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Rajesh G. Arakal, M.D.

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Texas Back InstituteOrthopedic Surgery
6020 W. Parker Road Suite 200 Plano, TX 750936045 Alma Rd. Suite 360 McKinney, TX 75070501 Midwestern Parkway East Wichita Falls, TX 76302 Phone: 972-608-5000

Biography

| Practicing Locations: McKinney | Plano | Wichita Falls
| Dr. Arakal’s Personal Quote:
“I dedicate my practice exclusively to the thorough evaluation and treatment of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar pathology. When required, surgical treatments are tailored to meet patients needs.”
| Specialty: Spine Surgery
| Fellowship Training: Spinal Surgery
| Certification: Certified – American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

| Rajesh G. Arakal, M.D.

Rajesh G. Arakal, M.D. is fellowship trained in Spinal Surgery from Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center in Houston, under Michael Heggeness, M.D., Ph.D., specializing in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar pathology. Dr. Arakal graduated from a highly competitive and accelerated 7- year combined program from The New Jersey Medical School. He stayed on for Orthopaedic surgical training at the Level I Trauma Center at the University Hospitals of New Jersey Medical School. He has received advanced clinical instruction at Washington University with Larry Lenke, M.D., Arizona Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery with Anthony Yeung, M.D., and at the Klinic Karlsbad, Germany with Jurgen Harms. Dr. Arakal has been significantly involved in the development of the Spine Trauma Protocols, Spine Service Line, and for the direct surgical care of acute spinal cord, spinal injuries, and scoliosis at the Regional Trauma Center at Medical Center of Plano. He continues to serve as the Director of Orthopaedic Spine. Dr. Arakal is a Fellow in the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He serves as the Spine Consultant for the Michael Johnson Athletic Performance Center for the treatment of college and professional athletes. Dr. Arakal has been a partner and associate of the Texas Back Institute since 2007, is part of the teaching faculty for the spine fellowship program, and the Center for Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery, a Texas Health Resources affiliate.

| Education

  • Specialized training at the Klinic Karlsbad, Germany with Jurgen Harms for Cervical stabilization and Lumbar reconstructive procedures.
  • 2004-2005 Spine Surgery Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas Medical Center (Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Michael Debakey VA Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital) (Chief of Service: Michael Heggeness, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • 2000-2004 Orthopedic Surgery Residency, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey (Chief of Service: Fred F. Behrens, M.D.)
  • 1999-2000 General Surgery Internship, University Hospital, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey
  • 1999 M.D., New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey
  • 1995 B.S., Honors Program, College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey

| Awards/Recognition

  • Voted one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors in 2011
  • D Magazine Best Doctors in Collin County 2011
  • Director of Orthopedic Spine, Medical Center of Plano
  • Spine Trauma physician at regional level II Trauma Center
  • Clinical Instruction, Minimally Invasive Selective Endoscopic Discectomy, Arthroscopic Approaches to the Spinal Column, Anthony Yeung, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, Arizona Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, San Diego, California
  • October 2007 Clinical Instruction, Complex Spinal Deformity, Lawrence Lenke, M.D., Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Spine Consultant, Michael Johnson Athletic Performance Center at Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas
  • Sub-investigator, Advent Cervical Disc Arthroplasty Study
  • Co-Investigator, Intradiscal Regeneration Study, Johnson & Johnson
  • Fellow, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Lead Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Providence St. Peters Hospital, tertiary referral center, Olympia, Washington
  • Post-Doctoral Spine Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas
  • Assistant Orthopedic Faculty, Ben Taub Orthopedic Clinics, Houston, Texas
  • Assistant Faculty, Michael Debakey VA, Houston, Texas
  • Resident Role Model and Teaching Excellence Award, Gold Foundation, University Hospital, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)
  • Alumni Scholar, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)
  • Alumni Research Fellowship Award, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)
  • Deans Achievement, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)
  • Edward Bloustein Garden State Scholar
  • Trustee Scholar, College of New Jersey
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, College of New Jersey
  • Combined Accelerated 7-year Bachelor in Science and Doctorate in Medicine
  • First Student to Finish the Honors Degree in Three Years in College History, College of New Jersey

| Publications, Books & Presentations

As world-renowned leaders in the field of neck and back care, Texas Back Institute doctors are continuously writing and presenting professional articles, publications, and speaking engagements to national and international audiences.

PUBLICATIONS

Harten RD, Lee FY, Zimmerman MC, Hurowitz E, Arakal R, Behrens FF. Regional and Temporal Changes in the Acoustic Properties of Fracture Callus in Secondary Bone Healing, J Ortho Res 15(4):570-576, 1997.

BOOK AND BOOK CHAPTERS

1. Arakal R, et al. Cervical Trauma. In: Garfin S, Bono C (eds): Essentials of Spine. Lippincott, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 2004.

2. Arakal RG: Anatomy of the Normal and Aging Spine. In: Yue JJ, Guyer RD, Johnson JP, Khoo LT, Hochschuler SH (eds): The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine: Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques. Elsevier, in press.

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

1. Harten RD, Lee FY, Zimmerman MC, Hurowitz E, Arakal R, Behrens FF. Regional and Temporal Changes in Acoustic Properties of Fracture Callus in Secondary Bone Healing. Orthopaedic Research Society. 1996; Atlanta, Georgia.

2. Harten RD, Zimmerman MC, Arakal R, Behrens FF. Effect of Physiologic Dynamic Compression on Distraction Osteogenesis. 43rd Annual Meeting of Orthopaedic Research Society. February, 1997; San Francisco, California.

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