Shaleen Vira, M.D.

Director of Spine Surgery Research

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - General Orthopaedics
  • Adult Spinal Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Surgery


Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon

Shaleen Vira, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He focuses on complex spinal deformities, scoliosis, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Vira practices at UT Southwestern Frisco, Zale Lipshy Pavilion, and Parkland Memorial Hospital.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Vira is Director of Spine Surgery Research and leads multidisciplinary efforts both within and outside the university to improve the safety and efficacy of spine surgery. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, conference podium presentations, and book chapters in the areas of adult and pediatric spinal deformities, minimally invasive spine surgery, and value and health care policy in spine care.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern in 2019, Dr. Vira was at the Cleveland Clinic where he was the Combined Neurological and Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellow.

Dr. Vira earned his medical degree at NYU Langone Medical Center (the US News & World Report ranked #3 medical school in the nation) where he was in the highly selective B.A./M.D. program, and earned his medical school admission at age 17. He performed his residency at the prestigious Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (a top 5 US News & World Report hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery) where he was in the Clinician Scientist Orthopaedic Surgery Program and served as Chief Resident. He completed a research fellowship in adult and pediatric spinal deformities at the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital.

Dr. Vira is a member of several professional organizations, including the North American Spine Society, the AO Spine Society, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.

He was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors in Collin County list for 2021.

Education & Training
  • Research Fellowship - NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (2014-2015), Adult and Pediatric Spinal Deformity
  • Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2018-2019), Spine Surgery
  • Residency - NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (2012-2018), Orthopedic Surgery
  • Medical School - New York University Langone Medical Center (2008-2012)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) (2019)
  • AO Spine (2018)
  • North American Spine Society (2015)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (2012)
Honors & Awards
  • Best Doctors in Collin County 2021, D Magazine
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2021
  • AO Spine Fellows Forum Best Poster Award 2019
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Resident/Fellow Educational Scholarship 2019
  • Young Surgeon Educational Grant 2019, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Gold Humanism Honors Society 2014, NYU Langone Medical Center Chapter
  • Musculoskeletal Research Award 2012, NYU School of Medicine
  • Cecil Rhodes Scholarship Finalist 2009
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Adult Spinal Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Adult and Pediatric Scoliosis
  • Back, Neck, & Spine Fractures
  • Brain & Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Craniocervical Junction (CVJ) Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Spine
  • Basilar Invagination/Impression, Cranial Settling
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Arthritis/Degeneration
  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical and Thoracic Myelopathy
  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Stenosis
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sagittal Spinal Deformity/Spinopelvic Imbalance
  • Scheuermann's Kyphosis
  • Spinal Osteomyelitis/Osteodiscitis and Other Infection

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