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Dr. Armaghani received his fellowship training in adult spinal surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, widely considered one of the top spine fellowships in the country. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. As a spine surgeon specializing in degenerative spine conditions, he has a particular interest in the causes and treatments of neck and back pain, although he treats all spinal disorders. Dr. Armaghani uses a multidisciplinary approach to nonsurgical treat his patients and performs surgery only as a last resort. He has training in new motion preservation and minimally invasive techniques with the goal of returning his patients back to enjoying the activities they love, in the safest way possible.

Dr. Armaghani was born and raised in Gainesville, FL where he was accepted into an accelerated undergraduate/medical school program at the University of Florida. Following medical school, he completed his residency at Vanderbilt University where he was named chief resident and was granted awards for his research. Dr. Armaghani has co-authored over twenty-five publications and has delivered presentations at national meetings on topics that range from post-operative pain management to the treatment of patients with diabetes. His most recent research interests include identifying factors that influence outcomes following surgery and minimizing complications. Prior to joining 360 Orthopedics, he spent 4 years practicing in Tampa, FL where he was the co-director of a spine fellowship, training future spine surgeons.

Trust between he and his patients are of the utmost importance to Dr. Armaghani. His approach with his patients consists of easy to understand conversations focusing on maximizing their improvement with conservative or surgical methods, while at the same time minimizing risk.

Dr. Armaghani enjoys college football, specifically his alma mater the University of Florida.

Employment

  • 360 Orthopedics & Spine
    2750 Bahia Vista Street
    Sarasota, FL, 34239
    Ph: (941) 951-2663
    August 2020 - Present
  • Florida Orthopedic Institute/University of South Florida
    6117 Gunn Highway
    Tampa, FL, 33625
    Assistant Professor of Orthopedics
    Co-Fellowship Director – Adult Spinal Surgery
    September 2016 – July 2020

Education

Fellowship:

  • Emory School of Medicine
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery
    Adult Spinal Surgery
    Atlanta, GA
    August 2015 – July 2016

Residency:

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery
    Nashville, TN
    July 2010 – June 2015

Medical School:

  • University of Florida College of Medicine
    Gainesville, FL
    August 2006 – May 2010
    Alpha Omega Alpha

Undergraduate:

  • University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
    August 2003 – May 2007
    Major: Biological and Medical Sciences
    Summa Cum Laude

Leadership/Honors/Awards

Residency:

  • Administrative Chief Resident (2015)
  • Kathy Cramer Award Recipient (2015)
    • Top research project among residents

Medical School:

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (2009)
  • Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Recipient (2006)

Undergraduate:

  • Junior Honors Medical Program (2006)
    • 7 year combined BS/MD program
  • Anderson Scholar with High Distinction (2005)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (2005)
  • President’s Honor Roll (2004)
  • Dean’s List (2003-2006)

Publications

  • Grabel, Z.J., Armaghani, S.J., Vu, C, Jain, A, Yoon, S.T. Variations in Treatment of C2 Fractures by Time, Age, and Geographic Region in the United States: An Analysis of 4818 Patients. World Neurosurg. 2018 May;113:e535-e541.
  • Grabel, Z.J., Armaghani, S.J., Vu, C, Jain, A, Yoon, S.T. Variations in Treatment of C1 Fractures by Time, Age, and Geographic Region in the United States: An Analysis of 985 Patients.

    Accepted: Orthopedic Reviews

  • Konopka, J, Armaghani, S.J., Dao, A, Rhee, J.M. Superior Laryngeal Nerve Palsy in Revision Anterior Cervical Surgery.

