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Christian Athanassious, M.D.

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Surgical Spine Care

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Director of Total Spine Health Program


(4.9 of 5) - 415 Reviews
July 8, 2020
5/ 5stars
Last year, 2019, I sustained a back injury which resulted in a herniated disc at L2-L3. I could not lay flat to sleep for almost 4 months , pain down my left leg and not able to straighten up while standing. My doctor recommended PT,muscle relaxers, opioids ,epidurals which minimized some of the pain but not all of it. Finally I had a bad episode that landed me in the E.R. ,I was referred to Dr.Athanassious. He explained my options based off of my diagnosis . Dr.A explained what spine surgery does and how it may effect my life and how its not necessarily something to just rush into . That right there made me feel more confident about Dr.A. After providing me with the information and planning a course of action, we agreed having a fusion at L2-L3 was my best option. All I can say after that is this : I stopped taking any meds 3 days after surgery, did Physical therapy for 6 months ( great PT staff)I have no pain ,I can do things I was unable to do like kayak again , garden and get back to my hikes with my dogs. The procedure itself only took 2-2.5 hours and I was walking the next day and home a half day after that. I`m writing this almost 1 year later . It`s been like night and day ,so much better Thanks Dr.A and the SRO staff
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About Dr. Athanassious

Dr. Christian Athanassious is a board certified spine surgeon with fellowship training in spine surgery from Stanford University. Dr. Athanassious is the Medical Director of The Total Spine Health Program.

An advocate of the whole-body medical approach to treating patients, Dr. Athanassious completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from UC Davis with the intention of pursuing his medical doctorate. With a thorough background in psychology, Dr. Athanassious never loses sight of the mind and body connection when considering the best treatment for his patients. In the time between graduating from UC Davis and applying to medical school, Dr. Athanassious was a Howard Hughes Scholar working as a research manager, researcher, and anatomy lecturer at UC Davis for premed and medical students while he was studying for the MCAT.

He went on to complete a post baccalaureate in Medical Science at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Graduating at the top of his class, Dr. Athanassious was the only graduate invited to continue on at the same school to complete his Doctorate of Medicine. He then completed his orthopaedic residency at Monmouth Medical Center, and was selected to serve as the Chief Resident in his final year. Throughout his undergraduate studies, graduate studies, and residency, Dr. Athanassious published many award-winning studies on a variety of medical subjects.

Dr. Athanassious’ outstanding achievements earned him a spot in the prestigious Stanford University Spine Fellowship, which he completed in 2014. After training alongside some of the world’s finest spine surgeons, Dr. Athanassious brings invaluable expertise and knowledge about the latest advancements in orthopaedic spine operative and nonoperative care to individuals of all ages in the greater Santa Rosa area.

Dr. Athanassious was born in Scotland, raised in the U.S., and has been a longtime resident of California. He is married and enjoys many physical activities including mountain biking, skiing, martial arts, and running.

For a consultation, please call 707-546-1922 (option #1) and request an appointment with Dr. Athanassious.