Individualized spine treatment and care

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Rojeh Melikian, M.D., joined DISC after training at some of the country’s leading spine programs. His areas of interests include disk replacement surgery, minimally invasive, microscopic decompression for cervical and lumbar stenosis, microdiscectomy for disk herniations, anterior cervical fusion, lateral-access and anterior surgery (XLIF and ALIF), spine trauma and spinal tumors.

  • Super Doctors: Southern California Rising Stars 2023
  • OCMA 2023 Physicians of Excellence

Growing up with a physician father, Dr. Melikian had an early interest in medicine. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from University of California, Los Angeles, and immediately entered the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. There, Dr. Melikian was nominated for the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated as one of the top students in his class with highest distinction. After USC, Dr. Melikian was accepted into the prestigious Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, where he received extensive training in complex spinal surgery and scoliosis, as well as primary and metastatic spine tumors. He excelled and was appointed Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Melikian completed a combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine Surgery Fellowship at Emory University, in Atlanta, which is considered one of the most prominent and respected spine surgery fellowships in the country. While at Emory, he had the privilege of training with leading experts in the full spectrum of spine surgery, from minimally invasive procedures to complex revision surgery.

Dr. Melikian has authored more than 25 medical journal articles, medical textbook chapters, medical society presentations and posters about spine surgery. In 2016, Becker’s Spine Review named him as “a spine surgeon leader to know.” Additionally, Dr. Melikian has been featured in numerous consumer publications, including Prevention Magazine, Santa Monica Mirror, WestSideToday and NextAvenue. He is a member of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, North American Spine Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Armenian-American Medical Society of California and Orange County Armenian Professional Society.

Dr. Melikian has deep compassion for patients suffering from chronic spine pain, especially those wishing to return to a particular sport. He grew up in Southern California and enjoys outdoor sports, himself, especially skiing. These days, one of his favorite activities is playing at the park with his three kids.

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Education

Fellowship

  • Emory University, Atlanta —Spine Surgery 

Residency

  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, Boston — Orthopedic Surgery

Internship

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston — General Surgery

Medical School

  • University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
  • Graduate with Highest Distinction

Undergraduate

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Summa cum laude

Accreditation

  • “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know” — Becker’s Spine Review (2016)
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital (2014)
  • Thesis Award, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Thesis Day (2014)
  • Partners in Excellence Award, Massachusetts General Hospital (2014)
  • Merck Manual Award (2009)
  • Dean’s Recognition, Keck School of Medicine (2009, 2007)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2008)
  • Clarence W. Burrill Jr., Merit Scholarship for Superior Academic Achievement (2008)
  • Pathology Honor Society (2007)
  • Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship, Keck School of Medicine (2006)
  • Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Research Presentation, UCLA (2004)

Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Microscopic
  • Lumbar and Cervical Microsurgery
  • Reconstructive Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
  • Cervical Disorders
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Microdecompression
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Extreme Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Reconstructive Spine Surgery
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors & Infections