Getting to Know Dr. Sanjay Khurana

JULY FEATURED DOCTOR:

At DISC Sports & Spine Center, our team of doctors place patient care above all; part of that process is getting to know your physicians on both a medical and personal level. This month, our featured doctor is Dr. Sanjay K. Khurana.

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JULY FEATURED DOCTOR

At DISC Sports & Spine Center, our team of doctors place patient care above all; part of that process is getting to know your physicians on both a medical and personal level. This month, our featured doctor is Dr. Sanjay Khurana.

Sanjay Khurana.jpgFor Dr. Sanjay Khurana, an orthopedic spine surgeon at DISC Sports & Spine Center, the aspect of practicing medicine that appeals to him most is directly working with people.

“You’re getting to know them at many levels—the personal level, from a psychological level, and a medical level,” he said.  “The relationship transcends so many levels of getting to know someone.”

In the Beginning…

Born in Los Angeles, Dr. Khurana lived in Southern California until he was seven years old.  He moved to the Middle East with his family after his father, an engineer, got offered to work for an American company in Saudi Arabia.

Between the ages of 7 to 14, he attended an international school there while his dad finished up his engineering contract.  The Khurana family moved back to the US and he went to school in New Jersey, where he did cross country and competitive swimming.  His passion for swimming took him to the Junior Olympics, an elevated competition for junior level athletes.  Dr. Khurana continued the sport in high school but stopped before college.

“I tried to take it to college unsuccessfully and I wasn’t quite at that caliber but the competitive nature of swimming is very addicting,” he said.  “I think it not only gave me the ability to exercise and feel good about myself physically and mentally, but it also made me very competitive in life and trying to establish a dream.”

“I don’t think there’s any sort of goal that’s not achievable.  When you’re swimming, sometimes your competitors are in your way, they’re obstacles and similar to life, you have to overcome obstacles,” he added.

Path to Medicine

3P1B9753His interest in medicine began while he went to the University of California Berkeley, where Dr. Khurana studied biological sciences.  After three-and-a-half years of school, he graduated early and headed to Stanford Medical School.

While at Stanford, one of his mentors, Dr. Eugene Carrage inspired his interest in spine surgery and decided to apply to an orthopedic program.  Dr. Khurana did a spine fellowship at the University of Miami and once he finished, he headed to San Diego.

He spent three years heading up the spine program at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego and then got in touch with Dr. Robert S. Bray, who at the time was starting DISC Sports & Spine Center.

By 2005, Dr. Khurana moved back to LA and started working at DISC in Marina del Rey.

“I worked with Dr. Bray a little bit and saw how talented he was, and the kind of vision he had,” Khurana said.  “I really embraced the kind of single specialty vision and joined him and been here ever since, very happy and very active.”

Outside the Office

Dr. Khurana and his wife, Mona, have two children, Devan, two-and-a-half years old and Ava, six months.

During the weekend, Dr. Khurana and his family enjoy spending time at the beach, museums, and farmers markets in Los Angeles.

“On an exceptional weekend, I’ll try to go surfing but with two small kids it’s very difficult to do.,” he said.  “It’s difficult to mobilize.”

When he does have some free time, he also enjoys sports like body surfing, boogie boarding and wind surfing, tennis, golf and swimming.

Each city he’s lived in has been on the coast, something that he has consciously done.
“You’ll see from what I’ve told you, everywhere I’ve been all my life has been on the coast, close to water,” he said.  “New Jersey, in the Middle East close to the Red Sea, Miami, San Diego, back to here, I’m a big coastal person, I love water sports—I love the beach.”