2024 Investiture Information

Sohail K. Mirza

Professor of Engineering

Professor Mirza—a nationally-known orthopaedic surgeon specializing in complex spinal diseases, cancers, and injuries—talks with fellow biomedical engineering researcher Keith Paulsen.

Research Interests

Spinal biomechanics and surgery


  • BA, Physics, Colorado College 1985
  • MD, University of Colorado 1989
  • MPH, University of Washington 2005


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Kappa Delta Clinical Research Award 2014
  • University of Washington Service Excellence Award 2002 and 2008
  • Cervical Spine Research Society Award 1998
  • Laurnen Award for Spine Research 1994
  • Carbon Gillespie Award, Surgical Anatomy 1986

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, Orthopedic Research Society
  • Member, Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Member, American Orthopedic Association
  • Member, North American Spine Society

Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • Martin BI, Lurie JD, Farrokhi FR, McGuire KJ, Mirza SK. Early effects of Medicare's Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program for lumbar fusion. Spine (Phila Pa I976). 2017 Sep 6. doi: I0.1097/BRS.0000000000002404. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28885288
  • Tapp SJ, Martin BI, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, Weinstein MC, Deyo RA, Mirza SK, Tosteson ANA. Understanding the value of minimally invasive procedures for the treatment oflumbar spinal stenosis: the case of interspinous spacer devices. Spine J. 2017 Aug 25. pii: S 1529-9430(I7)30944-0. doi: 10.10I6/j.spinee.2017.08.246. [Epub ahead ofprint] PMID: 28847740
  • Lollis SS, Fan X, Evans L, Olson JD, Paulsen KD, Roberts DW, Mirza SK, Ji S. Use of Stereo vision for Intraoperative Coregistration of a Spinal Surgical Field: A Human Feasibility Study. Neurosurgery. 20I7 Jun 27. doi: 10.1093/ons/opxi32. [Epub ahead ofprint] PMID: 28658939
  • Patel NK, Moses RA, Martin BI, Lurie JD, Mirza SK. Validation ofUsing Claims Data to Measure Safety of Lumbar Fusion Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa I976). 20I7 May I;42(9):682-691. doi: 10.I097/BRS.0000000000001879. PMID: 27557452 CV: So hail K. Jvfirza MD MPH 17
  • Beachler DC, Yanik EL, Martin BI, Pfeiffer RM, Mirza SK, Deyo RA, Engels EA. Bone Morphogenetic Protein Use and Cancer Risk Among Patients Undergoing Lumbar Arthrodesis: A Case-Cohort Study Using the SEER-Medicare Database. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Jul 6;98(13):1064-72. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.l5.01106. PMID: 27385679 Free PMC Article
  • Deyo RA, Mirza SK. CLINICAL PRACTICE. Herniated Lumbar Intervertebral Disk. N Engl J Med. 2016 May 5;374(18):1763-72. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcp1512658. Review. No abstract available. PMID: 27144851
  • Pearson AM, Martin BI, Lindsey M, Mirza SK. C2 Vertebral Fractures in the Medicare Population: Incidence, Outcomes, and Costs. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Mar 16;98(6):449-56. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.0.00468. PMID: 26984912
  • Mirza SK. Surgery and physical therapy likely yield similar outcomes in spinal stenosis. Evid Based Med. 2016 Feb;21(1):31. doi: 10.1136/ebmed-2015-110220. Epub 2016 Jan 4. No abstract available. PMID: 26729775
  • Martin BI, Deyo RA, Lurie JD, Carey TS, Tosteson AN, Mirza SK. Effects of a Commercial Insurance Policy Restriction on Lumbar Fusion in North Carolina and the Implications for National Adoption. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jun;41 (11):647-55. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001390. PMID: 26679877 Free PMC
  • Ji S, Fan X, Paulsen KD, Roberts DW, Mirza SK, Lollis SS. Intraoperative CT as a registration benchmark for intervertebral motion compensation in image-guided open spinal surgery. Int J Comput Assist Radial Surg. 2015 Dec;10(12):2009-20. doi: 10.1007/s11548-015-1255-5. Epub 2015 Jul21. PMID: 26194485
  • Ji S, Fan X, Paulsen KD, Roberts DW, Mirza SK, Lollis SS. Patient Registration Using Intraoperative Stereovision in Image-guided Open Spinal Surgery. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015 Sep;62(9):2177-86. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2015.2415731. Epub 2015 Mar 26. PubMed PMID: 25826802; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4545737.
  • Martin BI, Lurie JD, Tosteson AN, Deyo RA, Farrokhi FR, Mirza SK. Use of bone morphogenetic protein among patients undergoing fusion for degenerative diagno.ses in the United States, 2002 to 2012. Spine J. 2015 Apr 1;15(4):692-9. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.12.010. Epub 2014 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 25523380; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4375057.


  • System and method to measure pain levels of patients following surgery | 11,617,536
  • Hand-held stereovision system for image updating in surgery | 11,406,471
  • Method and apparatus for forming a cavity in soft tissue or bone | 6,358,251
  • Percutaneous surgical cavitation device and method | 5,928,239


  • ENGG 325: Introduction to Surgical Innovation

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