Scott Berta MD

Scott Berta, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery 

Neurosurgery Medical Director, Queen of the Valley Hospital









Dr. Scott C. Berta is the neurosurgery medical director at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa and focuses primarily on minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery. He has an additional interest in spine fusion alternatives such as cervical disc arthroplasty, also known as artificial disc technology. Dr. Berta’s expertise lies in endoscopic lumbar spine surgery.

Dr. Berta earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed a spine research fellowship at the Rothman Institute. He completed his neurosurgery residency as well as a spine fellowship at Stanford University. An assistant clinical professor at UCSF, Dr. Berta is also a member of the California Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.


Education, Training, and Previous Positions

1992: BS, Chemistry, University of Delaware
1996: MS, Chemistry, Princeton University
1998: MSE, Biomedical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
2002: MD, Jefferson Medical College
2002-2003: Research Spine Fellowship, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA
2003-2004: Internship, Medical College of Virginia
2004-2007: Neurosurgery Resident, University of California, San Diego
2007-2008: Operative Spine Fellowship, Stanford University
2008-2009: Senior Resident in Neurosurgery, Stanford University
2009-2010: Chief Resident in Neurosurgery, Stanford University
2010-2011: Neurosurgery Attending, Memorial Healthcare Systems, Hollywood, FL
2011-2015: Director of Neurotrauma, Mercy Medical College, Redding, CA
2016-present: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF

Selected Recent Publications

Veeravagu A, Gupta G, Jiang B, Berta SC, Mindea SA, Chang SD. Spontaneous intracranial hypotension secondary to anterior thoracic osteophyte: Resolution after primary dural repair via posterior approach. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2013;4(1):26-9.

Scuderi GJ, Vaccaro AR, Brusovanik GV, Kwon BK, Berta SC. Conjoined lumbar nerve roots: a frequently underappreciated congenital abnormality. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2004 Apr;17(2):86-93.

Vaccaro AR, Chiba K, Heller JG, Patel TCh, Thalgott JS, Truumees E, Fischgrund JS, Craig MR, Berta SC, Wang JC; North American Spine Society for Contemporary Concepts in Spine Care.. Bone grafting alternatives in spinal surgery. Spine J. 2002 May-Jun;2(3):206-15.

Kim DH, Vaccaro AR, Berta SC. Acute sports-related spinal cord injury: contemporary management principles. Clin Sports Med. 2003 Jul;22(3):501-12.

St John TA, Vaccaro AR, Sah AP, Schaefer M, Berta SC, Albert T, Hilibrand A. Physical and monetary costs associated with autogenous bone graft harvesting. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2003 Jan;32(1):18-23.

Hilibrand AS, Balasubramanian K, Eichenbaum M, Thinnes JH, Daffner S, Berta S, Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR, Siegler S. The effect of anterior cervical fusion on neck motion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2006 Jul 1;31(15):1688-92.

Lad SP, Patil CG, Berta S, Santarelli JG, Ho C, Boakye M. National trends in spinal fusion for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Surg Neurol. 2009 Jan;71(1):66-9; discussion 69.

Ozgur BM, Berta S, Khiatani V, Taylor WR. Automated intraoperative EMG testing during percutaneous pedicle screw placement. Spine J. 2006 Nov-Dec;6(6):708-13.

Kwon BK, Berta S, Daffner SD, Vaccaro AR, Hilibrand AS, Grauer JN, Beiner J, Albert TJ. Radiographic analysis of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of adult isthmic spondylolisthesis. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2003 Oct;16(5):469-76.