Rochester, Minnesota


Nassr.Ahmad@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Ahmad Nassr, M.D., has several areas of research interest, including the identification and prevention of complications related to cervical spinal surgery, the genetic basis of adjacent level disk degeneration, and the optimization of treatment for patients with osteopenia and osteoporosis undergoing spinal surgery.

Focus areas

  • Efficacy and safety of riluzole in acute spinal cord injury
  • The effect of teriparatide on lumbar fusion and spinal fixation
  • Efficacy of riluzole in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy undergoing surgical treatment
  • Novel use of individualized genomics to screen and predict adjacent level degeneration after cervical spinal fusion
  • Analysis of C5 palsy rates associated with multilevel cervical decompression procedures
  • Prospective evaluation of radiculitis and heterotopic bone formation after use of bone morphogenetic protein for interbody fusion
  • Fracture risk assessment in metastatic spinal tumors
  • Infection rates in irradiated versus nonirradiated allograft bone used in spinal arthrodesis procedures
  • Video fluoroscopic evaluation of lumbar degenerative disorders

Significance to patient care

The research pursuits of Dr. Nassr will improve treatment and outcomes for patients with diseases, traumas, deformities or tumors of the spine.

Professional highlights

  • Host, Japanese Orthopaedic Association Traveling Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), 2015
  • Recipient, Best Poster Award, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, 2014
  • Austria-Swiss-German Traveling Fellowship, AOA, 2014
  • Japanese Orthopaedic Association Traveling Fellowship, AOA, 2012
  • AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program, 2011
  • Recipient, Traveling Fellowship Award, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, 2009
  • Recipient, Best Spine Section Poster Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2009
  • Recipient, Best Overall Poster Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2009
  • Recipient, Best Clinical Poster Award, Cervical Spine Research Society, 2007


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  2. Professor of Neurosurgery
  3. Professor of Orthopedics


  1. Fellow - Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  2. Resident - Orthopaedic Surgery Rush University Medical Center
  3. MD University of Pennsylvania
  4. BS - Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Psychology Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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