Imran Fayaz, MD MSc FRCSC FACS
Spine Surgery Specialist of The Woodlands was established in 2009 by Dr. Imran Fayaz, originally from Ontario, Canada. Dr. Fayaz is a Neurosurgeon caring for patients in the North Houston area at his practice in The Woodlands, Texas. He is an experienced, double board-certified Neurosurgeon who specializes in Minimally Invasive as well as Complex Spine Surgery. He treats patients with a variety of spinal conditions leading to neck pain, back pain, and neurological symptoms. He offers non-surgical and surgical treatment options to patients with a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal deformity.
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 neck surgery or back surgery is suggested, Dr. Fayaz will help the patient understand all the options for treatment, both non-surgical and surgical. This requires a partnership with a team of other healthcare providers from Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Management, Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, and Physical and Occupational Therapists.
Dr. Fayaz is a communicator, both with his patients and with the referring physicians. He believes that his patients deserve an accurate diagnosis and a realistic treatment and recovery plan. The majority of patients that come to him for neck and back pain can be managed conservatively, without the need for immediate surgery. For this to be determined accurately however, a thorough clinical and diagnostic assessment must be performed.
Since entering clinical practice in 1999, Dr. Fayaz has continued to learn and perfect new and emerging spinal approaches and techniques, from motion preservation to spinal fusion, and from minimally invasive to complex spine surgery. At the Spine Surgery Specialist of The Woodlands, Dr. Fayaz utilizes the latest in imaging, intraoperative navigation technology, spinal instrumentation, and a team of experts to ensure that his patients receive an accurate diagnosis, quality care, and the best possible surgical outcome. Our goal is the restoration of our patient's neurological function and spinal mobility, to help maintain health, promote wellness, and enhance their overall quality of life.
Dr. Fayaz is proudly affiliated with HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe, using the latest techniques and treatments for various Brain and Spine conditions, and utilizing the Stealth navigation system and the O-Arm imaging device. These innovative technologies for intraoperative image guidance and surgical navigation help accurately localize the spinal anatomy and pathology, as well as enabling precise placement of spinal hardware - cages and screws, enhancing the safety of spinal surgical procedures. HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe is one of two facilities in the North Houston area to offer patients this unique and cutting edge technology.
Education & Training
Dr. Fayaz completed his undergraduate education at University College at the University of Toronto and gained acceptance into medical school at the age of 19. He obtained his medical degree with Honors from the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. He went on to complete an internship at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, and residency training at the University of Toronto Neurosurgical Training Program.
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. As a part of the Centers of Excellence of Canada's Network on Neural Regeneration and Recovery, the research focused on developing an In Vitro Model of Spinal Cord Injury. 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. He is Board Certified in Neurosurgery in both Canada and the United States.
Certifications & Memberships
Dr. Fayaz is board-certified in Neurological Surgery in both Canada and the United States. He holds the following certifications:
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
Areas of Specialty
Minimally invasive brain and spine surgery
Cervical spine arthroplasty, otherwise known as artificial disc or total disc replacement
Decompression and instrumented fusion of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
Surgical management of degenerative, inflammatory and traumatic disorders of the spine