Michael Flippin, MD


Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Science

Dr. Michael Flippin is a physician-mentor at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. His goal is to support and encourage students throughout their medical education journey. Dr. Flippin practices as a Spine Surgeon in the at Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Flippin is also a Voluntary Faculty member at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he instructs medical students in Orthopedics at the free clinic. He currently serves in various other administrative roles in the San Diego area, including the Physician in Charge of the San Diego Spine Center, Co-Chair of the Doctor Safe program, and Health Connect Champion and instructor.

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Education and Training

BA, Biochemistry, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
MD, University of California, San Diego
Intern, Resident, Howard University Hospital
Fellowship, San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders

Professional Positions

Staff Physician
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Science
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Scholarly Activities

Selected peer-reviewed research manuscripts
  • Weiss J, Matzkin E, Flippin M, Pallis M, Rankin M. Get up, get out, get moving: an interactive tool for education at your local school. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Apr;471(4):1226-9. 
  • Mahar A, Kibirian N, Akbarnia BA, Flippin M, Tomlinson T, Kostial P, Bagheri R. Effects of posterior distraction forces on anterior column intradiscal pressure in the dual growing rod technique. J Orthop Sci. 2015 Jan;20(1):12-6. 
  • Flippin M, Harris J, Paxton EW, Prentice HA, Fithian DC, Ward SR, Gombatto SP. Effect of body mass index on patient outcomes of surgical intervention for the lumbar spine. J Spine Surg. 2017 Sep;3(3):349-357.
Invited Presentations
  • Poster presentation, “The Early Results from a Multicenter Spine Surgery Registry: Thirty month follow-up results from 3224 Surgeries.” 17th International Meeting of Advanced Spine Techniques, Toronto, Canada, 2010.
  • Presenter, “Effect of Obesity on Complications of Spinal Surgery Related to Mechanical Factors Including Reoperation Rate and Adjacent Segment Disease.” International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, San Francisco, CA, 2015.