Amir Vokshoor, MD, FAANS
Dr. Amir Vokshoor is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the minimally invasive surgical treatment of adult cranial and spinal disorders.
He continues to advance neurological spine surgery through rigorous research and contributions to peer reviewed journals, including surgical treatment of painful discs and the relationship of brain health to optimal surgical outcome, with the goal of decreasing pain, quickening the recovery period, and lessening the burden of the surgical trauma on a patient’s overall wellness.
Dr. Vokshoor earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia of the Virginia Commonwealth University where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his neurosurgery residency training at the Ohio State University and obtained additional complex spine Fellowship training at the University of South Florida. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
In 2002, he was chosen as the Chief of Neurosurgery at the Kaiser Medical Center where he began his practice, and was also the Assistant Chief of Neurosurgery at the Los Angeles Medical Center which is where he gained additional experience prior to joining the innovative DISC spine and sports center. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the North America Spine Society, and the California Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Vokshoor champions a comprehensive approach to neurological well-being. He is the founder of the Institute of Neuro Innovation, a non-profit organization uniting clinical research, technology and neuroscience education in order to improve lives by optimizing brain health and energy expenditure in recoverying from injuries. By understanding the role of brain health on overall wellness, the organization seeks to serve people with cognitive decline or individuals seeking to optimize their brain heatlh and neurological wellness.
DR. VOKSHOOR’S PHILOSOPHY
Delivering high quality neurosurgical care requires mastery of surgical precision as well as the art of healing. Neurosurgical discussions on pain, quality of life and expectations from surgery often cross the borders between medical disciplines, flowing from biology and pure neuroscience to holistic philosophies, and plunging into the ambiguous universe of human psychology. Brain performance and energy optimization is at the core of our philosophy, for any insult affecting the wellness of the body, especially due to spinal disorders and the life changing disarray of needing surgery.
Neurosurgery on the brain and spine itself can be a dense and complex area of discussion, but we strive relentlessly to answer disparate questions ranging from “how do we heal?” to “how can mindfulness affect post surgical healing?” and from “how do nerve cell membranes communicate?” to “what is pain and what type of pain is a patient experiencing?”
It takes an intense research effort to attempt to bridge the gap between the physics of the body and the effects of mindful control over healing. This is exactly what we are attempting at the Institute of Neuro Innovation, a non profit research and philanthropy organization. The gap is nowhere near fully bridged, but strides are being made to answer some of the more esoteric questions about wellness and the positive effects of mindful control and energy expenditure management.
One topic of extreme interest is how the body pays attention to various areas of discomfort. What type of pain is being experienced, and why does it exist? How does 3lbs of jelly-like protein and fat create surreal landscapes and descriptive and rich experiences around this to cause “suffering?”
Our method starts with forming a team with the patient as the chief decision-maker or operator. The ability to create novel solutions to painful and disabling problems has allowed us to thrive on almost every aspect of neurosurgical care. From simple disc problems to complex brain tumors, our neurosurgical team rigorously strives to construct creative ways of getting well, staying well, and solving life-threatening problems every step of the way with our patient at the center.