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About Donald Blaskiewicz, MD

Donald J. Blaskiewicz, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in caring for people with complex spinal conditions, scoliosis, spinal deformity and complex pathologies of the cervical spine.

As an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, he trains medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Blaskiewicz's research interests include methods of treatment for spinal conditions including surgical techniques, minimally invasive procedures, spinal cord injuries, and dietary therapies.

His work has appeared in medical and research publications, including The Journal of Neurotrauma, The Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics and The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, SPINE Journal, Journal of Spine Surgery, and World Neurosurgery.

He has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to cervical spine pathologies, thoracolumbar pathologies, spinal trauma, spinal cord injury, and innovative spinal surgeries. Having a particular interest in global health, Dr. Blaskiewicz has provided education and clinical care during international outreach mission trips.

Before joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Blaskiewicz cared for patients at Sharp Memorial Hospital where he was the medical director for spine services. Prior to that, he was division Chief of Neurosurgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Dr. Blaskiewicz completed a fellowship in complex/minimally invasive spine at UCLA School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in adult complex and spinal deformity at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, where he also completed a residency in neurological surgery. Dr. Blaskiewicz also completed a pediatric neurosurgery rotation at Harvard University Children's Hospital of Boston. Dr. Blaskiewicz is board certified in neurological surgery.

He is a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the North American Spine Society (NASS), the Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS) and the California Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS).

Outside of work, he enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking and traveling with his family.

In addition to the locations listed above, Dr. Blaskiewicz also sees patients in Carlsbad and Escondido.

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UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Fellowship

  • UC Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Fellowship

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Residency

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Medical Degree

  • Ross University, School of Medicine, North Brunswick, NJ

Gender

  • Male

Date Joined Staff

  • 2020-07-01

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Conditions and Treatments

  • Cervical and Lumbar Spine Procedures
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Tumor
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Treatments and Conditions Cervical and Lumbar Spine Procedures Cervical Spinal Stenosis Cervical Spi
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Surgery
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted