Todd Alamin, MD

Spine surgeon

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center

Orthopaedic Spine Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-725-5905
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Professional Education

Medical Education: Yale University School of Medicine (1995) CT

Residency: UCSD Medical Center (2000) CA

Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (2001) CA

Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2003)

Internship: UCSD Medical Center (1996) CA

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Failure strength of lumbar spinous processes loaded in a tension band model
Golish, S. R., Fielding, L., Agarwal, V., Buckley, J., & Alamin, T. F. (2012). Failure strength of lumbar spinous processes loaded in a tension band model. JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY-SPINE, 17(1), 69-73.

Morbidity and Mortality of C2 Fractures in the Elderly: Surgery and Conservative Treatment
Chen, Y.- ren, Boakye, M., Arrigo, R. T., Kalanithi, P. Sa., Cheng, I., & Park, J. (2012). Morbidity and Mortality of C2 Fractures in the Elderly: Surgery and Conservative Treatment. NEUROSURGERY, 70(5), 1055-1059.

Pulmonary Cement Embolism after Kyphoplasty
Chong, T., Lieu, J., Alamin, T., & Mitra, R. (2011). Pulmonary Cement Embolism after Kyphoplasty. PAIN PRACTICE, 11(6), 570-573.

Charlson Score is a Robust Predictor of 30-Day Complications Following Spinal Metastasis Surgery
Arrigo, R. T., Kalanithi, P., Cheng, I., Alamin, T., Carragee, E. J., & Park, J. (2011). Charlson Score is a Robust Predictor of 30-Day Complications Following Spinal Metastasis Surgery. SPINE, 36(19), E1274-E1280.

Bacteriologic Culture of Excised Intervertebral Disc From Immunocompetent Patients Undergoing Single Level Primary Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Agarwal, V., Golish, S. R., & Alamin, T. F. (2011). Bacteriologic Culture of Excised Intervertebral Disc From Immunocompetent Patients Undergoing Single Level Primary Lumbar Microdiscectomy. JOURNAL OF SPINAL DISORDERS & TECHNIQUES, 24(6), 397-400.

Provocative lumbar discography versus functional anesthetic discography: a comparison of the results of two different diagnostic techniques in 52 patients with chronic low back pain
Alamin, T. F., Kim, M. J., & Agarwal, V. (2011). Provocative lumbar discography versus functional anesthetic discography: a comparison of the results of two different diagnostic techniques in 52 patients with chronic low back pain. SPINE JOURNAL, 11(8), 756-765.

Predictors of Survival After Surgical Treatment of Spinal Metastasis
Arrigo, R. T., Kalanithi, P., Cheng, I., Alamin, T., Carragee, E. J., & Boakye, M. (2011). Predictors of Survival After Surgical Treatment of Spinal Metastasis. NEUROSURGERY, 68(3), 674-681.

Gluteal-Sparing Approach for Posterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft Description of a New Technique and Assessment of Morbidity in Ninety-Two Patients After Spinal Fusion
Merritt, A. L., Spinnicke, A., Pettigrew, K., & Alamin, T. F. (2010). Gluteal-Sparing Approach for Posterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft Description of a New Technique and Assessment of Morbidity in Ninety-Two Patients After Spinal Fusion. SPINE, 35(14), 1396-1400.

Facet Pain in Thoracic Compression Fractures
Mitra, R., Do, H., Alamin, T., & Cheng, I. (2010). Facet Pain in Thoracic Compression Fractures. PAIN MEDICINE, 11(11), 1674-1677.

Lumbar intersegmental spacing and angulation in the modified lateral decubitus position versus variants of prone positioning
Agarwal, V., Wildstein, M., Tillman, J. B., Pelkey, W. L., & Alamin, T. F. (2009). Lumbar intersegmental spacing and angulation in the modified lateral decubitus position versus variants of prone positioning. SPINE JOURNAL, 9(7), 580-584.

Lumbar Tumor Resections and Management
Alamin, T., & Mayle, R. (2009). Lumbar Tumor Resections and Management. ORTHOPEDIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 40(1), 93-?.

Does minor trauma cause serious low back illness?
Carragee, E., Alamin, T., Cheng, I., Franklin, T., & Hurwitz, E. (2006). Does minor trauma cause serious low back illness?. SPINE, 31(25), 2942-2949.

