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Arya Nick Shamie, MD

UCLA Physician Arya Nick  Shamie, MD specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine.
Preferred Name
Nick Shamie
Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
Language Spoken
English, Farsi
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 319-3475 Clinic appointments
(424) 259-9874 Patient Coordinator
Fax Number
(424) 259-6594
Voted Super Doctor

UCLA Spine Center
1131 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2003, 2014
Spinal Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2000 - 2001
Bone Research, UCLA School of Medicine, 1995 - 1996
Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Mary's Medical Center, 1996 - 2000
General Surgery, LAC + USC Medical Center, 1994 - 1995
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1994
Ankylosing Spondylitis, Artificial Disk, Basilar Invagination, BMP (Bone Morphogenetic Protein), Bone Protein Implant, Cervical Spine, Clinical Trials, Craniocervical Junction Decompression & Fusion, Disk Degeneration, Disk Herniation, Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Facet Joint Syndrome, Fracture of Spine, Fusion (Botox, Epidural Injections, Trigger Point Injections), Kyphoplasty, Laminectomy, Lumbar Tumor Surgery, Metabolic Bone Disease, Microsurgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Multi Trauma, Myelopathy, Neck Pain, Nerve Tumor, Neuro Endoscopy, Nonunion Trauma, Oncology, Pars Defect of Lumbar Spine, Pars Defect Repair, Peripheral Nerve, Platybasia, Radiculopathy, Re-operation Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Scoliosis / Kyphosis, Spinal Compression Fracture & Fusion , Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Stimulators, Spinal Infections, Spinal Tumor, Spine, Spine / Back Surgery, Spine Minimally Invasive, Spine Surgery Instrumentation, Spine Trauma (Complex & Fresh), Spondylolisthesis/Spondylolysis, Sports Spine Injury Disorder, Stenosis, Synovial Cyst, Syringomyelia, Thoracic Spine and Disks, Unstable Spine, Vertebroplasty
Sciatica Solutions

Dr. Arya Nick Shamie appeared on the show "The Doctors" to talk about solutions for soothing sciatica pain.

Link to The Doctors show website.

10 Spine Surgeon Leaders of Academic Medical Centers to Know

Dr. Shamie was included in Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review listing of the top 10 academic medical center spine surgeons.

Rate of Spine Surgery Soars

Dr. Shamie was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the growing need for back surgery as the U.S. population ages.

Best Spine Specialists in America

Dr. Shamie received recognition as one of 50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America (Becker's ASC Review).

Back Pain: types and treatments

Dr. Shamie interviewed on KPCC. Link to KPCC interview | Download MP3 audio (courtesy KPCC)

X-STOP® Allows machinist to fulfill his retirement dream

One morning back in December 2004 when 58-year-old Mark Casale tried to get out of bed, he fell to the floor. For an entire year afterward, the man who once routinely hiked 6-7 miles a day in the hills above his Southern California home could not walk a step. View pdf and read more »
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Visit the UCLA Spine Center website to learn more.

Additional Information
A. Nick Shamie, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Nick Shamie is a Board Certified Spine Surgeon. He serves as the Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at UCLA School of Medicine. He has served on the UCLA School of Medicine's Faculty since 2000. Dr. Shamie is actively involved in graduate medical education, offering his expertise to help educate medical students, residents and fellows. Additionally, he is actively involved in scientific and clinical research projects pertinent to spinal disorders. Dr. Shamie was the recipient of the UCI School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Research and Scoliosis Research Society’s Dawson Traveling Fellowship. He has served two terms as the President of American College of Spine Surgery. He is also a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the State of California and was elected as an Expert Reviewer for the Medical Board of California.

In additional to his leadership and teaching roles in his academic practice, he leads a busy clinical practice. His expertise and reputation have also attracted the most discerning patients to his practice: dignitaries, athletes and celebrities both nationally and internationally. He has been awarded by several prominent consumer organizations, including: Super Doctors, Castle Connolly's Top Doctors, America's Most Compassionate Doctors, and was named on the US Top 10 academic spine surgeons list.

Dr. Shamie received his medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his internship in Surgery at Los Angeles County and USC Medical Centers and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. He completed two fellowships at the UCLA School of Medicine in Spine Surgery and Biologics Research Lab. He is currently practicing at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, as well as in Santa Monica, CA.

Awards & Recognition
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  • Castle Connonlly's Top Doctors in Southern California
  • America's Most Compassionate Doctors, 2010 (Rated & awarded by patients)
  • Excellence in Research
  • SRS Dawson Traveling fellowship
  • Named on Top 50 Spine Surgeon in America
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