Hamid R. Abbasi (MD PHD FACS FAANS)

Board Certified Neurosurgeon

Hamid R. Abbasi MD
Hamid R. Abbasi MD

Dr. Hamid R. Abbasi is board certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is one of the leading authorities in minimally invasive treatments of the spine and is one of the most experienced surgeons performing the revolutionary OLLIF procedure.

Trained at these prestigious institutions:

  • Stanford University
  • Dartmouth College
  • MD Anderson

Dr. Abbasi has a MD and PhD from the prestigious and world famous University of Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Abbasi has gained extensive neurosurgical training at the renowned University of Heidelberg, Stanford University and University of Texas over 13 years. Following that, he practiced at a major tertiary care hospital in Sioux Falls South Dakota for three years, performing approximately 800 complex spine and brain cases, before joining TRISTATE Brain and Spine Institute.

Through his study, Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF): Technical Notes and Early Results of a Single Surgeon Comparative Study” he has illustrated the clinical and economic efficacy of the OLLIF.

Driven by his passion for neurosurgery, Dr. Abbasi is putting his all into making OLLIF the new standard of care for spinal fusion surgery, and bringing about a revolution in the science and practice of neurosurgery.

Dr. Abbasi proudly supports:

  • The RiverView Health Association
  • Rotary International
  • The American College of Healthcare Executives

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Medical School

  • Medical School of Isfahan 1986-1987
  • Language School for German language -1987-1989
  • College of University Heidelberg-Pre Med -March, 1989
  • University of Heidelberg Medical School -September, 1989 – November, 1996
  • PhD Program, Computer Science -December, 1993 – May, 1998
  • Department for Information-and Quality-Protection of the Foundation Orthopedic University-Clinic Heidelberg 12/1993-5/1998

U.S. Medical Exams

  • USMLE (US Medical Licensee Examination) Part I -10/1998
  • USMLE (US Medical Licensee Examination) Part II -3/1999
  • Clinical Skill Assessment -10/1999
  • ECFMG Certification validated indefinitely -3/1999
  • USMLE III -7/2004

Pre-Doctoral Clinical Training 

  • Intensive care unit of the Neurosurgery Clinic, University of Heidelberg -7-8/1993
  • St. Vincentius Hospital Heidelberg -1990-1993
  • Neurosurgical Intensive care unit Heidelberg -1990-1996

Post-Doctoral Position

  • Tristate Brain & Spine Institute Neurosurgeon -03/2012-Present
  • Avera Neurosurgery Attending
  • Sanford Medical School Sioux Falls– Clinical Instructor -01/2009 – 03/2012
  • UTMB Neurosurgery Attending – Instructor -07/2007-10/2008
  • UTMB-Chief Resident -07/2007-06/2008
  • Methodist Hospital Houston-Cornel Univ. Functional and Complex Spine (Dr. Grossman/Dr. Simpson) 6 Months -01/2007- 06/2007
  • UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Tumor and Pituitary (Dr. Sawaya/Dr. McCutcheon) One Year -1/2006-12/2006
  • UT Herman Hospital, Vascular (Dr. Volmer) -10/2005-12/2005
  • UT Herman Hospital, Pediatric (Dr. Fletcher) -07/2005-09/2005
  • University of Texas Medical Branch–Neurosurgery Junior Residency -07/2002-06/2005
  • PGY1: Dartmouth-Hitchcock-Medical-Center-Department of Surgery -2001-2002
  • Research Associate: Stanford Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery -1999-2001
  • Residency: Neurosurgery Department Rheinisch-Westfällische technische Hochschule, Technical University (RWTH) Aachen 1999
  • Residency; Neurosurgery Clinic-Mannheim of the University Heidelberg -1996-1998
  • Medical School Graduation -11/1996

Credentials

Board Certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery November 23, 2011.

Residency and Training

July, 2007 – June, 2008
UTMB-Chief Resident

January, 2007 – June, 2007
Methodist Hospital Houston-Cornel Univ. Functional and Complex Spine (Dr. Grossman/Dr. Simpson) 6 Months

January, 2006 – December, 2006
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Tumor and Pituitary (Dr. Sawaya/Dr. McCutcheon) One year scheduled rotation

October, 2005 – December, 2005
UT Herman Hospital, Vascular (Dr. Volmer) scheduled rotation

July, 2005 – September, 2005
UT Herman Hospital, Pediatric (Dr. Fletcher) scheduled rotation

July, 2002 – June, 2005
University of Texas Medical Branch – Neurosurgery Junior Residency

2001 – 2002
PGY1: Dartmouth-Hitchcock-Medical-Center-Department of Surgery

1999 – 2001
Research Associate: Stanford Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery

1999
Residency: Neurosurgery Department Rheinisch-Westfällische technische Hochschule, Technical University (RWTH) Aachen

1996 – 1998
Residency; Neurosurgery Clinic-Mannheim of the University Heidelberg

November, 1996
Medical School Graduation

Board Certification: Board Certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery November 23, 2011.