Are first-time episodes of serious LBP associated with new MRI findings?
Carragee, E., Alamin, T., Cheng, I., Franklin, T., van den Haak, E., & Hurwitz, E. (2006). Are first-time episodes of serious LBP associated with new MRI findings?. spine journal , 6(6), 624-635.

Surgical treatment for unstable low-grade isthmic spondylolisthesis in adults: a prospective controlled study of posterior instrumented fusion compared with combined anterior-posterior fusion.
Swan, J., Hurwitz, E., Malek, F., van den Haak, E., Cheng, I., & Carragee, E. (2006). Surgical treatment for unstable low-grade isthmic spondylolisthesis in adults: a prospective controlled study of posterior instrumented fusion compared with combined anterior-posterior fusion. spine journal , 6(6), 606-614.

Vertebroplasty versus kyphoplasty: Biomechanical behavior under repetitive loading conditions
Kim, M. J., Lindsey, D. P., Hannibal, M., & Alamin, T. F. (2006). Vertebroplasty versus kyphoplasty: Biomechanical behavior under repetitive loading conditions. SPINE, 31(18), 2079-2084.

A gold standard evaluation of the "discogenic pain" diagnosis as determined by provocative discography
Carragee, E. J., Lincoln, T., Parmar, V. S., & Alamin, T. (2006). A gold standard evaluation of the "discogenic pain" diagnosis as determined by provocative discography. SPINE, 31(18), 2115-2123.

Comparison of minimally invasive and conventional open posterolateral lumbar fusion using magnetic resonance imaging and retraction pressure studies
Stevens, K. J., Spenciner, D. B., Griffiths, K. L., Kim, K. D., Zivienenberg-Lee, M., & Bammer, R. (2006). Comparison of minimally invasive and conventional open posterolateral lumbar fusion using magnetic resonance imaging and retraction pressure studies. JOURNAL OF SPINAL DISORDERS & TECHNIQUES, 19(2), 77-86.

A prospective controlled study of limited versus subtotal posterior discectomy: Short-term outcomes in patients with herniated lumbar intervertebral discs and large posterior anular defect
Carragee, E. J., Spinnickie, A. O., Alamin, T. F., & Paragioudakis, S. (2006). A prospective controlled study of limited versus subtotal posterior discectomy: Short-term outcomes in patients with herniated lumbar intervertebral discs and large posterior anular defect. SPINE, 31(6), 653-657.

Low-pressure positive discography in subjects asymptomatic of significant low back pain illness
Carragee, E. J., Alamin, T. F., & Carragee, J. M. (2006). Low-pressure positive discography in subjects asymptomatic of significant low back pain illness. SPINE, 31(5), 505-509.

The monotonic and fatigue properties of osteoporotic thoracic vertebral bodies
Lindsey, D. P., Kim, M. J., Hannibal, M., & Alamin, T. F. (2005). The monotonic and fatigue properties of osteoporotic thoracic vertebral bodies. SPINE, 30(6), 645-649.

Discographic, MRI and psychosocial determinants of low back pain disability and remission: a prospective study in subjects with benign persistent back pain.
Carragee, E. J., Alamin, T. F., Miller, J. L., & Carragee, J. M. (2005). Discographic, MRI and psychosocial determinants of low back pain disability and remission: a prospective study in subjects with benign persistent back pain. spine journal , 5(1), 24-35.

Prospective controlled study of the development of lower back pain in previously asymptomatic subjects undergoing experimental discography
Carragee, E. J., Barcohana, B., Alamin, T., & van den Haak, E. (2004). Prospective controlled study of the development of lower back pain in previously asymptomatic subjects undergoing experimental discography. SPINE, 29(10), 1112-1117.

Provocative discography in volunteer subjects with mild persistent low back pain.
Carragee, E. J., Alamin, T. F., Miller, J., & Grafe, M. (2002). Provocative discography in volunteer subjects with mild persistent low back pain. spine journal , 2(1), 25-34.

Discography. a review.
Carragee, E. J., & Alamin, T. F. (2001). Discography. a review. spine journal , 1(5), 364-372.

Preossified longitudinal epiphyseal bracket of the foot: Treatment by partial bracket excision before ossification
Shea, K. G., Mubarak, S. J., & Alamin, T. (2001). Preossified longitudinal epiphyseal bracket of the foot: Treatment by partial bracket excision before ossification. JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS, 21(3), 360-365.