Ahmad Latefi, DO

Dr Ahmad Latefi

Get to know Dr. Latefi

Dr. Ahmad Latefi is a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon. He treats disorders of the brain and spine. Prior to joining BSSNY, Dr. Latefi served as Director of Spine for Neurosurgery, Northwell Health, Northshore/LIJ. In addition, he served as Asst. Professor for Neurosurgery at the Hofstra School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Latefi completed a Spine Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, where he focused on spinal oncology and spinal deformity. Today, he is a well established neurosurgeon and uses a variety of techniques including minimally invasive, robotic and endoscopic approaches to the spine. He is also one of the few surgeons in the world to utilize Kyphoplasty with Intra Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) for metastatic tumors of the spine. His goal is always to increase quality of life for patients while maintaining the highest level of ethics in patient care.

 

Dr. Latefi has published numerous articles in neurosurgical journals on topics including tumors of the spine and complex deformities. He has been seen on CBS news, as well as highlighted in a NY Times article on tumors of the spinal cord. Dr. Latefi has presented at AANS, CNS, SRS and many other prestigious national and international medical societies. He has also traveled on missions to serve the underprivileged in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam and Haiti. Dr. Latefi is fluent in Farsi, Italian, and Spanish.

Education

  • University of Medicine/Dentistry New Jersey, Stratford, NJ Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Columbia University, New York, NY Bachelor of Arts Concentration, Chemistry Graduated with Honors

Post-Graduate Training & Fellowships

  • North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY  – Chief Resident, 07/2009-06/2010
  • North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY – Resident Neurosurgery, 07/2006-06/2009
  • St Barnabas Medical Center – Resident Neurosurgery, 07/2004-06/2006
  • Hahnemann Univeristy Hospital, Philadelphia, PA – General Surgery, 07/2003-07/2004
  • Kenney Health System / UMDNJ, Stratford, NJ – Internship, 06/2002-06/2003
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – Fellow, Complex Spine and Deformity Department of Neurosurgery 07/2010-06/2011

Medical Missons

  • Medical Mission to Haiti – University of Miami / Dr Bart Green Aid to Earthquake Survivors January 2010
  • Surgical and Teaching Mission to Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam Butterfly Foundation December 2011 – Surgical Treatment of Adult / Adolescent Spinal Deformity Teaching of Complex Spinal Deformity to Faculty
  • Surgical and Teaching Mission to Santa Domingo, Dominical Republic Butterfly Foundation December 2012 – Surgical Treatment of Adult / Adolescent Spinal Deformity Teaching of Complex Spinal Deformity to Faculty

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery – Amr Osteopathic Board of Surgery / Neurological – 11/2013-12/2023

Hospital Affiliations

  • Lenox Hill Hospital 08/2011 -current
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center 08/2011- current
  • North Shore University Hospital 08/2011-current
  • Northern Westchester Hospital 05/2021-current
  • South Shore University Hospital 09/2011-currrent
  • Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute 11/2017- current
  • Nassau University Medical Center 08/2011- 06/2013

Teaching Courses

  • Osteotomies in Adult Deformity Surgery
  • Bioskills laboratory at Northshore University Hospital September 2011
  • Total En Bloc Spondylectomy for Primary Spinal Tumors Bioskills laboratory at Northshore University Hospital February 2015
  • Fall Deformity Symposium, National Medical Education Program, San Francisco, CA. November 2019
  • Fall Deformity Symposium, National Medical Education Program, Las Vegas, NV November 2017
  • Fall Deformity Symposium, National Medical Education Program, Las Vegas, NV. November 2016

Oral Presentations

  • Latefi, A. Role of Rac1-mediated MAP kinases in Medulloblastoma Invasion. AANS Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL 2008.
  • Latefi, A. The Role of the guanine-nucleotide Exchance Factores (GEF) as a Novel Therapeutic Target for Medulloblastoma, CNS Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. October 2009.
  • Latefi, A. Intraoperative MRI for Surgery of Intracranial Meningioma. Meeting for the Society of Neuro-oncology and AANS/CNS Section Tumors. New Orleans, LA. October 2009.
  • Latefi, A. Stereotactic Brain Biopsy with Low Field Intraoperative MRI. Joint Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology and the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. New Orleans, LA. October 2009.
  • Latefi, A. Robotic Spine Surgery. AO Spine Annual Meeting. Banff, Canada April 2011.
  • Latefi, A. Sagittal Imbalance. Grand Rounds. Northshore University Hospital March 2012.
  • Latefi, A. Adult Spinal Deformity. Grand Rounds. Lenox Hill Hospital. April 2012.
  • Latefi, A. Salvage Single-Fraction Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Patients with Prior Radiation of Spinal Metastasis. Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL October 2012.
  • Latefi, A. Salvage Single-Fraction Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Patients with Prior Radiation of Spinal Metastasis. Radiosurgery Society Scientific Meeting. San Diego, CA February 2013.
  • Latefi, A. The Role of Spine Radiosurgery in the Management Paradigm of Spine Metastasis. 2013. Astro Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. September 2013
  • Latefi, A. Management of Metastatic Spinal Tumors. Monter Cancer Center, Northshore LIJ Health System. New Hyde Park, NY. March 2014.

