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About William Taylor, MD
William Taylor, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. His practice focuses on the neurosurgical evaluation and treatment of spinal disorders. He has expertise in motion preservation, avoiding fusion surgery, navigation and robotic surgery, minimally invasive treatment of trauma, and deformity and degenerative diseases. He is also dedicated to further developing and refining minimally invasive surgical procedures used to treat spinal conditions and diseases.
Dr. Taylor is part of comprehensive spine care at UC San Diego Health, recognized by the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery (ACSS), an honor that is based on a health care organization's commitment to providing safe and excellent care, and advancing patient outcomes.
He is renowned in the medical community for his expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery and receives patient referrals from around the world. As a patients' rights advocate, he has spoken before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and created several position statements to help ensure that patients with spinal conditions have access to adequate care.
He is the executive director of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), which develops educational training for surgeons. Dr. Taylor is also editor of The Scientific World Journal and a member of many professional scientific organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
He is a professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and has been a member of the faculty at UC San Diego School of Medicine since 1994. He serves on the admissions committee and the education committee for the neurological surgery, and has received several teaching awards during his career.
Dr. Taylor completed his residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx in New York City, and completed his specialty training in spinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine.
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For more information, see Neurological Institute or Spine Center.
- UC Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
- Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, NY
Date Joined Staff
- American Board of Neurological Surgery
Conditions and Treatments
- Endoscopic Surgery of Brain and Spine Motion Preservation
- Motion Preservation of the Spine and Alternatives to Fusion
- Adult Scoliosis With Minimally Invasive Treatments
- Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Treatment of Hydrocephalus
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Spinal Disorders
- Neurological Spine Care
- Robotic Surgery
- Degenerative Diseases
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UC San Diego Health Awarded Advanced Certification in Spine SurgeryRecognized by The Joint Commission, the certification is granted to organizations with data-driven care processes, patient safeguards, and demonstrated high-quality patient outcomes.