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Dr. Todd Lanman

Board Certified Neurosurgeon

Dr. Lanman, founder and creator of the ADR Spine Top Doctors program, is Hollywood’s go-to Spinal Neurosurgeon, with a legacy treating many A-list film and TV talent, legendary musicians, other expert luminaries, and top C-suite executives. His 30-year track record has seen many patients travel the globe to seek out his sophisticated professional care.

As a leading innovator in medicine, a media educator and contributor, Dr. Lanman has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics relating to neurological conditions. He has presented a myriad of papers at national and regional medical society meetings, and he is often sought out as the principal investigator for various clinical trials on motion preserving surgeries.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS), Dr. Lanman earned his M.D. at Chicago’s Northwestern University in 1983 with top honors, and went on to complete his residency in Neurological Surgery at University of California at Los Angeles in 1989. He has since led his own spinal neurosurgery practice in the heart of Beverly Hills, which is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center and Surgery Center of Beverly Hills.

Dr. Lanman remains at the forefront of technological advancement, particularly in the development of artificial disc replacement devices, most recently the Prestige LP and M6, and Restorative Motion Surgery™. He has also remained an associate clinical professor at UCLA for the past 20 years.

Dr. Lanman’s firsthand experience undergoing eleven spine surgeries – four cervical, seven lumbar – fuels his devotion for helping others to live pain-free with restored mobility. Dr. Lanman lives and breathes his proprietary 4D Health™ Process, changing his own approach to holistic health, and seeks to help patients rethink their own.

When recommending treatment, Dr. Todd H. Lanman takes a holistic approach, ensuring one’s age, daily lifestyle, nutrition, hormone status, physical exercise routine, and of course spine and joint health are considered, to present a more comprehensive picture of one’s health from a four-dimensional perspective.

His innovative philosophy goes well beyond the standard three-dimensional approach to incorporate all facets of one’s daily livelihood to map out an entire preventative and forward-thinking approach to aging management to ensure all of his patients live an active, healthy and pain-free life as they continue to age.


Artificial Disc Replacement, Anti-Inflammatory Injections, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Motion Preservation, 4D Health, Combination Disc Replacement and Fusion, Disc Replacement, Neck and Back Pain, Non-Surgical Stem Cell Therapy, Radiculopathy, Regenerative Medicine, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Stenosis



Dr. Jason Cuéllar

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Jason M. Cuéllar, M.D., Ph.D. is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon dedicated to providing compassionate surgical and non-surgical treatments for patients living with spinal disorders. In addition to artificial disk replacement and minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Cuéllar provides non-operative treatment of various pain disorders, involving injections of a novel biologic therapy for mild and moderate osteoarthritis. He is affiliated with the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center of Excellence and is partner to Dr. Todd H. Lanman of Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, as well as Beverly Hills Surgery Center.

Dr. Cuéllar treats various disorders of the spine, including cervical disk herniation, cervical radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy, neck pain, cervical stenosis, cervical disk degeneration, lumbar disk herniation, lumbar radiculopathy, lumbar stenosis, lumbar degenerative disk disease and low back pain.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Cuéllar completed an undergraduate degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at U.C. Davis, followed by a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, where he researched the mechanisms of pain and pain pathophysiology within the spinal cord, undertaking scientific research to determine how a disc herniation causes pain at the molecular level. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Cuéllar attended world-class medical education at Stanford University Medical School. Throughout his medical school training Dr. Cuéllar continued to work in a pain research laboratory, completing post-doctoral research and a year as a medical scholars research fellow.

Dr. Cuéllar completed his training in orthopaedic surgery at the prestigious New York University-Hospital for Joint Diseases (NYU-HJD). During this 6-year training period he treated patients at the two busiest level-1 trauma centers in New York state. He received training in spinal surgery from several world-renowned spine surgeons, before completing his final year of training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in the spinal disorders fellowship.

Dr. Cuéllar has been involved in clinical scientific research investigating the mechanisms of pain for patients with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal pain since 2000. His work has led to the development of a new, injectable anti-inflammatory treatment for musculoskeletal pain in the hip, spine, shoulder, knee and Achilles tendonitis, as well as for tennis elbow and other disorders.

Dr. Cuéllar is a member of ISASS – The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.

