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Dr Belza is a Stanford trained neurosurgeon who has been practicing neurosurgery and serving the bend community since 1991. He specializes in disorders of the brain and spine and is an advocate for nonsurgical approaches to the spine. He has served as president of the Oregon Neurosurgical society, and pioneered the development of the sports head injury program for high school athletes in Central Oregon. He is credentialed and operates at St Charles medical center in Bend. He is one of the original founders of The Center: Orthopedic and Neurosurgical care and research.
He participates on several hospital committees including the Medical Executive Committee, and professional practice evaluation committee (PPEC), and serves as chairman of the surgical section committee, overseeing all surgical practices at St. Charles Medical Center.
While he is focused on treating patients in central Oregon with clinics in Madras, Prineville, he also travels to The Dalles to care for patients in the Columbia Gorge.
Dr Belza has been in the forefront of research on spinal procedures including minimally invasive approaches in the treatment of neck and low back pain. He is a strong advocate of total disk replacement in the neck when indicated. In addition, he has been involved in an international research project that helps patients with low back pain without surgery.
While treating problems of the spine and brain, Dr Belza has also pioneered treatment of a commonly overlooked problem …. that of sacroiliac pain that presents with low back and leg pain. Many patients with this problem often go undiagnosed, or are treated for their arthritis in the low back and don’t achieve any benefit from treatment of their pain. For those who truly have a SI joint problem, they can experience significant relief of their symptoms by focusing on their SI joint as the source of their pain. Causes of this pain can include trauma such as an mva, slip and fall, sports. In addition, 40% of patients with a history of prior lumbar fusion can develop SI joint problems which is a treatable condition.
Outside of work, Dr Belza enjoys cycling, tennis, photography, playing piano, gardening, travel, and family time. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and Polish.
Dr. Belza is a member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Board of Neurological Surgeons Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Western Neurological Society.