Many of our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons trained at some of the most prestigious universities and medical centers such as Yale, Harvard, UCLA and Princeton. All of our physicians perform hundreds of procedures each year, are board-certified, and they continually train to stay ahead of advancing surgical techniques and technologies.
Meet our spine specialists.
Christopher C. Carver, M.D., FACS
Christopher Carver, MD, FACS, joined Central Coast Brain and Spine Associates and the medical staff of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in 1983. He is a neurosurgeon with more than 24 years experience in performing spine and brain surgery including a variety of microsurgical, spinal instrumentation and minimally invasive procedures.
He graduated from Yale University in 1973 and the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1977. He completed a surgical internship at the University of Florida, Gainesville and was assistant resident and later chief resident in neurological surgery at the same university. He is board certified by and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Carver has served as Chief of Critical Care and Chief of Surgery at Salinas Valley Memorial. He is a member of the American college of Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, California Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Monterey County Medical Society, and the Western Neurosurgical Society.
Born in New York and raised in Florida, he now resides in Salinas with his wife and two children. He enjoys training for and competing in triathlons as well as cycling, surfing, snow skiing and horseback riding with members of his family.
Gus G. Halamandaris, M.D.
Gus G. Halamandaris, MD joined the medical staff of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and Central Coast Brain and Spine Associates in 1990. He is a neurosurgeon and specializes in surgeries of the brain and spine utilizing the latest surgical and microsurgical techniques, advanced technologies and the minimally-invasive procedures to care for his patients.
He graduated with a BA from the University of California, San Diego in 1980 and earned his medical degree in 1984 at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City. He completed a general surgery internship at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond in 1986 and a neurosurgical residency at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgery, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Western Neurological Society, American Medical Association, California Medical Association and the Monterey County Medical Society.
Dr. Halamandaris resides in Monterey with his wife and children. He enjoys woodworking and has participated in missions with Assist International including one to Caminul Felix Orphanage in Oradea, Romania where he helped build facilities to house the children.
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Theodore Kaczmar, Jr., M.D.
Neurosurgeon Theodore Kaczmar, Jr., MD joined Central Coast Brain and Spine Associates and the medical staff of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in 1985. In his practice, he utilizes the most advanced technologies and procedures for brain and spine surgeries including microsurgical, computer-assisted and minimally invasive techniques.
He graduated "Cum Laude" with a degree in biology from Princeton University in 1975. In 1979, he earned his medical degree at Washington University, St. Louis. He completed an internship in surgery and a residency in neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Connecticut. He was associate research scientist, Section of Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine and chief resident in neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is board certified by and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Kaczmar has served on Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital's Bioethics Committee for several years. He is a member of the American Medical Association, California Medical Association, Monterey County Medical Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Western Neurosurgical Society, California Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Federation of the International College of Surgeons.
He is a frequent medical volunteer at the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Medical Facility at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at Palma High School. He and his wife live in Salinas and have two grown daughters. In his personal time, he enjoys motor racing, astronomy and golf.
Willard B. Wong, M.D.
Willard Wong, MD joined Precision Orthopedics and the medical staff of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in 1994. He is an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in spinal surgery of the neck, middle and lower back. He also performs less invasive procedures including kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures, microdiscectomy for pinched nerves and disc
replacement or fusion surgery for chronic debilitating low back pain. Dr. Wong utilizes physical therapy options and non-operative treatment options, in addition to the most up-to-date surgical procedures.
After graduating with a degree in biology from the University of Hawaii in 1984, he earned his medical degree from the University of Hawaii Medical School. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency in Phoenix, Arizona and a fellowship in spinal surgery at Harvard/Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. He is board certified by and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a member of the California Orthopedic Association and the North American Spine Society.
Dr. Wong was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to Salinas shortly after completing his fellowship training. He enjoys mountain biking, woodworking and spending time with his family.
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