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Our Team

Dr. Robert Rovner

Dr. Rovner grew up in Washington, D.C. He attended college at the University of Maryland, earning a B.S. in Zoology in 1975. He completed his M.D. degree at the University of Maryland in 1979. Having had enough of the East Coast at that point, he moved to California for General Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of California at Irvine from 1979 to 1984, and then completed a Fellowship in Spine Surgery at USC-Rancho Los Amigos Hospital from 1984 to 1985. He became eligible for board certification in 1987, passed the Orthopedic Surgery Board exam that year in the 99th percentile, and has re-certified at 10-year intervals since.

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Dr. Vikram Talwar

I would like to introduce to you my partner, Vikram Talwar. He grew up in the East Bay, which explains his loyalty to the Oakland A’s, and the (for the time being) Oakland Raiders and Oakland-based Golden State Warriors. He attended U.C. Berkeley, completing a four-year pre-med B.S. degree, then an East Coast medical school education at Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia. Dr. Talwar then completed his post-doctoral residency training at the San Francisco orthopedic residency program and a full one-year fellowship in spine surgery at U.C. Davis. We met at U.C. Davis in 2005 as he was finishing his last of 14 years of education and training. I was impressed by his humble personality and remarkable surgical skills. Although a devoted father and husband, his patients are his number one priority. He literally evaluates every patient as though they were a member of his family. He is always approachable and never too busy to answer a question. His surgical skills are impeccable. Always prepared, and careful to avoid complications, his operations go smoothly and efficiently. He is comfortable with large cases and really at ease under the microscope. Most importantly he takes full ownership of his outcomes and will stop at nothing to determine the cause of anything less than a perfect outcome. Dr. Talwar is well trained and experienced but not afraid to take on new procedures if he believes they will benefit his patients.

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