Spine Fellowship Trained Neurosurgeon
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon
Dr. Amer Khalil is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with specialty in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. His clinical interests include cervical and lumbar spine surgery (eg, sciatica), complex deformity surgery and scoliosis, lateral access and minimally invasive surgical procedures, spine fractures and spinal cord injury, spinal tumors, spondylosis and spondylolisthesis. Dr. Khalil has special interest in innovative therapies and technologies to improve the health of patients.
Dr. Khalil served as Director of Spine Neurosurgery and Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at University of California, Irvine’s Department of Neurological Surgery before he moved to the private practice and joined DISC, he continues to serve as a volunteer neurosurgeon at UCI medical center.
Dr. Khalil completed an internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. Thereafter, Dr. Khalil underwent combined neurosurgery-orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship at New England Baptist hospital in Boston, MA, and a research fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston conducting preclinical trials of neuroscaffolds implantation in injured spinal cord of rats that lead to first-in-human clinical trial.
Dr. Khalil also held fellowship positions in neurosurgery at Harvard affiliated hospitals, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of Jordan Medical School in Amman, Jordan.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Khalil has received many honors, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Top Gun Award.
Dr. Khalil is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, North American Spine Society (NASS), AO Spine foundation, Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, and several other societies.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Khalil A, Spiotta AM, Barnett GH. Difficulties witha the neurological assessment of humans following a chimpanzee attack. J Neurosurg. 2011 Jul;115(1):140-4.
Klimo P Jr., Khalil A, Slotkin JR, Smith ER, Scott RM, Goumnerova LC. Wound complications associated with the use of bovine serum albumin-glutaraldehyde surgical adhesive in pediatric patients. Neurosurgery. 2007 Apr;60(4 Suppl 2):305-9.
Presentations and Posters
Kwon B, Khalil A. Accuracy of fluoroscopically-assisted percutaneous pedicle Screws placed in patients in the lateral decubitus position. SMISS Global Forum, 2015.
Dai H, Layer R, O’Shea T, Hou J, Khalil A, Podell P, Hess B, Aimetti A, Huang, G, Reynolds F. Effect of porous PLGA-PLL scaffolds on recovery following spinal contusion injury in rats. Neurotrauma Society, 2013.
In the last ten years, new surgical advancements have allowed spine surgeons to use evidence-based techniques that restore natural motion and relieve neurological symptoms. Often done in the outpatient setting, a patient with debilitating neck or back pain may go home the same day after surgery without extensive recovery times. These artificial discs mimic the motion and kinematics of a natural human disc instead of the traditional “fusion” techniques where two vertebrae are fused together which limits motion and may cause further complications. Highly specialized instrumentation provide safe and effective use of artificial discs that often lead to desired outcomes.
I myself did not need Dr khalils expertise but my girlfriend did and he helped her out so much, that I would like to thank him and his entire staff for being so professional and caring, Dr Khalil makes his patients feel so comfortable about…
Dr. Khalil literally SAVED MY LIFE. I had cervical stenosis that was so bad I was totally losing the use of both my arms and feet. He listened to me, he really CARED about my well being, and he swapped out those busted disks, and within a...
Dr. Khalil is a top notch neurologist who knows his stuff. But what makes him unique is that he really cares about his patients. He made sure to tell me to get another opinion before making decisions, and my surgery not only went...
I was in severe lower back pain when I went to Mercy general hospital emergency room where I met Dr Amer Khalil a neurosurgeon. He followed up with me for all tests and evaluations and after careful final evaluation he decided that I need a...
Great doctor, when I saw him I couldn't tolerate the pain I do have, everyone told me to do an operation on my back, but doctor khalil reviewed my case, and told me not to, He gave me some physical therapy course to take...
Excellent Neurosurgeon and a very personable physician.
Best surgeon in California!!