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John Finkenberg MD

(619) 286-9480
Primary Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery (Board Certified)
  • Surgery - Spine
  • Affiliations
  • Alvarado Hospital
  • Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego
    • Additional Languages Spoken
      English and Spanish

    Primary Office

    Alvarado/Helix Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
    5555 Reservoir Drive
    San Diego, CA 92120
    (619) 286-4568
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    Doctor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
    Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
    Fellowship in Spine, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD

    Other Specialties/Certifications

    Medical Staff, Advanced Spine & Joint Institute
    Orthopedic Supervisory Committee, Grossmont Hospital
    Past Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
    Editorial Board, Sports Medicine Digest
    Faculty, North American Spine Society, spine surgery course
    Qualified Medical Examiner, California
    American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons Member
    North American Spine Society Member
    European Spine Society Member
    American Academy of Neurosurgeons Member
    California Medical Association Member

    Areas of Expertise

    Fellowship Trained in Advanced Spinal Reconstruction
    Hip Osteoarthritis
    Hip Surgery (Hip Replacement Arthroplasty)
    Knee Osteoarthritis
    Knee Surgery (Knee Replacement Arthroplasty)
    Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
    Spinal Fractures
    Spinal Stenosis


    Patients' Choice Award (2011)
    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011)
    Published author and international lecturer on advanced techniques for spine surgery
    Surgical consultant, research and development, EBI, LLC, Biomet
    Accomplished sculptor
    Donated Art of Surgery to UCLA Medical Center, 1997
    Art of Surgery II to Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1999
    Gift of Life to Grossmont Hospital Women’s Center, 2002

    Areas of Interest

    Fellowship Trained in Advanced Spinal Reconstruction

    Physician Bio

    Dr. John Finkenberg has been in private practice with Alvarado Orthopedic Medical Group in San Diego since 1992. He is a general orthopaedic surgeon who has obtained fellowship training after his orthopaedic residency in advanced spinal reconstructive surgery. After attending UCLA Medical School, he completed his orthopedic training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. He has been the past chief of the orthopaedic department at Alvarado Hospital and has served on the executive supervisory committee for many years.

    As a surgical consultant for a spinal instrumentation company, Dr. Finkenberg has developed instrumentation utilized in reconstructive spinal surgery. He has authored several published articles and lectures nationally/internationally on spine surgery. He has served on the faculty of the North American Spine Society’s national hands-on spinal surgery course.

    Presently, Dr. Finkenberg coordinates multi-center prospective outcome studies on lumbar and cervical spinal fusion. He holds a patent for diagnosing fractures with intrasound vibration and has sculpted statues that are on display at UCLA Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Grossmont Hospital Women’s Center.