Doctor of Medicine: University of Southern California
Residency: Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Fellowship: Emory University Spinal Surgery Fellowship
Dr. Melikian is a Harvard and Emory University-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from UCLA, Dr. Melikian went on to complete medical school at the University of Southern California, where he was nominated to the membership of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and graduated as one of the top students in his class with highest distinction.
He was subsequently accepted into the prestigious Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, in which he excelled and was appointed Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received extensive training in complex spinal surgery, scoliosis, as well as primary and metastatic spine tumors. While at Harvard, he received the Partners in Excellence Award, presented to him by his colleagues for exemplary performance and contributions "above and beyond the call of duty." As a resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he also helped care for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in the aftermath of the attacks. Upon graduation, Dr. Melikian was awarded the prestigious Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Thesis Day Award for best clinical presentation for his work on spinal infections.
Dr. Melikian completed his Spine Surgery Fellowship at Emory University, widely regarded as one of the most prominent and respected spine surgery fellowships in the country. While at Emory, he had the privilege of training with leading experts on the full spectrum of spine surgery: from minimally-invasive procedures to complex, revision surgery.
Dr. Melikian has authored numerous presentations, posters, and journals on spine surgery. He has been named as Spine Surgeon Leader to Know by Becker's Spine Review and has been featured in numerous publications including Orthopedics Today, Prevention Magazine, Santa Monica Mirror, WestSideToday.com, and NextAvenue.org. His areas of interest include minimally-invasive, microscopic decompression for cervical and lumbar stenosis, microscopic discectomy for disk herniations, and anterior cervical fusion and disk replacement, lateral-access and anterior surgery (XLIF and ALIF), spine trauma, and spinal tumors.