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Comron Saifi, MD

Comron Saifi, MD Physician

Director of Clinical Spine Research Senior Fellow - Leonard Davis Instiute (LDI) Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • English
  • Persian

Dr. Saifi is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Absent Vertebrae
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery in the Lumbar Spine
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Surgery
  • Biological Enhancement of Spinal Fusion
  • Bone Growth Stimulator
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • Broken Coccyx
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Arthritis
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Revision Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Fracture
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Steroid Injection
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Complex Spinal Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Compression Fractures
  • Congenital Malformation of the Spine
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Cordotomy
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Diplomyelia
  • Direct Lateral Approach
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Endoscopic Fusion
  • Enuresis
  • Eos Xray Machine
  • Epidural Injection
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Flatback Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Foot Drop
  • Growing Rods
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrorhachis
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Fracture
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Spinal Injury
  • Lumbar Spinal Mass
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Tumor
  • Lumbar Stress Fracture
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesion
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Magnetic Expansion Control
  • Mehta Casting
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Laminoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Motion-Sparing Spinal Surgery
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Navigation Spine Surgery
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Masses and Lumps
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Tumors
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Occipito-Cervical Fusion
  • Osteoarthritis of the Spine
  • Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Fusion, Without Instrumentation
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Instrumentation and Fusion
  • Posterior Vertebral Column Resection
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Revision of Spinal Surgery
  • Rhizotomy
  • Rigo Cheneau Bracing
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Scheuermann Disease
  • Scheuermann's Kyphosis
  • Schroth Therapy
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Smith Petersen Osteotomy
  • Spasticity
  • Spasticity of Spine/Back
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Anomaly
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Injection
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spinal Mass
  • Spinal Meningioma
  • Spinal Microsurgery
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tethering for Scoliosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Surgery for Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment of Myelopathy
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spinal Fracture
  • Thoracic Spinal Fusion
  • Thoracic Spinal Injury
  • Thoracic Spinal Mass
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spinal Tumor
  • Three Column Osteotomy
  • Transpsoas Approach
  • Transthoracic Discectomy
  • Tubular Discectomy
  • Vascular Malformations of the Spine
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Column Resection
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebral Stapling
  • Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib
  • X-Stop Surgery
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Columbia University
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship: Rush University Medical Center


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), National AO Spine North America (AOSNA), International Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Local Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), International North American Spine Society (NASS), International Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), International University of Pennsylvania Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT), Local University of Pennsylvania-Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (PCMD), Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Saifi is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Clinical Outcomes Research in Spine Surgery

Selected Publications:

Saifi C, Eby M, Arlet V: Surgical Planning Spinal Deformities: The Comprehensive Text, 2nd Edition : 2020.

Hendow C, Beschloss A, Cazzulino A, Lombardi JM, Louie P, Milby A, Pugely A, Ozturk A, Ludwig S, Saifi C: Marked Increase in Primary Atlantoaxial Spinal Fusion Surgeries in the United States Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine : 2020.

Varthi AG, Saifi C, Whang PG: Spinal Column Infections Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 13: Spine : 2020.

Comron Saifi & Vincent Arlet: Structural Complications in Spinal Deformity Spinal Deformities: The Comprehensive Text, 2nd Edition : 2020.

Hendow CJ, Beschloss A, Louie PK, Lombardi JM, Shillingford J, Khan SR, Laratta JL, Arlet V, Saifi C: Economic Trends in Spinal Deformity Surgery in the United States between 2012 and 2015 Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) 54th Annual Meeting : 2019.

Saifi C, Lombardi JM, Phillips FM.: Anterior and Lateral Interbody Fusion: Indications and Techniques in Lumbar Scoliosis. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Textbook. : 2019.

Philip Louie, Hollis E. Johanson, Jacob Emerson, Jannat M. Khan, Bryce Basques, Dennis P. McKinney, Comron Saifi, Howard S. An, Garrett Harada: Degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis: does adjacent level surgical stabilization result in progressive listhesis? The Spine Journal, Volume 19, Issue 9, S85 from the North American Spine Society (NASS) 34th Annual Meeting : 2019.

Piyush Kalakoti, Richard P. Menger, Nathan R. Hendrickson, Alan Shamrock, Joshua M. Eisenberg, Comron Saifi, Daniel M. Sciubba, Meic H. Schmidt, Andrew J. Pugely: Forecasting spinal deformity healthcare burden and operative utilization in the United States from 2015 to 2040: An Epidemiological-based Auto-Regressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) computation modeling The Spine Journal, Volume 19, Issue 9, S75–S76 from the North American Spine Society (NASS) 34th Annual Meeting : 2019.

Joshua M. Eisenberg, Piyush Kalakoti, Nathan R. Hendrickson, Comron Saifi, Andrew J. Pugely: Impact of preoperative chronic opioid therapy on long-term outcomes, re-operations, complications and resource utilization after lumbar arthrodesis The Spine Journal, Volume 19, Issue 9, S68 - S69. from the North American Spine Society (NASS) 34th Annual Meeting : 2019.

Saifi C, DeWald CJ: Restoration of anatomic thoracic kyphosis in AIS utilizing predictive algorithm to generate patient specific rod contours 26th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) : 2019.

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Academic Contact Info

The Spine Center at Pennsylvania Hospital
University of Pennsylvania Health System
801 Spruce Street, 8th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 829-7155
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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