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Shyam M. Shridharani, MD

Spine Services

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Phone: 623-242-1231
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Practicing Since: 2008
Specialty: Spine Services

Dr. 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.


1. Shridharani SM, Munroe BA, Hood. KA. Complications of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis. Seminars in Spine Surgery Volume 29, Issue #2 (Accepted).

2. Shridharani SM. Pediatric Hip Disorders. USMLE Today 2007 Sep:24-25.

3. Athwal G, Shridharani SM, O’Driscoll S. Osteolysis and Arthropathy of the shoulder with Bio-Knotless suture anchors. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery [Am] 2006 Aug; 88-A (8):1840-1845.

4. Resch G, Shridharani SM, Millington W, Garris D, Simpson C. Glycyl-glutamine in nucleus accumbens reduces ethanol intake in alcohol preferring (P) rats. Brain Research 2005 Oct; 1058 (1-2):73-81.

5. Shridharani SM. Analysis of Orthopaedic Bed Utilization and Length of Stay. Internal Publication of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Professional Affiliations

  • Arizona Orthopaedic Society, Member – Feb 2015
  • The American Orthopaedic Association – Emerging Leader Member – Sept 2012
  • North American Spine Society, Member – 2009 to present
  • Mayo Clinic Alumni Association – 2008 to present
  • American Medical Association, Member – 2003 to present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, (Fellow) – 3/2013 to present
  • Mayo Clinic Fellows Association – 2003 to 20


Medical School: University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC), MO
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Fellowship: University of California, San Diego, CA