Francis Farhadi, MD, PhD

  • Director, Neurosurgery Spine Program



  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Canal stenosis
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical spondylolysis
  • Disk herniation
    • Lumbar spinal stenosis
    • Peripheral nerve sheath tumor
    • Radiculopathy
    • Scoliosis
    • Spinal cord compression
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Spinal cord tumor
    • Spinal tumor

Procedures Performed

  • Spine Surgery
  • Discectomy
  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
    • Spinal fusion surgery
    • Spinal deformity surgery


I am a complex spine and peripheral nerve surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive techniques that treat a variety of spinal and nerve conditions. I received a master’s degree in public health from the University of London and my medical training and PhD from McGill University. I completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Toronto and finished two fellowships in peripheral nerve and complex spine surgery. I served on faculty for over 10 years at the Ohio State University in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

My current research focuses on developing and validating surrogate markers that can help better predict functional recovery after surgery for a variety of conditions including traumatic spinal cord injury and myelopathy. The results of this research will help guide the rational design of future human trials. I also oversee several clinical trials evaluating new implants to enhance the safety and efficacy of spinal surgery. My research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of Neurotrauma and the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. Working at UK allows me to provide cutting-edge treatment and care while also participating in advancing standards of care through research and education.

Faculty Rank

  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Awards

    Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2017

    Lawrence J. Mervis, MD, Teacher of the Year Award in the Department of Neurological Surgery, 2013

Training & Education


MSc PH, University of London, England
MD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Peripheral Nerve, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Spine Surgery, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Fla.

Certifications and Special Training

FRCS(C), Neurosurgery

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