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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
  • President-Elect 2025: Pediatric Spine Study Group; 2005-Present: Member
  • 2023-Present: Vice President for Education, Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation/Harms Study Group
  • 2009-Present: Board and Executive Committee member, Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation/Harms Study Group; 2005-Present: Member
  • 2006-Present: Member, Scoliosis Research Society
  • 2005-Present: Member, 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
  • 2023: Award Nominee for “Follow-up Report on Prospective FDA IDE Study on Vertebral Body Tethering for Idiopathic Scoliosis," International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques
  • 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, U.S. News and World Report
  • 2013: Scoliosis Research Society Traveling Fellowship
  • 2010: Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship, Scoliosis Research Society
Providers Academic Works And Presentations Accordion Title
  • Presenter: 31st IMAST, Lumbar vertebral body tethering: single center outcomes and reoperations in a consecutive series of 106 patients (4/2024, 11/2023)
  • Presenter: 58th SRS annual meeting, Does the availability of baseline intraoperative neuromonitoring data affect outcomes in patients with cerebral palsy undergoing PSF? (9/2023)
  • Presenter: 58th SRS annual meeting, Does tone affect outcomes in cerebral palsy patients undergoing posterior spinal fusion? (9/2023)
  • Presenter: 30th IMAST, Follow-up report on prospective FDA IDE study on vertebral body tethering for idiopathic scoliosis (3/2023)
  • Guest Speaker: Taiwan Spine Society (3/2023)
  • Keynote Speaker: University of Nicosia, Cyprus, The Shriners Annual Lectures in Orthopaedics (1/2023)


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