Alan Moelleken, MD

Alan Moelleken, MD

Surgical and Non-Surgical Spine Treatment
Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery
Spine Fellowship Trained in Neurosurgery & Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon Specializing in Surgeries of the Spine

Dr. Moelleken attended SUNY Albany as an undergraduate student. He graduated number one in his class with a Double Honors’ Degree and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior.

He subsequently enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he received his medical training and graduated with an M. D. degree in 1983. He then preformed a year of orthopedic surgery research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

He was then accepted into a prestigious orthopedic residency program at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

After completion of his residency, he attended New York University (NYU), New York, for special fellowship training in neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery. His mentors included some of the most famous neurosurgeons, spine surgeons, and experts in scoliosis. While at NYU, he served as an assistant professor and an attending physician teaching neurosurgery and orthopedic residents at Bellevue Hospital Medical Center in New York and at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in New York (affiliated with NYU Medical Center).

Dr. Moelleken is a member of a variety of academic and scientific organizations, such as the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the North American Spine Society (NASS), and the American Medical Association (AMA). He has authored numerous scientific publications and presentations. For the past nine years, he has been the chairman of the monthly Tri-County Spine Conference. He maintains his cutting-edge knowledge and expertise as a spine surgeon by regularly attending national and international spine conferences and by constantly familiarizing himself with the latest research in the fields of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery, especially as it pertains to disorders of the spine.

EDUCATION


1983-1987 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Pennsylvania, PA
1979-1983 University at Albany, State University of New York Albany, NY

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE


  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Board Certified, American Board, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME)
  • California Medical Board: License #G68712

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING


1993-1994 New York University
Fellowship in Spinal Surgery
Combined Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
New York, NY
1989-1993 University of California, Los Angeles
Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
Los Angeles, CA
1988-1989 University of California, Los Angeles
Internship in Surgery
Los Angeles, CA

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


1994-Present The Spine and Orthopedic Center
Spine and Orthopedic Surgeon
Santa Barbara,CA
1993-1994 Bellevue Hospital Medical Center
Attending Physician in Orthopedic & Neurosurgery
New York, NY

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, HONORS AND AWARDS


1983 University at Albany, State University of New York
Graduated First in Class of 2,338; 4.0 GPA
Albany, NY
1995-2010 Monthly Santa Barbara Spine Conference
Chairman & Coordinator
Santa Barbara,CA
2010 Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review
Rated as one of 50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America
 
2011

Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review
Rated as one of the 100 Best Spine Specialists in America

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Santa Barbara County Medical Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

ATTENDING STAFF


  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Goleta Valley Community Hospital
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara
  • Carrillo Surgery Center

PUBLICATIONS


Belfort M, Moelleken A, Maley F. Purification and Properties of the Phage T4 Thymidylate Synthetase Produced by the Cloned Gene in an Amplification Vector. J Biological Chemistry 1983; 258 (3): 2045-2051.

Amplification of the E. coli and Phage T4 Thymidylate Synthetase Genes and Characterization of their products. Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual New York State Health Department Birth Defects Symposium, November 15-16, 1982. Albany, N.Y.

Moelleken A. in Recombinant DNA and Medical Genetics. Anne Messer, Ian H. Porter, ed. New York: Academic Press, 1983. p. 204f.

Howard M, Moelleken A, Dawson E. An Anterior Muscle Sparing approach to the Spine. Western Orthopedic Society. September 1991.

Cohen C, Cuckler J, Moelleken A, Nazar E, Ducheyne P. The Comparative Initial Stability of Cemented and Cementless Acetabular Prostheses. The Transactions of the 15th meeting of the Society for biomaterials. Orlando, Florida, 1989.

Moelleken A, Gokaslan Z, Cooper P. in The Practice of Neurosurgery. Iatrogenic Deformities of the Spine. Williams & Wilkins, 1996.

Sava J, Moelleken A, Waxman K. Cardiac Arrest Caused By Reperfusion Injury Following Lumbar Paraspinal Compartment Syndrome. Journal of Trauma 1998; 46:1.

Moelleken A. Implantable Direct Current Stimulation of Cervical Spine Fusion in a Patient with Hadju-Cheney Syndrome. 9th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Montreux, Switzerland. May 23-25, 2002.

Moelleken A, Nazar E, Cuckler J, Ducheyne P. Optimization of the Effect of Centrifugation on the Strength of PMMA: Comparison of the Effects of Fracture Toughness and Fatigue Resistance. 35th Annual Meeting, Orthopedic Research Society.

ARTICLES & CITATIONS


Harrison (2011, February 24). Top Surgeons – Sponsored List. ADR Support: Five Levels of Decision Support for ADR Seekers. Retrieved September 15, 2011, from http://www.adrsupport.org/forums/f50/top-surgeons-sponsored-list-11011.

