Ivar Szper, MS, MD, FACS
Dr. Ivar Szper is a board certified neurosurgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed his Master of Science at the University of Toledo, his MD at Medical College of Ohio, and his residency in Chicago, Illinois at Northwestern University’s Neurological Surgery Program. Seven months of his residency were spent as a Fellow in Paris, France, at Hospital Foch, studying skull based surgery and gaining experience with trans-nasal/trans-oral surgical techniques.
Dr. Szper has a 35-year history of passion and talent for both neurosurgery and teaching. While completing his Master’s degree, he maintained an appointment as Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toledo. During his residency at Northwestern he taught Neuro anatomy to medical students, as well as partnering in the development of a Micro Neurosurgical Laboratory at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, where he instructed fellow residents and visiting neurosurgeons in the new world of microscopic surgery.
His wide and varied experience, as both a surgeon and a teacher, has resulted in a remarkable fluency in communicating complex anatomical and physiological concepts to his patients.
“It is so important to me that my patients totally understand their clinical issues and completely comprehend all the treatment possibilities; surgical as well as non-surgical. I pride myself on my desire to, and ability to, help my patients truly understand their neurological issues as I am certain that it puts them in the best possible position to help themselves through their treatment.”
For the past 35 years, Dr. Szper has been in private practice in Long Beach, California, maintaining privileges at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (LBMMC), Los Alamitos Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital.
During his years of practice, Dr. Szper has held numerous and varied, appointed and elected, positions including:
- Chief Neurosurgery Section, LBMMC
- Chief of Surgery, LBMMC
- Chief of Staff, LBMMC (Re-elected to a second 2-year term)
- Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Miller Children’s Hospital
Dr. Szper has been elected to the “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare” and is proud to have been on the “Best of LA Physicians” list for the past fifteen years; an honor given to only the top five percent of physicians in the country.