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Dr. Pablo Pazmino, MD

Spine Specialist, Orthopedic Surgeon

“My primary goal is to listen to my patients. I enjoy using my background as an elementary school teacher to now educate and get to know each patient. This truly helps me understand their concerns and what motivates them. By establishing this trust, we can provide a warm, caring environment where patients can learn about their problem and can choose the treatments which will complement their lifestyles.” -Pablo Pazmino, MD, FACS Our Medical Director A native of El Paso, Texas, Dr. Pazmiño formed The SpineCal Institute upon moving to California after specializing primarily in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics . Dr. Pazmino graduated with honors from The University of California, Los Angeles UCLA. He then spent two years as a third grade bilingual teacher at Grant Elementary in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Pazmino is the director of Spine deformity and arthroplasty in the department of Orthopaedics at the Spine Cal Institute. His research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders, and artificial disc replacement. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and written book chapters on disc herniations, disc pathology and the cervical disc. Dr. Pazmino earned his medical degree from The University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He completed an internship and Orthopaedic residency at the Detroit Medical Center, and a combined Neurological and Orthopaedic Spinal fellowship in complex and reconstructive spine surgery in Los Angeles through Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Olympia Medical Center and Century City Doctors Hospital. He also completed a second Neurological and Orthopaedic Spinal fellowship in deformity and arthroplasty through the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen Organization/ AO Spinal Surgical Fellowship in Brazil

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross


  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Spine Specialist

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Hospital affiliations

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Mission Community Hospital - Panorama City Campus

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Michigan
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Century City Doctors Hospital, Olympia Medical Center, Fellowship in Spine Surgery
  • Detroit Medical Center, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Association for the Study of Internal Fixation, Fellowship in Spine Surgery

Professional memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • North American Spine Society

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Office locations


2811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800

Santa Monica, CA 90403

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I was extremely impressed with Dr. Pazmino. He is was very kind and patient and knowledgeable, and explained everything in detail, using diagrams, etc., so that I would understand what my options were for surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Pazmino.
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Very kind, competent, and patient. Answered all my questions and gave great advice. Thank you!
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