Welcome to Modern Spine

Modern Spine is coming to the Northwest in 2024.  We apologize for our delay but we want to provide state-of-the-art spine care and aren’t willing to sacrifice the quality that you deserve.  If you need urgent or alternative evaluation in the meantime, please contact your primary care  or referring physician or provider to discuss other options.  We hope to see you soon and will contact waitlisted patients once the practice is formally open.  

Greetings and welcome to my new vision for modern spine care in the Pacific Northwest!

David A. Yam, M.D.

The future of spine care is almost here. We are in the process of setting up our practice and anticipate opening our doors soon.

You are welcome to join the waitlist and explore this site as we gear up. We aren't contacting patients yet but will begin doing so once the practice formally opens.

Legacy Patient November 23, 2022

Dr. Yam and his support staff set the standard that every team and medical group should strive to emulate!

Legacy Patient November 16, 2022

Very happy w/my visits w/Dr. Yam - He explains everything in a manner I can understand.

Legacy Patient August 22, 2022

Dr. Yam is wonderful...absolutely nothing negative to say...

Legacy Patient August 22, 2022

Personable physician who explained my situation in detail

Legacy Patient August 4, 2022

Skilled physician and excellent communicator.

Legacy Patient November 16, 2022

Dr. Yam is wonderful...absolutely nothing negative to say...

Legacy Patient November 16, 2022

Dr. Yam is wonderful...absolutely nothing negative to say...

Legacy Patient July 20, 2022

I was very pleased with my visit with Dr. Yam. He is the 1st doctor to show me what's really going on with me. Very comfortable with all he told me and would let him treat me.

Legacy Patient July 18, 2022

Dr. Yam is personable, very informative and so knowledgeable!

Legacy Patient July 18, 2022

Dr. Yam spent plenty of time with me to discuss and help me understand my options.

Legacy Patient July 7, 2022

Dr. Yam is personable, friendly, ready to explain and listen. I felt heard!

Legacy Patient July 7, 2022

At my visit, I was treated with exceptional care. Dr. Yam is a wonderful doctor. Very personable and respectful of my concerns.

Legacy Patient July 6, 2022

Excellent visit. He listened to me and did his homework about my medical condition. I wish I had found him sooner.

Legacy Patient July 6, 2022

Doctor Yam is an exceptional provider. I'm grateful to have found him when I did.

Legacy Patient June 29, 2022

Excellent experience. Dr. Yam was thoughtful explained the operation and choices very thoroughly. I'm confident that I know what will happen and what to expect. He is very considerate and obviously competent!

Legacy Patient Jun 20, 2022

Dr. Yam is the best physician I have met in quite awhile. He is a very competent, caring person and a very good communicator.I feel very confident and secure having him involved and monitoring my condition.

Legacy Patient June 15, 2022

Dr Yam is great!

Legacy Patient June 13, 2022

Appreciated the attention and medical knowledge that was shared with us. Very wonderful people to work with. Dr Yam is the best.

Legacy Patient May 13, 2022

Dr. Yam was very thorough and explained my MRI and X-rays in a way that was easy to understand. He reviewed my options for surgery and we agreed on a plan to proceed with. Office staff extremely helpful and friendly very pleased with appointment.

Legacy Patient Mar 30, 2022

Was completely satisfied with the staff and MY DOCTOR.

Legacy Patient March 28, 2022

David Yam is a kind, interested, quality physician and surgeon. I have come from 6 hours away to have him as my surgeon because of his reputation.

Legacy Patient March 16, 2022

Every thing went very good: everyone was very kind, understanding, and patient. Very nice. Wish everyone could be like they were.

Legacy Patient March 7, 2022

Very good and knowledgeable.

Legacy Patient March 7, 2022

Easy to discuss health problems. Positive attitude about solutions.

OHSU Patient November 3, 2022

Poor previous C3-4 fusion experience from another Dr I had enough miserable pain depression loss of work (7 months off )etc etc i was referred to Dr. Yam and within the first appointment we had a game plan to do acdf C5-6 and as a bonus he removed several bone spurs while he was in there. I was only off work for 60 days this time. I felt so good I was able to pick up my 5 year old daughter which I wasn’t able to do for over a year prior. I’m back to being able to go fishing and bike rides with her now . I can’t say enough good things David hands down is a life saver. Definitely gave me a new perspective on life

Legacy Patient February 7, 2022

Can’t say enough good things about Dr. Yam. Two days after my disc replacement surgery and I’m off pain meds and already feeling much better. Dr. Yam explained everything clearly and is certainly an expert in the field of artificial disc replacement. Looking forward to a future without a squished up spinal cord! I was definitely scared going into this, but Dr. Yam and his staff made this an easy and fearless experience.

OHSU Patient Family May 20, 2021

Wow. Amazing surgeon. Fixed my mom. She had a 10 hour 3 part anterior/ posterior cervical surgery,. I don't think she could of got anyone better than Dr. Yam. He's a great guy with good bedside manner and he took good care of her. Thank you, Dr. Yam

Providence Patient April 8, 2021

Surgery was overnight stay in Walla Walla. No pain or problems since the surgery 10 yrs ago...Excellant Doctor!

Providence Patient March 11, 2019

Dr Yam performed the fusing of my cervical spine for my last 2 surgeries. He has made my life a bit better with not as much pain. He's a very kind man. Listens to me. Explains what is happening and how he is going to fix it.