As a spine surgery patient himself, Dr. Cuéllar knows how it feels first hand to suffer from lumbar spine issues. His only regret is that it didn’t happen sooner! It’s this firsthand experience that feeds into his empathetic approach to treating his patients. Dr. Cuéllar prides himself on ensuring every patient receives significant face time, ensuring all questions are answered and any concerns are addressed, rather than being passed on to assistants.

Dr. Cuéllar firmly believes in patient responsibility and ownership when it comes to making informed treatment decisions. He is committed to working closely with his patients from diagnosis through to treatment options and aftercare throughout the healing process, whether or not surgery is undertaken.


Artificial Disc Replacement, Anti-Inflammatory Injections, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Regenerative Medicine, Combination Disc Replacement and Fusion, Disc Replacement, Motion Preservation, Neck and Back Pain, Radiculopathy, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Stenosis



Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Board Certified Spine Surgeon

Dr. Jazini’s drive to be a spine surgeon stems from a personal experience following a car accident in which his brother sustained multiple injuries, including spinal fractures and scoliosis. This traumatic event motivated Dr. Jazini to dedicate his life to improving the field of spine care and providing patients with the solutions they deserve. He treats patients as his own family and guides them to make decisions that will restore their quality of life.

With dual training in orthopedic spine surgery and neurosurgery from leading medical institutions, his first recommendation most times is a non-surgical approach. In fact, 90% of his patients improve their quality of life without surgery. He has an innovative approach to non-operative treatment which includes natural regenerative medicine (stem cell therapy and PRP) to naturally use the patient’s own body to heal itself.

Dr. Jazini’s reputation for providing the most customized treatment options has proven to elevate his patient outcomes. He was the first in the nation and some instances, the world to perform advanced surgical techniques in cervical and lumbar disc replacement, augmented reality (AR) spine surgery, and robotic spine surgery. He performs these advanced surgeries using modern technology which improves operative control and patient safety and makes surgery less invasive for patients.

His care for his patients does not end in the operating room. Through research and the development of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), Dr. Jazini has instituted a national spine surgery recovery protocol. This is a breakthrough that reduces hospital stays, minimizes the need for post-surgical medication, and has led to faster and safer recovery — getting patients back to their active lives.

Dr. Jazini currently serves on the National Research Advisory Board and the Surgeon Leader Group for HCA Healthcare, the largest hospital system in the United States. He also served as an assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and travels internationally to present research and teach other surgeons.


Disc Replacement, Spinal Fusion, Combination Disc Replacement and Fusion, Non-Surgical Stem Cell Therapy



Dr. Carl Lauryssen

Neurological Surgery

Carl Lauryssen, MD, is a leading spinal neurosurgeon and ADR Top Doctor in Arthroplasty, who recently completed his tenure as director of neurosurgery at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, and is certified by both the American and Canadian Boards of Neurological Surgery.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Lauryssen received his medical school training at the University of Cape Town. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and his spinal neurosurgical surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Dr. Lauryssen was on the Washington University School of Medicine faculty in St. Louis for seven years. While there, he directed the advanced neurosurgical spine program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was then recruited to lead research and education at Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders, where he served until 2005.

As a leading spinal neurosurgeon, he was the co-director of spine research and development at Olympia Medical Center. His research and surgical interests have focused on minimally invasive surgery, motion preservation, and sports-related spinal injuries. He was previously the team neurosurgeon for the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

Dr. Lauryssen has also specialized in patients whose previous spinal surgeries have failed. He has twice been awarded the Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for his work on cervical disorders and stem cell research. Dr. Lauryssen was the first neurosurgeon to inject stem cells into a human spinal cord as part of an FDA trial.

Invited by the president of Botswana, Dr. Lauryssen and his Austin-based team performed the first spinal neurosurgery procedures at the country’s esteemed Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital earlier this year.

Dr. Lauryssen sees patients at Central Texas Brain and Spine’s five locations: Austin (main), Hutto, Leander, Fredericksburg, and Round Rock. In addition to his medical practice, he shares his expertise and vision by writing medical publications, giving presentations, and developing surgical devices to improve surgical outcomes. He holds several patents and inventions that are used in spinal surgery throughout the world. Dr. Lauryssen has served on the boards of several companies, including a company researching a new unique material to be used in sports helmets to reduce the impact of brain injuries in sports-related concussions.

In his personal life, Dr. Lauryssen always makes family a priority and has a heart for helping others. He started and led a much-needed neurosurgery program in Kenya. In his free time, Dr. Lauryssen enjoys sailing.


