Ivar M. Szper, MD

Dr. Szper commenced his college education at the University of Toledo in September of 1965. He obtained his Master’s of Science degree in 1970, and went on to Medical School at the Medical College of Ohio. He entered Northwestern University’s Neurological Surgery program in July of 1973 under the direction of the esteemed Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Tony Raimondi.

This was an academic program, encompassing 7 years (usual training at that time being 5 years). One of the inherent requirements of the residency was to teach sophomore medical student’s Neuroanatomy lab and this became one of his responsibilities. He honed these teaching skills with a fervor which gave him, during his professional years, the fluent ability to communicate complex anatomical and physiological concepts to his patients.

During his residency, he helped found a micro neurosurgical laboratory, sharpening his scalpel as well as his educational skills, while teaching other residents as well as visiting neurosurgeons, the new world of microscopic surgery. During his last year of training he was asked and honored to be an abstractor for the prestigious journal Surgery, Gynecology, & Obstetrics.  Prior to his graduation from Northwestern in 1980, he was the recipient of many awards. These included the Sherry Kallick award for the best neurosurgical research (1975), Anne Addington Research award (1979), and first prize for Research for the whole Department of Surgery (1980).

In 1978 he received the Taylor Blackwell Award for Foreign Study as well as a French Post Doctorate Scientific Scholarship, which allowed him to further his studies, education and “scalpel skills”. He spent seven months in the outskirts of Paris, France, at Hospital Foch, learning skull base surgery, as well as compiling data and surgical experience with trans-oral surgical techniques.  Prior to completion of his residency in 1980, he was asked to stay and become a Junior Attending at one of the local teaching hospitals in Chicago affiliated with Northwestern University. He chose, rather, to move to the outskirts of Los Angeles, where he became “the Neurosurgeon” joining three neurologists at the Los Angeles Neurological Institute.

During the past quarter century, Dr. Szper has held many positions, some appointed though many were elected. These included: Chief Neurosurgery Section 1994-96, Chief of Surgery LBMMC 1996-1997. This was followed by 2 year stint as Chief of Staff, and he was then re-elected for another 2 year term. This was the first time anyone had been re-elected to such a prestigious position in the history of the hospital (LBMMC is the second largest private hospital west of the Mississippi). He was elected to Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2000-2006, as well as being on the list of the “Best of L.A. Physicians” since 2000.

This physician is a member of MemorialCare Physician Society which drives clinical outcomes and performance for MemorialCare Health System.


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurosurgery - Pediatric
  • Spine Surgery

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