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Physician Bios


Ahmad Latefi, DO

Board-certified Neurological Surgeon

Dr. Ahmad Latefi is a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon. He treats disorders of the brain and spine. Prior to joining SpineCare Long Island, Dr. Latefi served as Director of Spine for Neurosurgery, Northwell Health, Northshore/LIJ. In addition, he served as Asst. Professor for Neurosurgery at the Hofstra School of Medicine.

Dr. Latefi completed a Spine Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, where he focused on spinal oncology and spinal deformity. Today, he is a well-established neurosurgeon and uses a variety of techniques including minimally invasive, robotic and endoscopic approaches to the spine. He is also one of the few surgeons in the world to utilize Kyphoplasty with Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) for metastatic tumors of the spine. His goal is always to increase quality of life for patients while maintaining the highest level of ethics in patient care.
 
Dr. Latefi has published numerous articles in neurosurgical journals on topics including tumors of the spine and complex deformities. He has been seen on CBS news, as well as highlighted in a NY Times article on tumors of the spinal cord. Dr. Latefi has presented at AANS, CNS, SRS and many other prestigious national and international medical societies. He has also traveled on missions to serve the underprivileged in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Haiti.

In addition to English, Dr. Latefi is fluent in Farsi, Italian, and Spanish.

Teaching Courses

  • Osteotomies in Adult Deformity Surgery
  • Bioskills laboratory at Northshore University Hospital September 2011
  • Total En Bloc Spondylectomy for Primary Spinal Tumors Bioskills laboratory at Northshore University Hospital February 2015
  • Fall Deformity Symposium, National Medical Education Program, San Francisco, CA. November 2019
  • Fall Deformity Symposium, National Medical Education Program, Las Vegas, NV November 2017
  • Fall Deformity Symposium, National Medical Education Program, Las Vegas, NV. November 2016

Oral Presentations

  • Latefi, A. Role of Rac1-mediated MAP kinases in Medulloblastoma Invasion. AANS Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL 2008.
  • Latefi, A. The Role of the guanine-nucleotide Exchance Factores (GEF) as a Novel Therapeutic Target for Medulloblastoma, CNS Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. October 2009.
  • Latefi, A. Intraoperative MRI for Surgery of Intracranial Meningioma. Meeting for the Society of Neuro-oncology and AANS/CNS Section Tumors. New Orleans, LA. October 2009.
  • Latefi, A. Stereotactic Brain Biopsy with Low Field Intraoperative MRI. Joint Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology and the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. New Orleans, LA. October 2009.
  • Latefi, A. Robotic Spine Surgery. AO Spine Annual Meeting. Banff, Canada April 2011.
  • Latefi, A. Sagittal Imbalance. Grand Rounds. Northshore University Hospital March 2012.
  • Latefi, A. Adult Spinal Deformity. Grand Rounds. Lenox Hill Hospital. April 2012.
  • Latefi, A. Salvage Single-Fraction Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Patients with Prior Radiation of Spinal Metastasis. Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL October 2012.
  • Latefi, A. Salvage Single-Fraction Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Patients with Prior Radiation of Spinal Metastasis. Radiosurgery Society Scientific Meeting. San Diego, CA February 2013.
  • Latefi, A. The Role of Spine Radiosurgery in the Management Paradigm of Spine Metastasis. 2013. Astro Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. September 2013
  • Latefi, A. Management of Metastatic Spinal Tumors. Monter Cancer Center, Northshore LIJ Health System. New Hyde Park, NY. March 2014.

Poster Presentations

  • Latefi, A. First Reported Use of Ceretom Intraoperative CT Scanner in Endoscopic Endonasal Odontoidectomy. AANS Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. April 2010.
  • Gandhi, SV; Schneider, D; Shah, K; Ghaly, M; Latefi, A. Surgery for Potentially Unstable Spinal Metastasis Reduces 90-Admissions. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Miami, FL. March 2019.
  • Gandhi, SV; Schneider, D; Shah, K; Ghaly, M; Latefi, A. Surgery for Potentially Unstable Spinal Metastasis Reduces 90-Admissions. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. April 2019.
  • Gandhi, SV; Virojanapa, J; Latefi, A. Cost Comparison of Single Level Posterior vs Anterior/Lateral Interbody Fusions. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2020.
  • Gandhi, SV; Toscano, D; Latefi, A. National Utilization Trends in Single and Co-Surgeon Surgeries for Single Level Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusions in the Medicare Population. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2020.
  • Gandhi, SV; Wagner, K; Turpin, J; Latefi, A. Risk Factors for Kyphosis and Revision After Surgery for Spinal Metastasis. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2020.

Awards

  • Charles Kuntz Award – Top Abstracts: AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Miami, FL. March 2019. Gandhi, SV; Schneider, D; Shah, K; Ghaly, M; Latefi, A. Surgery for Potentially Unstable Spinal Metastasis Reduces 90-Admissions
  • Teacher of the Year Award 2014 Northshore University Hospital

Articles

  • Kelley KD, Racareanu R, Sison CP, Gogineni E, Rana Z, Gandhi SV, Salas S, Wagner K, Latefi A, Ghaly MM. Outcomes in the radiosurgical management of metastatic spine disease. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2018 Nov 9;4(2):283-293. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2018.10.007. PMID: 31011673; PMCID: PMC6460302.
  • Speissberger A, Dietz N, Gruter BE, Virojanapa J, Hollis P, Latefi A. Junctional kyphosis and junctional failure after multi-segmental posterior cervicothoracic fusion – A retrospective analysis of 64 patients. Journal OF Craniovertebral Junction and Spine. 2020 Nov. 11:4(310- 315)

Ongoing Research

  • Gandhi H, White T, Latefi A. Development of Cervical Adjacent Segment Pathology after Cranial Cervial Fusion. Manuscript In Progress
  • Gandhi, Latefi A. The Utility of the Posterior Column Subtraction Osteotomy For Tethered Cord Syndrome. Manuscript In Progress
  • Gandhi, Latefi A. Kypho-Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Localized Spinal Metastasis. Manuscript In Progress
  • Gandhi, Latefi A. Predictive Model for Determining the Clival Axial Angle Necessary for Craniovervical Fusion for the Treatment of Basilar Invagination. Manuscript In Progress
  • Gandhi, Latefi A. Use of 3D printed Spinal models for resident education of placement of Pedicle Screw Fixation. Manuscript In Progress

Over the past 20 years, the spine physicians at Spine Care Long Island have been the preferred back doctor for low back pain and neck pain patients from across Long Island, from the North Shore and South Shore of Nassau County and Suffolk County, and from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn to the East End. Those with back pain or neck pain often struggle to find a back doctor or spine center that can provide a second opinion for spine surgery and offer nonsurgical treatment for back pain, neck pain, scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and pain symptoms related to a herniated disc. Spine Care Long Island is a regional spine center that provides spinal injections, minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc surgery and other advances in spine care.

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