerves within the spinal cord.
In addition to standard neurosurgery training, Dr. Gabriel Hunt has completed an additional fellowship in which he was trained to specialize in spinal disorders and spinal cord injuries. He has the high-level skills to treat your spinal problems, and offer you the most advanced, best course of treatment available.
How is This Different From Orthopedic Surgery?
Both spinal orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons with a focus on the spine are educated to treat many spinal conditions. Both types of medical professionals have received in-depth training and have completed fellowships that have provided knowledge and experience in treating complex spinal disorders and injuries.
A neurosurgeon has the knowledge to treat bones conditions as well as the neurological issues, but if your spinal problem is skeletal in nature, an orthopedic surgeon is better equipped. Neurosurgeons focus on the nerve system, and for Dr. Gabriel Hunt, the intraspinal vasculature.
Some spinal problems stem not just from the spinal cord, but also from the skull base. In these cases, Dr. Gabriel Hunt has exceptional skills, as his neurological training allows him to understand the complex problems associated with the nerves in this area.
Schedule a Consultation
If you suffer from a spinal condition and think that a neurosurgeon is the best option for your treatment, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Gabriel Hunt. There is no better neurosurgeon to treat your spinal problems.
If you are living with a spinal condition and are seeking treatment, see Dr. Leonel Hunt as soon as possible. Schedule a consultation with one of our spine surgeons today.