I am a pediatric spine surgeon interested in studying clinical outcomes of patients with spinal conditions, such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine), so that we can improve their treatment and quality of life.
I am a member of an international group of surgeons collecting data on patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis who are treated with or without surgery. We are also collecting information on patients with cerebral palsy who develop scoliosis. The goal of this research is to improve outcomes and health related quality of life.Honours & Awards
Best Clinical Paper Award, International Spinal Cord Society, 45th Annual Scientific Meeting “Correlation of MR Findings with Neurological Outcome in Patients with Acute Cervical Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: A prospective Study in 103 Consecutive Patients”, 2006
Honourable Mention, 3rd Annual AO Spine North America Fellows Conference Award “Correlation of MR Findings with Neurological Outcome in Patients with Acute Cervical Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: A prospective Study in 103 Consecutive Patients”, 2005Research Group Members
Sameer Desai, Research Assistant
A patient-centered approach makes all the difference for kids undergoing spinal surgeries: Research shows a specialized surgical team has improved outcomes at BC Children’s Hospital
In 2010, BC Children’s Hospital became the first hospital in North America to introduce the Paediatric Spinal Surgical Team (PSST). In this pioneering approach to spinal surgeries, a core group of clinicians are consistently assigned these procedures. The goal was to improve care and reduce complications for children undergoing these technically challenging operations. New research led by BC Children’s investigator and pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. Firoz Miyanji shows this effort has been a tremendous success.