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Ali A. Baaj, MD
Spinal Neurosurgeon
Division of Neurosurgery, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Dr. Baaj is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Ali A. Baaj, MD

Dr. Baaj is assistant professor and director of spinal neurosurgery at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  He previously completed neurosurgical training at the University of South Florida and spine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.  He also previously completed a one-year research fellowship at the Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.  Dr. Baaj is trained in both minimally invasive and traditional open surgical approaches.  His interests include spinal oncology and trauma, complex spinal reconstruction, and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Articles Written by Ali A. Baaj, MD

Decompression Surgery Indirectly Improves Glycemic Control in Patients with Diabetes and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) had significant reductions in hemoglobin A1C levels following decompression surgery for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, according to a prospective cohort study published online ahead of print in The Spine Journal.

Case Studies Presented by Ali A. Baaj, MD

Severe L5 Burst Fracture

Presented by: A. Baaj MD
This young adult presented with severe lower back pain, bowel and bladder incontinence, and no movement in his right foot following a motor vehicle accident.

Minimally Invasive Treatment of Adjacent Segment Disease

Presented by: A. Baaj MD
An elderly female presents two years after an open L4-S1 surgery at an outside institution with progressive mechanical back pain and neurogenic claudication. She had attempted non-operative measures with minimal relief.

Metastatic Tumor to the Spine: Compression and Instability

Presented by: A. Baaj MD
The patient is a 44-year-old woman with a prior history of left-sided nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma. She presented 6 months later with acute mechanical back pain and intermittent urinary incontinence.

C1-C2 Fracture with Atlantoaxial Subluxation

Halo, Anterior Approach, Posterior Approach?
Presented by: A. Baaj MD

Spine case: an 87-year-old man presents after being struck by a car. Work-up reveal C1-C2 fracture: how would you treat him?

Thoracolumbar Junction Osteomyelitis with Kyphotic Deformity

Presented by: A. Baaj MD, J. Uribe MD, D. Smith MD

The patient is a 54-year-old woman with a prior history of IV drug abuse. She was hospitalized in 2007 with spinal osteomyelitis at T11-T12. This was treated with IV antibiotics. She was admitted multiple times in the last several months for chronic refractory osteomyelitis (MRSA on biopsy) at T11-L1 despite prolonged courses of antiobiotics.

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