Dr. Bhalla specializes in the treatment of all spinal disorders (neck and back) and specializes in the following:
- Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
- Motion preserving Cervical Disc Replacement
- Cervical Herniated Disc (non-surgical and surgical treatment)
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Cervical Myelopathy
- Cervical Trauma
- Cervical Fusion
- Lumbar Herniated Disc (non-surgical and surgical treatment)
- Lumbar Radiculopathy
- Lumbar Stenosis
- Lumbar Trauma
- Lumbar Fusion
- Thoracic Stenosis/Myelopathy
- Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
- Spinal Deformities (Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Flat back syndrome)
- Revision Spinal Surgery
- Spinal Infections (Discitis and Osteomyelitis)
- Spinal Tumors
- Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Medical: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Harbor – UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
- Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship: Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
- North American Spine Society
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
- Surgery Center of Long Beach
- Harbor – UCLA Medical Center
- St. Mary Medical Center
Makanji H, Schoenfeld AJ, Bhalla A, Bono CM. Critical analysis of trends in lumbar fusion for degenerative disorders revisited: influence of technique on fusion rate and clinical outcomes. Eur Spine J. 2018;27(8):1868-76.
Bhalla A, Cha TD, Weber C, Nerland U, Gulati S, Lonne G. Decompressive surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis across the Atlantic: a comparison of preoperative MRI between matched cohorts from the US and Norway. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2018;160(3):419-24.
Bhalla A, Schoenfeld A, George J, Moghimi M, Bono C. “The Influence of Subgroup Diagnosis on Radiographic and Clinical Outcomes after Lumbar Fusion for Degenerative Disc Disorders Revisited: A Systematic Review of the Literature." Spine J 2017;17: 143-149.
Makanji H, Bhalla A, Bono C. BMP-2 with anterior lumbar interbody fusion: Clinical usage and recent controversies. Seminars in Spine Surgery. August, 2016.
Nwosu K, Eftekhary N, Fukunaga D, Bhalla A, Rolfe K. Surgical Management of Civilian Gunshot-induced Spinal Cord Injury: Is it Over-utilized? Spine (Phila PA 1976), 5/2016.
Bhalla A, Rolfe K. Inadequate surgical decompression in patients with cervical myelopathy: a retrospective review. Global Spine Journal, 6(6), 542-547.
Schoenfeld A, Bhalla A, George J, Harris MB, Bono C. Academic Productivity and Contributions to the Literature among Spine Surgery Fellowship Faculty. The Spine Journal 15 (2015) 2126–2131
Bhalla A, Fayssoux R, Radcliff K. “Radiographic Parameters in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery.” Seminars in Spine Surgery, Vol. 27, Issue 3, p 155-158. Sept 2015.
Bhalla A, Fayssoux R, Radcliff K. “Approach Options in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery.” Seminars in Spine Surgery, Vol. 27, Issue 3, p 163-168. Sept 2015.
Bhalla A, Rolfe K. T11-T12 spinal column injury causing C8 tetraplegia misdiagnosed as SCIWORA in an adult. JBJS Case Connector. February, 2014.
Bhalla A, Yoshida G. Triangular Osteosynthesis for early mobilization in traumatic spinopelvic dissociation injuries: a case series. AO Spine Global Spine Congress. Abstract. April, 2013. Hong Kong.
Bhalla A, Rolfe K. The Incidence of inadequate surgical decompression in patients with cervical and thoracic myelopathy: a retrospective review. Abstract. North American Spine Society's 9th Annual Evidence and Technology Spine Summit. Park City, UT, 2/27/2013.
Basho R, Bhalla A, Wang J. Neck Pain from a Spine Surgeon's Perspective. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, 2011 Aug;22(3):551-5, x.
Bhalla A, Higashigawa, K, McAllister, D. Subscapularis tendon rupture and supraspinatus tear in an 8 year old male, a case report. American Journal of Orthopedics, 2011 Sep;40(9):471-4.
Wilker M, Bhalla A, Regan J. Abstract: Outcomes of two level lumbar degenerative disc disease treated with a hybrid artificial disc replacement construct combined with stand alone ALIF and BMP: a two year follow up. North American Spine Society, 2009 Spring Break meeting.
Wu G, Yang H, Bhalla A, He W, Zhang H, Miyazaki M, Morishita Y, Hong S, Abitbol J, Hymanson H, Wang J. The Effect of Disc Degeneration on the Adjacent Motion Segments of the Lumbar Spine: A Kinetic MRI Study. The Spine Journal, 2008, Vol 8, Issue 5, Pages 183S-184S
Macario A, Schilling P, Rubio R, Bhalla A, Goodman S. What questions do patients undergoing lower extremity joint replacement surgery have? BMC Health Services Research, 2003 Jun 24;3(1):11.
