A. David Tahernia, M.D.

Director of the Comprehensive Spine Center
A. David Tahernia, M.D.
A. David Tahernia, M.D.

"The most satisfying part of my work is having the opportunity to improve my patient’s quality of life, either through conservative modalities or with surgical intervention.”

A. David Tahernia, M.D. is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic spinal surgeon. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 2003 where he is the Director of the Comprehensive Spine Center.

Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Tahernia comes from a medical family: his father, a pediatric cardiologist; and his mother, a registered nurse. He attended the University of Tulsa and graduated magna cum laude. He was honored by the University of Tulsa as Man of the Year. He is also a charter member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Tahernia earned his medical degree, completed his internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there that his interest in spinal surgery evolved: “I found every facet of spinal surgery to be fascinating, from the complex anatomy, to the wide variety of disease processes.” During his time at the University of Pennsylvania, he also received the Stanley Chung Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Research.

Dr. Tahernia completed his fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Colorado, and has coauthored numerous articles and delivered regional and national presentations. He is actively involved in several clinical research projects, evaluation cutting-edge treatments for a variety of spinal disorders.

Commenting on his specialty, Dr. Tahernia says: “The field of spinal surgery is extremely rewarding and continually evolving. The most satisfying part of my work is having the opportunity to improve my patient’s quality of life, either through conservative modalities or with surgical intervention.”

Debunking the Myths About Spinal Surgery
Comprehensive Spine Care
New Technologies in Spinal Care
Patient Joseph Perez discusses the success of TOPS surgery
Spine Conditions
Ankylosing Spondylitis Spondylolysis
Disc Herniation Radiculopathy
Spinal Stenosis
Spine Procedures
Artificial Cervical Disk Replacement Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Epidural Injection Discogram
Total Disc Replacement Facet Joint Injection
Sympathetic Nerve Block Vertebroplasty
Medial Branch Block Injections Spinal Stenosis Surgical
Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion Minimally Invasive TLIF
Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw Instrumentation Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion
Posterior Lumbar Fusion Computer Assisted Spine Surgery
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
What Makes Spinal Surgery Successful?


Target: Spinal Stenosis

Outpatient Spinal Surgery Gets Patient Back on His Feet- and Home - within Hours

A. David Tahernia, M.D.

John White, 70, is an active guy. Retired from the military, police and federal court, and still running his own private investigator business, it’s not in his nature to be sedentary. But worsening back and leg pain had seriously curtailed his ability to maintain an active lifestyle. “I could get up and walk around, but I was limited in how far I could walk,” the Palm Desert resident relates. “I had to cut my exercise routine by about 80 percent.” The culprit was spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine to the arms and legs. White also had spondylolisthesis (instability of the spine), caused when one vertebra slips forward on another, also narrowing the spinal canal.

Conservative measures first

Under the care of Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon David Tahernia, MD, at Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center, White first tried conservative measures to manage his pain.

"I took pain pills, I'd lie down in the middle of the day to rest my back, and I was icing it several times a day," he relates. “I also tried an epidural injection, but it only gave me relief for a few days.

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ORTHOPEDICS - Foot and Ankle

The Complex Nature of the Foot and Ankle Common Problems and Treatments

A. David Tahernia, M.D.

By age 50, most Americans have walked 75,000 miles — translating to an immense amount of wear and tear on one of the most complex and vital areas of the entire body — the foot and ankle. Containing 25 percent of our body’s total bones, our feet are comprised of 28 bones per foot, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Given the enormous responsibility of these often-ignored work-horses (our feet), it is no wonder that the estimated number of foot and ankle-related injuries in the United States is 25,000 — every day.

Gathering to speak about common foot and ankle concerns in this Physicians Roundtable are Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons David Friscia, MD, and Julie Johnson, MD, Board Certified Podiatrist Michael Seiberg, DPM, and William Hinds, PA. Philip Shaver, MD, Board Certified in Cardiology, moderated the panel.

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