STUDIES


4/08-9/03 - Participant in multi-center FDA-controlled study (Synthes Spine: Clinical Study of the SynCage) comparing Synthes "Syncage" to BAK cages in lumbar fusion surgery

LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS AND EXHIBITS


03/93          COMPRESSION NEUROPATHY. UCLA Medical Center. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

02/95          TREATMENTS FOR COMMON SPINE PROBLEMS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

02/96          SCOLIOSIS FOR THE PEDIATRICIAN. Santa Barbara County Pediatric Society. Alan Moelleken, M.D. (by invitation).

04/95          SPINE & DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING OF THE SPINE. Channel Cities District Radiology Society. Alan Moelleken, M.D. (by invitation).

05/95           NECK PAIN. Santa Barbara Continuing Education Course for Primary Care Physicians. Alan Moelleken, M.D.  (by invitation)

05/95           THE SPINE: ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF SPINE X-RAYS. Channel Cities District Radiology Society. Alan Moelleken, M.D. (by invitation)

06/96           SPINE TRAUMA: NON-SURGICAL & SURGICAL CONSIDERATIONS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D. (by invitation)

03/97           INSTRUCTOR, SYNTHES SPINE INSTRUMENTATION COURSE. Marina Del Rey. Alan Moelleken, M.D.  (by invitation)

03/97           TECHNIQUES IN ANTERIOR SPINAL INSTRUMENTATION. Marina Del Rey, California. Alan Moelleken, M.D. (by invitation)

02/97           SCOLIOSIS. UC Santa Barbara Continuing Education Program. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

01/02           UPPER MOTOR NEURON LESIONS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Andrew Duncan, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

02/92           ACROOSTEOLYSIS. UCLA Medical Center. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

03/02           INTRADISCAL MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURE. St. Francis Medical Center. Kathleen Abbott, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/02           CERVICAL STENOSIS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/02           SPINE TUMORS. St. Francis Medical Center. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

05/02          SCHEUERMANN’S KYPHOSIS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

05/02          SPINE INJECTIONS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

06/02          SPINE INJECTIONS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

06/02          COCCYX/SACRAL FRACTURES. St. Francis Medical Center. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

07/02          CONSERVATIVE BACK & NECK TREATMENT/SPINE PHYSICAL THERAPY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Tara Sweeney, P.T., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

07/02          FAILED LUMBAR REHABILITATION & CHRONIC LOWER BACK PAIN. St. Francis Medical Center. Ryan Nakasane, D.C., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

08/02          SCOLIOSIS, PHYSICAL THERAPY OF SPINE DISORDERS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Marc Reisman, P.T., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

08/02          NEUROFIBRAMATOSIS & KYPHOSCOLIOSIS. St. Francis Medical Center. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

09/02          REVISION CERVICAL SPINE SURGERY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

09/02          SPINE FUSIONS. St. Francis Medical Center. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

10/02          MICROSURGERY/LUMBAR REHABILITATION. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Richard Berkman, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

10/02          SCOLIOSIS: DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT. National Scoliosis Foundation, Santa Barbara. Alan Moelleken, M.D.  

11/02          PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR SPINE PATHOLOGY. St. Francis Medical Center. Christi Erickson, P.T., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

12/02          SPINE INJECTIONS. St. Francis Medical Center. Heather Horgan, R.N., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

12/02          NEUROLOGIC INVOLVEMENT IN SPINE DISORDERS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Tom Kennedy, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

02/03          PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR SPINAL SURGERY. St. Francis Medical Center. Marsha McIntyre, P.T., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

03/03          FAILED SPINE SURGERY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/03          SPINE FRACTURES. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

06/03          ACUPUNCTURE FOR SPINE PROBLEMS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Mary Thigold, L-Ac, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

07/03          CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS. Santa Barbara Surgery Center. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

08/03          APPLICATION OF LASER TECHNOLOGY IN SPINAL PATHOLOGY. Santa Barbara Surgery Center. Meghan Meliziano, P.T., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

09/03          DEGENERATIVE SPINE CONDITIONS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

09/03          HERNIATED LUMBAR DISCS: SURGICAL INDICATIONS. Alan Moelleken, M.D.   

10/03          SPINE INJECTIONS, RHIZOTOMY & CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

11/03         IMPLANTS IN SPINE SURGERY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

12/03          CONSERVATIVE CARE OF THE SPINE FOR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS. Santa Barbara Surgery Center. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

03/04          ADDICTION MEDICINE AND SPINE DISORDERS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Joseph Frawley, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/04          FOOT DROP AND NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS. St. Francis Medical Center. Alan Moelleken M.D.

