Henry E. Aryan, M.D.

Spine Surgeon and Neurosurgical Spine Specialist

Henry E. Aryan, M.D., F.A.A.N.S., F.A.C.S. is a board-certified neurosurgeon who completed a fellowship in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of complex spinal disorders and neurospinal oncology at UC San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics. A California native, Dr. Aryan received his undergraduate degree in cybernetics, with highest honors, from UCLA. He then went on to medical school at UC Irvine and neurosurgery residency at UC San Diego prior to his fellowship at UCSF.

Dr. Aryan specializes in complex spine surgery, surgery for spinal tumors, minimally invasive spine surgery, spine artificial disc placement, spinal radiosurgery, as well as robotic-guided spine surgery. In addition, he performs surgery for degenerative spine disease, spinal deformity, scoliosis, revision spine surgery, spine trauma, and metastatic disease. The procedures he performs include anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), lumbar/cervical artificial disc placement, lumbar fusion, microdiscectomy, and anterior/posterior spinal instrumented fusion of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

Dr. Aryan is a member of numerous national and international professional organizations and societies. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at UC San Francisco.  He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications, written several book chapters, and is author of several textbooks on spine disorders. He is also a founding member of INCA (International Neurosurgery Children's Association), a charitable organization dedicated to providing free pediatric neurosurgical care.

When not caring for patients, Dr. Aryan enjoys spending quality time with his wife, a journalist, and their two children.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Aryan at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, please call (559) 256-1030.

Education, Training, and Affiliations

  • Medical Degree, University of California, Irvine
  • Internship, General Surgery, University of California, San Diego
  • Residency, Neurosurgery, University of California, San Diego
  • Fellowship, Complex Spinal Surgery and Neurospinal Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Founding Member, International Neurosurgery Children's Association
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • Western Neurosurgical Society (WNS)
  • Founding Member, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • California Medical Association (CMA)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR)
  • California Association of Neurological Surgeons (CANS)
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care
  • AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
  • AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

Licensure and Certification

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Certified
  • California State Medical License, Renewed and Unrestricted
  • United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) License, Renewed and Unrestricted
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Certified
  • Cyber Knife Radiosurgery, Certified
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Certified
  • C-Arm Fluoroscopy, Certified

From Dr. Aryan:

Our mission is to provide our patients with the safest, most effective, and most technologically advanced treatments of spine disorders.

We are dedicated to providing our patients with leading-edge neurosurgical treatments that focus on robotic-guided and minimally invasive techniques to restore function and treat pain in the most effective manner.

Dr. Aryan specializes in:

  • Evaluation and Management of Spinal Disorders
  • Surgery for Spinal Disorders
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Robotic-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Treatment of Failed Previous Surgery and Revision Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Arthroplasty (Artificial Disc Placement and Removal)
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Work-Related Spine Injuries
  • Clinical Research
  • Patient Education

In addition, Dr. Aryan works closely with his colleagues to provide his patients with:

  • Advanced Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Chiropractic Services
  • Acupuncture
  • Disability Management
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Aquatic and Hydro Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Traction
  • Nutritional Services
  • Imaging Services (CT/MRI/PET/Discogram/Myelography)
  • Electrodiagnostic Studies (EMG/NCS/SSEP)

Research

Dr. Aryan is actively engaged in clinical research in the following areas:

  • Spinal Fusion Surgery Without Iliac Crest Harvest
  • Revision Surgery following Microdiscectomy
  • PEEK Spacers for Intervertebral Fusion
  • Expandable Cages for Vertebral Reconstruction
  • Cervical Arthroplasty
  • Occipitocervical Fusion for Rheumatoid Disease
  • Total En Bloc Spondylectomy for Primary Tumors of the Spine
  • Robotic-Guided Spine Surgery
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Patient Reviews

"I started experiencing mild back pain in my mid-teens and this condition became progressively worse over the years.  As a result, I’ve been treated by Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and received spinal injections from the onset of my back related problems. Recently, in 2013, I began experiencing extreme lumbar pain and numbness in my lower back, feet & legs and was forced to use a “walker” and getting ready to transition into a “wheelchair”.  We were concerned that the progressive nature of the numbness may become a permanent condition as well as having permanent nerve damage which controls urinary and bowel functions.  Therefore; on October 1, 2013 Dr. Henry E. Aryan performed major lumbar surgery on me. This complex surgical procedure has provided me with the level of pain and numbness relief that I was hoping for.  I’m approximately 12 months out from my surgery and the pain level in my lower back is now slight and continues to decrease as time goes by.  Also, both the sensitivity in my feet & legs has been restored as well as my lower body strength. I feel extremely fortunate to have found Dr. Aryan and his professional staff to address my back problem issues.  Dr. Aryan has provided me with the desired outcome that I had been praying for and I’ll be forever grateful to him!" -- Eric H.

"I had a fusion on my L5 on July 9, 2014. Dr. Aryan, Jonathon and Nick have been great every step of the way. Not only can I walk pain free now, I feel great. The entire office staff down to Dr. Aryan and his NP’s is the BEST! They are very compassionate, going above and beyond for their patients. I've been pleased with my whole experience, and highly recommend this office." -- Keri H.

"I would like to thank everyone at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics for the care of my neck and arm pain, which I have had for many years. Dr. Aryan and his staff are the best." -- John H.

"Great Doctors. I had surgery done by Dr. Aryan and Dr. Hanson. I have referred 9 people to Dr. Hansen and 1 to Dr. Aryan, all from my country club. They are all satisfied. I am 71 and had a knee replacement and two cervical spine fusions.  This has enabled me to continue to play golf, other activities, and enjoy life." -- Ray F.

"My experience with Sierra Pacific Orthopedics has been wonderful. The doctors are all exceptional. I was nervous about my MEG test but Dr. Wiens did a great job with very minimal discomfort."-- Jessica M.

"From the first moment my condition required surgery, I set up a meeting with Dr. Gill and Dr. Aryan. I had the upmost confidence in the kind of care I would receive.  Both doctors explained the procedures clearly. Their physician assistants and staff are a ten on my list.  My recovery from both surgeries, hip and back, has given me a quality of life that I'm thankful for every day!  At my age, 62, I can fully enjoy my grandchildren! Thank you, Dr. Gil and Dr. Aryan." -- Laurie H.

"I just want to thank everyone for all of their help in trying to fix my chronic back problem. Thanks to Dr. Aryan, Nick, and Jonathan for all their advice and help with my back problem.  I would recommend anyone with back problems to seek help with the staff at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics." -- Ed G.

"I had lower back surgery in 2011. I am back to doing the things I love to do such as golfing, jogging, biking, and a lot more I can not thank Doctor Aryan enough for what he did , The staff is so awesome from day one I want to thank every one of them for there support and help. God Bless." -- Edward R.

"I have many health issues and ALL of these doctors have helped me. They are compassionate and so talented. I am so very thankful for Sierra Pacific Orthopedics now and for my future." -- Patricia

"On behalf of myself and my family, we would like to thank Dr. Aryan and staff for all that was done at Fresno Surgical Hospital on July 8, 2013. The experience was nothing but professional from the moment I arrived until the moment I was discharged. I was treated with kindness, understanding, and also the remarkable recovery after surgery. I felt very little pain and was able to function normally almost immediately. Dr Aryan, you are truly blessed and would consider the cervical spinal fusion you performed on me a true miracle. Thank you so much, and may God bless you and your entire staff." -- Rita M.

 

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