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I was a 54-year old man with a bad back caused by years of active life and rheumatoid arthritis. After X-rays of my back, my primary doctor referred me to Dr. Michael Dorsi. After reviewing my condition, he found I had collapsed discs and pinched nerves which made surgery the only option. After back surgery in October 15, 2014, I was back to bowling in five months. I was the senior PBA tour in my early eighties and am now having fun again at 85. Donald W.

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flag | Submitted April 18, 2016

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To put it simply: Dr. Dorsi gave me my life back. He is a very special person and I can trust him unconditionally. Ventura County has landed this bright, energetic and talented young surgeon who is destined to make a major mark in the field. His expertise will be long recognized. P. Eskew

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flag | Submitted March 24, 2017

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For years I had put off fusion back surgery, as I had always heard that too many patients had less than satisfactory results. My pain and nerve damage was getting to the point that I feared I would not be able to walk. At 65 years old that was quite frightening. Out of desperation, I consulted with Dr. Abou-Samra, a neurological surgeon who recommended that I see Dr. Dorsi for the type of back surgery I needed and I did. It has been a year since Dr. Dorsi performed surgery on me and I am feeling stronger and 10 years younger. I have my life back, and I’m pain free. I highly recommend Dr. Dorsi should you require fusion back surgery. Dr. Dorsi’s expertise in surgery is only surpassed by his genuine thoughtfulness and care for his patients. Dr. Dorsi is, in my opinion, a 5 star surgeon. M.H. Camarillo, CA

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flag | Submitted January 23, 2017

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Dr. Dorsi performed emergency surgery on my younger sister, she had never had a shunt revision here ALL had been in UCLA since she was a child Dr. Dorsi gave us peace of mind and performed a perfect surgery. He is very professional and nice.

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flag | Submitted January 17, 2017

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60 year old with DDD and ongoing spine issues (cervical and lumbar) when my right arm became weak and would fall asleep I was concerned and asked my Family Dr. about it, he referred me to Dr. Dorsi. He was not quick to recommend surgery, but spelled out all my options. I tried phys. therapy and it helped. but my job requires a lot of physical activity (Farming). After a lot of thought I went ahead with the surgery. After only 4 weeks I feel better and I am back at work with light duty - Thank you Dr. Dorsi

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flag | Submitted December 26, 2016

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I have been troubled with nerve pain in both legs off and on for years. More recently, the pain got so bad that physical therapy and epidurals no longer helped. It was clear surgery was my only option. In talking with my doctor, a doctor friend along with a nurse in the epidural center, told me they all had heard good things about Dr Dorsi. In fact, the nurse’s husband was operated on by Dr Dorsi. So, I felt very comfortable making an appointment with him. During my first meeting, he went into details about my problem and what needed to be done to alleviate my pain. A surgery date was set for one month after my first visit. I later told him at one of my post-op appointments, that this one-month waiting was the longest in my life with the pain in my legs getting worse by the day. Dr Dorsi told me my surgery would be a big surgery. He gave me the option to break up the surgeries, but recommended I do it all at once which I did. Upon awakening in the hospital, my leg pain was gone. It was the best feeling I’ve had in years. Of course, I had several months of therapy ahead of me which I am still doing on my own with aquatherapy. Needless to say I was very impressed with Dr Dorsi. One incident after my surgery sealed my admiration for him: He visited me at the rehabilitation center to take my stitches out. When is the last time anyone had a “house call” by a physician? Anyone needing a neurosurgeon would be hard pressed to find a better one. I highly recommend Dr Dorsi. I will always be indebted to him for giving me my life back. J. Anderson

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flag | Submitted August 1, 2016

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Beginning in November 2015, I had been having leg pain that was getting more intense. I made an appointment with Dr. Abou Samra who had operated on me 3 times before. After reviewing my MRI, it was determined there was a disc problem in my L4-L5 area. Dr. Abou Samra, no longer doing the type of surgery required to deal with my problem, referred me to a new doctor in his office, Dr. Michael Dorsi. Having complete trust in Dr. Abou Samra, I was totally devastated to find myself headed towards a new physician I knew nothing about. I should have realized that if he was associated with Dr. Abou Samra, I could expect nothing but the best. I made the appointment. Dr. Dorsi greeted me and my husband and he proceeded, with the MRI in front of us, to explain what my L4-L5 problem was and how he expected to surgically take care of me. His voice was most comforting as he explained a relatively new “side entry” procedure to get to the damaged discs. I was admittedly hesitant but he assured me the recovery time was less due to entry through side tissue. Somewhere in all of this, I felt myself realizing that I was in excellent hands, the medical review seemed like a “family chat around the fireside”. Dr. Dorsi assured me that the pain killers I was on would be a thing of the past. There was a brief discussion that my L5-S1 disc would probably someday down the road have cause to be surgically dealt with, but not at the same time as L4-L5. Surgery was scheduled and went exactly as predicted, smooth and the pain was gone. Each follow-up with Dr. Dorsi was like a family visit. He talked to me on my level and showed me the X-rays of the surgical area. I had a small complication one week after surgery. My appetite went away and I became dehydrated. We rushed to the ER on a Saturday night. To my extreme surprise, Dr. Dorsi suddenly appeared, coming from his home in Newbury Park to Community Memorial. He decided to admit me to deal with the dehydration and 3 days later, I was home on the road to total recovery. About 4 months later, the L5-S1 previously noted area reared its ugly head. Dr. Dorsi was very confident that this matter could be taken care of. However, I was not up to the procedure so soon and opted for pain medication. He fondly noted that he “would be there when the meds ran out”. Several weeks went by and the pain meds stopped working. True to his word, Dr. Dorsi squeezed me in to fix things before he left for his personal vacation. I do not know what he did to get me in to an OR and find the time in the 3 days before he left for vacation. All in all, I think the answer to how I was treated in both cases came from just the simple fact that he cared for a patient and that’s why, in addition to his surgical skills, I think caring for his patients is right at the top of why I can say Dr. Dorsi is my friend and my physician. P. Eskew

