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Research Interests

I am the Director of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at Northwestern and a Spine Surgeon with fellowship training in both Orthopaedic Spine Surgery and Neurosurgery. I specialize in cervical spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. My experience and research include the areas of cervical spine surgery, cervical myelopathy, herniated discs, minimally invasive surgery, spine trauma and spinal cord injuries. I also care for patients with spinal stenosis, spine cancers and tumors, and neck pain. I am known for my clinical research on patient outcomes, genetics of spinal disease, and injuries of the spine and spinal cord. I am also known for my research in cost-effectiveness and value in spine care, making spine surgery here at Northwestern, as well as throughout the United States and the world, safer and more effective. Click here to listen to a radio interview with Dr. Patel discussing minimally invasive spine surgery Click here to read Dr. Patel's Ortho-pinion featured in ANationInMotion.org

Certifications and Licenses

Orthopaedic Surgery

Training Experience

2001Internship, Barnes Jewish Hospital
2004Residency, Barnes Jewish Hospital
2006Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

… → 2000

Research interests

  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neck Spine
  • Outcome Measures
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Oncology
  • Spine Trauma

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Spine Fellowship Support

Patel, A. A.

NuVasive, Inc.


Project: Research project

  • Research Output

    Association between Opioid Use and Patient-Reported Outcomes in a Randomized Trial Evaluating Basivertebral Nerve Ablation for the Relief of Chronic Low Back Pain

    Markman, J. D., Rhyne, A. L., Sasso, R. C., Patel, A. A., Hsu, W. K., Fischgrund, J. S., Edidin, A. A. & Vajkoczy, P., Mar 1 2020, In : Clinical Neurosurgery. 86, 3, p. 343-347 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Bariatric Surgery and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Literature Review

    Joaquim, A. F., Helvie, P. & Patel, A. A., Feb 1 2020, In : Global Spine Journal. 10, 1, p. 102-110 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • Burden of Sciatica on US Medicare Recipients

    Maslak, J. P., Jenkins, T. J., Weiner, J. A., Kannan, A. S., Patoli, D. M., McCarthy, M. H., Hsu, W. K. & Patel, A. A., May 15 2020, In : The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 28, 10, p. e433-e439

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Can the American College of Surgeons Risk Calculator Predict 30-day Complications After Spine Surgery?

    McCarthy, M. H., Singh, P., Nayak, R., Maslak, J. P., Jenkins, T. J., Patel, A. A. & Hsu, W. K., May 1 2020, In : Spine. 45, 9, p. 621-628 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Clinical and radiological outcome of non-surgical management of thoracic and lumbar spinal fracture-dislocations — a historical analysis in the era of modern spinal surgery

    Joaquim, A. F., Schroeder, G. D., Patel, A. A. & Vaccaro, A. R., Jan 2 2020, In : Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 43, 1, p. 3-9 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article