Licensure Information: Licensed in California, Texas and South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota

Professional Work History

Midwest Brain & Spine Center/Central MN Spine/Tristate Brain & Spine Institute-Independent Practice Neurosurgeon

03/2012-Present

Avera Neurosurgery Attending

01/2009 – 03/2012

UTMB Attending

7/2008- 10/2008

UTMB- Resident

2002-2008

PGY1: Dartmouth-Hitchcock-Medical-Center-Department of Surgery

2001-2002

Research Associate: Stanford Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery

1999-2001

Residency: Neurosurgery Department Rheinisch-Westfällische technische Hochschule, Technical University (RWTH) Aachen

1999

Residency; Neurosurgery Clinic-Mannheim of the University Heidelberg

1996-1998

Medical School Graduation

11/1996

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:

Minimally invasive spine surgery / OLLIF

Extensive work in Area of minimally invasive surgery with must reported experience in OLLIF nationally and Internationally

Peer Reviewed Publication:

Abstract and Posters :

Oral presentations:

Media:

Dissertation

  • Virtual Reality in the medicine: trends and development of orthopedic hip models 1993-98 At department for Information Technology of the Foundation Orthopedic University-Clinic Heidelberg

Scientific Activities

  • Teleradiology and Pathology
  • Structure of TeleDiagnostic Systems: Image-transfer system, Telehistological System
  • Fluoroscopic registration in Spinal Neurosurgery
  • Computerized Endoscopic Percutaneous Nucleotomy
  • Statistical Error Analysis of Neuronavigation Systems
  • Neuronavigation in Functional Neurosurgery (Epilepsy Focus Mapping, Parkinson STN Deep Electrode implantation)
  • Spinal Neuronavigation
  • Neurosurgical Interest and Experience: Complex Spine, Deformity, Tumor, Pituitary, MIS

PUBLISHED:

A. Articles:

  1. Hinkenjann A, Riedel, Krämer K.-L, Völter S., Abbasi. H. Einsatzbereiche für Virtual Reality in der Medizin am Beispiel von Umstellungsoperationen “Strukturwandel der Informationsverarbeitung im Unternehmen Krankenhaus, Strukturwandel der Informationsverarbeitung im Unternehmen Krankenhaus, Krämer- Cotta ungjohann Verlagsgesellschaft, Strukturwandel der Informationsverarbeitung im Unternehmen Krankenhaus Vol.: Jahr:1994 Page:1 (German language).
  2. Abbasi H.R., Weigel R., Sommer C., Schmiedek P., Kiessling M. Telepathology in the neurosurgery. Stud Health Technol Inform 62:1-7, 1999.
  3. Grzeszczuk R., Chin S., Fahrig R., Abbasi H., Holz H., Kim D., Adler J., Shahidi R. A Flouroscopic X-Ray Registration Process for Three-Dimensional Surgical Navigation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Medical Imaging Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention [MICCAI]) 1935:551-556, 2000.
  4. Abbasi H., Hariri S., Martin D., Kim, Adler J., Steinberg G., Shahidi R. A Comparative Statistical Error Analysis of Neuronavigation Systems in a Clinical Setting. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Medical Imaging Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention [MICCAI]) 1935:144-153, 2000.
  5. Abbasi H.R., Hariri S., Martin D., Shahidi R. A Comparative Statistical Analysis of Neuronavigation Systems in a Clinical Setting. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality MMVR 2001) 81:11-17, 2001.
  6. Abbasi H.R., Grzeszczuk R., Chin S., Fahrig R., Holz H., Hariri S., Kim D., Adler A., Shahidi R. Clinical Fluoroscopic Fiducial-Based Registration of the Vertebral Body in Spinal Neuronavigation. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality MMVR 2001) 81:1-7, 2001.
  7. Abbasi H.R., Hariri S., Martin D., Risinger M., Heit G. Neuronavigational Epilepsy Focus Mapping. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality MMVR 2001) 81:8-10, 2001.
  8. Hariri S., Abbasi H.R., Chin S., Steinberg G., Shahidi R. Quantification of the Gravity-Dependent Change in the C-arm Image Center for Image Compensation in Fluoroscopic Spinal Neuronavigation. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality MMVR 2001) 81:177-179, 2001.
  9. Abbasi H., Hariri S., Lee J., Hill B., Heit G. Evaluation of Accuracy in Frame-Based versus Fiducial-Based Registration for Stereotaxy in Parkinson’s Deep Electrode Implantation. Visualization, Display, and Image Guided Procedures, Proceeding of SPIE 4319:502-506, 2001.
  10. Abbasi H., Hariri S., Kim D., Shahidi R., Steinberg G. Visualization, Display, and Image Guided Procedures, Proceeding of SPIE 4319:189-193, 2001.
  11. Abbasi H., Grzeszczuk R., Chin S., Holz H., Hariri S., Badr R., Kim D., Adler S., Shahidi R. Development of Fluoroscopic Registration in Spinal Neuronavigation. Visualization, Display, and Image Guided Procedures, Proceeding of SPIE 4319:380-385, 2001.
  12. Abbasi H., Chin S., Kim D., Steinberg G., Shahidi R. Computerized lateral endoscopic approach to spinal pathologies. Elsevier International Conference Series 1230:240-247, 2001.
  13. Abbasi H., Grzeszczuk R., Chin S., Holz H.,Badr R., Kim D., AdlerJ., Shahidi R. Development of Fluoroscopic Registration in Spinal Neuronavigation. Elsevier International Conference Series 1230:1235-1238, 2001.
  14. Holz H., Russakoff D., Abbasi H.R., Kim D., Steinberg G., Shahidi R. Expected Versus Observed Error in a Computer-Aided Navigation System for Spine Surgery. Elsevier International Conference Series 1230:112-116, 2001.
  15. Abbasi, Hamid, and Ali Abbasi. “Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion” (OLLIF): Technical Notes and Early Results of a Single Surgeon Comparative Study. Ed. Alexander Muacevic and John R Adler. Cureus 7.10 (2015): e351. PMC. Web. 8 Jan. 2016.
  16. Abbasi, Hamid, and Christopher M Murphy. “Economic Performance of Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLLIF) with a Focus on Hospital Throughput Efficiency.” Ed. Alexander Muacevic and John R Adler. Cureus 7.7 (2015): e292. PMC. Web. 8 Jan. 2016.
  17. Abbasi H, Abbasi A (July 18, 2016) Minimally Invasive Direct Thoracic Interbody Fusion (MIS-DTIF): Technical Notes of a Single Surgeon Study. Cureus 8(7): e699. doi:10.7759/cureus.699
  18. Abbasi H, Abbasi A (January 14, 2017) Minimally Invasive Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (MIS-DLIF): Proof of Concept and Perioperative Results. Cureus 9(1): e979. doi:10.7759/cureus.979

