Rick Chua, M.D.


Richard V. Chua, MD, FAANS, FACS, is a Clinical Professor (Community Faculty) and is a board-certified neurosurgeon and is Chief of Neurosurgery at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.  He is an active teaching faculty member in the Neurosurgery Residency Program within the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

Dr. Chua specializes in degenerative spine disease, motion preservation surgery of the cervical spine (arthroplasty), image-guided and robotic-assisted techniques for instrumented spinal fusions, and minimally invasive surgeries of the entire spine.  He is an active faculty member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeon (AANS) Goodman Oral Boards Review Course.  He has been an invited guest lecturer at many US and international spine meetings and provides surgeon education both domestic and internationally.  He hosts visiting surgeons frequently in Tucson.  He is a founding member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS).  He is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeon (AANS), and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS).Dr. Chua received his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine.