Steven A. Schopler, MD

Steven A. Schopler, MD
Verified Patient Rating: 4.9
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Practice Coordinator: (661) 328-5565 Ext. 6943

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Minimally invasive spine surgery, scoliosis, microsurgery of the spine, pediatric orthopedics, biomechanics, spinal devices and implant technology.

A graduate Mechanical Engineer from the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering, Doctor Schopler received his MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, followed by Orthopedic Residency at the UCLA Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and later enjoyed a year fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.  He later entered private practice in Los Angeles, and joined SCOI in 1989.  For twenty years, Dr. Schopler has enjoyed seeing patients in the Bakersfield office of SCOI, moving to live in Bakersfield in 2009. 

Dr. Schopler sees patients with all types of spinal disorders, with special interest in minimally invasive surgery for scoliosis, degenerative deformity problems, scoliosis assessment, and treatment of disc disorders and spondylolisthesis.  In recent years, he has lectured and presented research on minimally invasive spinal surgery in China and Europe, as well as across the United States.  Dr. Schopler enjoys teaching spine fellows and other spine specialists about new surgical techniques.  He works closely with the spinal implant industry on techniques and instrumentation of the spine and hold patents on spinal implants for lateral access spine surgery.  A Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Sugery, he is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the North American Spine Society, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.   

Dr. Schopler practices exclusively in the Bakersfield office of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, and in recent years performed Kern County's first minimally invasive scoliosis surgery, first minimally invasive TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion), first outpatient cervical disc replacement, and first multi-level cervical total disc arthroplasty (artificial disc replacement).

Dr. Schopler and his wife, Robin enjoy golf, travel, and the Bakersfield lifestyle.

Steven A. Schopler, MD, is available to see patients at the Bakersfield office.


  • Spine 
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Scoliosis Management and Treatment 
  • Qualified Medical Examinations
"I have been very pleased with the treatment I have received from SCOI, Dr. Schopler and Emily Fish, PA. I underwent a lumbar fusion and it has been a slow recovery. They have been with me every step of my recovery and I always have been treated with respect and they always clearly explain the treatment plan. I love how they bring up the actual X-ray pictures and show me what has been done and where we are at in the healing process." – Irene M.
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"The doctor and personnel treated me with respect and were very professional" – Maria R.  
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"Amazing! Bedside manners are very important to me. That shows your heart. Dr. Schopler was so understanding. I have recommended several people there since then and to the Southern California Orthopedic Institute for other things." – Gina F. 
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