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Meet Raymond J. Hah, MD

Originally published October 20, 2016

Last updated April 30, 2024

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Dr. Hah is an orthopedic surgeon at Keck Medicine of USC, who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Here’s what you won’t find on his resume.

Veterinary medicine was his first inspiration.

“My dad is a veterinarian, so when I was a kid, I spent a lot of time observing and helping in his clinic. Seeing and being a small part of the veterinary care of sick animals was immensely gratifying for me. Although I didn’t end up in veterinary medicine, it was a natural progression for me to end up in a field where I could take care of and help patients. I have a dog and a cat, and I will always love animals.”

Family time is most important.

“I love my wife, dearly. We recently had our first child, Olivia, and she is definitely a second full-time job. I love spending time with my extended family. Thankfully, they live in the Southern California area. I also enjoy cooking, working out and golfing.”

He gives his best to everyone.

“The best piece of advice I was ever given is the golden rule or law of reciprocity: Treat others as one would wish to be treated.”

Golf is his passion.

“If I had the skill set, I would like to be a professional golfer! It’s such a technically, emotionally and mentally challenging sport. Aside from that, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love what I do.”

Helping you recover is the most rewarding part of his job.

“Spine conditions are often progressively debilitating, robbing people of the ability to do the things they love. Many patients come in at their low point — when they have tried everything else. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to improve someone’s function and quality of life.”

He values the importance of listening.

“I’m a listener, educator and counselor. Everyone has a different story. You need to learn about a person’s needs and how their disease is impacting them, before you can collectively come up with the best solution to that problem. The surgeon’s job is to educate patients about their condition and to give them the information and counseling necessary to make the best decision.”

Keck Medicine is his home.

“The USC Spine Center has an excellent collaboration between orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to spine care. This creates a higher level of care with more options for patients. The entire center continues to work on process improvements for better patient outcomes and experience.

The physicians and scientists at Keck Medicine have a passion for innovation and improvement of their fields. It’s definitely an honor to work alongside these incredible individuals and be influenced and shaped by them. Our support staff — administration, nursing, therapists, technicians and others — are incredible. They work cohesively to create an unparalleled patient experience, and I couldn’t do what I do without them.”

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