Scientific & Medical Advisory Board

SpineOvations is advised by an expert scientific advisory board made up of leaders in the treatment of back pain.

William R. Taylor, M.D.

Professor Neurosurgery, UCSD; Chairman, SpineOvations Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Taylor is a board-certified Neurological Surgeon, Clinical Professor of Surgery and Director of Spine Surgery, Division of Neurological Surgery, at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Taylor’s practice is focused on the neurosurgical evaluation and treatment of spinal disorders. He is dedicated to further developing and refining minimally invasive surgical procedures used to treat spinal conditions and diseases and is renowned in the medical community for his expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery. Prior to joining the UCSD faculty in 1994, Dr. Taylor completed his residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and completed his specialty training in spinal surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Taylor earned his medical degree from UCLA and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Neville Alleyne, MD

Orthopedic Specialists of North County

Dr. Alleyne is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is the Director of the Orthopedic Spine Center at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA. Dr. Alleyne’s practice is focused on treating a broad spectrum of spinal disorders, and he has established a multi-disciplinary approach, using the latest minimally invasive techniques, to relieve pain and restore spinal stability and mobility. He founded and served as chief medical director for several start-up companies developing spinal barriers and instrumentation using pedicle screws, cervical plates and artificial discs, including ProSpine, NAS Medical, and Smartdisc Inc. Dr. Alleyne is the inventor on numerous published patent applications related to spinal methods and devices. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the California Orthopedic Association and the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Alleyne performed his fellowship training in total joint arthroplasty and spine surgery at Harvard University-Massachusetts General Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Alleyne completed his residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital in orthopedics and general surgery in 1988. Dr. Alleyne received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1983 and was an undergraduate at Columbia University in New York, NY.

Gary Bennett, MD

Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology & Chief-of-Staff, Chapman Global Medical Center

Gary D. Bennett, M.D. is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management specialist practicing in Orange County California. Dr. Bennett has served as the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Chapman Medical Center in Orange, California. He has also served as the Chief of Staff at Chapman Global Medical Center since 2015. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Chapman Global Medical Center. Dr. Bennett is the founder and current president of Physicians Science and Nature, Inc. and has developed numerous FDA-registered products for the management of pain including Dendracin Pain Relief Lotion and Overtime Pain Relief Lotion. He is the author of six chapters in medical books regarding Anesthesiology and Pain Management as well as numerous publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. He completed his medical school training at UCLA School of Medicine and subsequently completed a residency in Anesthesiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He also completed the fellowship year in Gerontology and Pain Management through the UCLA School of Medicine and the Wadsworth Veterans Hospital in Los Angeles. He completed his undergraduate education at UCSD where he graduated With Highest Honors.

Yupo Lee, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon, UCSD
Dr. Lee currently serves as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, where he Specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders. His areas of interest include degenerative conditions such as disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative scoliosis. Dr. Lee actively engages in research that involves clinical trials on the latest treatments for spinal disorders, nerve regeneration, and biomechanics of the spine. Prior to his current position, Dr. Lee was at UCSD for 10 years where he was in charge of the spine surgery fellowship, the clinical trials coordinator, and served on national committees. Dr. Lee received his undergraduate degree in Physiologic Science from UCLA and his medical doctorate degree UCLA. He later went onto an Orthopedic Internship and Residency at UCLA Medical Center. He followed that with a combined Orthopedic/Neurosurgical spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Donald Ponec, MD

Interventional Radiology, Tri City Medical Center, San Diego Imaging; Assistant Clinical Professor Radiology, UCSD
Dr. Ponec is board-certified in diagnostic radiology with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He serves as the Director of Interventional Radiology and Department Chair at Tri City Medical Center, President of the Board of Managers and Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Health Institute, Vice President of San Diego Imaging, and has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at UCSD since 1998. Dr. Ponec is actively involved in clinical research and has served as primary or contributing investigator on multiple FDA-sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Ponec attended medical school at UCSD and completed medical residency and a Vascular Interventional Radiology Fellowship at UCSF. He completed his undergraduate education at USC.

Christopher J. Rogers, MD

Founder, San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group, Inc., Medical Director, Personalized Stem Cells, Inc., Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor Orthopedic Surgery, UCSD
Dr. Christopher Rogers is a board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician. He is founder of San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group and co-founder of DataBiologics and Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSD. Previously, he was a member of Orthopedic Specialists of North County, San Diego’s largest orthopedic practice. Earlier in his career he was an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSD in the Department of Orthopedics. Dr. Rogers is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of orthopedic regenerative medicine, specializing in the non-surgical treatment of spine and joint conditions. He has developed new techniques for the treatment of tendon injuries, osteoarthritis and disc degeneration which provide safe and viable alternatives to surgery. He attended UCLA for his undergraduate education and received his medical degree from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Thereafter, he completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas, San Antonio followed by a fellowship in Interventional Spine Care at East Texas Medical Center.