Ilyas S Aleem, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FAAOS
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Medical Director, MPLAN
Medical Director, UMMG
Program Assistant, Resident Research, Orthopaedic Surgery

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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
      Adjunctive Use of Bone Growth Stimulation Increases Cervical Spine Fusion Rates in Patients at Risk for Pseudarthrosis.
      Patel V, Wind JJ, Aleem I, Lansford T, Weinstein MA, Vokshoor A, Campbell PG, Beaumont A, Hassanzadeh H, Radcliff K, Matheus V, Coric D. Clin Spine Surg, 2024 May 1; 37 (4): 124 - 130. DOI:10.1097/BSD.0000000000001615
      PMID: 38650075
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      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, 2024 May; 24 (5): 791 - 799. DOI:10.1016/j.spinee.2023.12.004
      PMID: 38110089
    • Journal Article
      1085 Adjunctive Use of Bone Growth Stimulation in Cervical Spine Fusion in Patients at Risk for Nonunion
      Wind JJ, Patel V, Lansford T, Weinstein M, Campbell P, Vokshoor AA, Beaumont A, Hassanzadeh H, Radcliff K, Aleem I, Coric D, Cowgill I. Neurosurgery, 2024 Apr; 70 (Supplement_1): 186 - 186. DOI:10.1227/neu.0000000000002809_1085
    • Journal Article
      173 Electrical Stimulation Used as an Adjunct to Cervical Spine Fusion in Patients at Risk for Pseudarthrosis
      Wind JJ, Lansford T, Weinstein M, Campbell P, Vokshoor AA, Beaumont A, Hassanzadeh H, Radcliff K, Aleem I, Coric D, Cowgill I. Neurosurgery, 2024 Apr; 70 (Supplement_1): 42 - 42. DOI:10.1227/neu.0000000000002809_173
    • Presentation
      Navigation in Cervical Spine Surgery: Tips and Tricks
      Aleem I. 2024 Apr;
    • Presentation
      Ortho DEI Webinar: Caring for the Muslim Patient
      2024 Mar 6;
    • Journal Article
      Do Patients Accurately Recall Pain Levels Following Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection? A Cohort Study of Recall Bias in Patient-reported Outcomes.
      Gong DC, Muralidharan A, Butt BB, Wasserman R, Piche JD, Patel RD, Aleem I. Pain Physician, 2024 Mar; 27 (3): 169 - 174.
      PMID: 38506684
    • Journal Article
      Risk factors of emergency department visits following elective cervical and lumbar surgical procedures: a multi-institution analysis from the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative.
      Ogunsola O, Linzey JR, Zaki MM, Chang V, Schultz LR, Springer K, Abdulhak M, Khalil JG, Schwalb JM, Aleem I, Nerenz DR, Perez-Cruet M, Easton R, Soo TM, Tong D, Park P. J Neurosurg Spine, 2024 Mar 1; 1 - 7. DOI:10.3171/2024.1.SPINE23842
      PMID: 38427993