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Tanvir Choudhri

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Neurosurgery
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Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery

Education

  • MD, Columbia Univ. Col. of Phy. & Surg.

  • Internship, Surgery
    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Ctr.

  • Residency, Neurosurgery
    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Ctr.

  • Fellowship, Neurosurgery-Spine
    Barrow Neurological Institute

Biography

    Dr. Choudhri is Co-Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Program in the Mount Sinai Department of Neurological Surgery.  After graduating with distinction (Alpha Omega Alpha) from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his neurosurgery training at Columbia's Presbyterian Hospital and NY Neurological Institute.  He then completed additional spine fellowship training at the Barrow Neurological Institute under Dr. Sonntag, an internationally-renowned spine surgeon.

    Dr. Choudhri's chief clinical interests include (1) cervical spine disorders/surgery (2) minimally-invasive spine surgery (cervical and lumbar) (3) intradural spine tumor surgery and (4) sports neurosurgery including concussion management. His overall practice covers a wide range of spinal disorders:

    -Minimally-invasive spine surgery: microscopic/endoscopic surgery
    -Craniovertebral junction disorders: chiari malformation, occipital-cervical instability
    -Cervical spine disorders: neck/arm pain, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylosis
    -Thoracic spine disorders: herniated discs, tumors, paraspinal biopsies
    -Lumbosacral spine disorders: low back/leg pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis
    -Spinal trauma and spinal cord injury
    -Spinal tumors: intramedullary, intradural, extradural, paraspinal
    -Spinal deformity: scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal instability, post-op kyphosis repair
    -Congenital spine disease: diastematomyelia, dermal sinus, myelomeningocele
    -Peripheral nerve surgery: carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve, meralgia paresthetica and tumors

    Dr. Choudhri frequently participates in the education of other spine surgeons at national/international conferences.  He is active in leading Neurosurgical and Spine organizations and since 2001 has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.  He has served on national multispecialty committees which developed and published guidelines for lumbar and cervical spine surgery.  Dr. Choudhri has co-edited a textbook Fundamentals of Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery.

    Dr. Choudhri has been selected for inclusion in numerous "best doctor" lists including Castle Connolly Top Doctors and NY Metro Top Doctors (2013, 2014), Best Doctors in America (2007-2008), Montclair Who's Who in Healthcare (2008-2009), and New York Super Doctors (2009).

    Dr. Choudhri's research interests focus on spinal injury, cervical spinal disorders, minimally-invasive techniques, and improving outcome from spine surgery and diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) including concussions and subconcusive injuries.

    Dr. Choudhri is a collaborating consultant for the Concussion Management of New York and a member of the Mount Sinai Play Safe Program, which provides multidisciplinary care to injured atheltes and technical assistance and education to families and school personnel.


    In the News: Dr. Tanvir Choudri discusses cervical spinal problems in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.

Awards

  • 2014 - 2014
    Top Doctors New York Metro Area
    Castle Connolly

  • 2013 - 2013
    Top Doc 2013
    New York Magazine

  • 1998 - 1999
    Schlesinger Fellowship in Neurosurgical Research

  • 1997 -
    Galbraith Award
    Congress of Neurological Surgeons

  • 1996 - 1997
    Housestaff Research Award
    Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

  • 1994 -
    Alpha Omega Alpha

  • 1990 -
    Phi Beta Kappa

Research

Research interests include:

Treatment for chronic (myelopathy) and acute spinal cord injury.

Diagnosis and treatment of repetative neuro-trauma

Development and use of new imaging techniques to improve surgical and nonsurgical treatment of cervical spinal disorders (spinal stenosis, spondylosis, and herniated discs)

Use of minimally-invasive principles/techniques to improve cervical and lumbar spine surgery

Outcomes research to help evaluate and improve current spine surgical procedures.

Spine surgery guidelines development.

Diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) including concussions and subconcusive injuries.

Publications

Jones LA, Lammertse DP, Charlifue SB, Kirshblum SC, Apple DF, Ragnarsson KT, Poonian D, Betz RR, Knoller N, Heary RF, Choudhri TF, Jenkins AL, Falci SP, Snyder DA. A phase 2 autologous cellular therapy trial in patients with acute complete spinal cord injury: pragmatics, recruitment, and demographics. Spinal Cord 2010 Apr;: Epub ahead.

