About The Brain & Spine Institute

Dr Imran Fayaz
Imran Fayaz, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston was established in 2009 by Dr. Imran Fayaz, originally from Ontario, Canada. Dr. Fayaz is a neurosurgeon practicing in The Woodlands and Conroe, Texas area.

Dr. Fayaz is an experienced neurosurgeon who specializes in relieving back pain and neck pain for his patients. He helps patients with a wide variety of neck and back problems including treatment of sciatica, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and other spinal disorders.

Dr. Fayaz is a communicator, both with his patients and with referring physicians. He believes that his patients deserve an accurate diagnosis and a realistic treatment and recovery plan. The majority of patients who come to him for neck and back pain can be managed conservatively and non-surgically. For this to be determined accurately, however, a thorough clinical and diagnostic assessment must be performed.

During an assessment, the primary objective is to understand the patient’s symptoms and signs in the context of a comprehensive diagnosis, to then lay the groundwork for treatment. If back surgery or neck surgery is suggested he will help the patient understand all the options for treatment, both surgically and non-surgically. This requires a partnership with a team of other healthcare providers, including Neurologists, Pain Management Specialists, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Specialists, and Therapists.

Education & Training

Dr. Fayaz completed his undergraduate education at University College, and obtained his medical degree with Honors from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He went on to complete residency training at the renowned University of Toronto Neurosurgical Training Program, including training in Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

During his residency, Dr. Fayaz completed research training in the Neurosciences as part of the Surgical Scientist Program, obtaining a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto. This was followed by fellowship training in Neurosurgery at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, with a special emphasis on disorders of the spine, skull base and peripheral nerves.

Dr. Fayaz has authored many clinical and research publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Certifications & Memberships

Dr. Fayaz holds certifications with the following organizations:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Fellow, The American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada

Dr. Fayaz is also a member of the following professional organizations:

  • Texas Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • North American Skull Base Society

Awards & Honors

  • 1984 – Special Merit Award, Chemical Institute of Canada; Ontario Scholar, Ministry of Education
  • 1985 – Ann Shepard Memorial Scholarship, University College; Dean’s List, Faculty Scholar, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • 1986 – Dean’s List, Faculty Scholar, Faculty of Arts and Science; Research Training Fellowship, Department of Pathology
  • 1987 – Farquharson Research Scholarship, Medical Research Council of Canada
  • 1988 – Farquharson Research Scholarship, Medical Research Council of Canada
  • 1990 – Dr. Gabriel Leung Memorial Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine
  • 1993 – University of Toronto Open Master’s Fellowship, School of Graduate Studies
  • 1994 – Fellowship, Network of Centers of Excellence of Canada Neural Regeneration and Functional Recovery
  • 1995 – Fellowship, Network of Centers of Excellence of Canada Neural Regeneration and Functional Recovery
  • 1998 – Humanitarian Award, Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2001 – Community Service Award, Think First, Kern County Chapter

Areas of Specialty

  • General microneurosurgery
  • Minimally invasive brain & spine surgery
  • Spinal artificial disc, total disc replacement & arthroplasty
  • Fusion & instrumentation of the cervical, thoracic & lumbar spine
  • Surgical management of degenerative, neoplastic & traumatic disorders of the spine