James M Loddengaard, MD

Spine Specialist

Board Certified

Dr. Loddengaard's fascination with orthopedic medicine came from several influences. He was captivated by science and technology since childhood. His drive to solve three-dimensional challenges and work with his hands and tools was only the beginning of his journey. As his career took shape, he discovered how extremely gratifying it was to improve people's lives through surgery. 

Dr. Loddengaard is an accomplished spine surgeon who focuses on outpatient disc surgery and minimally invasive fusion surgery. These minimally invasive spine surgery techniques give his patients improved outcomes: decreased pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recoveries. His joint replacement surgery and arthroscopy patients also benefit from his dedication to using state-of-the-art techniques. 

Dr. Loddengaard moved to California in 1970 for a scientific education at Caltech from his native New York. He stayed for medical school at UCLA and residency at Harbor UCLA in the South Bay. He studied and has practiced here ever since, settling in the South Bay in 1990. He is married with three grown children and continues to enjoy his favorite outdoor sports, skiing, cycling, snowmobiling, and hiking.

I do my best for each of my patients, bringing my education and experience to bear to help their problems, whether that involves injections, therapy, referrals, or surgery.

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1985


Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery


Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Categorical Medicine

Doctor of Medicine

University of California-Los Angeles, 1978

Bachelor of Science

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1974


Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Los Angeles County Medical Association
Western Orthopaedic Association
    -President, Los Angeles Chapter, 2003
    -Vice President, Los Angles Chapter, 2001-02
California Medical Association

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