David A. Yam, MD Providence Medical Group

Languages: English
Specialties:
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
My primary goal in patient care is to provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art care in the most compassionate way. My primary interest is in improving patient lives - not just in doing surgery to see if it works. I consider surgery in many cases to be the last option, and I will work with patients and other health providers to make sure the least aggressive, but most helpful approach is chosen. To that end, I exclusively perform minimally invasive surgery in almost every situation to minimize trauma to the patients and to minimize risks whenever surgery is needed.
Education
Institution
Type
University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, TN
Medical School
University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, TN
Internship
University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, TN
Residency
Professional Associations
American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Personal Interests
Family, Outdoors, Lacrosse
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal vertebrae
  • back surgery
  • bulging disc
  • cervical spinal fusion
  • disc surgery
  • diskectomy
  • herniated disc
  • low back surgery
  • minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • neck injury
  • spinal fusion
  • spine injuries
PATIENT RATINGS AND COMMENTS

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.8 out of 5 (121 Ratings, 42 Comments)


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09/27/2017
Very good and so helpful Getting the treatment I need.
100

09/21/2017
We are very, very happy with Dr. Yam, [...] and his staff - we feel we can trust him and appreciate his candor.
100

09/21/2017
My appointment was rescheduled 3 times. They do not work you in as soon as possible, they scheduled me for the next regular appointment. I ended up seeing the doctor six weeks after the original appointment was originally scheduled for , that is unacceptable.
100

09/19/2017
excellent always
100

08/23/2017
very pleased with provider always answers all my questions
100

08/21/2017
would recommend this Dr. to others that needed a back surgery. i enjoyed the Dr. but he was unable to help me with my medical problems at this time.
100

08/02/2017
Dr Yam was very busy, I waited one hour to see him.
100

07/31/2017
Clear explanation of the problem and how to solve it. Gave me a strong sense of confidence in the doctor and the procedure recommended.
100

07/26/2017
Due to Dr. Yam's reputation and this experience I have elected to have him provide my upcoming back surgery.
90

07/26/2017
Appointment was easy to get but it was 3 months out.
100

07/20/2017
Just the length of time to get into see the dr. when pain was daily occurrence.
90

07/19/2017
I would trust no one except Dr. Yam to work on my back!
100

07/11/2017
Dr. Yam & his staff are very professional & respect others views & comments (great people) -
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07/11/2017
David Yam M.D. is the only surgeon i would consider to operate on my spine. He returned my health to making my life worth living at a time i was considering suicide. I had two previous back surgeries that did little to relieve pain or help mobility. Right after his surgery I had almost no pain. He has dedicated his life to helping people like me and it has cost him dearly. I was a firefighter and paramedic for 30yrs. and my back started failing me after retirement. Thank you ;Dr. Yam , staff and St. Marys for your professionalism and caring.
100

07/10/2017
This provider and his staff are willing to go the extra mile when providing care for patients. [...] they are very compassionate and caring.
100

07/05/2017
All my experiences were A+
 

06/24/2017
Great physician. Should not take 6 months to get an appt. when I need surgery.
90

05/31/2017
From the time I made my first appointment, it will be 6 1/2 months until surgery. This just seems like a long time to have back pain that restricts all movement.
100

05/25/2017
Dr. Yam & staff are outstanding. Best I have ever encountered.
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05/12/2017
Dr. Yam is an excellent Neurosurgeon whose knowledge and expertise is the top of the line! He is confident in his approach which gives the patience great reassurance!
100

05/10/2017
Yam a great surgeon and Dr. Office staff, nurses and PA need more people skills given years of interaction with this group.
100

05/02/2017
Miraculous.
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05/02/2017
Everyone in the office was very polite and friendly. Dr. Yam was very professional and went ove my MRI results and gave me a very clear picture of what needs to be done to alleviate my back pain. He has been highly recommended by people I know that have had his services in the past. Glad Dr. [...] sent me to him.
100

04/19/2017
excellent care, just takes a long time to get an appointment as he is so good everyone wants in to see him
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02/28/2017
Very grateful to have so much less pain
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02/15/2017
everyone in this offfice were very sensitive to my needs. I have already referred friends to see this provider.
90

01/18/2017
all good.
100

01/05/2017
My experience with Dr. Yam was one of the most positive I have ever had with a medical professional!
100

12/28/2016
Dr. Yam is very attuned to patient concerns and I felt I was important and not just a chart number. He explained my condition and the steps to correct the problem in easy detail and made sure I understood all the implications and the alternatives. I felt very secure and trusted him completely
100

12/27/2016
very good care. The doc was very informative He explained to us in language we could understand. All the people in the office were great to us thank you
100

12/21/2016
excellent care always
100

12/01/2016
I am pleased with Providence and all the care I get from my different Providers.
100

11/21/2016
Dr Yam Dr [...] and their care team is always excellent
100

11/21/2016
It is frustrating to have to wait so long to get in to see this specific provider, but I guess if he is as good as most people feel he is, that would explain the scheduling backlog.
100

11/10/2016
I really like Dr.Yam, he explains everything so I understand,would recommend to anyone
80

11/09/2016
knowledgeable guy
100

10/31/2016
Dr. Yam was very focused on talking to & looking at me. I really appreciate NOT having to talk to the side of a person's head while they are operating a laptop!
100

10/07/2016
This is the second surgery (back) that Dr. Yam will do!
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09/28/2016
made me feel very confident
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09/15/2016
I was pleased that Dr Yam had studied my medical records before he entered the exam room
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09/14/2016
Best care I have ever had for a surgery, I have had 10 surgeries
100

09/07/2016
This office personnel was very friendly. The Doctor was very thorough in his explanation of what I have and how it needs to be treatEd.
 
Providence Neurosurgery
301 West Poplar Street Suite 50
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509-897-5156
Affiliated Facilities
Providence St. Mary Medical Center