About Us

Ali Araghi, DO

Orthopedic Spine Specialist for The CORE Institute®

headshot ali araghiAli Araghi, DO is a board certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon with more than 13 years of clinical experience. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery, arthroplasty to include artificial disc replacement, and cervical and lumbar spine surgery.

Dr. Araghi completed his fellowship program in orthopedic spine surgery at the Texas Back Institute and received an additional fellowship in advanced spine training at Professor Jurgen Harms in Germany. Prior to that, he completed his orthopedic residency at Peninsula Hospital Center in New York and his pediatric orthopedic surgery rotations at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Kentucky. Dr. Araghi earned his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and earned his bachelor's degree at New York Institute of Technology, where he graduated magna cum laude and was honored on the Dean's List, and participated in a combined seven year accelerated program.

Currently, Dr. Araghi is the Deputy Editor for the Spine Arthroplasty Journal, the Associate Editor for the Spine Journal, resides on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Spine Surgery, and was on the Editorial Board and the President of the Spine Section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics. Dr. Araghi presents lectures around the world and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters in his field.

Research & Experience

Areas of Specialty

Reconstructive Spine Surgery

Education

Fellowship
Spine Reconstructive Surgery
Texas Back Institute
Plano, Texas
1996-1997

Advanced Spine Training
Prof. Jurgen Harms
Langensteinbach, Germany
August 1998

Residency
Orthopaedic Surgery
Peninsula Hospital Center
Far Rockaway, NY
Cabrini Medical Center
New York, NY

Pediatric Orthopaedics
Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children
Lexington, KY

General Surgery
Peninsula Hospital Center
Far Rockaway, NY

Internship
Rotating Internship
Massapequa General Hospital
Seaford, NY

Medical School
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Old Westbury, NY

College
New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, NY
Accelerated - 7 Year BS/DO Program

Academic Appointments

Midwestern College of Osteopathic Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor

Assistant Director Orthopaedic Residency Training
Peninsula Hospital Center

Assistant Clinical Professor, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedics
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Society & Committee Appointments

  • Deputy Editor: Spine Arthroplasty Journal
  • Associate Editor: The Spine Journal
  • Board of Directors American Board of Spine Surgery
  • President Spine Section: American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics
  • Examination & Curriculum Committee American Board of Spine Surgery
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics: Editorial Board 1997-Present 1st VP Spine Section: Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics
  • Advisory Board Editorial Committee of The Spine Journal
  • Chairman, Workmen's Compensation Committee, New York State Osteopathic Medical Society

Current Investigational Clinical Studies

  • Flexicore FDA IDE Randomized Prospective PMA Study - Submitted for PMA
  • IRB Approved, Randomized Prospective Blinded Study of Pathfinder with Interbody Fusion vs Open Posterior Fusion with Interbody Fusion – Collecting Data
  • Mobi-C FDA IDE Randomized Prospective PMA Study- Enrollment complete
  • Post-Discectomy Annular Repair Study using X-Close - IRB approved
  • Vertiflex Superion Interspinous Device Study- PMA Study, Enrolling
  • Sheep Tissue Response to Posterior Dynamic Stabilization Device- Axient Device- Sheep Implantation, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Patents Filed

  • Minimally Invasive expandable retractor for surgery- Patent Pending
  • Interlaminar Stabilization System: Hochschuler, Araghi P
  • Publication #: US2009/ 0204150 A1 August 13, 2009

Product Development

  • Design Surgeon Alphatech GLIF Fusion System
  • Design Surgeon Pioneer Surgical Posterior Interspinous Fixation System
  • Design Surgeon Axient SC Dynamic Posterior Pedicle Screw System, Innovative Spinal Technologies
  • Design Surgeon Paramount Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw Platform, Innovative Spinal Technologies
  • Design Surgeon Paramount Interbody Cages System, Innovative Spinal Technologies
  • Spine Wave Consultant STAX Vertebral Fracture Reduction System 2005-2006
  • GE Scientific Advisory Board 2006-2007