Resnick DK, Anderson PA, Kaiser MG, Groff MW, Henry RF, Holly LT, Mummaneni PV, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Matz PG. Electrophysiological monitoring during surgery for cervical degenerative myelopathy and radiculopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 245-252.

Holly LT, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Heary RF, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Functional outcomes assessment for cervical degenerative disease. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 238-244.

Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Heary RF, Holly LT, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Management of anterior cervical pseudoarthrosis. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 228-237.

Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Heary RF, Holly LT, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Radiographic assessment of subaxial cervical fusion. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 221-227.

Ryken TC, Heary RF, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Holly LT, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Techniques for cervical interbody grafting. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 203-220.

Heary RF, Ryken TC, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Holly LT, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Cervical lamino-foraminotomy for the treatment of cervical degenerative radiculopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 198-202.

Matz PG, Ryken TC, Groff MW, Vresilovic EJ, Anderson PA, Heary RF, Holly LT, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Choudhri TF, Resnick DK. Techniques for anterior cervical decompression for radiculopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 183-197.

Matz PG, Holly LT, Groff MW, Vresilovic EJ, Anderson PA, Heary RF, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Resnick DK. Indications for anterior cervical decompression for the treatment of cervical degenerative radiculopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 174-182.

Matz PG, Holly LT, Mummaneni PV, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Heary RF, Kaidsr MG, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Anterior cervical surgery for the treatment of cervical degenerative myelopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 170-173.

Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Heary RF, Holly LT, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Cervical laminoplasty for the treatment of cervical degenerative myelopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 157-169.

Anderson PA, Matz PG, Groff MW, Heary RF, Holly LT, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Laminectomy and fusion for the treatment of cervical degenerative myelopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 150-156.

Ryken TC, Heary RF, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Holly LT, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Cervical laminectomy for the treatment of cervical degenerative myelopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 142-149.

Mummaneni PV, Kaiser MG, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Heary RF, Holly LT, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Cervical surgical techniques for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. ournal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 130-141.

Mummaneni PV, Kaiser MG, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Heary RF, Holly LT, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. . Preoperative patient selection with magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and electroencephalography: does the test predict outcome after cervical surgery?. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 119-129.

Holly LT, Matz PG, Anderson PA, Groff MW, Heary RF, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Clinical prognostic indicators of surgical outcome in cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 112-118.

Matz PG, Anderson PA, Holly LT, Groff MW, Heary RF, Kaiser MG, Mummaneni PV, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. The natural history of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 104-111.

Matz PG, Anderson PA, Kaiser MG, Holly LT, Groff MW, Heary RF, Mummaneni PV, Ryken TC, Choudhri TF, Vresilovic EJ, Resnick DK. Introduction and methodology: Guidelines for the surgical management of cervical degenerative disease. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 2009 Aug; 11(2): 101-103.

Meyer SM, Jenkins III AL, Choudhri TF. Spinal Cord Injury. In: Frontera JA, editor. Decision Making in Neurocritical Care. New York, Thieme;.

Bryce T, Singh H, Choudhri TF. Neurological Complications: Late Neurological Decline Including Syringomyelia. In: Common Problems in Rehabilitation Medicine: Spinal Cord Injury. New York, Demos Medical;.

