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John K. B. Afshar, MD
Neurosurgeon
Back and Spine Center at Martin Memorial
Stuart, FL

About John K. B. Afshar, MD

Dr. Afshar earned his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical Center, where he also completed his internship and residencies in neurological surgery. He is extensively trained in complex brain and spinal disorders and has received a spinal fellowship from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine. He also completed research and clinical fellowships in the field of neurosurgery at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Afshar specializes in the surgical treatment of spinal and brain disorders, including, but not limited to, cervical and lumbar disc herniations, fractures, degenerative disc disease and brain tumors. He provides minimally invasive techniques for his patients, such as kyphoplasty, cervical disc replacement, microscopic laminectomy, fusions and stereotactic radiosurgery.

Publications

1. Afshar JKB, Doppman JP, Oldfield EH. Surgical Interruption of the Draining Vein of Spinal Dural Arteriovenous Fistula as a Lasting and Curative Treatment. J Neurosurg. 1995;82:196-200.

2. Afshar JKB, Pluta RM, Boock RJ, Oldfield EH.  Effect of Intracarotid Nitric Oxide on Primate Cerebral Vasospasm after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  J Neurosurg. 1995;83:118-22.

3. Boock RJ, Pluta RM, Afshar JKB, Oldfield EH.  Intracarotid Infusion of a Nitric Oxide Donating Compound in Primates Increases Cerebral Blood Flow and Resolves Cerebral Vasopasm.  Abstract and submitted for publication to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, October 1994, Chicago, Illinois.

4. Caputy AJ, Afshar JKB.  Head Injuries in Emergency Medicine; A Comprehensive Review.  3rd Ed; Kravis/Warner (eds). Raven Press. 1993:891-902.

5. Pluta RM, Bacic M, Thompson BG, Johnson JP, Afshar JKB, et al. Hemoglobin Produces Cell Death but not Endothelin Release in Astrocytes in Culture.  Abstract to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, April 1993, Boston, Massachusetts.

6. Boock RJ, Pluta RM, Clouse KA, Afshar JKB, et al.  Astrocytes Release Endothelin When Exposed to Hypoxia but not Hemoglobin.  Abstract to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, October 1994, Chicago, Illinois.

7. Pluta RM, Boock RJ, Afshar JKB, et al.  The Source and Cause of Endothelin-1 Release to Cerebrospinal Fluid after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  J Neurosurg. 1997;87:147-53.

8. Pluta RM, Boock RJ, Afshar JKB, et al.  The Source and Cause of Endothelin-1 Release to Cerebrospinal Fluid after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  Neurosurgical Focus. 1997;3(4).

9. Pluta RM, Afshar JKB, Boock RJ, Oldfield E.  Perivascular Concentration of Oxyhemoglobin, Deoxyhemoglobin and Methemoglobin in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  J Neurosurg. 1998;88:557-61.

10. Pluta RM, Afshar JKB, Thompson BG, Boock RJ, et al.  Larginine Increases Cerebral Blood Flow but does not Reverse or Prevent Vasospasm after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  J Neurosurg.  In Press.

Case Studies Presented by John K. B. Afshar, MD

Unipedicular Kyphoplasty and Targeted Cement Placement for T12 Fracture

AVAmax® vertebral balloon and AVAflex® vertebral augmentation needle
Presented by: J. Afshar MD
The patient is an active 82-year-old female with a history of osteoporosis. She presents with severe back pain that suddenly developed and has troubled her the past six to eight weeks. The patient felt no radicular pain.

Extrapedicular Vertebral Augmentation to Treat T7-T8 Vertebral Compression Fractures with Retropulsion

AVAflex® curved vertebral augmentation needle
Presented by: J. Afshar MD
An 82-year-old Caucasian female with osteoporosis presented with excruciating (9/10) mid-thoracic back pain following a fall backward approximately one week prior.

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