Course Instruction

  • GLIF Surgeon Training Course
    June 2010, Baltimore, MD
  • GLIF West Coast Surgeon Training Course
    March 2010, San Diego, CA
  • GLIF East Coast Surgeon Training Course
    November 2009, Chicago, IL
  • NASS Masters Course for Minimally Invasive Surgery Faculty
    March 2009, Chicago
  • Midwestern College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Assistant Clinical Professor- Orthopaedic lecture series 2002- present
  • NASS Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Course Faculty
    June 6-7, 2008, Chicago
  • Kyphoplasty Surgeon Training Course Faculty
    September 29, 2007, Phoenix, AZ
  • Abbot Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Course
    August 11, 2007, San Francisco
  • Abbot Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Course
    July 27-28, 2007, Chicago
  • IMAST Instructional Course Lecture Faculty
    July 14, 2007, Bahamas
  • Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Workshop Faculty- IST
    March 2007, Sacramento
  • Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Workshop Faculty- IST
    January 12 2007, Phoenix
  • Course Chairmen, MIS Bioskills Course Surgeon Training- Depuy
    May 5, 2006, Phoenix
  • Surgeon Training Workshop MISS Surgery-IST
    2006, LasVegas, NV
  • MIS Bioskills Course Surgeon Training- Depuy
    March 24 2006, Henderson, NV
  • MIS Bioskills Course Surgeon Training- VIPER/PIPELINE Depuy
    March 10, 2006, Seattle
  • Surgeon Training Workshop MISS Surgery-IST
    2006, New Brunswick, NJ
  • MIS Bioskills Course Surgeon Training- VIPER/PIPELINE Depuy
    February 11, 2006, UCLA Los Angeles
  • Abbot Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Course
    Tucson, AZ
  • NASS Minimally Invasive Pre-Course ICL
    September 2005
  • Abbot Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Course
    August 2005, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Faculty Baltimore Abbot Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Course
    September 17, 2005
  • Ski with Spine: Minimally Invasive Presentation & Workshop
    Faculty Whistler, Canada January 2004
  • Spinal Concepts Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Course
    Faculty St Louis, Missouri September 2003
  • Spinal Concepts Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Course
    Faculty UCLA, California, July 2003
  • Spinal Concepts Minimally Invasive Surgeon Training Course
    Faculty St Louis, Missouri. February 2003
  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Faculty Orthopaedics Course 2nd year students 1997- 2002
  • Ray Threaded Fusion Cage Training Course
    Faculty Member at Philadelphia Site, April 1997

Publications

  • MIS TLIF Techniques & Pearls in Lewandrowski & Araghi. : Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery , In Press
  • GLIF Technique and Minimally Invasive Interbody Fusion
  • The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques, Elsevier, In Press
  • Kirkaldy Willis Degenerative Cascade. In Yue et al.
  • The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques, Elsevier, In Press
  • Paramount Minimally Invasive Spine System. In Perez-Cruet et al.
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion: Techniques and Operative
  • Nuances, QMP in Press
  • Innovative Spinal Technologies Dynamic Stabilization Device. In Yue et al.
  • Spine Arthroplasty.
  • Thoracoscopic Exposures to the Thoracic Spine. In T. Zdeblick.
  • Anterior Approaches to the Spine. Quality medical Publishing, Inc. St. Louis, Missouri 1999
  • "Outpatient Dobutamine Therapy: The Rhyme and the Riddle".
  • Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. February 1992

