Stuart R. Hutchinson, M.D.

“Specializing in Disorders of the Spine


After receiving his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Arizona, Dr. Hutchinson traveled to South Africa’s prestigious Stellenbosch University where he completed his medical training. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Hutchinson began his practice in Santa Barbara in 1980 with Leonard B. Burgess, M.D.  In 1985 Dr. Hutchinson and Dr. William Dunbar founded Orthopaedic Specialists of Santa Barbara, now Alta Orthopaedics.  Since that time, Dr. Hutchinson has focused his interests on treating disorders of the spine.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and an active member of the North American Spine Society.

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Hutchinson is committed to providing the highest quality of care with compassion and sensitivity to the individual needs of each patient. He strongly believes in a conservative approach for the treatment of problems involving the spine.


Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, September 1982
Participating physician 1984 Summer Olympics
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery since 1985
North American Spine Society since 1985
South Africa Orthopedic Association since 1990


Dr. Hutchinson was the first surgeon in the tri-county region to perform kyphoplasty which is used to treat compression fractures of the spine. Kyphoplasty is designed to provide rapid back pain relief, help straighten the spine and allow patients to quickly return to their daily activities. For more information, please click on the kyphoplasty link below.

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