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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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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.

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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
  • 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

  • Reliability of the New AOSpine Classification System for Upper Cervical Traumatic Injuries

    Maeda, F. L., Formentin, C., De Andrade, E. J., Rodrigues, P. A. S., Goyal, D. K. C., Shroeder, G. D., Patel, A. A., Vaccaro, A. R. & Joaquim, A. F., Mar 1 2020, In : Clinical Neurosurgery. 86, 3, p. E263-E270

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    The perceived efficacy and utility of spine bioskills curricula for resident and fellow education: Perceived Utility of Spine Bioskills Training

    McCarthy, M. H., Boody, B. S., Swiatek, P. R., Rosenthal, B. D., Savage, J., Hsu, W. K. & Patel, A. A., Jul 1 2020, In : Journal of Orthopaedics. 20, p. 87-91 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle