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Comron Saifi, M.D.

Comron Saifi, M.D.Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon

Pediatric & Adult Spine Surgery

Dr. Saifi cares for each patient in his practice as if they are a member of his family. By offering his patients minimally invasive spine surgery options, including outpatient spine surgery and cervical disc replacements (instead of fusion), his patients can recover quickly with minimal pain. Dr. Saifi treats adults and children with spinal deformity, including kyphosis and scoliosis. He has specialized training in pediatric and adult spinal deformity surgery from Columbia University, Rush University, and Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. Previously, Dr. Saifi was the director of clinical spine research in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a senior fellow at the university’s Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. He works with each patient to provide him or her with the best tailored nonoperative or operative treatment options.

Dr. Saifi received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Cornell. He received his medical degree from Columbia University. He performed his orthopedic surgery residency training at Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He completed his surgical fellowship in pediatric and adult spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center, where he received specialized training in minimally invasive spine surgery. He has published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed academic journals.


  • Fellowship, Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery, Rush University
    Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical
    Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, NYC
  • Doctor of Medicine, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia
    University, NYC
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Engineering, College of Engineering,
    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery

NY State Medical License
Active through 2016

IL State Medical License
Active through 2017

PA State Medical License
Active through 2022

TX State Medical License
Active through 2023


The Expanding Frontier of Outpatient Spine Surgery
Alex Beschloss, Terrance Ishmael, Christina Dicindio, Chelsea Hendow, Alex Ha, Philip K. Louie, Joseph M. Lombardi, Andrew J. Pugely, Ali K. Ozturk, Vincent Arlet, Comron Saifi

Cement Augmentation of Vertebral Compression Fractures May Be Safely Considered in the Very Elderly.
Anoop R. Galivanche, Courtney Toombs, Murillo Adrados, Wyatt B. David, Rohil Malpani, Comron Saifi, Peter G. Whang, Jonathan N. Grauer, Arya G. Varthi

Marked Increase in Spinal Deformity Surgery Throughout the United States.
Alexander Beschloss, Christina Dicindio, Joseph M. Lombardi, Arya G. Varthi, Ali K. Ozturk, Ronald A. Lehman, Lawrence G. Lenke, Comron Saifi

Soft Landing technique as a possible prevention strategy for proximal junctional failure following adult spinal deformity surgery.
Alejandro Cazzulino, Rikesh A. Gandhi, Thaddeus Woodard, Nissim Ackshota, M. Burhan Janjua, Vincent Arlet, Comron Saifi

Comparison of medical comorbidities in Medicare patients treated by orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons throughout the USA.
Alexander Beschloss, John D. Mueller, Jon-Michael E. Caldwell, Alex S Ha, Joseph M. Lombardi, Ali K. Ozturk, Ronald A. Lehman, Comron Saifi

Recent Trends in Medicare Utilization and Reimbursement for Lumbar Spine Fusion and Discectomy Procedures
Cesar D. Lopez, Venkat Boddapati, Joseph M. Lombardi, Nathan J. Lee, Comron Saifi, Marc D. Dyrszka, Zeeshan M. Sardar, Lawrence G. Lenke, Ronald A. Lehman

Rigid-Plating and Cortico-Cancellous Allograft Are Effective for 3-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Radiographic and Clinical Outcomes
Philip K. Louie, Andrew C. Sexton, Danel D. Bohl, Ehsan Tabaraee, Steven M. Presciutti, Benjamin C. Mayo, Justin Paul, Comron Saifi, Howard S. An

Association of spinal instability due to metastatic disease with increased mortality and a proposed clinical pathway for treatment.
Patricia Zadnik Sullivan, Ahmed Albayar, Ashwin G. Ramayya, Brendan J McShane, Paul J. Marcotte, Neil R. Malhotra, Zarina S. Ali, H. Isaac Chen, M. Burhan Janjua, Comron Saifi, James M. Schuster, M. Sean Grady, Joshua Jones, Ali K. Ozturk

Change in rates of primary atlantoaxial spinal fusion surgeries in the United States (1993–2015)
Chelsea Hendow, Alexander Beschloss, Alejandro Cazzulino, Joseph M. Lombardi, Philip K. Louie, Andrew H Milby, Andrew J. Pugely, Ali K. Ozturk, Steven C. Ludwig, Comron Saifi

What Are the Costs of Cervical Radiculopathy Prior to Surgical Treatment
Cameron Barton, Piyush Kalakoti, Nicholas A. Bedard, Nathan R. Hendrickson, Comron Saifi, Andrew J. Pugely

Surgical Treatment of Flat Back Syndrome With Anterior Hyperlordotic Cages.
M. Burhan Janjua, Ali K. Ozturk, Nissim Ackshota, Brendan J McShane, Comron Saifi, William C. Welch, Vincent Arlet

Utilization and Economic Impact of Posterolateral Fusion and Posterior/Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgeries in the United States.
Comron Saifi, Alejandro Cazzulino, Joseph L. Laratta, Akshay Save, Jamal N. Shillingford, Philip K. Louie, Andrew J. Pugely, Vincent Arlet

What Are the Costs of Cervical Radiculopathy Prior to Surgical Treatment?
Barton, C.,Kalakoti, P.,Bedard, N. A.,Hendrickson, N. R.,Saifi, C.,Pugely, A. J.

Sagittal spinopelvic malalignment in degenerative scoliosis patients: isolated correction of symptomatic levels and clinical decision-making.
Steven M. Presciutti, Philip K. Louie, Jannat M. Khan, Bryce A. Basques, Comron Saifi, Christopher J. DeWald, Dino Samartzis, Howard S. An

Human versus Robot: A Propensity-Matched Analysis of the Accuracy of Free Hand versus Robotic Guidance for Placement of S2 Alar-Iliac (S2AI) Screws.
Jamal N. Shillingford, Joseph L. Laratta, Paul J. Park, Joseph M. Lombardi, Alexander Tuchman, Comron Saifi, Ronald A. Lehman, Lawrence G. Lenke

Opioid use following cervical spine surgery: trends and factors associated with long-term use.
Andrew J. Pugely, Nicholas A. Bedard, Piyush Kalakoti, Nathan R. Hendrickson, Jamal N. Shillingford, Joseph L. Laratta, Comron Saifi, Ronald A. Lehman, K. Daniel Riew

Utilization of Interspinous Devices Throughout the United States Over a Recent Decade: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.
Joseph L. Laratta, Hemant P. Reddy, Joseph M. Lombardi, Jamal N. Shillingford, Comron Saifi, Charla R. Fischer, Ronald A. Lehman, Lawrence G. Lenke

Utilization of intraoperative neuromonitoring throughout the United States over a recent decade: an analysis of the nationwide inpatient sample.
Joseph L. Laratta, Jamal N. Shillingford, Alex Ha, Joseph M. Lombardi, Hemant P. Reddy, Comron Saifi, Steven C. Ludwig, Ronald A. Lehman, Lawrence G. Lenke

Tissue Engineered Bone Differentiated From Human Adipose Derived Stem Cells Inhibit Posterolateral Fusion in an Athymic Rat Model.
Comron Saifi, Jonathan Bernhard, Jamal N. Shillingford, Petros Petridis, Samuel T. Robinson, X. Edward Guo, Mark Weidenbaum, Ronald A. Lehman, Howard S. An, Lawrence G. Lenke, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Joesph L. Laratta

National Trends for Primary and Revision Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty Throughout the United States
Comron Saifi, Alejandro Cazzulino, Caroline N Park, Joseph L. Laratta, Philip K. Louie, Jamal N. Shillingford, Ronald A. Lehman, Howard S. An, Frank M. Phillips

Complications following single-level interbody fusion procedures: an ACS-NSQIP study
Jamal N. Shillingford, Joseph L. Laratta, Joseph M. Lombardi, John D. Mueller, Meghan Cerpa, Hemant P. Reddy, Comron Saifi, Charla R. Fischer, Ronald A. Lehman

Cervical Disc Arthroplasty: A Comprehensive Review of Single-Level, Multilevel, and Hybrid Procedures:
Joseph L. Laratta, Jamal N. Shillingford, Comron Saifi, K. Daniel Riew

Intrawound Tobramycin Powder Eradicates Surgical Wound Contamination: An In Vivo Rabbit Study.
Joseph L. Laratta, Jamal N. Shillingford, Nathan Hardy, Joseph M. Lombardi, Comron Saifi, Alexander Romanov, Lawrence G. Lenke, Ronald A. Lehman, K. Daniel Riew

National outcomes following single-level cervical disc arthroplasty versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
Jamal N. Shillingford, Joseph L. Laratta, Nathan Hardy, Comron Saifi, Joseph M. Lombardi, Andrew J Pugely, Ronald A. Lehman, K. Daniel Riew

Trends in resource utilization and rate of cervical disc arthroplasty and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion throughout the United States from 2006 to 2013.
Comron Saifi, Arielle W. Fein, Alejandro Cazzulino, Ronald A. Lehman, Frank M. Phillips, Howard S. An, K. Daniel Riew

Reliability of 3-Dimensional Glenoid Component Templating and Correlation to Intraoperative Component Selection.
Comron Saifi, Manish N Noticewala, R. Michael Greiwe, Jonathan D Lester, Thomas R. Gardner, Edwin R. Cadet, William N. Levine, Louis U. Bigliani, Christopher S. Ahmad

