Pranay B. Patel, MD, QME, is a licensed Orthopedic Surgeon who is available for PQMEs, AMEs or Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) at several locations throughout California.


Pranay B. Patel, MD, QME, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon with interest and expertise specifically in minimally invasive surgical techniques, motion preservation, and outpatient spine surgery. While treating all conditions for the adult degenerative spine, Dr. Patel ensures that his patients are given an array of options that are tailored to each patient’s individual needs and lifestyle. After educating his patients on their specific injuries, Dr. Patel, together with his patient, aims for a minimalistic approach to the spine in an effort to start with the least invasive/non-operative option first. Once surgery does become necessary, Dr. Patel utilizes the latest technology in minimally invasive spine surgery including computer assisted navigation.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with honors, Dr. Patel earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel continued on to his internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Chicago. After his time in the Midwest, Dr. Patel came to California to complete his combined orthopedic and neurosurgical spine fellowship at the University of Southern California Spine Center. During his fellowship, he focused on treating the whole patient utilizing both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for adult spine conditions.

Dr. Patel has written multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on spine conditions and surgical techniques. For his patients’ benefit, he aims to stay at the forefront of spine care by staying actively engaged in clinical research and new technologies. He is also an active member of multiple professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, AOSpine, and the North American Spine Society.