| 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. 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.
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.
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.