Christian Athanassious, M.D.

Specialty: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spinal Fusion, Back Care

Fellowship: Stanford University Spine Surgery Fellowship, Stanford, CA

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Monmouth Medical Center, NJ

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine, PA

Dr. Christian Athanassious is a board eligible spine surgeon with fellowship training in spine surgery from Stanford University. Dr. Athanassious co-directs The Total Spine Health Program alongside veteran back and neck care specialist Dr. Michael J. Star.

An advocate of the whole-body medical approach to treating patients, Dr. Athanassious completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from UC Davis with the intention of pursuing his medical doctorate. With a thorough background in psychology, Dr. Athanassious never loses sight of the mind and body connection when considering the best treatment for his patients. In the time between graduating from UC Davis and applying to medical school, Dr. Athanassious was a Howard Hughes Scholar working as a research manager, researcher, and anatomy lecturer at UC Davis for premed and medical students while he was studying for the MCAT.

He went on to complete a post baccalaureate in Medical Science at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Graduating at the top of his class, Dr. Athanassious was the only graduate invited to continue on at the same school to complete his Doctorate of Medicine. He then completed his orthopaedic residency at Monmouth Medical Center, and was selected to serve as the Chief Resident in his final year. Throughout his undergraduate studies, graduate studies, and residency, Dr. Athanassious published many award-winning studies on a variety of medical subjects.

Dr. Athanassious’ outstanding achievements earned him a spot in the prestigious Stanford University Spine Fellowship, which he completed in 2014. After training alongside some of the world’s finest spine surgeons, Dr. Athanassious brings invaluable expertise and knowledge about the latest advancements in orthopaedic spine operative and nonoperative care to individuals of all ages in the greater Santa Rosa area.

Dr. Athanassious was born in Scotland, raised in the U.S., and has been a longtime resident of California. He is married and enjoys many physical activities including mountain biking, skiing, martial arts, and running.

For a consultation, please call 707-546-1922 (option #1) and request an appointment with Dr. Athanassious.

The Total Spine Health Program at SRO

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SRO Testimonial 11.3“I have not had any pain whatsoever in the surgery area. I’m just so happy. I can’t even describe how incredible the whole process was. It was an awesome experience.” ~ Scott Weaver      Read More …



At age 55, Brett Raven was experiencing chronic pain due to degenerating herniated disks causing vertebrae to rub against each other pinching nerves. Brett had decompression surgery in 1990, also called a “laminectomy,” to enlarge his spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves. Part of a protruding disk in the L4-5 lumbar region was removed giving relief for about a year. However, as he said, over time, additional disk degeneration caused the pain to return. Brett had an MRI and his new orthopaedic surgeon, Christian N. Athanassious, M.D. with Santa Rosa Orthopedics, recommended that spacers be inserted between his deteriorating disks and that pins and screws be used to fuse the three vertebrae and realign the spine. On February 4, 2015 Brett had the surgery and a couple of weeks later was comfortable enough to walk two to three miles a day. His pain level had been dramatically reduced. Today Brett goes on hikes, lifts weights, is back driving a tractor and working in the vineyard tending 15,000 vines producing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir varietal wines under the “FrostWatch” label. “I hope to get back on my bicycle in a few more months to help me keep up with my wife and kids, ages 14, 15 and 18. “Every week I feel a little bit better.”

“Dr. Athanassious is a very competent orthopedic urgeon. He’s also a good listener and I have a lot of faith in him. He did an excellent job on my back.” ~ Brett Raven        Read More …


“Dr. Athanassious’ work was impeccable, and with my sciatica gone I am thrilled to be back on stage!”
~Robert Keys
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For a consultation, please call 707-546-1922 (option #1) and request an appointment with Dr. Athanassious.

Santa Rosa Orthopaedics
1405 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 546-1922

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Santa Rosa Orthopaedics
Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
34 Mark West Springs Road, Suite 300
Santa Rosa, Ca 95403
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