Ankit I. Mehta, MD, FAANS, FACS

Associate Professor
Associate Program Director, Neurosurgical Residency
Director of Spinal Oncology
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Categories: Department of Neurosurgery

Ankit Indravadan Mehta, MD, FAANS, FACS specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions including tumors, degenerative, and spine diseases. Dr. Mehta received M.D. from Harvard Medical School and MIT in the Health Sciences and Technology pathway. He completed an internship in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a residency in neurological surgery at Duke University. During his residency training, Dr. Mehta completed an enfolded stereotactic radiosurgery fellowship. After his residency, Dr. Mehta completed a complex spine and spinal oncology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Mehta’s research efforts focus on patients with complex spinal conditions, most notably spinal tumors, and spinal deformity. He is the Director of Spinal Oncology and directs a laboratory specifically examining animal models of spinal tumors, both primary and metastatic, to apply his findings to new treatments for patients. In addition, he leads a team focusing on spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. His work has resulted in him being named as the North American Spine Society, “20 Under 40” Leaders in Spine, and the ‘Rising Star’ Award from the College of Medicine at UIC.

His involvement with national and international study groups examining outcomes for patients with such conditions reflects his focus on patient care and his clinical concentration on treating patients with spinal tumors. Dr. Mehta’s contributions have earned him numerous awards, including the 21 Century research grant from the Cervical Spine Research Society, the journal Spine’s Young Investigator of the Year Award, and others. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, 7 book chapters, and has presented his research at national conferences.