Ilyas S Aleem, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FAAOS

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Ilyas S Aleem, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FAAOS
Clinical Associate Professor
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    Dr. Ilyas Aleem is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Spine Surgery, with cross appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery. After completing his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, Dr. Aleem completed medical school at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto. He then completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery and further earned a graduate degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Dr. Aleem then went on to complete a complex spine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Alongside his clinical practice, Dr. Aleem has a strong interest in education and research, with numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications. He has been recognized for his scientific presentations at both national and international conferences.

    Dr. Aleem currently serves as assistant program director for resident research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and 5A MPLAN Medical Director. He is an active member of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), North American Spine Society (NASS), and is on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC).

    Dr. Aleem completed his fellowships at:

    McMaster University, Hamilton, ON (Focus on minimally-invasive spine surgery, spine trauma), 2015
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Focus on complex primary and revision spine surgery, cervical spine surgery), 2016

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    Evidence-based medicine
    Clinical epidemiology
    Global health
    Clinical trials
    Observational studies
    Meta-analyses focusing specifically on improving outcomes in patients with spinal disorders

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    • Journal Article
      Does Tighter Glycemic Control Beyond Hemoglobin A1c of 8% Improve Outcome for Lumbar Spine Surgery? A MSSIC Study.
      Telemi E, Mansour TR, Brennan M, Simo L, Hu J, Schultz L, Nerenz DR, Khalil JG, Easton R, Perez-Cruet M, Aleem I, Park P, Soo T, Tong D, Abdulhak M, Schwalb JM, Chang V. Neurosurgery, 2024 Jan 19; DOI:10.1227/neu.0000000000002838
      PMID: 38240564
    • Journal Article
      Cervical disc arthroplasty versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: an analysis of the Michigan spine surgery improvement collaborative database.
      Miller AK, Zakko P, Park DK, Chang VW, Schultz L, Springer K, Hamilton TM, Abdulhak MM, Schwalb JM, Nerenz DR, Aleem IS, Khalil JG. Spine J, 2023 Dec 16; DOI:10.1016/j.spinee.2023.12.004
      PMID: 38110089
    • Journal Article
      Risk factors for not reaching minimal clinically important difference at 90 days and 1 year after elective lumbar spine surgery: a cohort study.
      Hamilton T, Lim S, Telemi E, Yun HJ, Macki M, Schultz L, Yeh H-H, Springer K, Taliaferro K, Perez-Cruet M, Aleem I, Park P, Easton R, Nerenz DR, Schwalb JM, Abdulhak M, Chang V. J Neurosurg Spine, 2023 Dec 8; 1 - 8. DOI:10.3171/2023.9.SPINE23483
      PMID: 38064702
    • Journal Article
      Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulation in Lumbar Spine Fusion for Patients With Risk Factors for Pseudarthrosis.
      Weinstein MA, Beaumont A, Campbell P, Hassanzadeh H, Patel V, Vokshoor A, Wind J, Radcliff K, Aleem I, Coric D. Int J Spine Surg, 2023 Dec 26; 17 (6): 816 - 823. DOI:10.14444/8549
      PMID: 37884337
    • Journal Article
      Operative Technique for Sacral Insufficiency Fractures Causing Spinopelvic Dissociation: A Case Report.
      Muralidharan A, Wilson J-L, Piche JD, Arhewoh RE, Hake M, Perdue A, Patel R, Aleem I, Ahn J. JBJS Case Connect, 2023 Oct 1; 13 (4): DOI:10.2106/JBJS.CC.23.00350
      PMID: 37917873
    • Presentation
      Bone health and spine surgery
      Anderson P. 2023 Nov;
    • Journal Article
      Multilevel Cervical Disk Arthroplasty: Moving Beyond Two Levels.
      Muralidharan A, Gong D, Piche JD, Al-Saidi N, Hey HWD, Aleem I. Clin Spine Surg, 2023 Nov 1; 36 (9): 363 - 368. DOI:10.1097/BSD.0000000000001527
      PMID: 37684714
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      Association of prolonged symptom duration with poor outcomes in lumbar spine surgery: a Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative study.
      Hamilton T, Bartlett S, Deshpande N, Hadi M, Reese JC, Mansour TR, Telemi E, Springer K, Schultz L, Nerenz DR, Abdulhak M, Soo T, Schwalb J, Khalil JG, Aleem I, Easton R, Perez-Cruet M, Park P, Chang V. J Neurosurg Spine, 2023 Oct 1; 39 (4): 452 - 461. DOI:10.3171/2023.5.SPINE23249
      PMID: 37347591