Poster Presentations

  • Latefi, A. First Reported Use of Ceretom Intraoperative CT Scanner in Endoscopic Endonasal Odontoidectomy. AANS Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. April 2010.
  • Gandhi, SV; Schneider, D; Shah, K; Ghaly, M; Latefi, A. Surgery for Potentially Unstable Spinal Metastasis Reduces 90-Admissions. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Miami, FL. March 2019.
  • Gandhi, SV; Schneider, D; Shah, K; Ghaly, M; Latefi, A. Surgery for Potentially Unstable Spinal Metastasis Reduces 90-Admissions. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. April 2019.
  • Gandhi, SV; Virojanapa, J; Latefi, A. Cost Comparison of Single Level Posterior vs Anterior/Lateral Interbody Fusions. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2020.
  • Gandhi, SV; Toscano, D; Latefi, A. National Utilization Trends in Single and Co-Surgeon Surgeries for Single Level Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusions in the Medicare Population. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2020.
  • Gandhi, SV; Wagner, K; Turpin, J; Latefi, A. Risk Factors for Kyphosis and Revision After Surgery for Spinal Metastasis. AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2020.

Awards

  • Charles Kuntz Award – Top Abstracts: AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Miami, FL. March 2019. Gandhi, SV; Schneider, D; Shah, K; Ghaly, M; Latefi, A. Surgery for Potentially Unstable Spinal Metastasis Reduces 90-Admissions
  • Teacher of the Year Award 2014 Northshore University Hospital

Articles

  • Kelley KD, Racareanu R, Sison CP, Gogineni E, Rana Z, Gandhi SV, Salas S, Wagner K, Latefi A, Ghaly MM. Outcomes in the radiosurgical management of metastatic spine disease. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2018 Nov 9;4(2):283-293. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2018.10.007. PMID: 31011673; PMCID: PMC6460302.
  • Speissberger A, Dietz N, Gruter BE, Virojanapa J, Hollis P, Latefi A. Junctional kyphosis and junctional failure after multi-segmental posterior cervicothoracic fusion – A retrospective analysis of 64 patients. Journal OF Craniovertebral Junction and Spine. 2020 Nov. 11:4(310- 315)

Ongoing Research

  • Gandhi H, White T, Latefi A. Development of Cervical Adjacent Segment Pathology after Cranial Cervial Fusion. Manuscript In Progress
  • Gandhi, Latefi A. The Utility of the Posterior Column Subtraction Osteotomy For Tethered Cord Syndrome. Manuscript In Progress
  • Gandhi, Latefi A. Kypho-Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Localized Spinal Metastasis.
    Manuscript In Progress
  • Gandhi, Latefi A. Predictive Model for Determining the Clival Axial Angle Necessary for Craniovervical Fusion for the Treatment of Basilar Invagination.
    Manuscript In Progress
  • Gandhi, Latefi A. Use of 3D printed Spinal models for resident education of placement of Pedicle Screw Fixation. Manuscript In Progress

Languages

  • English
  •  Farsi
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Testimonials

  • “Everything was explained in clear, easy to understand terms. I was also encourages to keep physical therapy going as it will be beneficial.” – 06/23/2021
  • “Dr Latefi was professional, very personable which put me at ease, and he addressed my concern using MRI and discussion of risks and benefits of procedure he would recommend. I felt no pressure to make a decision immediately” –
    4/10/2021
  • “I would trust DrLatefi and his staff to care for any of my family or friends. I am convinced he saved my life. And all of the other physicians he included in my care were equally outstanding.” – 03/31/2021
  • “Dr. Latefi is my life saver. I have the best regard for him as he operated on my neck 3 times from injuries from a April 2018 car accident. there were complications and great risks and Dr. Latefi’s skills and caring got me to be successful at the end! I think the world of this Doctor!!” – 03/18/2021

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