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The Abrazo Spine Institute Difference

Spine surgery can be scary for patients – thought of as being high-risk, and complicated.  Therefore, the surgeon you trust your care with is critically important.  We believe you deserve physicians with advanced training, top-notch surgical skills, excellent bed-side manner and an understanding that surgery is a last resort.  We treat our patients the same care we would our own family members.

Drs. Shridharani and Dr. Hood trained at the Mayo Clinic and University of California—San Diego.  They currently train resident (apprentice) surgeons and are often asked to teach and train other surgeons throughout the United States.  Both Drs. Shridharani and Dr. Hood believe that surgical treatment is a last resort and that most patients should undergo physical therapy and spinal injections before considering spine surgery.  Both surgeons use advanced techniques including spinal microsurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery to treat a broad range of spinal disorders including cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar (low back) problems.  Both Drs. Shridharani and Hood are committed to excellence in patient care and always put their patients first.

Shyam M. Shridharani, MD
Photo of Shyam Shridharain MDDr. Shridharani has been a practicing spine surgeon for approximately 11 years. He completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and University of California San Diego.  His special skills include spinal microsurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. He provides comprehensive spine surgical care.  Dr. Shridharani has taught and trained many medical students and resident (apprentice) surgeons.  He has leadership roles within the hospital and is also asked to speak at national meetings and teach other surgeons. He has several published book chapters and journal articles. Prior to joining Abrazo Medical Group, Dr. Shridharani was the Section Chief of Spine Surgery at the University of Arizona. My areas of expertise include cervical (neck) , thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (low-back) spinal disorders.  He commonly treat cervical spinal stenosis, cervical radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar disc herniations, sciatica, scoliosis, metastatic cancer of the spine, and spine trauma. Dr. Shridharani’s advanced skills and surgical techniques include spinal microsurgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, conventional spine surgery, spinal instrumentation, spinal decompression, spinal fusion, and complex spine surgery. Although his expertise is primarily surgical, he believes that patients should undergo a trial of nonsurgical treatments such as injections and physical therapy (when appropriate) prior to considering spine surgery. Dr. Shridharani’s guiding principles are providing excellent surgical care; building strong relationships with patients and their families; embracing a health care team approach in which everyone has an important role; maximizing nonsurgical management before considering surgical intervention; listening carefully to patients and their families; and creating an individual approach for each patient’s needs.  These values allow him to ensure the best possible surgical outcomes for patients and develop trusting relationships with patients and their families.
Kenneth A. Hood DO
Photo of Kenneth Hood, DODr. Hood completed his surgical training within the University of California system including Riverside and San Diego. His special skills include spinal microsurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is dedicated to the treatment of degenerative, traumatic and pathological spine conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Dr. Hood has published several book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Hood emphasizes the importance of non-surgical management prior to considering surgery for most patients. For patients who require surgery, he is able to offer highly-advanced and compassionate care.