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Evan D. Sheha, MD


Spine Surgery
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Evan D. Sheha, MD

Spine Surgery
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Dr. Evan Sheha is an Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His expertise lies in the application of minimally invasive techniques to treat the full spectrum of degenerative spinal conditions involving the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He believes in the importance of patient education and shared decision making, and works closely with his patients to develop a treatment plan focused on long-term spine health.

Dr. Sheha graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University in the Bronx where he was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He subsequently completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at HSS followed by a fellowship in Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is currently a member of the North American Spine Society, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters and his work has been presented at national and international spine society meetings.

His clinical and research interests focus on the application of new and enabling technologies in spine surgery – including navigated and robotic-assisted spine surgery, augmented reality, and 3D technology – as well as best practices to improve the safety and effectiveness of spine surgery in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. He is interested in continuing to advance the practice of minimally invasive spine surgery to help speed recovery while minimizing postoperative pain, and to expand the scope of its applications in both spinal deformity and degenerative pathologies.

Patient Stories

Appointments

Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery 
Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College 
Assitant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital 

Departments

Special Expertise

Specific conditions treated:

Arm pain due to pinched nerve in the neck
Back pain
Balance problems (myelopathy)
Cervical spondylosis
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae)
Facet arthropathy (spine arthritis)
Fractures/Spinal trauma
Herniated disc in the cervical spine
Herniated disc in the lumbar spine
Instability
Kyphosis
Leg pain
Neck pain
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Spinal stenosis
Slipped disc
Whiplash

Procedures

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
Cervical disc replacement
Cervical foraminotomy
Cervical laminectomy and fusion
Cervical laminoplasty
Lumbar laminectomy
Microdiscectomy
Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions
Lateral lumbar interbody fusions
Anterior lumbar interbody fusions
Robotic and navigated spine surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Scoliosis surgery and deformity correction

Awards

Best Resident Paper, Eastern Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting, 2016
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2013
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, 2013
The Doris Duke Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship, 2012
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2009

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery

Languages

English

Insurance Information


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Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of September 01, 2020, Dr. Sheha reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Dr. Sheha in the News

Education

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, 2014 

Internship

Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2015 

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery, 2019 

Fellowship

Rush University Medical Center, 2020

State Licensure

Selected Books by Dr. Sheha

Derman PD, Sheha E, Craig C. Pulmonary and Chest Wall Physiology. In: Surgery of the Thoracic Spine. Baaj A, Kakarla K, Kim HJ, eds. Thieme Medical Publishers; in press.

Sheha ED, Shifflett GD, Huang RC. Ileus and Gastrointestinal Complications. In: Lateral Access Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Wang MY, Sama AA, Uribe JS, eds. Springer. 2017.

Roye DP, Sheha ED, Xu N. Orthopaedic Management. In: Neuromuscular Disorders of Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence: A Clinician's Approach (2nd Ed). Darras BT, Jones HR, Ryan MM, De Vivo DC, eds. Elsevier. 2014

Craig C, Rodriguez-Pardo D, Sheha E. What is the optimal treatment of spinal infections caused by Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). In: Proceedings of the Second International Concensus Meeting of Musculoskeletal Infection. Parvizi J, Gehrke T, eds. Data Trace Publishing Co. 2018.

Selected Publications

Sheha ED, Iyer S. Spine Centers of Excellence. Applications for the Ambulatory Care Setting. J Spine Surg. 2019 Sep;5(Suppl 2):S133-S138

Sheha ED, Derman PB. Compliation avoidance and management in ambulatory spine surgery. J Spine Surg. 2019 Sep;5(Suppl 2):S181-S190

Sheha ED, Salzmann SN, Khormaee S, Yang J, Girardi F, Cammisa FP, Sama AA, Lyman S, Hughes AP. Patient Factors Affecting Emergency Department Utilization and Hospital Readmission Rates after Primary Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A review of 41,813 cases. Spine. 2019 Aug 1;44(15):1078-1086

Sheha ED, Gandhi SD, Colman MW. 3D Printing in Spine Surgery. Ann Transl Med. 2019 Sep; 7(Suppl 5): S164

Sheha ED, Steinhaus ME, Kim HJ, Cunningham ME, Fragomen AT, Rozbruch SR. Leg Length Discrepancy, Functional Scoliosis and Low Back Pain: A Review. JBJS Reviews, 2018. Aug;6(8):e6

Mok JK, Sheha ED, Samuel AM, McAnany SJ, Vaishnav AS, Albert TJ, Gang CH, Qureshi S. Evaluation of Current Trends in Treatment of Single-level Cervical Radiculopathy. Clin Spine Surg, 2019 Jun;32(5):E241-E245

