Our Spine Specialists

The Spine Institute at Glendale Adventist Medical Center is proud to work with some of the most experienced, board-certified spine and pain management physicians in Southern California who make it their goal to help you get back to the activities you enjoy.

Recognized as "Top Doctors" by Pasadena Magazine, GAMC's Spine Institute specialists treat back and neck pain from the most simple to the most complex conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strain
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoporosis/Spinal fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spine tumors
  • And much more!

Meet Our Physicians


Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery

Dr. Yaser Badr specializes in complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, brain tumors, brain aneurysms, neurovascular neurosurgery, and brain AVMs and other vascular lesions. He received his medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship at St. John Providence Health System in Detroit, MI. Dr. Badr strives to use his extensive training to provide excellent care every time in all aspects of spine and brain diseases.

Christopher Charbonnet, MD
Pain Management

Dr. Christopher Charbonnet specializes in pain management and interventional pain management. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and completed a fellowship in pain management at Stanford University. Additionally, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Charbonnet's goal is to relieve his patients' pain and improve their quality of life on a daily basis. 
Matthew Chong, MD
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Dr. Matthew Chong's desire is to help his patients with back pain and other spinal conditions to achieve long-lasting relief. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Chong received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at LAC + USC Medical Center and the University of California San Diego, respectively.  
Hilary Fausett, MD
Pain Management
Dr. Hilary Fausett is board-certified in anesthesia with a subspecialty certificate in pain management from the American Board of Anesthesiology. She obtained her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed a fellowship in pain management at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Fausett believes that pain should not define her patients' lives and makes it her goal to help them rediscover their vitality.
Even before you meet one of our specialists, ask to speak with the GAMC Spine Institute nurse navigator, who can help you determine which physician would best meet your needs. To make an appointment at the Spine Institute, call (818) 863-4444.