    Submitted: J Am Acad Orthop Surg

  • Sielatycki, J.A., Armaghani, S.J., Silverberg, A., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J., O’Neill, K.R. Is more lordosis associated with improved outcomes in cervical laminectomy and fusion when baseline alignment is lordotic? Spine J 2016;16(8):982-8.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Archer, K.R., Rolfe, R.C., Demaio, D.N., Devin, C.J. Diabetes predicts worse patient reported outcomes at two years following spine surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2016;96(1):15-22.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Zern, E.K., Bible, J.E., Braly, B.A., Lee, D.S., Kang, J.D., Devin, C.J., Even, J.L. Evaluation of donor site related pain after harvest of anterior iliac crest bone graft for spinal surgery: a prospective study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2016:ePub.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Lee, D.S., Bible, J.E., Shau, D.S., Kay, H., Zhang, C., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. Preoperative opioid use and its association with perioperative opioid demand and postoperative opioid independence in patients undergoing spine surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2014;39:E1524-30.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Menge, T.J. Mencio, G.A., Martus, J.E. Safety of topical vancomycin for pediatric spinal deformity: nontoxic serum levels with supratherapeutic drain levels. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2014;39:1683-7.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Lee, D.S., Bible, J.E., Shau, D.S., Kay, H., Zhang, C., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. Increased preoperative narcotic use and its association with postoperative complications and length of hospital stay in patients undergoing spine surgery. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2014 Jun 5 (epub).
  • Lee, D.S., Armaghani, S.J., Bible, J.E., Shau, D.S., Kay, H., Zhang, C., Archer, K.R., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. Preoperative Opioid Use as a Predictor of Adverse Postoperative Self-Reported Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Spine Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2014;96:e89.
  • Devin, C.J., Lee, D.S., Armaghani, S.J., Shau, D.N. Ehrenfeld, J.M., Martin, P.R. Approach to Pain Management in Chronic Opioid Users Undergoing Orthopaedic Surgery. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2014;22:614-22.
  • Shau, D.N., Bible, J.E., Gadomski, S.P., Samade, R., Armaghani, S.J., Mencio, G.A., Devin, C.J. Utility of postoperative radiographs for pediatric scoliosis: association between history and physical examination findings and radiographic findings. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2014;96:1127-34.
  • Armaghani S.J., Crucian G.P., Heilman K.M. The influence of emotional faces on the spatial allocation of attention. Brain Cogn 2014;91:108-12.
  • Crucian G.P., Armaghani S., Armaghani A., Foster B.S., Burks, D.W., Skoblar, B., Drago, V., Heilman, K.M. Dopamine does not appear to affect mental rotation in Parkinson's disease. J Mov Disord 2014;7:77-83.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Lee, D.S., Bible, J.E., Shau, D.S., Kay, H., Zhang, C., Archer, K.R., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. Preoperative narcotic use and its relation to depression and anxiety in patients undergoing spine surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2013;38:2196-200.
  • Crucian, G.P., Armaghani, S., Armaghani, A., Foster, P.S., Burks, D.W., Skoblar, B., Drago, V., & Heilman, K.M. Visual-spatial disembedding in Parkinson's disease. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 2010;32:190-200.
  • Okun, M.S., Fernandez, H.H., Rodriguez, R.L., Romrell, J., Suelter, M., Munson, S., Louis, E.D., Mulligan, T., Foster, P.S., Shenal, B.V., Armaghani, S.J., Jacobson, C., Wu, S., Crucian, G. Testosterone therapy in men with Parkinson disease: results of the TEST PD Study. Arch Neurol 2006;63:729-35.

