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Introducing… Behrooz A. Akbarnia, M.D. Spine Specialist
Effective January 1, 2014, Dr. Akbarnia ended his clinical practice and transitioned to a Research role. This is not retirement. Dr. Akbarnia will be directing his passion and energy towards research, education, and the continued improvement of spinal care. Dr. Akbarnia will continue as President of the San Diego Spine Foundation, and with his role with the Growing Spine Foundation.
Following completion of his medical degree at Tehran University Medical School in Iran, Prof. Akbarnia moved to the United States in 1968 to continue his training. He completed his internship in Massachusetts, orthopedic surgery residency at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY and in pediatric orthopedic surgery (Shriners and St. Christopher Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA) however, the most formative part of Prof. Akbarnia’s training was his completion of the John H. Moe Scoliosis Fellowship Program. Dr. Moe is considered the forefather of modern orthopedic spine surgery in the US, and many of his fellows, including Prof. Akbarnia, have gone on to become leaders in the field of spinal deformity. Prof. Akbarnia notes that the treatment principles he employs today are rooted in the knowledge and principles he learned from Dr. Moe and his associates.
Upon completion of his training, Prof. Akbarnia rose to become Professor and vice Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Louis University. Then in 1990, he made the decision to move to the west coast and established his current academic practice in La Jolla, CA.
Prof. Akbarnia has had a highly distinguished career in the spine field and is respected worldwide for his contributions to improving the treatment of patients with spinal disorders.
Currently, Prof. Akbarnia is the Medical Director at the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders in La Jolla, CA. and Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic surgery at the University of California, San Diego.
Throughout his career, Prof. Akbarnia has received many awards and honors including the Orthopedic Educational Achievement Award (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons), the Goldstein Award for the Best Clinical Exhibit (Scoliosis Research Society) and he was awarded the prestigious Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award at the 2008 Scoliosis Research Society Meeting for his contributions in the field of spine surgery. Prof. Akbarnia has been listed as one of "America’s Top Surgeons" by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as well as being named as a “Top Doctor” in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009 by his peers in San Diego.
Prof. Akbarnia is an active member of many national and international professional organizations. He served as President of the Scoliosis Research Society (the world‘s leading society for spinal deformity surgeons) in 2005-06. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Association, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the North American Spine Society, to name a few.
A prolific researcher and author, Prof.Akbarnia has published over 200 peer-reviewed and invited articles and book chapters and has edited two books. Further, Prof.Akbarnia has traveled and presented his research at hundreds of medical meetings world-wide. As Chief Editor, he recently completed work on a new book on Growing Spine, published in 2011.
While Prof.Akbarnia’s medical accomplishments are outstanding, it is his integrity and compassion that is often most commented on by his patients. He is currently spear-heading the Growing Spine Study Group, an international study group working to study and improve the care of young children with Early Onset Scoliosis. He is also the founder of Growing Spine Foundation that supports the research and educational activities, such as International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS) www.growingspine.org.
Professor Akbarnia resides in La Jolla, California, USA with his wife. He is both proud father and grandfather with his children residing in the United States of America, England and Brazil.