Spine Fellowship Trained Neurosurgeon
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon

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Dr. Amer Khalil is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with specialty in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. His clinical interests include cervical and lumbar spine surgery (eg, sciatica), complex deformity surgery and scoliosis, lateral access and minimally invasive surgical procedures, spine fractures and spinal cord injury, spinal tumors, spondylosis and spondylolisthesis. Dr. Khalil has special interest in innovative therapies and technologies to improve the health of patients.

Dr. Khalil served as Director of Spine Neurosurgery and Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at University of California, Irvine’s Department of Neurological Surgery before he moved to the private practice and joined DISC, he continues to serve as a volunteer neurosurgeon at UCI medical center.

Dr. Khalil completed an internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. Thereafter, Dr. Khalil underwent combined neurosurgery-orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship at New England Baptist hospital in Boston, MA, and a research fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston conducting preclinical trials of neuroscaffolds implantation in injured spinal cord of rats that lead to first-in-human clinical trial.

Dr. Khalil also held fellowship positions in neurosurgery at Harvard affiliated hospitals, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of Jordan Medical School in Amman, Jordan.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Khalil has received many honors, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Top Gun Award.

Dr. Khalil is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, North American Spine Society (NASS), AO Spine foundation, Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, and several other societies.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Khalil A, Spiotta AM, Barnett GH. Difficulties witha the neurological assessment of humans following a chimpanzee attack. J Neurosurg. 2011 Jul;115(1):140-4.

Klimo P Jr., Khalil A, Slotkin JR, Smith ER, Scott RM, Goumnerova LC. Wound complications associated with the use of bovine serum albumin-glutaraldehyde surgical adhesive in pediatric patients. Neurosurgery. 2007 Apr;60(4 Suppl 2):305-9.

Presentations and Posters
Kwon B, Khalil A. Accuracy of fluoroscopically-assisted percutaneous pedicle Screws placed in patients in the lateral decubitus position. SMISS Global Forum, 2015.
Dai H, Layer R, O’Shea T, Hou J, Khalil A, Podell P, Hess B, Aimetti A, Huang, G, Reynolds F. Effect of porous PLGA-PLL scaffolds on recovery following spinal contusion injury in rats. Neurotrauma Society, 2013.


In the last ten years, new surgical advancements have allowed spine surgeons to use evidence-based techniques that restore natural motion and relieve neurological symptoms. Often done in the outpatient setting, a patient with debilitating neck or back pain may go home the same day after surgery without extensive recovery times. These artificial discs mimic the motion and kinematics of a natural human disc instead of the traditional “fusion” techniques where two vertebrae are fused together which limits motion and may cause further complications. Highly specialized instrumentation provide safe and effective use of artificial discs that often lead to desired outcomes.


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A minimally invasive approach is our standard of care.

Personalized Care

Our team takes the time to get to know your condition and your desired outcome. Together we make a plan.

Modern Technology

Utilizing state of the art facilities and the most up to date devices available, our team provides unparalleled care.


As one of the most experienced spine surgeons in Southern California, Dr. Khalil has the ability to manage the most complicated spine issues.

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