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Fahim DK, Luo L, Patel AJ, Robertson CS, Gopinath SP. Pulmonary embolus from acute superior sagittal sinus thrombosis secondary to skull fracture: case report. Neurosurgery. 06/2011; 68(6): E1756-60; discussion E1760. 21389895


Sandquist L, Paris A, Fahim DK. Definitive single-stage posterior surgical correction of complete traumatic spondyloptosis at the thoracolumbar junction. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 06/2015; 22(6): 653-7. 25793470


Thomas AM, Fahim DK. Stand-Alone Balloon Kyphoplasty for Treatment of Traumatic Burst Fracture in Pediatric Patient. World neurosurgery. 05/2019; 125: 475-480. 30738932




Fahim DK, Sun K, Tawackoli W, Mendel E, Rhines LD, Burton AW, Kim DH, Ehni BL, Liebschner MA. Premature adjacent vertebral fracture after vertebroplasty: a biomechanical study. Neurosurgery. 09/2011; 69(3): 733-44. 21499145


Fahim DK, Kim SD, Cho D, Lee S, Kim DH. Avoiding abdominal flank bulge after anterolateral approaches to the thoracolumbar spine: cadaveric study and electrophysiological investigation. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 11/2011; 15(5): 532-40. 21819186


Fahim DK, Tatsui CE, Suki D, Gumin J, Lang FF, Rhines LD. Orthotopic murine model of a primary malignant bone tumor in the spine: functional, bioluminescence, and histological correlations. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 09/2014; 21(3): 378-85. 24971476


Thomas AM, Fahim DK, Gemechu JM. Anatomical Variations of the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve and Implications for Injury Prevention during Surgical Procedures of the Neck. Diagnostics (Basel, Switzerland). 09/2020; 10(9). 32899604


We are currently in the early stages of a new laboratory project to evaluate the possible superiority of nanometalene surface technology implants compared to PEEK or Titanium implants with regards to biofilm formation.  This is an important question as it may affect the rates of post-operative infections after spine surgery.  Infections after these types of operations can result in discitis and osteomyelitis, which can be devastating and life-threatening complications. Our research investigates whether certain implant surface technology may protect against this complication.


Fahim DK, Bucher R, Johnson MW. The elusive nature of primary intraocular lymphoma. Journal of neuro-ophthalmology : the official journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. 03/2005; 25(1): 33-6. 15756131


Fahim DK, Frueh BR, Musch DC, Nelson CC. Complications of pegged and non-pegged hydroxyapatite orbital implants. Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. 05/2007; 23(3): 206-10. 17519658


Song D, Garton HJ, Fahim DK, Maher CO. Spinal cord vascular malformations in children. Neurosurgery clinics of North America. 07/2010; 21(3): 503-10. 20561499


Vanood A, Sharrak A, Karabon P, Fahim DK. Industry-Sponsored Research Payments in Neurosurgery-Analysis of the Open Payments Database From 2014 to 2018. Neurosurgery. 02/2021; 88(3): E250-E258. 33517429


Rapp A, Sun M, Weissman H, Perez-Cruet MJ, Fahim DK. Pre-Operative Patient Education Does Not Necessarily Reduce Length of Stay or Pain After Spinal Surgery. Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management. 06/2021; 24(3): 101044


I am currently collaborating with my colleagues in the radiation oncology department to look at prognostic factors and clinical outcomes for patients who undergo retreatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.  Many patients prefer this type of treatment to invasive treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia, however, the role utilizing Gamma Knife to retreat patients with recurrent disease has not been investigated in the literature.  We hope our findings shed light on the use of this treatment modality in this setting.  In October of 2022, we presented our research at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in San Antonio and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Meeting in San Franciso. 




I have thoroughly enjoyed the fifty research projects that I have participated in over the past quarter of a century.  Research allows us to ask a question, challenge the status quo, advance our knowledge, and improve the care and outcomes of our patients. I particularly enjoying collaborating with colleagues on research projects as we always bring different perspectives to the question at hand.