B. Other

Book

  1. Abbasi H. Virtual Reality in der Medizin I, Stand, Trends, Visionen. Stefan Völter, GeSi Publications, ISBN 3-9804428-0-2. (German language)

Dissertation:

  1. Published in “CD-ROM Orthopädie” in years 1996-1997-1998 Chapman & Hall (ISBN: 3-8261-0097-2 and 3-8261-0133-2) (CD-ROM (German language)

C. Abstracts

  1. Abbasi H.R., Weigel R. Schmiedek P. Low Cost Teleradiology in the Neurosurgery. Neurosurgical Department of University of Heidelberg. Medicine Meet Virtual Reality Congress Abstracts, J.D. Westwood, et al. (Eds.), IOS Press 1999 Congress in San Francisco January 1999 (poster)
  2. Yeh C., Sadeghi M., Abbasi H., Shahidi R. Error Analysis in an Optical Tracking System for Neurosurgical navigation. Stud Health Technol Inform (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality MMVR) 62: 1-7, 1999.
  3. Abbasi H., Martin D., Adler J., Steinberg G., Shahidi R. A Comparative Statistical Accuracy Analysis of the Neuronavigation Systems. Elsevier International Conference Series, 1214:985, 2000 (poster).
  4. Wilkinson E.P., Abbasi H.R., Martin D.P., Shahidi R. Clinical Experience with Commercially Available Neurosurgical Navigation System at Stanford. Elsevier International Conference Series, 1214:971, 2000 (poster).
  5. Abbasi H., Grzeszczuk R., Chin S., Kim D., Adler J., Shahidi R. A Fluoroscopic X-Ray Registration process for Three-dimensional Surgical navigation. Image Guided Laboratory, Stanford University. Biomedical Computation at Stanford Vol 2000 Page 24.
  6. Abbasi H., Hariri S., Martin D., Kim, D., Shahidi R., Adler J., Steinberg G., Image Guided Laboratory, Stanford University. A Comparative Statistical Analysis of Neuronavigation Systems in a Clinical Setting. Biomedical Computation at Stanford Vol 2000 Page 59.
  7. Abbasi H.R., Hariri S., Martin D., Risinger M., Heit G. Neuronavigation Epilepsy Focus mapping. Biomedical Computation at Stanford Vol 2000 Page 60.
  8. Abbasi H., Hariri S., Chin S., Grzeszczuk R., Kim D., Steinberg G., Shahidi R. Clinical Accuracy Testing of Fluoroscopic Spine Registration in Spinal Neuronavigation. AANS, April 2001 (poster).
  9. Abbasi H., Hariri S., Kim D., Martin D., Shahidi R., Steinberg G. Computerized Lateral Endoscopic Approach to Intraspinal Pathologies. AANS, April 2001 (poster).

PRESENTATIONS:

Speaker:

TANS Presentation Surgical Navigation. San Antonio, Texas, April 2008.

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