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Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery
1820 Sidewinder Dr.
84060
(435) 200-1196

Dr. Ken Yonemura was born and raised in Southern California and obtained a B.S. in psychobiology at the University of Southern California prior to attending medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. His neurosurgical residency training occurred at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCIMC) and was completed in 1990. He was selected as a spinal surgery fellow at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ that was completed in 1991. He returned to UCIMC as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery but at the request of his chairman, Dr. Ronald F. Young, he joined him in private practice in Seattle in 1993.

He received certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery in May of 1995 and since that time, his practice has evolved to focus primarily on complex spine and peripheral nerve disorders. He have been a FDA investigator for both lumbar and cervical interbody fusion cages as well as motion preservation techniques that include artificial disc and facet replacement technology. He has been actively involved in the development minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of cervical and lumbar disc disease including the design of one of the first generation percutaneous pedicle screw systems.

Dr. Yonemura has been an avid cyclist, USA Cycling Cat 3 masters racer, and was the medical director for the Tour of Utah stage race from 2008-2011. He has become a USAC official and especially enjoys working as a motorcycle referee. Previously while practicing in Seattle, he was the medical director for the Think First neurosurgical injury prevention program from 1997-1999 and more recently with his daughter’s involvement on the US Luge Association junior development team and as a FIL luge official, he developed a strong interest in concussions. He is especially interested in refining the diagnostic criteria for diagnosing concussions and treatment options once a concussion has occurred. He is pleased to be able to work with Melinda Roalstad, PA-C and Dr. Wain Allen as part of the Think Head First team.

Dr. Yonemura had previously worked with the Heiden Davidson Orthopedics group and is now the medical director for the NeuroSpine Institute of Park City.  In addition to expert diagnostics and conservative spine care, prehab, rehab, and treatment, the NeuroSpine Institute of Park City focuses on outpatient spine micro decompression, minimally invasive reconstruction, artificial disc surgery, and stem cell disc regeneration. He also sees patients in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, UT. His primary hospital is Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful and he has privileges at the Cottonwood Surgery Center in Murray and the soon to open Restitute Ambulatory Surgery Center in Park City.