- University of Toronto, 2008
Residencies & Internships
- University of Ottawa, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2015
- University of Toronto, Spinal Surgery, 2016
I specialize in complex spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; including: revision (re-do) surgery, spinal deformity, and spinal tumor. Whenever possible, I recommend minimally-invasive surgery (also known as tube or keyhole surgery). I also take care of patients with failed back syndrome and post-laminectomy syndrome.
I have additional training in complex Neurosurgical and Orthopedic spine surgery through an AOSpine accredited fellowship at the University of Toronto. To help improve and advance spine care, I am developing expertise in research through PhD training in Epidemiology and Health Economics.
When we first meet, I will provide you and your family with information on the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment recommendations. Together, we will create an individualized treatment plan that works for you.
If I think surgery can help you, I will help you make an informed decision about whether surgery is the right decision for you. If you decide to go forward with surgery, I strive to provide the highest quality and most compassionate surgical and postsurgical care. If you are not ready for surgery, I will help you maximize non-operative treatments.
If I do not think surgery will help you, I will explain why and then direct you to a non-operative spine specialist who can help you.
Throughout this process, I will coordinate care with your other physicians, whether inside or outside of Henry Ford Health System.
- Orthopedic Surgeon Champion, Spine Surgery Quality Improvement, Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
- Member, Spinal Cancer Tumor Board
Patients are unique but, unfortunately, most surgical techniques and implants are “one size fits all.” I developed computer programs to precisely customize surgery to your unique anatomy, and give you the best outcome.
I am also conducting research on how to best help patients make the “best” treatment decision for their life context. Currently, the tools I have developed are being applied to spine cancer and low-back arthritis.
Awards and Honors:
- Merv Letts Award for Scholarship, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Ottawa (2015)
- HK Uthoff Graduate Scholarship, University of Ottawa, (2015)
- Graeme Barber Prize, Department of Surgery, University of Ottawa, (2015)
- Robert A. Spasoff Prize, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa (2015)
- Research Prize, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Ottawa (2015)