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Our Spine Specialists

The Spine Institute at Adventist Health Glendale 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, Adventist Health Glendale'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


Scott Iwamoto Lee, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Scott I. Lee is an orthopaedic spine surgeon specializing in adult cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine issues related to degenerative conditions, post-traumatic injury, spinal deformity and tumor/infection. He is versed in non-surgical and surgical treatment methods, including open and minimally-invasive spine procedures, to promote a return to an active lifestyle. He enjoys interacting with his patients and is passionate about patient education, matching treatment plans with his patients’ goals and ensuring the best outcomes.


Pouriya Ghayoumi, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Pouriya Ghayoumi, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. He received his medical degree with distinction from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ghayoumi treats various cervical and thoracolumbar spinal disorders, including degenerative, infection, trauma, and tumor cases. Throughout his extensive surgical training, he learned the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of spinal pathology. He is a strong believer in utilizing both surgical and nonsurgical modalities when tailoring treatment plans to meet individualized needs.


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.

Even before you meet one of our specialists, ask to speak with the Adventist Health Glendale 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.