Meet Raymond J. Hah, MD, Assistant Professor Of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Hah is a spine surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery at the USC Spine Center.

Here’s what you won’t find on his resume:

Pets inspired him to treat humans.

“My dad is a veterinarian, so when I was a kid I spent a lot of time observing and helping in his clinic. Seeing and being a small part of the veterinary care of sick animals was immensely gratifying for me. Although I didn’t end up in veterinary medicine, it was a natural progression for me to end up in a field where I could take care of and help patients. I have a dog and a cat and I will always love animals.”

Family time is most important.

“I love my wife dearly. We recently had our first child, Olivia, and she is definitely a second full-time job. I love spending time with my extended family. Thankfully, they live close in the Southern California area. I also enjoy cooking, working out, and golfing.”

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He gives his best to everyone.

“The best piece of advice I was ever given is the golden rule or law of reciprocity. To treat others as one would wish to be treated themselves.”

Golf is his passion.

“If I had the skillset, I would like to be a professional golfer! It is such a technically, emotionally and mentally challenging sport. Aside from that, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love what I do.”

Helping you recover is the most rewarding part of his job.

“Spine conditions are often progressively debilitating, robbing people of the ability to do the things they love doing. Many patients come in at their low point — when they have tried everything else. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to improve someone’s function and quality of life.”

He will listen to, educate and counsel you.

“I am a listener, educator and counselor. Everyone has a different story. You need to learn about a person’s needs and how their disease is impacting them before you can collectively come up with the best solution to that problem. The surgeon’s job is to educate patients about their condition and to give them the information and counseling necessary to make the best decision.”

Keck Medicine of USC is his home.

The USC Spine Center has an excellent collaboration between orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to spine care. This creates a higher level of care with more options for patients. The entire center continues to work on process improvements for better patient outcomes and experience.

The physicians and scientists at Keck Medicine of USC have a passion for innovation and improvement of their fields. It is definitely an honor to be able to work alongside these incredible individuals and be influenced and shaped by them. Our support staff — administration, nursing, therapists, technicians and others — are incredible. They work together cohesively to create an unparalleled patient experience, and I could not do what I do without them.

Dr. Hah is an assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery. Click here to view Dr. Hah’s full biography.

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