Do You Really Need Back Surgery? A Surgeon's Guide to Neck and Back Pain and How to Choose Your Treatment

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About the Author
Aaron G. Filler
  • MD - University of Chicago 1986
  • PhD - Harvard University - 1986
  • FRCS (SN) - Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Glasgow, Ireland, Edinburgh and England (Surgical Neurology) - 1994
Dr. Filler is a neurosurgeon who is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of spinal and peripheral nerve surgery. He is the inventor of several major technologies affecting the treatment of patient with spine and nerve problems and is the author of many academic articles in his field. He maintains an active neurosurgical practice in Santa Monica, California, where he applies advanced technology to the diagnosis and treatment of both routine and difficult diagnostic and treatment problems affecting the spine and nerves. He has taught at Harvard University and at the University of California in Los Angeles.
  • BA - University of Chicago
  • MA - University of Chicago
  • PhD - Harvard University
  • MD - University of Chicago
  • Residency - University of Washington, Seattle
  • Neuro-Imaging Fellowship - University of London
  • Spine Fellowship - UCLA
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery Fellowship - Louisiana State University

Faculty Positions

  • University of London, UK
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • UCLA, Los Angeles

Adminstrative Positions

  • Director, Peripheral Nerve Program, Century City Hospital
  • Medical Director, Neurography Institute
  • Co-Director Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program, UCLA 1996 - 2001
  • Director UCLA Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Program 1999-2001
  • Associate Director, UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center 1996-2001

Visiting Professorships

  • University of London: Atkinson Morley’s Hospital,
    • Department of Neurosurgery Oct. 97
  • Harvard University, Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital,
    • Department of Anesthesia Nov. 99

Organizational Leadership

Sub-Specialty Expertise:

  • Spinal NeuroSurgery:
    • Repair of Failed Spinal Surgeries
    • Cervical Artifical Disk Replacement
    • Cervical and Lumbar Spine Fusions
    • Herniated Disks
    • Image Guided Surgery
    • MRI Guided Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery:
    • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • Piriformis Syndrome
    • Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
    • Brachial Plexus Disorders
  • Cranial Surgery for Pain Disorders:
    • Microvascular Decompression
      • Trigeminal Neuralgia
      • Torticollis
    • Sub-Occipital Decompression for
      • Arnold-Chiari Malformations
      • Foramen Magnum Syndrome

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