UMC El Paso Spine Center

UMC's Spine Center brings a higher level of care to El Paso, West Texas and Southern New Mexico. UMC is proud to have the largest team of all board certified and board eligible neurosurgery medical staff in the El Paso region. Back and neck pain physicians specialize in minimally invasive procedures and treatments to bring pain relief.

Program Highlights:

  • Multidisciplinary Collaborators: Interventional Neurology, Rehab and Pain Management
  • Dedicated Neurosciences ICU
  • Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
    - for Spine & Cranial Cases
    - for Tumor & Hemorrhage Evacuation
  • Spine Service Patient Navigator
Clinic Leadership


Luis Vasquez, MD

Luis Vasquez, MD

Dr. Vasquez has over 40 years of experience in neurosurgical care to include all modalities such as pediatric neurosurgery, complex spine, microsurgery and steriotactic radio surgery. He completed his undergraduate degree at Universidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos and then went on to complete his medical degree at Facultad De Medicina De La Universidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos in Peru. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, International College of Surgeons and Texas Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Vasquez is fluent in English, Spanish, German and French.

Todd T. Trier, MD

Todd T. Trier, MD

Dr. Trier has over 25 years of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University and then went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons and Texas Medical Association.

Akshay A. Gupte, MD, MBBS, MPH

Akshay A. Gupte, MD, MBBS, MPH

Dr. Gupte has nearly a decade of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in India and then went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Minnesota.

Fredric Lax, MD

Fredric Lax, MD

Dr. Lax has over 35 years of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Union College in New York and then went on to complete his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Jaime Gasco, MD, FAANS, FEBNS

Jaime Gasco, MD, FAANS, FEBNS

Dr. Gasco has over a decade of experience in neurosurgical care.  He earned his medical school degree at the University of Valencia in Spain and then went on to complete his neurosurgery training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Gasco is one of few neurosurgeons worldwide to be board certified in the USA and Europe.  He specializes in brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery with emphasis in using the latest minimally invasive technologies including MIS-TLIF, XLIF, ALIF, CoFlex, Intracept, OLIF and also pain management to include ESI injections and blocks. Dr. Gasco is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Spine Intervention Society and Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons.

David Wang, MD, PhD.

David Wang, MD, PhD.

Dr. Wang has nearly a decade of experience in neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Penn State University, completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience at the University of Florida, and then went on to complete his medical degree at University of Miami's School of Medicine. Dr. Wang served in the military as a Major. He provided neuorsurgical care, domestic and abroad, to include a 6 month tour in Afghanistan.

David Jimenez, MD, F.A.C.S.

David Jimenez, MD, F.A.C.S.

Dr. Jimenez has over 25 years of experience in pediatric neurosurgical care. He completed his undergraduate degree at Temple University and then went on to complete his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Jimenez serves as the Medical Director for Neurosurgery at El Paso Children's Hospital and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. Dr. Jimenez specializes in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery. He is also Board Certified to do adult procedures including endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, brain tumors, and spine surgery.

Dr. Jimenez did my carpal tunnel surgery about 6 years ago. I have no visible scar and no issues. He is always so kind and seems truly concerned with how I am doing. I highly recommend him. Thank you Dr. J.
Susan - Jun 22, 2020
Dr. Jimenez and his staff are amazing. Very helpful and willing to spend time with you to address all questions and concerns. Surgery was a success and the 6" scare is barley noticeable! Recovery was difficult but expected as he and his staff explained in advance what I'd experience. Hope I dont need his services in the future but if I do he'll definitely be the one I go to.
Ginger Ramirez - Jun 13, 2017
I am a 22 year old challenged with Von Hippel Lindau syndrome. I had an unexpected tumor and cyst invade my head with crazy severe headaches at age 16. Dr. Jimenez was my mom's trusted neurosurgeon. I went to him without question. Dr. Jimenez gave me confidence and comfort that he knew what he was dealing with inside my head. My surgery and follow ups were and have been successful since then up to the present. I was blessed at the right time and the right place with the right man and his team.
Cesar A - Jan 25, 2017

Service Location

UMC Spine Center
4824 Alberta Avenue, 4th Floor
El Paso, TX 79905

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Phone Number:
(915) 521-7731

Fax Number:
(915) 521-7103

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