Shaleen Vira, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His clinical focus is complex spinal deformities, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Vira is Director of Spine Surgery Research and leads multidisciplinary efforts within and outside the university to improve the safety and efficacy of spine surgery. Dr. Vira has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, conference podium presentations, and book chapters in the areas of adult and pediatric spinal deformities, minimally invasive spine surgery, and value & healthcare policy in spine care.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2019, Dr. Vira was at the Cleveland Clinic where he was the Combined Neurological and Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellow. Dr. Vira earned his medical degree from NYU Langone Medical Center (US News & World Report ranked #3 medical school in the nation) where he was in the highly selective BA/MD program and earned his medical school admission at age 17. His residency was at the prestigious Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (top 5 US News & World Report hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery) where he was in the Clinician Scientist Orthopaedic Surgery Program and served as chief resident. During this time he completed a research fellowship in adult and pediatric spinal deformities at the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital.

Dr. Vira is a member of several professional societies including North American Spine Society (NASS), AO Spine Society, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), and International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS). He practices at UTSW Frisco Hospital, Zale Lipshy Hospital, and Parkland Hospital.


Medical School
New York University Langone Medical Center (2012)
Research Fellowship
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (2015), Spine Surgery
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (2018), Orthopedic Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2019), Spine Surgery

Research Interest

  • adult spinal deformity
  • cervical spine deformity
  • minimally invasive spinal techniques
  • pediatric spinal deformity
  • safety in spine surgery
  • value and healthcare policy in spine surgery


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Correction to: Prior bariatric surgery lowers complication rates following spine surgery in obese patients.
Passias PG, Horn SR, Vasquez-Montes D, Shepard N, Segreto FA, Bortz CA, Poorman GW, Jalai CM, Wang C, Stekas N, Frangella NJ, Deflorimonte C, Diebo BG, Raad M, Vira S, Horowitz JA, Sciubba DM, Hassanzadeh H, Lafage R, Afthinos J, Lafage V, Acta Neurochir (Wien) 2019 Oct
Predictors of Hospital-Acquired Conditions Are Predominately Similar for Spine Surgery and Other Common Elective Surgical Procedures, With Some Key Exceptions.
Horn SR, Pierce KE, Oh C, Segreto FA, Egers M, Bortz C, Vasquez-Montes D, Lafage R, Lafage V, Vira S, Steinmetz L, Ge DH, Buza JA, Moon J, Diebo BG, Alas H, Brown AE, Shepard NA, Hassanzadeh H, Passias PG, Global Spine J 2019 Oct 9 7 717-723
Incidence of Congenital Spinal Abnormalities Among Pediatric Patients and Their Association With Scoliosis and Systemic Anomalies.
Passias PG, Poorman GW, Jalai CM, Diebo BG, Vira S, Horn SR, Baker JF, Shenoy K, Hasan S, Buza J, Bronson W, Paul JC, Kaye I, Foster NA, Cassilly RT, Oren JH, Moskovich R, Line B, Oh C, Bess S, LaFage V, Errico TJ, J Pediatr Orthop 2019 Sep 39 8 e608-e613
Congenital Etiology Is an Independent Risk Factor for Complications in Adolescents Undergoing Corrective Scoliosis Surgery: Comparison of In-hospital Comorbidities Using Nationwide KID's Inpatient Database.
Poorman GW, Jalai CM, Diebo B, Vira S, Buza J, Baker J, Tishelman J, Horn S, Bono O, Shenoy K, Hasan S, Paul J, Isaacs E, Kaye I, Atanda A, Buckland AJ, LaFage V, Errico T, Passias PG, J Pediatr Orthop 2019 Sep 39 8 406-410
The Impact of Adult Thoracolumbar Spinal Deformities on Standing to Sitting Regional and Segmental Reciprocal Alignment.
Pierce KE, Horn SR, Jain D, Segreto FA, Bortz C, Vasquez-Montes D, Zhou PL, Moon J, Steinmetz L, Varlotta CG, Frangella NJ, Stekas N, Ge DH, Hockley A, Diebo BG, Vira S, Alas H, Brown AE, Lafage R, Lafage V, Schwab FJ, Koller H, Buckland AJ, Gerling MC, Passias PG, Int J Spine Surg 2019 Aug 13 4 308-316
Recovery kinetics following spinal deformity correction: a comparison of isolated cervical, thoracolumbar, and combined deformity morphometries.
Passias PG, Segreto FA, Lafage R, Lafage V, Smith JS, Line BG, Scheer JK, Mundis GM, Hamilton DK, Kim HJ, Horn SR, Bortz CA, Diebo BG, Vira S, Gupta MC, Klineberg EO, Burton DC, Hart RA, Schwab FJ, Shaffrey CI, Ames CP, Bess S, Spine J 2019 Aug 19 8 1422-1433
Suboptimal Age-Adjusted Lumbo-Pelvic Mismatch Predicts Negative Cervical-Thoracic Compensation in Obese Patients.
Horn SR, Bortz CA, Ramachandran S, Poorman GW, Segreto F, Siow M, Sure A, Vasquez-Montes D, Diebo B, Tishelman J, Moon J, Zhou P, Beaubrun B, Vira S, Jalai C, Wang C, Shenoy K, Behery O, Errico T, Lafage V, Buckland A, Passias PG, Int J Spine Surg 2019 Jun 13 3 252-261
Impact of presenting patient characteristics on surgical complications and morbidity in early onset scoliosis.
Segreto FA, Vasquez-Montes D, Bortz CA, Horn SR, Diebo BG, Vira S, Kelly JJ, Stekas N, Ge DH, Ihejirika YU, Lafage R, Lafage V, Karamitopoulos M, Delsole EM, Hockley A, Petrizzo AM, Buckland AJ, Errico TJ, Gerling MC, Passias PG, J Clin Neurosci 2019 Apr 62 105-111
A Novel MRI Tool for Evaluating Cortical Bone Thickness of the Proximal Femur.
Ramme AJ, Vira S, Hotca A, Miller R, Welbeck A, Honig S, Egol KA, Rajapakse CS, Chang G, Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013) 2019 Mar 77 2 115-121
Decreased rates of 30-day perioperative complications following ASD-corrective surgery: A modified Clavien analysis of 3300 patients from 2010 to 2014.
Passias PG, Bortz CA, Pierce KE, Segreto FA, Horn SR, Vasquez-Montes D, Lafage V, Brown AE, Ihejirika Y, Alas H, Varlotta C, Ge DH, Shepard N, Oh C, DelSole EM, Jankowski PP, Hockley A, Diebo BG, Vira SN, Sciubba DM, Raad M, Neuman BJ, Gerling MC, J Clin Neurosci 2019 Mar 61 147-152


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Honors & Awards

  • AO Spine Fellows Forum Best Poster Award
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Resident/Fellow Educational Scholarship
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 2019 Young Surgeon Educational Grant
  • Gold Humanism Honors Society, NYU Langone Medical Center Chapter
  • Musculoskeletal Research Award
    NYU School of Medicine (2012)
  • Cecil Rhodes Scholarship Finalist

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) (2019)
  • AO Spine (2018)
  • North American Spine Society (2015)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (2012)