Khawar Siddique MD
Neurosurgeon, Cedars-Sinai Spine Center
Khawar Siddique, MD is a neurosurgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center who specializes in spine disorders. He treats many conditions in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine with special interests in advanced minimally invasive approaches (such as percutaneous decompressions and fusions), spinal tumors, cervical spine deformity, Chiari decompressions, novel cervical fusion techniques, and lumbar deformity. He has experience in many new spinal procedures, including motion preservation technology (artificial disk replacements and "soft" stabilization procedures), minimally invasive decompressions and fusions, and image-guided spine surgery.
Dr. Siddique's research interests include spinal cord injury, models of spinal metastatic tumors and traumatic brain injuries. He is currently Principal Investigator at Cedars-Sinai for the Duragen IDE trial on reduction of post-operative scarring after lumbar diskectomy.
Dr. Siddique is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Association for Cancer Research and Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has written many articles and book chapters for peer-reviewed publications, including theJournal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Focus, Oncogene, and International Journal of Oncology. He has given many podium presentations on advanced spine surgical techniques and has taught many surgical dissection courses to other neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons.
Dr. Siddique graduated with a bachelor's of sicence in Physiology with honors (cum laude and with Highest Distinction) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honors (ranked in the top 10 percent of his medical school class) from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. Thereafter, he completed his six-year residency training in neurosurgery from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Dr. Siddique then completed a 1-year fellowship in Spine Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He joined the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2005.