Presentations, Scientific Exhibits & Panel Moderation

  • The Effect of Anular Repair in Sciatica Patients Receiving a Micro-discectomy Procedure - A Review of 317 Cases
    Poster Presentation, NASS October 2010
  • Radiation Exposure to Surgeons: New Concerns in the Age of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    SIG Panel Moderator, NASS October 6, 2010
  • Initial Clinical Experience with a Sagittally Stable Monoplanar Polyaxial Pedicle Screw System
    Paper Presentation, Spine Technology Education Group, Cabo San Lucas 2010
  • The Effect of Anular Repair in Sciatica Patients Receiving a Micro-discectomy Procedure - A Review of 317 Cases
    Paper Presentation, LASAS, Cabo San Lucas, June 2010
  • Invited Moderator for MIS Fusion Session
    WCMISST Las Vegas, NV 2010
  • Early Clinical Experience with the Interfuse Implant
    Paper Presentation, WCMISST Las Vegas, NV 2010
  • The Effect of Anular Repair on Sciatica Patients
    Receiving a Micro-discectomy Procedure, Poster Presentation
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society Meeting, New Orleans April 2010
    Winner: Top 3 Posters
  • Invited Moderator for MIS Session
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society Meeting, New Orleans April 2010
  • Invited Speaker, Canacord Adams Investor meeting- GLIF, New Orleans, LA, March 2010
  • Invited Moderator for MIS session
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society Meeting, London 2009
  • Comparison of Open vs. Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques for Posterior Lumbar Fusion, Poster Presentation (Final 10 award winner)
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society, Miami Beach 2008
  • Flexicore Disc Replacement vs Fusion for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: Pain Relief Results from Four Study Sites, Poster Presentation
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society, Miami Beach 2008
  • Flexicore Disc Replacement vs Fusion for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: State of the Art Results and Overall Treatment Success Results from Four Study Sites, Poster Presentation
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society, Miami Beach 2008
  • Flexicore Disc Replacement vs Fusion for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: Patient Outcomes from Four Study Sites in a Prospective Randomized, Multicenter Trial, Poster Presentation
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society, Miami Beach 2008
  • Flexicore Disc Replacement vs Fusion for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease: Device Height, Intervertebral Height and Neurological Outcomes from Four Study Sites in a Randomized Controlled Trial, Poster Presentation
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society, Miami Beach 2008
  • Comparison of Open vs Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique for Posterior Lumbar Fusion. Paper Presentation
  • Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, San Diego Nov 2007.
  • An In vitro Study Comparing Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion between the Conventional Fluoroscopic Technique and Surgical Navigation,
  • Results for Accuracy, Insertion Time, X-ray Time and Dose Reduction".
  • Scientific Poster; North American Spine Society, Austin, 2007
  • Electromagnetic Surgical Navigation for the Placement of
  • Transcutaneous Pedicle Screws into the Thoracolumbar Spine, A comparison to Freehand Fluoroscopy. Scientific Poster;
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Diego. CA. 2007
  • Desert Spine Conference- Pioneer Surgical
    Paper Presentation: Interspinous Devices: Design & Rationale
    LasVegas, NV, June 2007
  • NASS Spring Break, Phoenix AZ
    Lumbar Artificial Disc Characteristics
    Panel Presentation, March 2007
  • NASS Spring Break, Phoenix AZ
    New Technologies in Spinal Decompression & Fusion
    Panel Presentation, March 2007
  • NASS Annual meeting
    Early Results of a Prospective, Multi-center, Randomized Clinical Trial
  • Evaluating Minimally Invasive and Open Pedicle Screw Implantation Outcomes.
    Poster Presentation, 2006
  • Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists
    Spine Section- Moderator
  • Posterior Dynamic Stabilization: Interspinous Fixation
    Paper presentation, New Orleans, September 2006
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society Meeting
    Efficacy of disc space preparation for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion: a comparative study of a novel hydrosurgical technique to conventional methods in a cadaver model
    Poster Presentation, Montreal, May 2006
  • Snow Mass Meeting
  • Interim Results of a Prospective, Multicenter, Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating Minimally Invasive and Open Pedicle Screw Implantation Outcomes.
  • Swiss Spine Institute
    Paper Presentation: Surgical Decision Making & Upright MRI
    Dallas, Texas November 2004
  • Dynamic Spine Stabilization Symposium
    Paper Presentation: DDD related to the Patho-physiology of Specific Non-Fusion Surgical Treatment Options
    Dallas, Texas, November 2003
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society, Phoenix AZ
    Role of Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
    Paper Presentation May 2003
  • Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons, Boston, MA
    Management of Lumbar Spinal disorders
    Paper Presentation September 2000
  • North American Spine Society, Chicago, IL
    The Effects of Instrumentation on Lumbar Vertebral Compressive Strength: A Biomechanical Analysis.
    Paper Presentation. 1999
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA
  • The Effect of Instrumentation Removal on Lumbar Vertebral
    Strength: A Biomechanical Analysis of the Vertebral Body's Response to Screw Removal.
    Spine Specialty Day. Paper Presentation 1997
  • International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Singapore.
    Use of Morphine Paste for Pain Control in Lumbar Laminectomies.
    Scientific Exhibit 1997
  • Spine, Science and Management - New Orleans, LA.
    Use of Morphine Paste for Pain Control in Lumbar Laminectomies.
    Scientific Exhibit 1996
  • International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.
    The Effect of Instrumentation Removal on Lumbar Vertebral Strength: A Biomechanical Analysis of the Vertebral Body's Response to Screw Removal.
    Scientific Exhibit 1996
  • Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons: New Orleans, LA
    Posterior Sternoclavicular Joint Dislocations: MRI/MRA as a new method for a non-invasive study of vascular flow.
    Scientific Exhibit 1995
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons: Washington DC
    Monteggia Equivalent Fracture Dislocations
    Scientific Exhibit 1994
  • Fellows & Residents Annual Arthroscopy Conference: Scottsdale, AZ
    Tourniquets: A Comprehensive Review
    Paper Presentation 1994
  • Cabrini Medical Center: New York, NY
    Thoraco-Lumbar Fractures in Adults
    Paper Presentation 1993
  • Cabrini Medical Center: New York, NY
    A Review of Pigmented Villo-Nodular Synovitis
    Paper Presentation 1992