Dailey AT, Ghogawala Z, Choudhri TF, Watters WC, Resnick DK, Sharan A, Eck JC, Mummaneni PV, Wang JC, Groff MW, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 14: brace therapy as an adjunct to or substitute for lumbar fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Sharan A, Groff MW, Dailey AT, Ghogawala Z, Resnick DK, Watters WC, Mummaneni PV, Choudhri TF, Eck JC, Wang JC, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 15: electrophysiological monitoring and lumbar fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Kaiser MG, Eck JC, Groff MW, Ghogawala Z, Watters WC, Dailey AT, Resnick DK, Choudhri TF, Sharan A, Wang JC, Dhall SS, Mummaneni PV. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 17: bone growth stimulators as an adjunct for lumbar fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Kaiser MG, Eck JC, Groff MW, Ghogawala Z, Watters WC, Dailey AT, Resnick DK, Choudhri TF, Sharan A, Wang JC, Dhall SS, Mummaneni PV. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 17: bone growth stimulators as an adjunct for lumbar fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Groff MW, Dailey AT, Ghogawala Z, Resnick DK, Watters WC, Mummaneni PV, Choudhri TF, Eck JC, Sharan A, Wang JC, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 12: pedicle screw fixation as an adjunct to posterolateral fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Watters WC, Resnick DK, Eck JC, Ghogawala Z, Mummaneni PV, Dailey AT, Choudhri TF, Sharan A, Groff MW, Wang JC, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 13: injection therapies, low-back pain, and lumbar fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Resnick DK, Watters WC, Mummaneni PV, Dailey AT, Choudhri TF, Eck JC, Sharan A, Groff MW, Wang JC, Ghogawala Z, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 10: lumbar fusion for stenosis without spondylolisthesis. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Mummaneni PV, Dhall SS, Eck JC, Groff MW, Ghogawala Z, Watters WC, Dailey AT, Resnick DK, Choudhri TF, Sharan A, Wang JC, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 11: interbody techniques for lumbar fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Resnick DK, Watters WC, Mummaneni PV, Dailey AT, Choudhri TF, Eck JC, Sharan A, Groff MW, Wang JC, Ghogawala Z, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 10: lumbar fusion for stenosis without spondylolisthesis. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Mummaneni PV, Dhall SS, Eck JC, Groff MW, Ghogawala Z, Watters WC, Dailey AT, Resnick DK, Choudhri TF, Sharan A, Wang JC, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 11: interbody techniques for lumbar fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Resnick DK, Watters WC, Sharan A, Mummaneni PV, Dailey AT, Wang JC, Choudhri TF, Eck J, Ghogawala Z, Groff MW, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 9: lumbar fusion for stenosis with spondylolisthesis. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Ghogawala Z, Whitmore RG, Watters WC, Sharan A, Mummaneni PV, Dailey AT, Choudhri TF, Eck JC, Groff MW, Wang JC, Resnick DK, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 3: assessment of economic outcome. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Choudhri TF, Mummaneni PV, Dhall SS, Eck JC, Groff MW, Ghogawala Z, Watters WC, Dailey AT, Resnick DK, Sharan A, Wang JC, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 4: radiographic assessment of fusion status. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Dhall SS, Choudhri TF, Eck JC, Groff MW, Ghogawala Z, Watters WC, Dailey AT, Resnick DK, Sharan A, Mummaneni PV, Wang JC, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 5: correlation between radiographic outcome and function. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Eck JC, Sharan A, Resnick DK, Watters WC, Ghogawala Z, Dailey AT, Mummaneni PV, Groff MW, Wang JC, Choudhri TF, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 6: discography for patient selection. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Eck JC, Sharan A, Ghogawala Z, Resnick DK, Watters WC, Mummaneni PV, Dailey AT, Choudhri TF, Groff MW, Wang JC, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 7: lumbar fusion for intractable low-back pain without stenosis or spondylolisthesis. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Wang JC, Dailey AT, Mummaneni PV, Ghogawala Z, Resnick DK, Watters WC, Groff MW, Choudhri TF, Eck JC, Sharan A, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 8: lumbar fusion for disc herniation and radiculopathy. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Dessy A, Rasouli J, Gometz A, Choudhri T. A review of modifying factors affecting usage of diagnostic rating scales in concussion management. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery 2014 Jul; 122.

Kaiser MG, Eck JC, Groff MW, Watters WC, Dailey AT, Resnick DK, Choudhri TF, Sharan A, Wang JC, Mummaneni PV, Dhall SS, Ghogawala Z. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 1: introduction and methodology. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

Ghogawala Z, Resnick DK, Watters WC, Mummaneni PV, Dailey AT, Choudhri TF, Eck JC, Sharan A, Groff MW, Wang JC, Dhall SS, Kaiser MG. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 2: assessment of functional outcome following lumbar fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine 2014 Jul; 21(1).

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Dr. Choudhri did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2014 and/or 2015: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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