Bhalla A, Schoenfeld A, George J, Moghimi M, Bono C. "The Influence of Subgroup Diagnosis on Radiographic and Clinical Outcomes after Lumbar Fusion for Degenerative Disc Disorders Revisited: A Systematic Review of the Literature." (Submitted 8/2016)
Yanamadala V, Bhalla A, Shin J, Cha T. Novel Technique for the Preservation of Facet Joint in Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Fixation: A Cadaveric Study. (Submitted 7/2016)
Bhalla A, Bono C. Sports-Related Cervical Spine Injuries, and Return to Play Criteria. Thieme. In: Cervical Trauma. Editor: Robert Heary, MD. Accepted.
Bhalla A, Bono C. Osteoporosis, In Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine 5. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, August, 2018.
Bhalla A, Kang J. Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy, In: Principles of Orthopedic Practice for the Primary Care Physician. 1st Edition. Editors: Katz, Schoenfeld, Blauwet.
Bhalla A, Zampini J. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy, In: Essentials of Spine Surgery. 2nd edition
Bhalla A, Schoenfeld A, Bono C. Anatomy and Approaches of the Thoracic Spine, In: Essential of Spine Surgery. 2nd Edition
Bhalla A & Bono C. Adjacent Segment Degeneration after Lumbar Spine Fusion, In: Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery edited by David Greg Anderson, Chadi Tannoury, and Tony Tannoury
Bhalla, A. Radcliff. K. Open vs MIS approach to lumbar burst fractures, In: Controversies in Spine Surgery: Best Evidence Recommendations – Open vs MIS. Edited by Alexander R. Vaccaro , Richard G. Fessler, Jason C. Eck, Faheem Sandhu, Jean Marc Voyadzis, and Christopher K. Kepler.
Bhalla A, Bono C, Lumbar Herniated Disc, In: Rothman-Simeone's The Spine by Steven Garfin, Frank Eismont, Gordon Bell, Jeffrey Fischgrund and Christopher Bono. Philadelphia, Saunders, 7th Edition
Bhalla A, Bono C, Applied Anatomy of the Spine, In: Rothman-Simeone's The Spine by Steven Garfin, Frank Eismont, Gordon Bell, Jeffrey Fischgrund and Christopher Bono. Philadelphia, Saunders, 7th Edition
Bhalla A, Bono C, Development of the Spine, In: Rothman-Simeone's The Spine by Steven Garfin, Frank Eismont, Gordon Bell, Jeffrey Fischgrund and Christopher Bono. Philadelphia, Saunders, 7th Edition
Bhalla A, “Spinal Cord injuries from Civilian Gun Shot injuries.” 2017 Critical Care & Trauma Surgery Conference. Carson, CA. August 7, 2017
Bhalla A, “High Grade Spondylolisthesis”; “Scheurmann’s Kyphosis”; “Why is the Sagittal Plane Important.” Depuy Synthes Spine Future Leaders Symposium. Irvine, CA, May 13th, 2017
Bhalla A, Schoenfeld A, George J, Bono C. “The Influence of Sub-Diagnosis on Radiographic and Clinical Outcomes after Lumbar Fusion for Degenerative Disc Disorders: a 15-year meta-analysis.” International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Scientific Symposium, Podium Presentation, SpineWeek 2016, Singapore, May 2016
“Low back Pain: Clinical Cases.” Harvard Medical School Orthopaedics Course. Tosteson Medical Education Center. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Boston’s Children Hospital. 10/28/2015
Nwosu K, Eftekhary N, Fukunaga D, Bhalla A, Rolfe K. Surgical Management for Penetrating Spinal Gunshot Injuries: Is it Over-utilized? The 4th ISCoS and ASIA Joint Scientific Meeting. May, 2015. Montreal.
Bhalla A, Yoshida G. Triangular Osteosynthesis for early mobilization in traumatic spinopelvic dissociation injuries: a case series. AOSpine Global Spine Congress 2013. April, 2013. Hong Kong.
Bhalla A, Wong S, Wang J. Adjacent Level Motion According to Disc Degeneration of the Lumbar Spine, A Kinetic MRI Study. Aug, 2008. UCLA School of Medicine STTP Research Symposium.
Bhalla A, Kaufman R. Immunohistochemical Mapping of K12 in Human Tissues. University of Pennsylvania Symposium for Research in Biology. May, 2005.