Artificial Disc Replacement, Spinal Fusion, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Motion Preservation, Combination Disc Replacement and Fusion, Disc Replacement, Neck and Back Pain, Spinal Stenosis, Neurological Surgery, Revision Surgery, Stem Cell Therapy



Dr. John Peloza

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

John H. Peloza, MD is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in spine surgery. For decades, he has been on the forefront of the advancement of spine surgery thru research and techniques providing his patients with proven, predictable surgical outcomes. He is a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, endoscopic spine surgery, spinal motion devices including artificial discs, and regenerative medicine. He participated in early robotic surgery evaluation trials, pioneered intra-operative image guided navigation surgery and is now involved in artificial intelligence spinal imaging and augmented reality intra-operative navigation. Because of this experience, he can diagnose and optimize non-surgical and surgical care for each patient’s individual situation.

Dr. Peloza has been published extensively in peer reviewed spine literature as well as authoring 6 book chapters. His writings have also appeared in consumer publications - VERITAShealth, Spine- health, Orthopedics Today, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has presented his research or expertise in over 300 national and international meetings.

Dr. Peloza has been recognized by his peers as a “Best Doctor in America” and “Top Surgeon” by the Consumers Research Council of America. He was named as one of the “50 Best Spine Specialists in America” by Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review as well as the Becker’s Healthcare Spine Leadership Award. He was selected the “Best Doctors in Dallas” and Best Doctors in Collin County” by D Magazine for over 20 consecutive years. He was named a Texas “Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly Magazine and is in the Texas Hall of Fame.

Dr. Peloza performs workers’ compensation and personal injury evaluations, treatment, independent medical exams, and treatment.


Artificial Disc Replacement, Anti-Inflammatory Injections, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Motion Preservation



Dr. Thomas C. Schuler

Double Board Certified Spine Surgeon

Dr. Schuler is named among America’s Top 50 Spine Surgeons and serves as the Chairman of the National Spine Health Foundation’s Medical and Scientific Board.

Dr. Schuler’s passion for his patients’ recovery is fueled by his experience as a patient. Watch Dr. Schuler’s journey as he went from debilitating neck and arm symptoms back to an active life and physically demanding career thanks to the modern marvels of hybrid spine surgery.

One of Dr. Schuler’s greatest passions is improving lives! In 1992 he founded VSI (Virginia Spine Institute) to create a center of exceptional healthcare. This was necessary since the field of spine surgery was in its infancy. Today, his powerful vision has resulted in an internationally renowned institute. Through his leadership and medical innovations, Dr. Schuler and his interdisciplinary team have revolutionized spinal healthcare, thus transforming the lives of millions worldwide.

Dr. Schuler is double-board certified and trained in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery of the spine. He is a recognized international leader in the treatment of neck and lower back conditions. Dr. Schuler is noted among the 100 best spine surgeons and specialists in America. US News and World Report named him among the top 1% of physicians in his specialty nationwide. He serves as President of the National Spine Health Foundation, and Chairman of its Medical and Scientific Board. His work with this national non-profit organization enables him to collaborate with his peers, the top spinal surgeons in the nation, to educate the world as to the most effective treatments in modern spinal healthcare.

Not only is he a world-class surgeon, but Dr. Schuler has also been on the receiving end of spinal surgery. He suffered from severe neck pain, three-disc herniations, and nerve compression which resulted in him undergoing a cervical hybrid surgery. Interestingly, Dr. Schuler performed the first hybrid multilevel cervical artificial disc replacement and spinal fusion in the Nation only a few months prior to his own surgery. His recovery further instilled in him greater empathy for his patients’ emotional and physical needs.


Disc Replacement, Spinal Fusion, Combination Disc Replacement and Fusion, Non-Surgical Stem Cell Therapy



Dr. K. Brandon Strenge

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. K. Brandon Strenge is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery and motion-preserving procedures to treat both cervical and lumbar spine disorders.

Dr. Strenge is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, and the Southern Orthopaedic Association. He is a principal investigator for several clinical research trials with the newest artificial disc replacements, minimally invasive fusion surgery implants, and the latest cutting-edge synthetic bone graft substitutes.

Today, Dr. Strenge continues to function as a consultant for some of the most influential implant design teams. He helps them create the next generation of tools, implants, and surgical techniques so spine surgeons around the world can take better care of their patients.


Artificial Disc Replacement, Motion Preservation, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Neck and Back Pain, Spinal Reconstruction, Radiculopathy, Spinal Stenosis



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