Utilization of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty procedures throughout the United States over a recent decade: an analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample
Joseph L. Laratta, Jamal N. Shillingford, Joseph M. Lombardi, John D. Mueller, Hemant P. Reddy, Comron Saifi, Charla R. Fischer, Steven C. Ludwig, Lawrence G. Lenke, Ronald A. Lehman

The medicolegal landscape of spine surgery: how do surgeons fare?
Melvin C. Makhni, Paul J. Park, Jesus Jimenez, Comron Saifi, Jon-Michael E. Caldwell, Alex Ha, Bianca M Figueroa-Santana, Ronald A. Lehman, Mark Weidenbaum

Vertebral Column Resection for Rigid Spinal Deformity
Comron Saifi, Joseph L. Laratta, Petros Petridis, Jamal N. Shillingford, Ronald A. Lehman, Lawrence G. Lenke

Finding the right fit: studying the biomechanics of under-tapping with varying thread depths and pitches
Ehsan Jazini, Carmen Petraglia, Mark Moldavsky, Oliver Tannous, Tristan B. Weir, Comron Saifi, Omar Elkassabany, Yiwei Cai, Brandon Bucklen, Joseph R. O'Brien, Steven C. Ludwig

Outcomes of Lumbopelvic Fixation in the Treatment of Complex Sacral Fractures Using Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques
Oliver Tannous, Comron Saifi, Steven C Ludwig, Eugene Koh, Ehsan Jazini, Kelley Banagan

Tissue engineering advances in spine surgery
Melvin C. Makhni, Jon-Michael E. Caldwell, Comron Saifi, Charla R. Fischer, Ronald A. Lehman, Lawrence G. Lenke, Francis Y. Lee

Outcome of 28 open pilon fractures with injury severity-based fixation
Jonathan R. Danoff, Comron Saifi, David C. Goodspeed, J. Spence Reid

Rotator Cuff Repair Augmentation with Local Autogenous Bone Marrow via Humeral Cannulation in a Rat Model
Comron Saifi, Christopher S Ahmad

Glenoid morphology after reaming in computer-simulated total shoulder arthroplasty.
Charlie Yongpravat, Jonathan D. Lester, Comron Saifi, Alen Trubelja, R. Michael Greiwe, Louis U. Bigliani, William N. Levine, Thomas R. Gardner, Christopher S. Ahmad

The incidence of congenital scoliosis in infants with tetralogy of Fallot based on chest radiographs.
Comron Saifi, Hiroko Matsumoto, Michael G. Vitale, David P. Roye, Joshua E. Hyman

Pediatric Sports Elbow Injuries
R. Michael Greiwe, Comron Saifi, Christopher S. Ahmad

Tip-apex distance of intramedullary devices as a predictor of cut-out failure in the treatment of peritrochanteric elderly hip fractures
Jeffrey A. Geller, Comron Saifi, Todd A. Morrison, William Macaulay

Awards, Honors & Recognitions

  • Graduated with honors in Biological & Biomedical Engineering,
    Cornell University (2006)
  • Columbia University Senator, Representative for the College of
    Physicians & Surgeons (2010)
  • New York Orthopaedic Hospital Award, Columbia University (2011)
  • Best Fellow Thesis Presentation, Rush University Orthopaedic
    Surgery Department (2017)
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Annual Meeting Scholarship
    for Fellows (2017)

Clinical Interests

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    Outpatient Spine Surgery
    Allows Patients Faster Recovery with Less Pain
  • Neck (Cervical) Spine Surgery
    Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
    Scoliosis (Children & Adults)
    Kyphosis (Hunchback Deformity)
  • Spinal Oncology
    Spine Tumors/Cancer

Professional Activity

  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
    (Spinal Deformity Committee)
    (Spinal Oncology Committee)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS)
    (Spine Surgery Committee)
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS)
    (Annual Research Program Committee)
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
  • Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS)
  • AO Spine North America (AOSNA)
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS)

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Aetna CommonSpirit Health KelseyCare
  • Cigna APWU
  • Cigna Allegiance Houston Methodist Employee Medical Plan
  • Cigna Allegiance OAP
  • Cigna Allegiance PPO
  • Cigna Choice Fund
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna Global Health Benefits (International)
  • Cigna Great West
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Indemnity
  • Cigna LocalPlus
  • Cigna NALC
  • Cigna Network
  • Cigna Network Open Access
  • Cigna Open Access
  • Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Qualcare
  • Cigna Shared Administration OAP
  • Cigna Shared Administration PPO
  • Cigna SureFit
  • Kelsey Seybold Affiliate Network
  • Medicare


  • English
  • Persian (Farsi)

Languages listed are spoken by doctor and/or office staff.

Comron Saifi, M.D.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • AO Foundation
  • North American Spine Society
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • Orthopaedic Research Society