The Lanman Foundation | Dr. Todd Lanman


A specialist in the advancement of spine surgery for nearly three decades, Dr. Todd Lanman, recently launched The Lanman Foundation for Spinal Advancement and Innovative Health ( The foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable endeavor that concentrates on innovation within spine health and further advancement of motion preserving spinal technologies. The foundation will also help United States military vets who have been injured during active duty and have had difficulties getting proper spine care.

The foundation’s stated mission: to preserve spinal function in adults of every age and restore spinal motion to those affected by spine and joint disorders. We seek to gather, evaluate, apply, and disseminate information that will advance the cumulative knowledge of spine and joint diseases and, in so doing, improve patient outcomes and patient lives.

Dr. Lanman hopes the foundation will help expand the spine community’s perspective on full health and mobility of many patients. His whole professional life has been dedicated to preserving motion and giving patients the means to enjoy the highest quality of life possible. As the principal investigator, he oversaw a 10-year clinical trial of the FDA-approved Prestige LP cervical artificial disc replacement procedure and was the lead writer on the recently released seven-year outcomes. He plans to spread the treatment with the 4D Health Approach and The Lanman Foundation.

The Lanman foundation for Spinal Advancement & Innovative Health, Dr. Lanman’s research institute, will integrate the 4D Health Approach he uses in his practice to collect, assess, apply and distribute information to his patients. He takes patient factors into account such as age, lifestyle, nutrition, physical exercise and overall health when working with patients.

With The Lanman Foundation, Dr. Lanman will do more “out of the box” research to continue preserving mobility and motion with procedures like artificial disc replacement surgery.

Dr. Lanman is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been involved in the treatment of spinal disorders for over 25 years. He is a professor at the University of California Los Angeles Department of Neurosurgery and he is a member of the Cedars-Sinai Institute of Spinal Disorders. He is a leading investigator and clinical advocate for artificial disc replacement surgery. This private practice is centrally located in Beverly Hills.

He has published more than ten peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters on topics relating to neurological surgery, and has presented more than two dozen papers at national and regional medical society meetings. He has been tapped by colleagues to be the principal medical investigator on a broad swath of clinical trials for motion preserving surgeries and artificial disc replacement devices, most recently the Prestige LP and M6, with the former recently receiving FDA pre-market approval in 2016 with his continuous support and advocacy.

He graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL with top honors and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed a general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at UCLA. He is an active member of many professional societies and organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), North American Spine Society (NASS), and Fellow American College of Surgeons. Dr. Lanman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS).

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The 4D Health Process

The 4D Health Process is a comprehensive, holistic approach to spinal health care. Dr. Lanman developed the 4D Health Process to encourage clients to think about their health as the foundation for life. The concept is based on the belief that spinal health should be tailored to the patient based on personal goals and priorities. Dr. Lanman considers a person’s age, lifestyle, nutrition, hormone status, physical exercise routine, and overall health to create a complete representation of the patient. He uses this through and meticulous analysis of each patient along with decades of training and experience to create a personalized treatment plan. This 4D treatment plan is the core of a patient’s blueprint for life. Dr. Lanman believes it’s not enough to just get

better. We should strive to be greater than better. The goal of the Lanman Foundation for Spinal Advancement & Innovative Health is to integrate and expand Dr. Lanman’s 4D Health Process to include the latest basic, clinical, and surgical research across all relevant disciplines. The foundation will seek to provide a comprehensive scientific analysis assessing the factors that relate to spinal health including age, lifestyle, nutrition, hormone status, exercise, supplements, spine and joint health. In addition to its research goals, the Lanman Foundation for Spinal Advancement & Innovative Health will provide medical and surgical services to economically disadvantaged patients, based on the availability of resources and the degree of need.


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