Orthopaedic Spine Center
450 Broadway St. | MC6342
Redwood City, CA 94063
For Adult Patients: (650) 725-5905

About Dr. Ivan Cheng, MD

Dr. Ivan Cheng

Dr. Ivan Cheng provides consultation and treatment for patients with all spinal disorders, including cervical spine and complex spinal deformities.

After obtaining his degree at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Cheng completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at U.C. Davis and his spine surgery fellowship with the world-renowned spine surgery group at Washington University in St. Louis. Board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Cheng has received many awards including the Timothy Bray Trauma Award from U.C. Davis, the Saul Halpern Orthopaedic Teacher of the Year Award from Stanford, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Prize in Clinical Research, and Outstanding Paper Awards from the North American Spine Society.

In addition to the latest techniques in spinal reconstruction, Dr. Cheng is also trained in minimally-invasive surgery and motion-preserving surgery.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Cheng sees patients not only from Northern California but from all over the world as well.


  • Washington University, St. Louis, Fellowship, Spine Surgery (2003-2004)
  • U.C. Davis Medical Center, Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery (1999-2003)
  • U.C. Davis Medical Center, Internship, General Surgery (1998-1999)
  • Harvard Medical School, MD (1998)
  • University of California, Berkeley, BA, Neurology (1993)


  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Cervical Spine Research Society

Recent Publications

  • Carragee EJ, Baker RM, Benzel EC, Bigos SJ, Cheng I, Corbin TP, Deyo RA, Hurwitz EL, Jarvik JG, Kang JD, Lurie JD, Mroz TE, Oner FC, Peul WC, Rainville J, Ratliff JK, Rihn JA, Rothman DJ, Schoene ML, Spengler DM, Weiner BK. (2012) "A biologic without guidelines: the YODA project and the future of bone morphogenetic protein-2 research." Spine J. 2012 Oct;12(10):877-80.

  • Cheng I. (2012) "Spinopelvic parameters: how far have we come?" Spine J May 12(5):447-8.

  • Cheng I, Mayle RE, Cox CA, Park DY, Smith RL, Corcoran-Schwartz I, Ponnusamy KE, Oshtory R, Smuck MW, Mitra R, Kharazi AI, Carragee EJ. (2012) "Functional assessment of the acute local and distal transplantation of human neural stem cells after spinal cord injury." Spine J, Nov;12(11):1040-4.

  • Park DY, Mayle RE, Smith RL, Corcoran-Schwartz I, Kharazi AI, Cheng I. (2013) "Combined transplantation of human neuronal and mesenchymal stem cells following spinal cord injury." Global Spine J 2013; 03(01): 001-006.

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 Western Orthopaedic Association Young Investigator Award: "Functional Assessment of Acute Local versus Distal Transplantation of Human Neural Stem Cells following Spinal Cord Injury"
  • 2010 American Orthopaedic Association-Japanese Orthopaedic Association (AOA-JOA) Traveling Fellow
  • NASS Best Paper Award, North American Spine Society (2008)
  • NASS Outstanding Paper Winner in Medical & Interventional Science, North American Spine Society (2006)
  • Outstanding Paper Award in Surgical Science, North American Spine Society, (2006)
  • The ISSLS Prize in Clinical Research, International Society of the Study of Lumbar Spine, Bergen, Norway (2006)
  • Saul Halpern, MD Orthopaedic Educator Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Standard University Medical Center (2005)
  • Timothy J. Bray Trauma Award, U.C. Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Cum laude, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1997)
  • Student Abstract Prize, American Gastroenterological Association, Digestive Diseases Week (1997)
  • Phi Beta Kappa & Highest Distinction of Honor (equivalent of summa cum laude), University of California, Berkeley (1993)