Dr. Kropf is a renowned expert on surgical treatment for scoliosis and spinal deformity, and he is one of only a few surgeons with training and experience in multi-level artificial disc replacement surgery for cervical and lumbar degenerative disc disease.

Michael A. Kropf, MD is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at The Spine Institute in Santa Monica and the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center. Dr. Kropf has more than twenty years of experience as a specialist treating lumbar, thoracic, and cervical disease, and he is a renowned authority on minimally invasive artificial disc replacement and fusion surgery, complex revision surgery, deformity, scoliosis, and arthroplasty. He has established a national reputation as an expert in the management and surgical treatment of spinal disease that affects achondroplastic dwarfs and other little people.

Dr. Kropf enjoys membership in numerous professional societies, including the California Medical Association, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society. He is the Principal Investigator for several investigational device exemption studies, including those for PRODISC-Cervical, PRODISC-Lumbar, and NeoDisc-Cervical disc arthroplasty. In addition, Dr. Kropf is a Co-Investigator on the studies of Coflex, the minimally invasive interspinous process device, and the AxioMed Freedom Lumbar Disc.

Dr. Kropf graduated with honors, receiving his bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). After earning his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Kropf completed a general surgery internship at the same institution. Following that, he completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Harbor UCLA Medical Center as well as a fellowship in spinal surgery at UCLA, directed by Dr. Rick Delamarter and Dr. Edgar Dawson.

Currently, Dr. Kropf performs surgery at several hospitals in Los Angeles (including Cedars-Sinai) and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA’s School of Medicine. Dr. Kropf’s practice is dedicated to providing his patients with the highest-quality spine care. He actively participates in fellowship training of orthopaedic and neurologic surgeons in state-of-the-art surgical techniques, and dozens of his outstanding students presently practice throughout the United States.

Meet Dr. Kropf’s Team

Tricia Camp
Cedars – Sinai Clinic Scheduler (Outpatient)
Phone: (310) 248-7320
Fax: (310) 601-4592

Nancy Garcia
Surgical Coordinator
Phone: (310) 248-8704
Fax: (310) 601-4592

Yanet Del Real
Clinic Coordinator
Phone: (310) 248-7323
Fax: (310) 601-4592

Liat Nosrati
Practice Manager
Phone: (310) 248-7322
Fax: (310) 601-4592

Momentum Billing
Biller: Katie Miklavcic
Phone: (310) 873-3905



Michael A. Kropf MD

Undergraduate Education

1980 University of California, Riverside, B.S. – Biomedical Sciences, Graduated Honors

Medical School

1983 University of California, Riverside and Los Angeles M.D.

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship – Surgical Internship, General Surgery Department, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California July 1983 – June 1984
  • Residencies – Orthopaedic Resident, Harbor -UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California, July 1984 – June 1988
  • Fellowship – UCLA, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery August 1988 – July 1989

Board Certification

  1. Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners 1984
  2. American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – July 1991
  3. Recertification American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery January 2002


  • Medical Staff,St. Jude Medical Center,101 E. Valencia Mesa Drive,Fullerton,California 92835 1989-Present
  • Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon,Harbor-UCLA Medical Center,Spine Service 1991–1995
  • Assistant Clinical Professor,Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,UCLA School of Medicine,LA,California 1992 –Present
  • Medical Staff, UCLA Medical Center, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90095 1996–2002
  • Medical Staff, Saint John’s Health Center 1328 22nd street, Santa Monica, California 90404 1999 –Present
  • Medical Staff, Century City Doctors Hospital, 2070 Century Park East, Los Angeles, California 2005-Present


  • Disc Replacement/ProDisc Lumbar and cervical, Co-investigator
  • Corflex/Paradigam Spine, Co-investigator
  • Kyphoplasty Research Protocol, Co-Investigation Rick B. Delamarter
  • pine Tech BAK-C (Cervical) Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • syntes syncage Randomized Anterior Lumbar Instbility


  • California
  • G56288 DEA
  • BK9033200 DEA
  • BK1445851


American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons

North American
Spine Society

American Board of
Orthopaedic Surgery