• Ghag, Arvindera


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    MD, FRCSC, MSc
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Valerie Walsh
    Assistant Phone
    Mailing Address
    BC Children's Hospital

    Room 1D71
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver BC V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Outcomes research in pediatric spinal deformity and orthopaedic trauma
    • Healthcare quality
    • Economic analysis

    As a pediatric spine surgeon, I am interested in the outcome of patients who undergo surgery to correct spinal deformity. This includes studying methods of correcting deformity and relating the correction achieved to how patients feel about undergoing surgery. I also have a research interest in patients who suffer fractures and their management, whether it be with a cast or with surgery. Finally, I have a special interest in healthcare quality, delivery and the economic aspect of healthcare.

    Current Projects

    Influence of Neurological Status on Surgical Site Infection in Posterior Cervical Spinal Surgery
    Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    A Ghag, K Radcliff, M Maltenfort, C Kepler, TJ Albert, AS Hilibrand, J Rihn, A Vaccaro

    Minimally invasive surgery for AIS: two-year results from a prospective comparison with standard open posterior surgery
    BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital
    A Ghag, F Miyanji, AF Samdani, M Marks, PO Newton

    Complications of posterior vertebral column resection in children with severe spinal deformity:  A single center experience
    BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital
    F Miyanji, A Ghag, A Dhawale, BL Slobogean, CW Reilly

    Selected Publications

    Miyanji F, Samdani A, Ghag A, Marks M, Newton PO. Minimally Invasive Surgery for AIS: An Early Prospective Comparison with Standard Open Posterior Surgery. J Spine. 2013 May 24 S5: 001. doi:10.4172/2165-7939.S5-001

    Sidhu GS, Ghag A, Prokuski V, Vaccaro AR, Radcliff KE.  Civilian Gunshot Injuries of the Spinal Cord: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature.  Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print]

    Miyanji F, Newton PO, Samdani AF, Shah SA, Ghag A, Varghese RA, Reilly CW, Mulpuri K.  The impact of surgical waitlist times on scoliosis surgery:  the surgeon’s perspective.  (Submitted for publication to Spine)

    Kwon BK, Ghag A, Dvorak MF, Tetzlaff W, Illes J.  Expectations of Benefit and Tolerance to Risk of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Regarding Potential Participation in Clinical Trials.  J Neurotrauma. 2012 Dec 10;29(18):2727-37. doi: 10.1089/neu.2012.2550. Epub 2012 Oct 5.

    Lee RS, Noonan VK, Batke J, Ghag A, Paquette SJ, Boyd MC, Fisher CG, Street J, Dvorak MF, Kwon BK.  Feasibility of patient recruitment into clinical trials of experimental treatments for acute spinal cord injury.

    J Clin Neurosci. 2012 Oct;19(10):1338-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.02.015. Epub 2012 Aug 24.

    Kwon BK, Ghag A, Reichl L, Dvorak MF, Illes J, Tetzlaff W.  Opinions on the Preclinical Evaluation of Novel Therapies for Spinal Cord Injury: A Comparison between Researchers and Spinal Cord-Injured Individuals.  J Neurotrauma. 2012 Sep 20;29(14):2367-74.

    Davidson D, Ghag A, Beauchamp RD, Tredwell SJ, Mulpuri K.  Inter-observer and Intra-observer Agreement in the Radiographic Diagnosis of Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head Following Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.  J Child Orthop 2010;4:327-330.

    Honours & Awards

    1996 - University of British Columbia Entrance Scholarship

    2003 - Graduated UBC Faculty of Science on Dean’s Honour List as Science Scholar

    2004 – UBC Faculty of Medicine: William, Sadie and Edwin Rowan Entrance Scholarship

    2006 – Albert B and Mary Steiner Summer Research Award

    2008 – UBC Department of Orthopaedics Residency Entrance Scholarship

    Research Group Members
    Sameer Desai - Research Assistant