Providence Patient April 24, 2018

Dr. Yam is a professional, an outstanding surgeon, and by my personal interaction, a generally compassionate individual

Providence Patient November 21, 2017

I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Yam. I had a bulging disc in my neck and I was able to meet with him and discuss my options. He answered every question I had and I felt completely confident in his ability to do the best job. The office staff was also very nice.

Providence Patient October 23, 2017

I had lost height, developed a poor posture, and suffered from increasing back pain. Dr. Yam replaced my lower 5 discs with synthetic discs and pinned and screwed it all together to repair the problem. He did a great job and though it takes awhile to get through the pain and rehab, I am so much better off now.

Providence Patient May 7, 2017

I don't think I could ever trust another doctor with care for my back. He is kind and compassionate. He listened to my concerns and explained the different options for care in a way that was easily understood. He even went as far as to contact my family in another part of the state to explain my procedure to them and calm their fears. He is amazing and his team is phenomenal as well. Thank you Dr. Yam for taking such great care of me.

Providence Patient April 2, 2017

Good listener, cares about the results of your surgery, and answers questions in a manner easy for patients to understand.

Providence Patient February 13, 2016

Lucky to have such a talented doctor so close to my home.

Providence Patient February 10, 2016

Great Dr.!!!!! Answered all my questions,and has a great bed side manner!!!! He is very busy so getting an appt took some time but we'll worth it!

Providence Patient January 29, 2016

Great surgical results. No arrogance. You feel like he has all the time in the world to listen. Very positive.

Providence Patient January 20, 2016

Dr Yam has met the challenge with a level of professionalism and competency. He takes time to listen and has great bedside manner. You've got to trust your neurosurgeon when you put your life on the line, and I trust him with my life. I have and will continue to recommend him to others.

Legacy Patient December 2022

I was so fortunate to find this doctor, I thank him everyday in my mind. My spine was so bad I could barely walk very far any longer. I'm 58 yr old female and it began with sciatica many years before. It took me 3 neurosurgeons and time but I looked at reviews and glad I did. What a Godsend he and Alexa are. God Bless you. My pain is gone and I can walk.

Legacy Patient November 2022

Dr Yam you are a great surgeon and you have a great bedside manner. Thank you for being my doctor.

Providence Patient April 12, 2023

I’ve found a neurosurgeon that’s caring and professional! He’s given me my life back!

OHSU Patient April 2022

I had extreme nerve pain in both arms and hands. I am pain free and on the mend. My surgical scar is hardly noticeable. Thank you Dr Yam. You are amazing.

OHSU Patient April 2022

I have had many surgeries from several different surgeons during my lifetime. I believe he is one of the best.

Providence Patient April 21, 2016

I am extremely pleased with Dr Yam and his staff and associates. I was informed of all procedures and choices before and during my surgery. NO infection at all. I am up walking right away. I have sent my friends and neighbors to him. So very glad I waited for Dr Yam. He has changed my adult life with his inovative procedures.

Providence Patient March 11, 2016

Dr. Yam and his staff are all I could have hoped for in a medical practitioner. you are looking for a doctor whose medical knowledge is encyclopedic, treats the whole person, and takes the time to be caring even while maintain a very efficient office, then Dr. Yam is someone you should consider visiting.

Providence Patient July 11, 2015

Had initial appt rescheduled a couple times which was frustrating, but once I got in and was diagnosed, appts and surgery were promptly scheduled. Surgery was a life-changer for me thanks to Dr. Yam.

Providence Patient July 7, 2015

I was very impressed with Dr. Yam's great interpersonal interactions with not only me, but my wife as well. He came in and introduced himself asked me about my medical issues, conducted a series of simple tests, then went through the X-rays and pointed out the areas of concern and thoroughly explained what needed to be done to correct my issues. He put us right at ease. I will gladly recommend him to my family or friends who might need his services

Providence Patient February 21, 2016

Dr. Yam did 2 surgeries on me, placing hardware in both my back and neck. He's an all-around 5 star neurosurgeon.

Providence Patient May 3, 2014

My experience with Dr. Yam could not have been better. When I first saw him he explained in clear terms my treatment options. Once we decided on a procedure it was explained to me in great detail so I knew precisely what to expect. My operation was a complete success and I would recommend Dr. Yam to family, friends, and any one else whom might ask.

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What We Do

Neck Surgery

We offer state-of-the-art options including disc replacement, minimally invasvie decompression, and complex fusion.

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Back Surgery

Unlike most practices in the region, we specialize in performing minimally invasive spinal surgery for almost every back problem.

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Conservative Care

We work with you, your physician or primary care team, and other healthcare professionals to deliver great non-surgical care.

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Why choose Modern Spine?

?unlike most practices in the region, Modern Spine does things differently with a forward thinking approach.  It is not only out surgical technique that is unique, but our entire strategy to get patients through what can be very difficult times.  We use advanced technology and these revolutionary techniques to deliver solutions to patients.  As a patient in the practice, you will receive a customized non-surgical and also surgical plan including recovery that fits your goals, your health, and your lifestyle with the hope of reducing your pain and restoring your function.  We try our best for every patient, we take second opinions, and we encourage them as well.  As a patient, we hope you choose us and trust us with your needs and are honored to take care our patients.  We would be honored to take care of you.   


At Modern Spine we don't just want you to be on the rebound. We want you to be restored, recovered, and reinvigorated at what you love to do.