Presentations

  • Armaghani, S.J. (2019). Alternative Payment Models: MIPS/MAPS/BPCI.
    • 22nd Annual Selby Spine Conference; 2019 Jan 31 – Feb 2; Park City, UT – Invited Faculty
  • Armaghani, S.J. (2019). Cervical Spine Deformity – Measurements and Management.
    • 22nd Annual Selby Spine Conference; 2019 Jan 31 – Feb 2; Park City, UT – Invited Faculty
  • Armaghani, S.J. (2018). Subaxial Cervical Spine Trauma.
    • Orthopaedics for the Primary Care Practitioner & Rehabilitation Therapist; 2018 July 20-22; Clearwater, FL – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J. (2018). Infected Hardware.
    • Castellvi Spine; 2018 May 10-12; Key West, FL – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J. (2018). Epidural Hematoma.
    • Castellvi Spine; 2018 May 10-12; Key West, FL – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J. (2018). The Opioid Epidemic: America’s Addiction.
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2018 March 7; New Orleans, LA – Invited Faculty
  • Armaghani, S.J. (2017). How to handle pelvic obliquity in deformity surgery.
    • Castellvi Spine; 2017 May 10-13; Duck Key, FL – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J. (2017). Cellphone technology and programs for deformity surgery.
    • Castellvi Spine; 2017 May 10-13; Duck Key, FL – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J. (2016). Minimally invasive fixation of thoracolumbar spine fractures.
    • 2016 Annual Workers’ Compensation Conference; 2016 Aug 29-31; Atlanta, GA – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J., Sielatycki, J.A., Mendenhall, S.K., Mistry, A., Sivasubramaniam, P., Devin, C.J. (2015). Occipital condyle fractures: a single institution experience over 15 years and treatment recommendations.
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2015 Mar 24-30; Las Vegas, NV. – Podium Presentation
  • Mendenhall, S.K., Parker, S.L., Armaghani, S.J., Sielatycki, J.A., Sivasubramaniam, P., Devin, C.J. (2015). Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion versus posterior decompression with instrumentation for cervical spondylotic myelopathy: comparative effectiveness and cost utility analysis.
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2015 Mar 24-30; Las Vegas, NV – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J., Archer, K.R., Sielatycki, J.A., Chotai, S., Rolfe, R.C., Demaio, D.N., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. (2015). Diabetes predicts worse patient reported outcomes at two years following spine surgery.
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons; 2015 May 2-6; Washington, D.C.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Archer, K.R., Sielatycki, J.A., Chotai, S., Rolfe, R.C., Demaio, D.N., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. (2015). Diabetes and its association with complications and length of stay in patients undergoing spine surgery.
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons; 2015 May 2-6; Washington, D.C.
  • Godil, S.S., Armaghani, S.J., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. (2014). Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in the outpatient versus inpatient setting is associated with improved patient safety: analysis of 7,288 patients from the NSQIP database.
    • Cervical Spine Research Society; 2014 Dec 4-6; Orlando, FL – Podium Presentation
  • Shau, D.N., Bible, J.E., Gadomski, S.P., Samade, R., Armaghani, S.J., Mencio, G.A., Devin, C.J. (2013). A comprehensive evaluation of the utility of post-operative radiographs following scoliosis correction.
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Mar 19-24; Chicago, IL – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J., Lee, D.S., Bible, J.E., Shau, D.S., Kay, H., Zhang, C., Archer, K.R., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. (2013). Increased preoperative narcotic use and its association with postoperative complications and length of hospital stay in patients undergoing spine surgery.
    • North American Spine Society; 2013 Oct 9-12; New Orleans, LA – Podium Presentation
  • Armaghani, S.J., Lee, D.S., Bible, J.E., Shau, D.S., Kay, H., Zhang, C., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. (2013). Preoperative narcotic use and its relation to depression and anxiety in patients undergoing spine surgery.
    • North American Spine Society; 2013 Oct 9-12; New Orleans, LA.
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2014 Mar 11-15, New Orleans, LA.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Zern, E.K., Bible, J.E., Braly, B.A., Lee, D.S., Kang, J.D., Devin, C.J., Even, J.L. (2013). Evaluation of donor site related pain after harvest of anterior iliac crest bone graft for spinal surgery: a prospective study.
    • Cervical Spine Research Society; 2013 Dec 5-7; Los Angeles, CA.
  • Lee, D.S., Armaghani, S.J., Bible, J.E., Shau, D.S., Kay, H., Zhang, C., Archer, K.R., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. (2013). Preoperative narcotic use predicts worse postoperative self-reported outcomes in patients undergoing spine surgery.
    • North American Spine Society; 2013 Oct 9-12; New Orleans, LA.
  • Armaghani, S.J., Lee, D.S., Bible, J.E., Shau, D.S., Kay, H., Zhang, C., McGirt, M.J., Devin, C.J. (2013). Preoperative narcotic use and its association with perioperative narcotic demand and postoperative narcotic independence in patients undergoing spine surgery.
    • Cervical Spine Research Society; 2013 Dec 5-7; Los Angeles, CA. – Podium Presentation.
  • Campbell, K.M., Lee, K.Y., Armaghani, S.J. (2010). A third year medical student using electronic health record and registries for chronic disease management.
    • 36th Annual Predoctoral Education Conference; 2010 Jacksonville, FL, January 2010.
  • Crucian, G.P., Foster, P.S., Burks, D.W., Armaghani, S.J., Armaghani, A., Skoblar, B., Drago, V., Crosson, B., & Heilman, K.M. (2009). Associational strength influences response latency in single-word association.
    • International Neuropsychological Society; 2009 Feb; Atlanta, GA.
  • Crucian, G.P., Foster, P.S., Burks, D.W., Armaghani, S.J., Drago, V., Okun, M.S., & Heilman, K.M. (2009). Disturbance in spatial representation in parkinson's disease.
    • International Neuropsychological Society; 2009 Feb; Atlanta, GA.
  • Crucian, G.P., Armaghani, S.J., Armaghani, A., Foster, P.S., Burks, D.W., Drago, V., Rhodes, R.D., Okun, M.S., Fernandez, H.H., & Heilman, K.M. (2006). Visual-spatial disembedding in parkinson's disease.
    • International Neuropsychological Society; 2006 Feb; Boston, MA