Salvador Brau, MD, FACS

Anterior Spinal Access Surgery

Salvador Brau, MD, FACS is an anterior spinal access surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center.  He is board certified in general surgery.

Dr. Brau’s clinical interests focus on anterior spinal access surgery exclusively since 1997.

In addition to his numerous articles that have appeared in peer reviewed journals, Dr. Brau has authored five textbook chapters where he describes the “mini-open” anterior approach to the lumbar spine, a method which he developed and patented in 2000.  A well sought after speaker, he has presented at numerous conferences and has taught several courses in anterior spinal access surgery nationally and internationally.  He has a patent pending for an encasement prevention barrier and received a patent for a self-retaining retractor blade system for use in anterior lumbar surgery and has numerous presentations at national and international spine meetings on the benefit of using these devices.

Dr. Brau is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He also is a member of the North American Spine Society, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, the Word Spine Society, the Los Angeles Surgical Society, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the International Society of Endovascular Surgeons and the California Hispanic-American Medical Association.

After earning his bachelor’s at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Dr. Brau went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He then completed his residency in general and vascular surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. With a commitment to excellence, Dr Brau went on to do additional training in surgical procedures, including:  the general and vascular use of CO2, argon and ND: yag lasers at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles; laser, stent and atherectomy therapy in vascular disease at the Arizona Heart Institute; advanced laparoscopic surgery at the Institute for the Advancement of Laser Surgery in Los Angeles;  a hands-on symposium for endovascular technologies at Harbor-UCLA; and thoracoscopy and laparoscopy of the spine at Texas Back Institute in Dallas.