Meet Dr. Chung

Dr. Andrew Chung is one of few dual-fellowship-trained spine surgeons in the Valley. He has trained with world renowned neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons at the Mayo Clinic, University of Southern California, and Cedars-Sinai. He has extensive training in the latest micro-invasive, motion preservation, and outpatient spine surgical techniques.

As an orthopedic spine surgeon

Dr. Chung is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of all musculoskeletal issues of the spine and extremities. As limb (thigh, leg, foot, arm, hand) pain may oftentimes be confused with spinal problems, or vice versa, Dr. Chung’s orthopedic training allows him to accurately diagnose the source of pain. He will ensure you are being treated for the right problem.

A surgeon-scientist, Dr. Chung has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles in major spine and orthopedic journals and has written several book chapters on spine surgical care. His research has been presented both nationally and internationally. He additionally serves as a reviewer for several major spine journals.

His research expertise includes:

* Post-surgical pain management (how to minimize post-surgical pain)
* Peri-operative optimization (ensuring patients are also as medically safe as possible before and after surgery)
* Micro-invasive spine surgery

Finally, Dr. Chung takes pride in his journey from chiropractic school to becoming a spine surgeon. As a result of his training, he takes on a conservative and holistic approach to spine care.  He treats all of his patients as he would any of his family members.

Education and training

Education and residency

- Texas Chiropractic College, BS
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
- Mayo Clinic – Arizona, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery


- University of Southern California – Combined Neurosurgery/Orthopedic Spine Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
- Comprehensive Minimally Invasive and Outpatient  Spine Surgery Fellowship - (Cedars-Sinai, Docs Hospital); Los Angeles / Beverly Hills, CA

Professional affiliations

- North American Spine Society
- American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
- AO Spine
- Korean American Spine Society

Select Research publications

Chung AS, Wang J. Scientific View on Spinal Endoscopy. Can Spinal Endoscopy Become a Mainstream Surgical Tool? World Neurosurgery. 2020 Jun 1:S1878-8750(20)31209-2

Chung AS, Crandall D, Chang Y, Revella J, Chang M. Does Liposomal Bupivacaine Reduce Pain in Adult Deformity Surgery? Global Spine J. In Press

Renfree S, Chung A, Crandall D. Pre-operative Functional Status and Comorbidity Burden are Risk Factors for Delay in Surgery in Patients Undergoing Elective ACDF. Journal of Spine Surgery. 2019 Dec;5(4);475-482

Hydrick T, Rubel N, Lara N, Makovicka JM, Chang MS, Chung AS. Ninety-Day Readmission in Revision Lumbar Spine Surgery in the Inpatient Setting. Global Spine J. In Press

Chung AS, Kimball J, Min E, Wang JC. Endoscopic Spine Surgery – Increasing Usage and Prominence in Mainstream Spine Surgery and Spine Societies. Journal of Spine Surgery. In Press.

Renfree S, Chung AS, Waldrop R, Chang M, Crandall D. Pre-operative Dehydration Does Not Increase the Risk of Complications Following Elective Lumbar Surgery.  Spine. 2019 Nov 15;44(22):E1336-E1341

Chung AS, Renfree S, Blair D, Belthur M. Syndromic Scoliosis: National Trends in Management and Hospital Outcomes. Spine. 2019 Nov 15;44(22):1564-1570

Chung AS, Deckey D, Hassebrock J, Patel K, Makovicka JM, Chhabra AEpidemiology of Cervical Spine Injuries in National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Athletes. 2009/2010-2014/2015. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2019 Jun 15;44(12):848-854.

Abildgaard J, Chung AS, Tokish JM, Hattrup S. Clinical Efficacy of Liposomal Bupivacaine: A Systematic review of Prospective, Randomized, Controlled trials in Orthopaedic Surgery. JBJS Reviews. 2019 Jul;7(7):e8

Rubel N, Chung AS, Wong M, Lara N, Makovicka JL, Arvind V, Chang MS, Cho SK. Ninety-Day Readmission in Elective Primary Lumbar Spine Surgery in the Inpatient Setting. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2019 Feb 4.

Buser Z, Chung AS, Abedi A, Wang J, The Future of Disc Surgery and Regeneration. Int. Orthopedics. 2019 Apr:43(4):995-1002.

Chung AS, DiGiovanni R, Hustedt JW, Olmscheid N, Chutkan N.  Obstructive Sleep Apnea is Associated with Increased Complication Rates in Elective Spine Surgery. Global Spine J. 2018 Sep;8(6):550-556

Chung AS, Campbell D, Waldrop R, Crandall D.  Metabolic Syndrome and 30-day Outcomes. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Aug 29.

Chung AS, Campbell D, Hustedt J, Olmscheid N, Chutkan N. Inpatient Outcomes in Dialysis Dependent Patients Undergoing Elective Lumbar Surgery for Degenerative Lumbar Disease. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Oct 1;42(19):1494-1501

Chung AS, Copay A, Olmscheid N, Campbell D, Walker B, Chutkan N. Minimal Clinically Important Difference: Current Trends in the Spine Literature. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 July 15;42(14):1096-1005.