2324 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Dr. Richard D. Kahmann

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Richard Kahmann is a distinguished, board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment and care of disorders and deformities of the spine. He has been a leading partner of Santa Barbara Orthopedic Associates since 1989.

Continuously introducing innovative techniques in treating his patients, he is an expert in disc replacement, minimally invasive Metrix techniques and image guided surgery. These methods ensure a safer surgery and reduced hospital stays. In fact, the majority of Dr. Kahmann’s spine surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis. He operates at both Santa Barbara Surgical Center and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Dr. Kahmann earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Medical Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. Part of a select group of American doctors elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Dr. Kahmann subsequently completed a surgical internship at the University of California, San Diego, and Orthopedic Residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. After completing an additional two-year John H. Moe Spine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota under Director David S. Bradford, MD, Dr. Kahmann was board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

A leader in his field, Dr. Kahmann has published numerous articles and given many presentations on new treatment techniques for spinal trauma and disorders and deformities of the spine, scoliosis in adolescents and the deformities of the adult and adolescent spine.

When not practicing state of the art medicine, you can find Dr. Kahmann spending time with his family, hiking, skiing, golfing or flying.


  • Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Medical: University of California, Los Angeles, CA


  • Surgical Internship: University of California, San Diego, CA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • John H. Moe Spine Fellowship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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Dr. Richard D. Kahmann

Richard D. Kahmann, MD

Dr. Kahmann specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions and performs several orthopedic procedures including:

  • Treatment and Care of Disorders and Deformities of the Spine
  • Disc Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Metrix Techniques
  • Image Guided Surgery
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