Meet the Doctor: Seyedalireza Mirghasemi, MD
Seyedalireza Mirghasemi (Ghasemi), MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at the Einstein Healthcare Network. He sees patients at Einstein Orthopedics locations on Township Line Road in Elkins Park, on Germantown Pike in Norristown, and on Tabor Road in Philadelphia. Dr. Mirghasemi is board-certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
We recently spoke with Dr. Mirghasemi about his career, his interests, and orthopedic surgery at Einstein.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: I knew by high school that I wanted to become a doctor. I attended a school for gifted students. I took biology courses, and these classes motivated me to advance further in the medical field. My teachers were very supportive. My sister is a pediatrician, and she influenced my decision to go into medicine as well.
Q: Tell us about your education background.
A: I earned a medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, in Iran, where I also completed an orthopedic surgery residency.
Following my residency, and a few years in academic practice at the University of Iran, I relocated to the U.S. and completed an adult limb reconstruction surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City; an orthopedic foot and ankle fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and an orthopedic sports medicine surgery fellowship at Jefferson Health Northeast in Philadelphia.
Before that, I was involved in numerous research studies when I was in research fellowship programs at Johns Hopkins University and at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: After the orthopedic intervention, we can fix the problem and can see the changes immediately. Definitely, the quality of life changes significantly for the patient after surgery.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: One of my areas of clinical interest is joint preservation surgery, including the repair of cartilage. When cartilage deteriorates due to osteoarthritis, it causes persistent joint pain that interferes with daily life. Our preservative surgeries will aim to restore normal movement and alleviate pain in the joint, whether it’s a shoulder, hip, knee or ankle.
The goal is to preserve the natural joint, repair cartilage and offload the involved parts of the joint. This will help to prevent injury, reduce inflammation, and preserve the remaining cartilage.
For example, a combination of knee partial osteotomy (cutting of the bone) and cartilage repair can take pressure off the damaged side of the knee. This realigns the limb so the leg is straight, relieves the pressure on damaged tissue, and allows it to heal the cartilage. The joint is preserved in the correct position, which helps to avoid future problems and pain relief.
Joint replacement surgery is generally performed for severe and late stages of osteoarthritis after other options have failed.
In addition, I have expertise in shoulder, knee and ankle arthroscopy; reconstruction of the ligaments around the knee; meniscus repair; meniscal allograft transplantation, rotator cuff repair; reconstruction of an irreparable shoulder rotator cuff tendon; deformity correction; foot and ankle surgery; and surgeries for ankle sports injuries, including cartilage repair and ligament reconstruction.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: I get to treat many different patients with varying needs and injuries. It is a very dynamic environment to work in, and I am challenged every day to work harder. Our team works well together; it feels like a big family. The residents and hospital staff are so skilled and confident. They listen very well and provide excellent care in the operating room and clinic.
Q: Why should people choose Einstein for their orthopedic surgery?
A: We have a capable team that treats many different types of orthopedic conditions and injuries, including sports trauma. Patients who come to our clinic are seen by a team of medical professionals who truly know how to manage a patient throughout their care.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: I enjoy horseback riding, kayaking and biking. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, who is a neurology resident, and my two children, who are 9 and 5 years of age.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: My favorite books are those by Rumi, the 13th Century Persian poet, theologian and mystic. I also like the classics, including Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer andothers by Mark Twain.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Star Wars and all the sequels.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: My favorite vacation spot is the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. It is a very unique area.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: The Persian Grille, an Iranian restaurant in Lafayette Hill.