Director of Spine and Orthopedics
Dr. Alok Sharan, Director of Spine and Orthopedics at NJ Spine and Wellness, is a world renowned Orthopedic Spine Surgeon with a focus on minimally invasive spine surgery. As the originator of the Awake Spinal Fusion procedure, Dr. Sharan’s unique and advanced approach to spine surgery allows patients to have dramatically improved outcomes.
Awake Spine Surgery is an enhanced recovery protocol that allows patients to recover faster and mobilize quickly after spine surgery, with overall less pain. It is a minimally invasive procedure involving a small incision (approximately one to two inches) in the skin. In this procedure, Dr. Sharan substitutes the use of general anesthesia with local anesthesia, allowing patients to get better faster sooner with significantly fewer negative side effects of surgery. In most cases, patients have recovered sufficiently to return home a few hours after the procedure.
The benefits of undergoing the Awake Spinal Fusion include:
Replacing general anesthesia with local anesthesia to minimize your delirium post-operation
Decreasing your nausea during the recovery period
Enabling a quicker overall recovery period so you can get back to enjoying life pain free
Most patients who undergo minimally invasive spine surgery are up and walking within the same day and can expect to heal within a few weeks. Dr. Sharan has treated hundreds of patients with amazing results.
After obtaining his undergraduate degree at Boston University, Dr. Sharan received his MD degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. He completed his orthopedic residency at Albany Medical Center and a spine surgery fellowship at NYU-Hospital for Joint Disease. He was named an AO Spine Fellow and an AAOS Washington Health Policy Fellow. In 2015 he completed a healthcare management degree at Dartmouth College titled Masters in Health Care Delivery Science.
Dr. Sharan began his career as Chief of the Orthopaedic Spine Service at Montefiore Medical Center. He then continued on as a co-director at Westmed Spine Center before joining the team at NJ Spine and Wellness.
Medical Licensure & Certifications
New Jersey State Medical License
Committed to providing the community with high-quality spine surgical care, Dr. Sharan has been recognized as a Best Doctor by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine Best Doctor, along with Westchester Magazine Best Doctor.
Publications, Presentations & Research
Dr. Sharan has received numerous academic distinctions for his research with over 100 publications, abstracts, and book chapters. He has co-edited a textbook entitled Basic Science of Spinal Diseases, and has been featured in publications such as Becker’s Spine Review, Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest and The Star Ledger. Dr. Sharan also spoke at the Seattle Science Foundation’s 5th Annual MIS Spine Symposium.
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