Soffin EM, Wetmore DS, Beckman, JS, Sheha ED, Vaishnav AS, Albert TJ, Gang CH, Qureshi SA. Opioid free anesthesia within an enhanced recovery after surgery pathway for minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery: a retrospective matched cohort study. Neurosurgical Focus. 2019 Apr 1;46(4):E8

Sheha ED, Meredith D, Shifflett GD, Bjerke-Kroll BT, Iyer S, Shue J, Nguyen J, Huang RC. Postoperative Pain Following Posterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft Harvesting in Spine Surgery: A Prospective, Randomized Trial. Spine J. 2018 Jun;18(6):986-992

Iyer S, Sheha E, Fu M, Varghese JJ, Kim HJ, Cunningham ME, Lafage V, Albert TJ, Schwab FJ. Sagittal Spinal Alignment in Adult Spinal Deformity: An Overview of Current Concepts. JBJS Rev. 2018 May;6(5):e2

Fu MC, Gruskay JA, Samuel AM, Sheha ED, Derman PB, Iyer S, Grauer JN, Albert TJ. Outpatient Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion is Associated with Fewer Short-Term Complications in One and Two-Level Cases: A Propensity-Adjusted Analysis. Spine. 2017 Jul 15;42(14):1044-1049

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Colman MW, Sheha ED, Orias AE. CT Absorbptiometry Assessment of Subchondral Bone Density Predicts Intervertebral Subsidence in an Human Cadaver Model. (Podium) CSRS Annual Meeting, New York, NY. November 20-23, 2019

Sheha ED, Salzmann SN, Khormaee S, Yang J, Girardi F, Cammisa FP, Sama AA, Lyman S, Hughes AP. Patient Factors Affecting Emergency Department Utilization and Hospital Readmission Rates after Primary Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A review of 41,813 cases. (Poster) AAOS Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. March 12-17, 2019

Feuchtbaum E, Vaishnav A, Sheha E, Samuel A, McAnany S, Gang C, Albert T, Qureshi S. Same-day Discharge versus Inpatient Lumbar Fusion: A Matched Cohort Comparison of Four Surgical Approaches. (Oral) ISASS Annual Meeting. Anaheim, CA. April 3-5, 2019

Hill P, Vaishnav A, Kushwala B, Samuel A, Sheha E, Gang C, McAnany S, Albert T, Qureshi S. Comparison of Inpatient and Outpatient Preoperative Factors and Postoperative Outcomes in Two-level Cervical Disc Arthroplasty. (E-poster) SMISS Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. September 6-8, 2018

Mok JK, Sheha ED, Samuel AM, McAnany SJ, Vaishnav AS, Albert TJ, Gang CH, Qureshi S. Evaluation of Current Trends in Treatment of Single-level Cervical Radiculopathy. (Oral) SMISS Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. September 6-8, 2018

Swarup I, Sheha E, Derman P, Nguyen J, Blanco J, Widmann R. Relationship Between Thoracic Kyphosis and Neural Axis Abnormalities in Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. (Oral) North American Spine Society Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. October 25-28, 2017

Sravisht I, Sheha E, Fu M, Varghese JJ, Kim HJ, Cunningham ME, Lafage V, Albert TJ, Schwab FJ. Sagittal Spinal Alignment in Adult Spinal Deformity: An Overview of Current Concepts. (Scientific Exhibit) AAOS Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. March 15-17, 2017

Sheha ED, Meredith D, Shifflett GD, Bjerke-Kroll BT, Iyer S, Shue J, Nguyen J, Huang RC. Postoperative Pain Following Posterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft Harvesting in Spine Surgery: A Randomized Trial. (Oral) AAOS Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. March 1-5, 2016

Sheha ED, Matsumoto H, Essilfie AE, Roye DP, Hyman JE. Postoperative Pain in Cerebral Palsy: Are Patients with CP Being Undermedicated? (Oral) 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Milwaukee, WI. October 16-19, 2013

Vitale MG, Colacchio N, Schwab FJ, Matsumoto H, Lafage V, Sheha E, Roye DP. Unintended Change of Physiological Lumbar Lordosis and Pelvic Tilt after PSIF: How Much is Too Much? (Oral) Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. May 16-19, 2012

 

Research Description

Dr. Sheha's research interests focus on the application and improvement of new technologies utilized in spine surgery, including robotics, augmented reality and 3D technology. Additionally, he has an interest in postoperative pain control and the development of best practice guidelines to limit postoperative reliance on opioid medications.