07/04          CONSERVATIVE CARE FOR HERNIATED CERVIAL DISCS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

10/04          SPINE FUSIONS AND KYPHOPLASTY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

11/04          OSTEOPEROSIS: DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

03/05          DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE OF THE LUMBAR SPINE. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/05          SPINE FUSIONS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ken Nisbet, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

05/05          CERVICAL STENOSIS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

06/05          PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY & SPINAL STENOSIS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

07/05          SPINE TUMORS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ken Nisbet, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

10/05          RADIOLOGY OF SPINE: DIAGNOSIS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Sonja Moelleken, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

11/05         PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES IN CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN PATIENTS; ROLE OF NEW DISC REPLACEMENT SURGERY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

10/06          DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT OF FACET DISEASE IN THE CERVICAL SPINE. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

12/06          AUTOFUSION & SPONTANEOUS FUSIONS IN SPINE TRAUMA AND DOD. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

01/07          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF RADIATING LEG PAIN. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

02/07          NONSURGICAL SPINE CARE: NEW TECHNOLOGY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/07          PROGRESSIVE SCOLIOSIS IN ADULTHOOD. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ken Nisbet, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

05/07          LUMBAR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. David Davis, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

06/07          MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AND THE SPINE. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ken Nisbet, PA-C Alan Moelleken, M.D.

07/07         MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE TREATMENT. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Robert Wood, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

09/07          CERVICAL MYELOPATHY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

11/07          RADIOLOGY OF COMMON SPINE DISORDERS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Sonja Moelleken, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

12/07          CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT OF LOWER BACK PAIN. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ryan Nakasone. D.C., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

01/08           NEUROPHYSIOLOGIC MONITORING OF SPINE PROBLEMS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Philip Delio, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

03/08          LUMBAR SPRAIN/STRAIN. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Boris Tapia, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/08          SAFETY OF LUMBAR FUSION OF THE ELDERLY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. David Davis, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

05/08          POLYTRAUMA & CAUDA EQUINA. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ken Nisbet, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

07/08          NEUROPATHIC PAIN. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. David Davis, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

08/08          CONTRADICTIONS TO SPINAL MANIPULATION. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. John Michalak, D.C., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

11/08          POST SURGICAL BRACING-CERVICAL. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. David Davis, PA-C., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

12/08          EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS: FOLLOWING THE EVIDENCE. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Parish Vaidya, M.D., Alan Moelleken, M.D.

01/09          THORACIC OUTLOOK SYNDROME. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ken Nisbet, PA-C. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

02/09          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF LUMBAR RADICULOPATHY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

03/09          DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. David Davis, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/09          PHARMACOLOGICAL APPROACH TO SPINAL CORD INJURIES. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jessica Habeck, PA-C. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

06/09          THORACIC/LUMBAR FRACTURES. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ken Nisbet, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

09/09          PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM VS CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Lisa Mendez, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

10/09          VERTEBROPLASTY VS KYPHOPLASTY., Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jesse Jacobs, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

11/09          FACET HYPERTROPHY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jessica Habeck, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

02/10          DISKITIS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ken Nisbet, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D

03/10          FRACTURES. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dave Davis, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/10          SPRAINS/STRAINS OF CERVICAL & LUMBAR SPINES. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jesse Jacobs, PA-C, MSPAS, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

05/10          THORACIC DISC HERNIATION. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jessica Habeck, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

06/10          ACUPUNCTURE. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Fredd Dunham, LAc, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

09/10          ORTHOPEDIC TREATMENT MODALITIES. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dave Davis, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

11/10          SPONDYLOLYSIS & SPONDYLOLITHES. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jennifer Lewis, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

12/10          OUTPATIENT SPINE SURGERY. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jessica Habeck, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

01/11          OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jesse Jacobs, PA-C, MSPAS, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

03/11          TIBIAL NON-UNIONS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Matthew Ebling, PA-C, MSAPS. Alan Moelleken, M.D.

04/11          EMG/NCS & ELECTRODIAGNOSTICS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Parish Vaidya, M.D., Ken Nisbet, PA-C, MSPAS, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

05/11          ADVERSE EFFECTS & COMPLICATIONS OF COMMON MEDICATIONS USED IN SPINE/ORTHOPEDICS. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Darren Richards, PA-C, MSPAS, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

06/11          EVALUATION & TREATMENT OF BULLETS IN THE SPINE. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jesse Jacobs, PA-C, MSPAS, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

07/11          ADJACENT SEGMENT DISEASE. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Jessica Habeck, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

08/11          HAND TRAUMA. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dave Davis, PA-C, Alan Moelleken, M.D.

09/11          SI JOINT DYSFUNCTION. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Matthew Ebling, PA-C, MSPAS, Alan Moelleken, M.D.