Hello! I’m excited to welcome you to our new blog on spine care.
First, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is David Lundin and I’m the Medical Director for Spine Surgery at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington. I’m a native and long-time resident of Washington state, and I attended the University of Washington (UW) Medical School where I graduated at the top of my class in 1999. I joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the UW and continued my training at UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s, and the VA Hospital in Seattle. I was extremely fortunate to do an additional year of training at the prestigious Atkinson Morley’s Neurosurgical Hospital in London, England, where the first CT scanner was invented. After returning to the United States I continued my specialty training in both the neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery departments at the UW.
In 2006 I became the Director of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at a prominent spine surgery program in Los Angeles. Eventually my ties to the Pacific Northwest brought me and my family back to the Seattle area, and in 2008 I joined Valley as the Medical Director for Spine Surgery.
Over the past three years, I’m proud to say, the spine program at VMC has developed into a “5-star” center of excellence for the treatment of spinal conditions. We perform surgeries in a spacious, state-of-the-art surgery center and our patients recover in our new, first-class inpatient Spine Center that features larger private patient rooms with abundant natural light, a rehab room, and even on-demand room service. We’ve also been recognized this year as being among the top 2% of hospitals nationwide for spine surgery by Healthgrades.
My focus continues to be the comprehensive treatment of all spinal disorders, including both non-surgical and surgical treatments, with the goal to perform the least invasive treatments possible.
Why blog? I’m often asked questions about spinal conditions and decided a blog could be a good way for people to get information and answers to common questions, directly from a practicing spine physician.
I encourage you to send in your questions and check back with us frequently as we will continue to add information. You can also follow us on Twitter: @vmcspine, where you can DM me to ask questions. Again, welcome to the new Spine Center Blog. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to our conversations!
David A. Lundin, MD