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Amer Samdani

Amer F. Samdani, MD

  • Neurological Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English

After completing his fellowship, Amer Samdani, M.D., joined the staff at Shriners Children's Philadelphia in 2005. He specializes in the care of children with spine issues and is passionate about finding innovative ways to improve care. Fusionless strategies to treat children, such as vertebral body tethering, have been a major focus of his clinical work. He believes working at Shriners Children's is the ideal place to practice medicine as one gets to work with the best colleagues and patients without being hindered by a patient's ability to pay. Dr. Samdani says that the unique mission of Shriners Children's provides him a lot of job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Outside of clinical practice, Dr. Samdani is very active in research and education. He sits on the executive committee of the Harms Study Group and is a board member of the Pediatric Spine Study Group. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and given over 100 invited lectures/Grand Rounds presentations.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery - General
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurology
Education and Training

Medical Education
Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, MD
United States of America

Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, MD
United States of America

Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Philadelphia, PA
United States of America

Academic Positions and Locations

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Adjunct Clinical Professor

Leadership and Memberships
  • Executive Committee, Harms Study Group
  • Board and Executive Committee, Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation
  • Executive Committee, Pediatric Spine Study Group
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery
Editorial Positions
  • Grant Reviewer, AO Spine
  • Editorial Board, Spine Deformity Journal
  • Ad Hoc, Lancet
  • Ad Hoc, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Awards and Honors
  • 2013-2022, Top Doctors, Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2017, Alumni Achievement Award, John Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery
  • 2015-2016, Best Doctors in America
  • 2013-2016, Top Doctor, Neurological Surgery, Castle Connolly
  • 2013, Top Doctor, US News and World Report
Academic Works and Presentations
  • Lau D, Samdani AF et al: Surgical outcomes of cerebral palsy patients with scoliosis and lumbar hyperlordosis: a comparative analysis with 2-year minimum follow-up. Spine (Phila PA 1976), in press (Nov. 2022)
  • Samdani AF et al: Anterior vertebral body tethering for immature idiopathic scoliosis: results on patients reaching skeletal maturity. 29th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Miami, FL, Apr. 6-9, 2022
  • Samdani AF: Anterior growth modulation: overview. Pediatric Spine Deformity: On the Cutting Edge IX, Coral Gables, FL, Mar. 4-5, 2022
  • Samdani AF et al: Prospective follow-up of anterior vertebral body tethering for idiopathic scoliosis: interim results from an FDA IDE study. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American) 103(17):1611-9, Sep. 1, 2021
  • Samdani AF et al: Unsuccessful vertebral body tethering: incidence and predictive factors. 56th Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, Sept. 22-25, 2021


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