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flag | Submitted June 3, 2016

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I am a 52-year-old woman who has suffered from the effects of degenerative disk disease for more than 20 years. This disease caused my back to go into spasms for very little reason, usually resulting in lost work and significant pain. I had to live in fear of every little bump and turn. Dr. Dorsi recommended replacing two of the degenerated discs in my lower back utilizing an amazingly minimally invasive procedure. My back has not had a spasm even once in the 18 months since my surgery. Dr. Dorsi's demonstrated expertise, willingness to answer all of my questions, and phenomenal bedside manner after the surgery. He exemplifies what every medical caregiver should strive for. He has my highest endorsement, including referring my sister to him for her back issues. Patricia C.

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flag | Submitted May 4, 2016

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I have been troubled with nerve pain in both legs off and on for years. More recently, the pain got so bad that physical therapy and epidurals no longer helped. It was clear surgery was my only option. In talking with my doctor, a doctor friend along with a nurse in the epidural center, told me they all had heard good things about Dr Dorsi. In fact, the nurse’s husband was operated on by Dr Dorsi. So, I felt very comfortable making an appointment with him. During my first meeting, he went into details about my problem and what needed to be done to alleviate my pain. A surgery date was set for one month after my first visit. I later told him at one of my post-op appointments, that this one-month waiting was the longest in my life with the pain in my legs getting worse by the day. Dr Dorsi told me my surgery would be a big surgery. He gave me the option to break up the surgeries, but recommended I do it all at once which I did. Upon awakening in the hospital, my leg pain was gone. It was the best feeling I’ve had in years. Of course, I had several months of therapy ahead of me which I am still doing on my own with aquatherapy. Needless to say I was very impressed with Dr Dorsi. One incident after my surgery sealed my admiration for him: He visited me at the rehabilitation center to take my stitches out. When is the last time anyone had a “house call” by a physician? Anyone needing a neurosurgeon would be hard pressed to find a better one. I highly recommend Dr Dorsi. I will always be indebted to him for giving me my life back. J. Anderson

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flag | Submitted March 17, 2016

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I’m a 75-year old man who had troubles walking and, at times, could barely walk due to the pain in my left side. I met with Dr. Dorsi and, due to the severity of my pain, he recommended fusion surgery and stated it would be best to have it sooner than later so I would have a quicker and better recovery. Before surgery, Dr. Dorsi was very good with going over all the details of what he was going to do. He gave my wife his cell phone number so she could call him anytime during and after surgery. She called him twice and he called her back within 30 minutes. We never had a surgeon give us his personal number before. Dr. Dorsi stayed in touch with my wife and family while I was in surgery. After my surgery, he stopped by two or three times a day to check on me. He has excellent bedside manners in that way. He takes time to explain things and to explain them in a way that anyone can understand. Today, I can walk and the pain has gone. I would highly recommend Dr. Dorsi! G. L.

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flag | Submitted February 25, 2016

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Biography

Dr. Dorsi was born and raised in Stirling, NJ. The fundamental value of helping others and service to the community was instilled in him at an early age by his mother who worked as a nurse and later director of religious education at the local church and father who served the community as a police officer. After completing high school he attended The Johns Hopkins University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Honors and a degree in Neuroscience. He then earned a medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While a student, he conducted ground-breaking research in the field of Neuropathic Pain and was awarded the Ronald Tasker Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Harvey Cushing Award from the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery and was a research scholar of the American Association of Neurology. Dr. Dorsi then completed residency training in neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he trained under some of the most prominent leaders in neurosurgery. In addition to general neurosurgery training. he developed a unique sub-specialty skillset in complex peripheral nerve surgery. During residency he was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine and dedicated two years to researching spinal cord injury and stem cell transplantation at UCLA. He then returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital and served as Assistant Chief of Service of Neurosurgery. Following residency, Dr. Dorsi was honored as the recipient of the Cloward Fellowship for Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery from the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and completed a one-year minimally invasive and complex spine fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Dorsi joined Ventura County Neurosurgical Associates in 2012. He has special clincal expertise and interest in minimally invasive spine surgery, XLIF, Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries, peripheral nerve tumors, neurofibromatosis, and brain tumors. Away from the practice Dr. Dorsi enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda, and three young children, surfing, paddle boarding, skiing, and cooking.


Languages

  • Spanish

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine (Grad. 2004)

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Areas of Expertise

  • Spinal fusion
  • Brain tumor
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Brachial plexus injury

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