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Touched By an Angel

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Inspired by the memory of Nick Adenhart— and the remarkable recovery of his friend Jon Wilhite—L.A. has overcome a bleak start to seize control of the AL West

Dr. Nitin Bhatia, the 36-year-old director of the Spine Center at UCI, had delivered the grisly diagnosis: internal decapitation. “I read the CT scan, and it was depressing,” Bhatia says. “Ninety-five percent of people with internal decapitation die immediately or within a day or two. Of the other five percent, most are either quadriplegic or on a ventilator the rest of their lives.”

By the afternoon of April 9 the baseball world had learned of the death of Angels starting pitcher Nick Adenhart and his friends Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson in a car crash, and information started to emerge about that other passenger, a 24-year-old youth baseball coach named Jon Wilhite, who had been a catcher at Cal State–Fullerton. One television network reported that he too was dead.

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Dr. Nitin Bhatia Discusses Mazor Robotics Spine Surgery

The Jon Wilhite Story

Dr. Nitin Bhatia, the surgeon who saved Jon Wilhite.

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Dr. Nitin Bhatia Discusses Mazor Robotics Spine Surgery

How doctors saved Adenhart crash survivor's life

3 months after near-fatal injuries, Jon Wilhite is walking, talking and throwing out pitches.

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Dr. Nitin Bhatia was selected as one of the top twenty notable spine surgeons in America

Dr. Nitin Bhatia was selected as one of the top twenty notable spine surgeons in America who has focused his care on spinal trauma cases.

Dr. Bhatia serves as chief of the spine service and associate professor of clinical orthopaedics at UC Irvine as well as co-director of the UC Irvine Spine Center and residency program director. He has a professional interest in spine trauma, as well as spinal stenosis, disc herniations, scoliosis and complex cervical and lumbar reconstruction. He performs percutaneous fusions, X-Stop lumbar stenosis treatment and kyphoplasty and has an active interest in research.

Dr. Nitin Bhatia was also selected as a 2013 Super Doctor

Dr. Nitin Bhatia was also selected as a 2013 Super Doctor which is also selected by other doctors and includes less than 5% of physicians.

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Spine surgeon leader to know: Dr. Nitin Bhatia of UC Irvine

Nitin N. Bhatia, MD, is the director of the spine center and chief of the orthopedic spinal surgery service at University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society and Scoliosis Research Society. He has been featured as a treating surgeon on the television show "Guardian Angels, MD" on The Learning Channel as well as in programs on PBS.

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NASS 2011: Spine physicians confront controversial spine issues

Technology Insights is continuing to cover the North American Spine Society’s (NASS) annual meeting, reporting on key themes and discussions.

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A Cut Above

Lourdes Medina had undergone two spinal operations to treat a debilitating degenerative disc. They provided little relief, and she soon developed a herniated disc in her lower back.

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How doctors saved Adenhart crash survivor's life

3 months after near-fatal injuries, Jon Wilhite is walking, talking and throwing out pitches.

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Survivor of crash that killed pitcher honored at baseball game

Flyers honor survivor of crash that killed Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart and 2 friends.

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