Bizhan Aarabi (born June 1947) is a board-certified Iranian-born American neurosurgeon in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a researcher, author and Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Maryland.
Bizhan Aarabi Facts
- Full Name: Bizhan Aarabi
- Age: 75 years old
- Date of Birth: June 1947
- Place of Birth: Iranian-American
- Occupation: Neurosurgeon
Bizhan Aarabi Medical School & Residency
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Residency, Neurological Surgery, 1971-1979
- Shiraz University of Medical Sciences – Medical School
Bizhan Aarabi Career
At the start of his career, Aarabi return to Iran where he joined Shiraz University of Medical Science and performed cohort studies in infectious and hemorrhagic complications of missile head wounds during Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988).
During this time, a portion of his study focused on finding predictors of CNS infections and traumatic intracranial aneurysms. Together with Howard H. Kaufman, he edited a two-volume book titled Missile Wounds of the Head and Neck in 1999.
At the University of Nebraska, he collaborated with Robert Florin and Beverly C. Walters on the AANS/CNS-required Guidelines and Prognosis of Penetrating Brain Injury. Aarabi collaborated with Mark Hadley and Walters in 2013 to create the AANS/CNS Guidelines for Management of Acute Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries.
The majority of Aarabi’s recent research has focused on acute cervical spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain traumas. He performeds a retrospective study of prospectively gathered data on cervical spine trauma. Collectively, these investigations describe the dynamic characteristics of intramedullary lesion in cervical SCI. Among these are the determinants of intramedullary lesion expansion and the significance of intramedullary lesion length on outcome after cervical SCI.
Aarabi and Michael Fehlings partnered in 2017 to produce A Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Patients with Acute Spinal Cord Injury.
Dr. Aarabi treats patients with severe, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He uses the sophisticated technology of the world-renowned integrated trauma hospital to assess conditions quickly and make life-saving decisions.
With his team of general surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners and residents, Dr. Aarabi helps patients through what can be a scary time in their lives. He and his team may monitor patients for several days and, if needed, perform surgery. For traumatic brain injuries, they are prepared to perform surgery immediately. For spinal injuries, the window is around 24 hours.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Aarabi and his peers have published nearly 150 original manuscripts, which have received a high number of citations. They are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense and Industry, which have requested the neurotrauma team to participate in randomized clinical trials.
Certifications & Licensure
- American Board of Neurological Surgery – Certified in Neurological Surgery
- MD State Medical License – Active through 2022
- University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
- Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System-Baltimore Division, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Bizhan N Aarabi has the following 19 areas of expertise
- Nerve Compression Syndromes
- Brain Tumor
- Head Trauma (Craniocerebral Trauma)
- Spinal Fractures
- Brain Injuries
- Brain Surgery
- Brain Aneurysm
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neurosurgical Procedures
- Head and Neck Disorder
- Spinal Cord Compression
- Back Injuries
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Select
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage
- CareFirst BluePreferred PPO
- CareFirst Maryland POS
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- Geisinger Health Plan
- Highmark Community Blue PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Optimum Choice Preferred POS
- UHC Options PPO
Location & Contact Information
University Of Maryland Medical Center
22 S Greene St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Fax: (410) 032-8866