Saman Shabani, MD
Assistant Professor; Director, Spinal Oncology Surgery; Director, Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery; Co-Director, Spine Fellowship Program
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Neurological Surgery Residency, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2021
MD, Stony Brook University, New York, NY, 2014
BS in Psychobiology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Dr. Saman Shabani joined the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2022. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and pursued fellowship training at University of California – San Francisco in Complex Spine and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. He completed his undergraduate studies at University of California – Los Angeles while majoring in Psychobiology and medical training at Stony Brook School of Medicine in Stony Brook, NY. He is returning to Milwaukee to grow the adult spinal deformity and spinal oncology centers to better serve the patients of Wisconsin.
Dr. Shabani’s research focuses on acute and chronic spinal cord injury, spinal oncology, and adult spinal deformity. He has done extensive clinical research on patient outcomes in adult spinal deformity surgery, as well as spinal oncology surgery. Further, he has completed multiple studies on MRI-based spinal research in spinal cord injury.
Dr. Shabani has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and received multiple grants. He also has won multiple awards, including Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award (2022), Young Surgeon Grant and Education Track (2022), Mayfield Based Science Research Award (2017), and Golden Key Honor Society (2010).
- Acute and chronic spinal cord injury
- Spinal oncology
- Adult spinal deformity
Leveraging machine learning to ascertain the implications of preoperative body mass index on surgical outcomes for 282 patients with preoperative obesity and lumbar spondylolisthesis in the Quality Outcomes Database.
(Agarwal N, Aabedi AA, Chan AK, Letchuman V, Shabani S, Bisson EF, Bydon M, Glassman SD, Foley KT, Shaffrey CI, Potts EA, Shaffrey ME, Coric D, Knightly JJ, Park P, Wang MY, Fu KM, Slotkin JR, Asher AL, Virk MS, Haid RW, Chou D, Mummaneni PV.) J Neurosurg Spine. 2023 Feb 01;38(2):182-191 PMID: 36208428 10/09/2022
COVID-19 co-infection in a patient with brucellosis.
(Shabani S, Ghadimi S.) Clin Case Rep. 2022 Sep;10(9):e6367 PMID: 36188045 PMCID: PMC9500419 10/04/2022
The Clinical Impact of Failing to Achieve Ideal Proportional Realignment in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients.
(Passias PG, Passfall L, Williamson TK, Schoenfeld AJ, Owusu-Sarpong S, Dhillon E, Krol O, Kummer NA, Tretiakov P, Imbo B, Joujon-Roche R, Moattari K, Lebovic J, Vira S, Diebo B, Smith JS, Park P, Mummaneni P, Shabani S, Chou D, Lafage R, Lafage V.) Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2022 Jul 15;47(14):995-1002 PMID: 35125457 02/08/2022
Intraoperative Monitoring for Spinal Surgery.
(Agarwal N, Shabani S, Huang J, Ben-Natan AR, Mummaneni PV.) Neurol Clin. 2022 May;40(2):269-281 PMID: 35465874 04/26/2022
Pearls and Pitfalls of Awake Spine Surgery: A Simplified Patient-Selection Algorithm.
(Letchuman V, Agarwal N, Mummaneni VP, Wang MY, Shabani S, Patel A, Rivera J, Haddad A, Le V, Chang JM, Chou D, Gandhi S, Mummaneni PV.) World Neurosurg. 2022 May;161:154-155 PMID: 35217225 02/27/2022
Management of Thoracic Disc Pathology via the Lateral Approach: Advances Using the Minimally Invasive Approach and Navigation.
(Shabani S, Mummaneni PV, Chan A, Huang J, Agarwal N, Deviran V, Chou D.) Int J Spine Surg. 2022 Mar;16(S1):S44-S52 PMID: 35387888 PMCID: PMC9983567 04/08/2022
Cerebrospinal fluid venous fistula: Illustrative case.
(Shlobin NA, Shahrestani S, Shabani S, Agarwal N, Tan L.) Surg Neurol Int. 2022;13:374 PMID: 36128164 PMCID: PMC9479572 09/22/2022
Awake spinal surgery: simplifying the learning curve with a patient selection algorithm.
(Letchuman V, Agarwal N, Mummaneni VP, Wang MY, Shabani S, Patel A, Rivera J, Haddad AF, Le V, Chang JM, Chou D, Gandhi S, Mummaneni PV.) Neurosurg Focus. 2021 Dec;51(6):E2 PMID: 34852318 12/02/2021
Intradural view of the spinal cord and dura after three-column osteotomy: illustrative case.
(Zhao Z, Shabani S, Agarwal N, Mummaneni PV, Chou D.) J Neurosurg Case Lessons. 2021 Nov 08;2(19):CASE21497 PMID: 36061976 PMCID: PMC9435575 09/06/2022
Diagnostic Imaging in Spinal Cord Injury.
(Shabani S, Meyer BP, Budde MD, Wang MC.) Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2021 Jul;32(3):323-331 PMID: 34053720 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85105493933 06/01/2021
The Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging by Spine Surgeons in Management of Spinal Trauma Across AO Regions-Results of AO Spine Survey.
(Kaushal M, Shabani S, Soliman HM, Nguyen HS, Aarabi B, Fehlings MG, Kotter MR, Kwon BK, Harrop JS, Kurpad SN.) World Neurosurg. 2020 May;137:e389-e394 PMID: 32032784 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85081201121 02/08/2020
Diffusion tensor imaging in cervical spondylotic myelopathy: a review.
(Shabani S, Kaushal M, Budde MD, Wang MC, Kurpad SN.) J Neurosurg Spine. 2020 Feb 28:1-8 PMID: 32109862 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85090702776 02/29/2020