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Nima Salari, M.D., FAAOS

Nima Salari, M.D., FAAOS

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon



    University of Pittsburgh


    Temple University


    Johns Hopkins Hospital


    Stanford University

Dr. Salari is a Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon with specialized training in the operative and non-operative treatment of pathologic conditions affecting the spine. His treatment philosophy exhausts all means of conservative care and less invasive surgical techniques before ever recommending spinal fusion.  He specializes in ultra-minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery and cervical artificial disc replacement. These surgical techniques are excellent spine fusion alternatives and have the highest patient satisfaction scores.  Spine fusion alternatives are usually ultra or minimally-invasive tissue-sparing approaches that allow for the fastest recovery times and minimize postoperative pain.  

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Salari has been involved in various orthopedic research projects involving the musculoskeletal system. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of minimally invasive surgery. He has helped design surgical instruments and implants in use today for several international companies. He teaches national and international courses in the latest laser-assisted endoscopic techniques and image-guided surgeries. He serves as a contributing team physician for local collegiate and professional sports teams.

After spending his high school years in Germany, he enrolled in the Bioengineering program at the University of Pittsburgh. A University Scholar and on the Dean’s List, he graduated summa cum laude with honors in 2003. He then received his M.D. degree from Temple University and earned membership in the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society in 2006. Dr. Salari completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2012. He then went on to complete a fellowship dedicated to spine surgery at Stanford University.

He rapidly earned top marks with his patients (U.S.News, Healthgrades, Vitals, RateMDs, Yelp, WebMD) and peer recognition as a PHOENIX magazine “Top Doc” in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022, and 2023. He received the most votes for “Top Doc” in Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine in 2022.

Dr. Salari is a member of many professional organizations, including the North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

When not working, he enjoys travel, a variety of sports activities, and spending time with his family.

Awards & Recognition

  • AZ Top Doctor – 2022
  • Phoenix Magazine’s TOP DOCTOR
    for 2016 – 2017, 2019 – 2020, 2022 – 2023
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • U.S. News Top Doctor
  • Top marks with his patients on
    yelp and WebMD
  • Becker’s Spine Review:
    Spine surgeon leader to know
  • Vitals On-Time Doctor, 5-year Patients’ Choice,
    5-year Compassionate Doctor Awards


Abrazo Health
The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital
Honor Health
SurgCenter at Pima Crossing
NASS - Advancing Global Spine Care
International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery
AOSpine North America
Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Videos Featuring Dr. Nima Salari

  • Dr. Salari defines cervical disc replacement and the goals of ADR.

  • About the My Spine MC Minimally Invasive Patient-Matched Solution.

  • Dr. Nima Salari describes endoscopic spine surgery and its benefits.

  • Patients talk about why they choose Dr. Nima Salari.

  • Dr. Salari discusses a new solution for neck pain.

  • Dr. Nima Salari Discusses Cervical Spine Injuries

  • Dr. Nima Salari Discusses Lumbar Spine Injuries

See What Our Patients Are Saying!

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Minimally Invasive
(Spine Fusion Surgery)

Ultra Minimally Invasive
(Endoscopic Spine Surgery)

Fusion-Sparing (Artificial Disc Replacement, Laminectomy/Discectomy, Coflex)

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