Arya Nick Shamie, MD

Arya Nick Shamie, MD, FAAOS

Orthopaedic Surgery Santa Monica, CA

Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery. Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, UCLA

Office Address

  • 1131 Wilshire Blvd
    Suite 100
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Phone: (310) 440-2999
    Fax: (310) 601-1869

Arya Nick Shamie, MD, FAAOS

Orthopaedic Surgery Santa Monica, CA

Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery. Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, UCLA


  • Dr. Nick Shamie is a Board Certified Spine Surgeon and Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at UCLA. He is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at UCLA School of Medicine and has served on the UCLA School of Medicine's Faculty since 2000. Dr. Shamie is actively involved in graduate medical education, offering his expertise to help educate medical students, residents and fellows nationally and internationally. Additionally, he is actively involved in scientific and clinical research projects pertinent to spinal disorders. Dr. Shamie was the recipient of the UCI School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Research. He has also received recognitions from several prominent organizations, including: Super Doctors, Castle Connonlly's Top Doctors, America's Most Compassionate Doctors, Scoliosis Research Society’s Dawson Traveling Fellowship, Beijing’s Capital Medical Universtiy and was ranked on the Top 10 academic spine surgeon list in the US. He was recently re-elected and is serving his second term as the President of American College of Spine Surgery. He is also a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the State of California and was elected as an Expert Reviewer for the Medical Board of California. Dr. Shamie received his medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his internship in Surgery at Los Angeles County and USC Medical Centers and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. He completed two fellowships at the UCLA School of Medicine in Spine Surgery and Biologics Research Lab. He is currently practicing at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, as well as in Santa Monica, CA.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Orthopaedic Surgery: Musculoskeletal Oncology/Cancer, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Clinical Interests: Bone Morphogenetic Proteins; Retrospective Studies; Bone Development; Spinal Fusion; Bone Transplantation; Diskectomy; Recombinant Proteins

Education & Training

  • Washington University School of MedicineWashington University School of Medicine
  • UCLA Medical CenterUCLA Medical Center
  • St Mary's Hospital Medical Center
  • UCLA Medical CenterUCLA Medical Center
  • University of Southern California - LAC+USC Medical CenterUniversity of Southern California - LAC+USC Medical Center
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical LicenseActive through 2015
  • American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery, Recertified, 2003, Current
  • Medical Board of CaliforniaExpert Reviewer, 2012, Current

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Super, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Top Doctor, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Top Doctors:LA AreaCastle Connolly, 2013

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Interspinous Process Implantation for the Treatment of Neurogenic Intermittent Claudication  Heyrani N, Picinic Norheim E, Elaine Ku Y, Nick Shamie A, Anesth Pain, 1/1/2012
  • Minimally Invasive Techniques for the Posterior Cervical Spine: Foraminal Decompression and Instrumented Fusion  Mikhael M, Wolf CF, Shamie AN, Wang JC, Oper Tech Orthop, 1/1/2011
  • Minimally invasive 2-level posterior cervical foraminotomy: preliminary clinical results  Holly LT, Moftakhar P, Khoo LT, Wang JC, Shamie AN, J Spinal Disord Tech, 2/1/2007

Books/Book Chapters

  • The Encyclopedia of the Back and Spine Systems and Disorders  
    Sayler, M and Shamie, AN
    Editors: .Facts on File, New York
  • Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Spine Chapter: Use of allograft material in spine surgery 
    Shamie, AN, Wang J
    Editors: .
  • AAOS Monograph  
    Shamie, AN, Wang J
    Editors: .


  • Minimally Invasive Cervical Spine Surgery Shamie AN, Spine Society Meeting, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 1/1/2012
  • A cervical injury severity classification based on neurologic function grade, spinal canal deformity, and spinal biomechanical stability Tsou PM, Wang J, Shamie AN, Khoo L, Holly L, CSRS, 1/1/2009
  • Use of Reduction Techniques for treatment of rigid scoliosis Shamie AN, Spine Summit, Gene, France, 1/1/2008


  • Becker’s National ASC Meeting Chicago, IL - 6/12/2014
  • Webcast to Tehran University Medical School, Presentation and Live Surgery discussion, Global Orthopaedic Alliance for Learning 3/17/2014
  • Orthopaedic Grand Rounds Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Capital Medical University of China, Beijing, China - 10/16/2013

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