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Dignity Health Surgical Specialists-Southwest

At Dignity Health Surgical Specialists–Southwest we are committed to serving the particular orthopedic needs of the citizens of Kern County. Dignity Health Surgical Specialists is a comprehensive and compassionate team of experts that utilizes leading-edge practices and technology to care for Kern County’s orthopedic needs including General Orthopedics, Orthopedic Spine and Hand, and Microsurgery.

Meet our Expert Team

Alfred Coppola, MD

Alfred Coppola, MD Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Coppola began practicing in Bakersfield in 1983. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and his medical degree at the University of Southern California before returning to UCI as an orthopedic resident. 

Dr. Coppola is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and has been a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery since 1986. He is the past president of the Kern County Medical Society and past chief of staff of Mercy Hospitals. 

Dr. Coppola’s specialties include arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, anterior hip replacement, and total joint replacements of the hip and Knee. Dr. Coppola believes in using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. He also treats a variety of sports-related injuries and fracture care.

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George Wahba, MD

George Wahba, MD Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Wahba obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with College Honors. He then graduated at the top of his class from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, which is consistently ranked as one of the top medical schools in the country. 

After medical school, he completed a five-year residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) before completing a prestigious fellowship in spin surgery at Harvard Medical School. During that time, he trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, two of the most renowned medical centers in the world. 

Dr. Wahba specializes in treating a wide variety of spine conditions, including degenerative disease, spinal deformities such as scoliosis and spinal trauma.

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Charles Wong, MD

Charles Wong, DO Hand and Micro-Surgery

Dr. Wong is a fellowship trained hand and micro-surgeon. Completing this sub-specialty fellowship through Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wong trained with world renowned Plastic and Orthopedic surgeons at The Beth Israel Deaconesses Hospital, Children Hospital of Boston The New England Baptist Hospital, and the Shriners Hospital for Children. 

Dr. Wong completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and subsequently attended Osteopathic medical School in Kansas City, Missouri. He then went on to complete six years of general surgery training at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California. 

Dr. Wong considers himself blessed to have been helping the residents of th entire central valley for over a decade, and continues to provide comprehensive upper extremity care alongside his colleagues at Dignity Health Surgical Specialist.

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  • Carpal tunnel
  • De Quervain’s tendinitis
  • Degenerative spine conditions
  • Disc herniation
  • Fracture care
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hip and Knee replacement (total joint replacement) featuring anterior total arthroplasty.
  • Joint preservations surgery
  • Knee ligament and tendon reconstruction
  • Knee, shoulder, arthroscopy with joint preservation techniques including rotator cuff repair.
  • Neck and back pain
  • Nerve root compression with radiating pain 
  • Non-surgical management of hand and wrist issues 
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Soft tissue injuries of the hand, wrist, and forearm
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis and spinal instability 
  • Tendon and nerve repair
  • Tennis and golfers elbow 
  • Trigger finger
  • Wrist fractures 
  • Lumbar discectomy 
  • Nonsurgical treatment of hip arthritis
  • Nonsurgical treatment of knee arthritis
  • Repair and reconstruction of the knee
  • Repair of fractures and tendon and ligament injuries 
  • Standard and minimally invasive surgery
  • Total hip and knee replacements
  • Total joint arthroplasty of knees, hips, and shoulders


Pacific Central Coast Health Centers contracts with most health insurance plans, including Medi-Cal, and provides health care services that fit your health plan benefits. If you have questions about the health insurance plans we accept, contact the office where you would like to be seen and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • CenCal
  • Cigna
  • Coventry – First Health
  • Health Net
  • Healthsmart – Interplan
  • Medi-Cal
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan – Beech Street
  • Networks by Design
  • Tricare
  • TriWest
  • United Healthcare
  • Western Growers


What makes our Expert Team at Dignity Health Surgical Specialists-Southwest stand out?

Dignity Health Surgical Specialists are located on the Mercy Hospital Southwest Campus. Our office is comprised of a compassionate team of board-certified specialist, nurses, and staff and is known for providing high-quality, respectful, patient-centered care while utilizing leading-edge practices and technology. We are accepting new patients. With over 30 years of Orthopedic experience in Kern County we look forward to meeting and caring for your orthopedic needs.