David Ditsworth

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David Ditsworth
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Utah, B.S and M.D. University of Miami, University of California, Irvine, Yale School of Medicine
💼 Occupation
🏢 OrganizationBack Institute of Beverly Hills, Philadelphia Surgery Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Ultra-small Spine surgery (Nano endoscopic)

David Ditsworth is an American Board Certified Neurosurgeon,[1] one of fewer than 4000 in the U.S., according to the American Board of Neurological Surgery.[2] He has been affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for many years.[3]


Ditsworth went to Jr. High and High School in Bountiful, Utah, then on to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah After an internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, he spent 6 years in residency and fellowship at the University of California, Irvine and at Yale University School of Medicine (total of 7 years of training after the M.D. degree).

Ditsworth was covering the ER at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center when Jerry Dunphy was shot and Ditsworth took the bullet out from near his cervical spine, for a full recovery. He was also a member of the surgical team in Miami that saved the life of Earl Wilbur Sutherland, Nobel Prize Winner.

In 1998, Ditsworth wrote an article that was the first article of its kind and served as a guide to other surgeons, for transforaminal approaches (meaning passing through the opening on the side of the spine). The techniques of Ditsworth focus on spinal stenosis and disc herniations and are not applicable to all spine problems.[4][5][6][7]

Ditsworth is the Developer of, and Chief of Neurosurgery at, the Back Institute Surgery Center (a spine surgery and interventional pain management center) in Beverly Hills, CA; as well as the Developer of, and Chief of Surgery at, the Philadelphia Surgery Center in Narberth, PA.[8]

He is currently the Medical Director of the Back Institute Surgery Center of Beverly Hills, Medical Director of the Philadelphia Surgery Center in Narberth,[8] and Active Medical Staff, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.


  1. https://apps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/member.do?id=1431448909435&index=0&page=1
  2. "ABNS". www.abns.org. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. "A Non-Profit Hospital in Los Angeles - Cedars-Sinai". www.cedars-sinai.org. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  4. "Endoscopic Transforaminal Lumbar Discectomy and Reconfiguration: A Postero-lateral Approach into the Spinal Canal". Surgical Neurology. 49 (6): 588?598. 1 June 1998. doi:10.1016/S0090-3019(98)00004-4. Retrieved 23 April 2018 – via www.sciencedirect.com.
  5. "Decision Making in Spinal Care". www.thieme.com. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  6. Dyrda, Laura. "16 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Pioneering Surgical Technique". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. David Ditsworth, M.D.; Nano Endoscopic Approach for Central Lumbar Disc Herniations. The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery in Boca Raton, FL USA | April 12 - April 14, 2017
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Philadelphia Surgery Center Opens in Narberth, PA". Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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