David A. Yam, M.D. 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
Health Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup Healthy Options
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Coordinated Care (all programs accepted)
  • First Choice Health Network
  • Group Health Cooperative Access PPO
  • Group Health Cooperative Medicare
  • Group Health Cooperative Options PPO
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Railroad
  • Molina Healthcare WA
  • Multiplan/PHCS (all programs accepted)
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)/Multiplan PPO
  • Providence Health Plan Preferred
  • Regence Blue Shield
  • TRICARE (all programs accepted)
  • United Healthcare
  • Veterans Affairs Patient-Centered Community Care/TriWest (authorization may be required)
  • Washington Apple Health (Medicaid Fee-for-Service, DCHS and HCA)
Clinical Interests
  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Back Surgery
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine 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 (137 Ratings, 43 Comments)


100

03/28/2018
I couldn't be happier about the way I have been treated by Dr. Yam and his technical staff.
100

03/15/2018
On this date I saw both Dr. Yam and [...] for my 6 month check after back surgery. I am also having problems with my sacrililiac and they both suggestes trying another injection to see if that helps. Dr. Yam told me if it doesn't help they have more tests up their sleeve that they will order for me. I am very pleased with their attitudes and willingness to help solve my problems.
100

03/12/2018
Liked the options presented. [...]
100

03/08/2018
Most honest Doctor I ever met in resent times
100

03/05/2018
This provider and his staff are exceptional!
100

03/01/2018
First time to see Dr. Yam. Everyone was so caring and I felt very comfortable.
100

03/01/2018
WOULD NOT HAVE ANY RESERVATIONS IN RECOMMENDING ANYONE TO SEEK MEDICAL CARE HERE.
100

01/03/2018
Dr. Yam was very informative, did not "rush" our visit and treated myself and family with respect.
90

01/01/2018
Office does not take calls during lunch hour, and closes at noon on Friday. Makes it somewhat hard to contact.
100

12/29/2017
Dr. Yam and both of his Assistants treated me very well. I feel I am in excellent care.
100

12/13/2017
Excellent visit
60

12/11/2017
It is my opinion that the staff that helps coordinate in getting the paper work needed for the insurance company to authorize the surgery do not know how to get the proper paperwork to the proper people. I had to go to my therapy doctors myself to hand deliver it to Neurosurgery because either there is not enough workers, or they aren't doing their job (one or the other). Then my papers were sent to the wrong branch of my insurance. Meanwhile, I am suffering from a nerve that is impinged by a bulging disc in my neck. This can lead to permanent nerve damage if it is not addressed in a quick and timely manner.
100

11/22/2017
We live in Joseph Oregon, my first X-ray appointment was supposed to be at 12:30 with the Dr. appointment at 2:00,,, the day prior to the appointment I received a phone call advising they had changed my X-ray appointment to 9:30 which gave me 4+hrs. between the x-ray and Dr. appointments. I realize that things have a habit of changing but knowing about this change sooner would have made our trip better planned for maximizing our time spent in Walla Walla.
100

11/16/2017
Dr. Yam and [...] are the best!!!
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11/16/2017
[...] Dr Yam is the best doctor
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11/13/2017
Dr Yam knows how to take care of his patients!
100

10/28/2017
this provider was excellent. [...]
80

10/25/2017
It looks like the Procedure will be more then a month out to get complete, that the provider said would be a one hour provider seams like a long wait.
0

10/25/2017
I waited in the office for 90 minutes and still did not see Dr Yam. I finally left the exam room and told the receptionist I was leaving. She w asnt even sorry I was leaving. A TERRIBLE office ecperience.
100

10/19/2017
Dr. Yam is the best! He needs to be cloned!
100

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) -
100

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.
100

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.
100

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.
 
Providence Neurosurgery
301 West Poplar Street Suite 50
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509-897-5156
Affiliated Facilities
Providence St. Mary Medical Center