Charles Rosen, MD
Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgeon at the University of California, Irvine
Founding Director, UCI Spine Center
Dr. Charles Rosen is a highly respected spine surgeon and educator who is changing the way the medical industry operates. As the Founding Director of the UCI Spine Center and a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Rosen has spent the past 22 years diagnosing and performing surgery on spinal disorders.
Since completing an advanced fellowship training in spinal surgery and rehabilitation in 1989, Dr. Rosen has specialized in spinal disorders. His specialty in spinal surgery focuses on patients with spinal degeneration, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, instability and all related consequences of these conditions in the neck and lumbar spine. Dr. Rosen is an expert at laminectomy procedures and other spine surgeries, treating numerous spinal stenosis patients each year. He also has a particular interest in treating patients with failed disc replacements, many of whom travel from around the country for his specific expertise. He enjoys taking his time and talking with patients.
Dr. Rosen co-founded the Association for Medical Ethics with the intention of reducing the medical industry’s influence on doctors who are paid consultants. Additionally, his ambition was to provide a forum for the presentation of spinal surgery research without company bias. With these interests in mind, Dr. Rosen and AME inspired the Physicians Payment Sunshine Act. He was the only physician to testify before Congress to pass the law that now requires transparency within the medical industry including disclosure of monies paid to researchers. He currently serves as President of the Association.
When Dr. Rosen isn’t teaching residents, operating on patients, or advocating for better, more transparent patient care, he is spearheading research and writings in the fields of ethics and spinal biomechanics. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Rosen is a member of the North American Spine Society and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Rosen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical doctorate degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery internship at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in New York City. Dr. Rosen completed fellowship training in Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California.