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Dr. Alok Sharan on the BackTable MSK Podcast

Dr. Alok Sharan

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. Alok Sharan is the president of Spine and Performance Institute in Edison, New Jersey.

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Ep 18 Awake Spine Surgery with Dr. Alok Sharan
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About Dr. Alok Sharan

Dr. Alok Sharan is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and is a pioneer of the Awake Spine Surgery procedure, the latest advancement in minimally invasive spine surgery. He is a leading authority both nationally and internationally on the Awake Spinal Fusion procedure, having been invited to give presentations throughout the United States and many countries around the world. He is the President and Founder of the Spine and Performance Institute, a practice devoted to providing personalized and holistic care for individuals who suffer from spinal disorders.

Dr. Sharan obtained his undergraduate degree after being selected to the highly coveted Seven Year Med Program at Boston University. As part of this program he went on to receive his MD degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. He completed his orthopedic residency at Albany Medical Center and a spine surgery fellowship at NYU-Hospital for Joint Disease. During this fellowship, he was selected to be an AO Spine Fellow and an AAOS Washington Health Policy Fellow. In 2015, he completed a healthcare management degree at Dartmouth College titled Masters in Health Care Delivery Science.

Dr. Sharan has held many leadership positions in his career. Previously he served as the Co-Director of the Westmed Spine Center, as well as Chief of the Orthopaedic Spine Service at Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Sharan is committed to providing his patients with the highest quality and compassionate spine care. As a result of this commitment he has been recognized as a Best Doctor by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine Best Doctor, along with Westchester Magazine Best Doctor. He has also received numerous academic distinctions for his research with over 100 publications, abstracts, and book chapters. He has co-edited a textbook entitled Basic Science of Spinal Diseases, and currently serves as a Deputy Editor for the publication Clinical Spine Surgery.

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Podcasts Featuring Dr. Alok Sharan

Episode #18


In this episode, Dr. Jacob Fleming interviews Dr. Alok Sharan about low back awake spinal surgery. This innovative approach offers patients a more pleasant surgical experience compared to traditional surgery under general anesthesia. Not only does it provide better patient outcomes, but it also reduces the need for opioid pain medication and allows for improved mobility after the procedure.

Articles Featuring Dr. Alok Sharan

Preparing Patients for Awake Spine Surgery: What to Expect Before, During & After

Awake spine surgery emphasizes patient comfort and a greatly improved surgical experience. Learn more about the innovative approach to patient positioning, the nuances of awake spine surgical procedures, and advanced postoperative care and pain management strategies.

Awake Spine Surgery: Advantages & Applications

Awake spine surgery offers a transformative approach to spinal procedures, emphasizing rapid recovery and minimized hospital stays. Learn more about its worldwide application, the range of spinal fusions performed under this method, and the broadening considerations for patient eligibility.

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