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Ankit I Mehta, MD, FAANS, FACS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurological Surgery

Chief of Spine Surgery

Department of Neurosurgery

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

Pronouns: He / Him


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MC 699

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UIC Department of Neurosurgery

Building & Room:

MC 799


451N NPI

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Selected Grants

Globus Grant, “Stand-alone ACDF vs Cage and Plate: Adjacent Segment Disease Biomechanics”, PI: Ankit I. Mehta, MD, FAANS

Ramaco Grant, “Bench Top Graphene Production from Coal”, PI: Vikas Berry, PhD (PI), Ankit I. Mehta MD (Co-PI), Sanjay Behura PhD (Co-PI)

Cervical Spine Research Society- 2019 -21st Century Research & Education Grant, “Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury With Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell Derived Exosomes”, PI: Ankit I. Mehta, MD, FAANS

AOSpine 2019 Discovery and Innovation Award, “Determining Efficacy and Toxicity of Magnetically Guided Nanoparticles for Intramedullary Spinal Tumors”, PI: Ankit I. Mehta, M.D.

Globus Medical Grant, “Exosomes Delivery in Acute Spinal Cord Injury”, PI: Ankit I. Mehta, M.D.

Medicrea Grant, ”Scoliosis and Gait Analysis”, PI: Ankit I. Mehta, M.D.

Cervical Spine Research Society- Seed Starter Grant, “Exosomes from Hypoxic Preconditioned Bone Marrow Stem Cell Media for Acute Spinal Cord Injury”, PI: Ankit I. Mehta, M.D.

Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Grant Agreement, “Prostate Cancer Spinal Metastasis Localized Therapy”, Mentor/PI: Ankit I. Mehta, M.D.

Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Grant Agreement, “Graphene ALS Biomarker”, Student: Akop Seksenyan Ph.D. Mentor/PI: Ankit I. Mehta, M.D.

Warren Cole Foundation-American College of Surgeons, “Mini-Sabbatical” – Spinal Cord Injury Contusion Model and Kinematic Analysis", PI: Ankit I. Mehta, M.D. Mentor: Gregoire Courtine, Ph.D., Chair of Spinal Cord Injury, EPFL, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  1. Khalid SI, Deysher D, Thompson K, Ostrov PB, Hossa J, Mirpuri P, Adogwa O, Mehta AI. Outcomes of patients undergoing single-level arthroplasty versus anterior lumbar interbody fusion. Acta Neurochir. 2023 May 13.
  2. Khalid SI, Jiang S, Khilwani H, Thomson K, Mirpuri P, Mehta AI. Postoperative Opioid Use Among Opioid-Naïve Cannabis Users Following Single-Level Lumbar Fusions. World Neurosurgery. 2023 Apr 6:S1878-8750(23)00475-8.
  3. Khalid SI, Hunter BM, Shah P, Patel A, Thomson KB, LoPresti MA, Roblin DW, Lam S, Mehta AI. The Impact of Social Determinants of Health in Pediatric Shunted Hydrocephalus. Neurosurgery. 2023 May 1;92(5):1066-1072.
  4. Khalid SI, Deysher D, Khilwani H, Mirpuri P, Thomson K, Maynard M, Mehta AI. Gastrostomy Sequence with Ventriculoperitoneal Shunting- Does it Matter? Neurosurgery. Accepted.
  5. Khalid SI, Deysher D, Thomson K, Khilwani H, Mirpuri P, Maynard M, Adogwa O, Mehta AI. Outcomes Following Endoscopic versus Open Carpal Tunnel Release. World Neurosurgery. 2023 Mar 1; 171. e162-e171.
  6. Patel S, Ryoo J, Ansari D, Mehta AI. Chordoma of the Skull Base: A National Cancer Database Analysis of Current Practice Patterns and Outcomes. World Neurosurgery. Accepted.
  7. Khalid SI, Nunna RS, Smith JS, Shanker RM, Cherney AA, Thomson KB, Chilakapati S, Mehta AI, Adogwa O. The role of bone mineral density in adult spinal deformity patients undergoing corrective surgery: a matched analysis. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2022 Aug 4. doi: 10.1007/s00701-022-05317-4. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35922723.
  8. Fuentes AM, Khalid SI, Mehta AI. Predictors of Subsequent Intervention Following Middle Meningeal Artery Embolization for Treatment of Subdural Hematoma: A Nationwide Analysis. Neurosurgery. Accepted.
  9. Khalid SI, Chilakapati S, MacDonald A, Singh R, Eldridge C, Smith J, Mehta AI, Adogwa O. The Impact of Smoking and Smoking Cessation Interventionos on Outcomes Following Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Procedures. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. Accepted.
  10. Solitro GF, Welborn MC, Mehta AI, Amirouche F. How to Optomize Pedicle Screw Parameters for the Thoracic Spine? A Biomechanical and Finite Element Method Study. Global Spine Journal. 2022 May 2;21925682221099470

Professional Leadership

Notable Executives of Color in Health Care by Crain’s Chicago Business. March 2022., Crain’s Chicago Business

Associate Professor with Tenure, University of Illinois at Chicago. August 2021., University of Illinois at Chicago

Fellow in the Art and Science of Surgery, American College of Surgeons. October 4, 2020., American College of Surgeons

Chancellor’s Translational Research Initiative Award-Office of Technology Management, University of Illinois at Chicago 2020., University of Illinois at Chicago

21st Century Research & Education Grant. Cervical Spine Research Grant 2019., Cervical Spine Research

Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS) 2019-Present., Association of Neurological Surgeons

NASS (North American Spine Society) “20 Under 40” Leaders in Spine Award 2019, Spine Award 2019


Medical School Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Medical Licensure Illinois, Indiana

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neuroological Surgeons. Cervical Spine Research Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society, AOSpine North America, AOSpine Tumor Knowledge Forum