International Presentations & Scientific Exhibits

  • Flexicore Disc Implant: Multicenter IDE Study
    Athens, Greece, November 2007
  • Stryker European Spine Study Group
    Paper Presentation : Controversies in Lumbar Arthroplasty
    Case Presentation
    Lisbon, Portugal, March 2007
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society, Montreal Canada
    Intradiscal Repair: Clinical Paper Presentations
    Panel Moderator May 12, 2006
  • European Spine Study Group
    Case Presentation and Panel Member
    Nice, France, April 2006
  • World Spine III, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    A Novel Minimally Invasive Pedicle Instrumentation For Spinal Fixation: A Multicenter Experience
    Paper Presentation, August 2005
  • Synthes Spine European Meeting
    Presentation: Flexicore Disc Implant
    Debate: Refuse to Fuse
    Davos, Switzerland, March 2005

Community Lectures

  • The CORE Institute Community Lecture Program. New Advancements in the Treatment of Spine Disorders, Lord of Life Church, October 2011.

Honors & Awards

  • Eduardo Luque Award, LASAS, Best Paper Award, The Effect of Anular Repair in Sciatica Patients Receiving a Micro-discectomy Procedure – A Review of 317 Cases
  • 1st Place Spine Technology Award for MISS:Orthopedics This Week 2009: GLIF
  • Dedicated Attending Award; Peninsula Hospital Ortho. Res. 2001
  • President's Citation Award; NY State Osteo. Medical Soc. 2001
  • Teaching Attending of the Year Award, Peninsula Hosp. Ortho. Res., 2000
  • Radiology Achievement Award; Massapequa General Hospital, 1991
  • Magna Cum Laude Bachelors of Science Degree, 1987
  • NY Epsilon Tau Honors Society
  • Deans List, New York Institute of Technology, 1983-1986
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, NYIT, 1984

Professional Organizations

  • North American Spine Society
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society
  • Arizona Medical Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics