Educational Programs at the Claremont Museum of Art

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Claremont Museum of Art

Neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as the medical director of the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., in Pomona, California. In addition, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art.

In response to diminishing art programs in local schools, the Claremont Museum of Art has provided the Claremont, California, community with a number of educational art programs, including Project ARTstART, ARTpix, and Family Art.

Through Project ARTstART, high school-aged children are provided the opportunity to communicate their appreciation for the fine arts to elementary school students. Over the last six years, the program has aggregated a leadership force of 60 high school students teaching at three local schools, as well as a number of college mentors, who oversee their activities.

The ARTpix program, designed in the mold of the popular ARToon program, which emphasized the art behind professional cartooning, is based in the El Roble Intermediate School and focuses on the art of photography. Finally, the museum’s Family Art program has established a presence at various festivals throughout the Claremont region, offering engaging artistic resources to both children and adults.


The 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Ali Mesiwala, MD, has spent 11 years as a neurosurgeon and the medical director of the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., in Pomona, California. Complementing his work at Chaparral, Ali Mesiwala, MD, maintains memberships in professional organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is set to host the 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles between April 22 and 26. The 85th annual meeting will explore the theme of Neurosurgery: A World of Innovation. Topics of interest expected to be covered at the meeting range from recent technological advances in the field to innovations in areas of international neurological education. As customary at these annual meetings, breakout sessions will address subjects of general interest to neurosurgeons as well as specialty services.

Information on registration for the 85th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting can be found at Scientific session registration will open to members and non-members in November, while the advance registration period is set to close on March 22, 2017.

An Innovative Approach to SI Joint Fixation Surgery

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SI Bone, Inc

Based in Pomona, California, neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as medical director of Chaparral Medical Group, Inc. Well-published in his field and a member of SI Bone, Inc., Ali Mesiwala, MD, coauthored the presentation “One Year Follow-up of Patients Undergoing Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fixation” through the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine.

Traditional open sacroiliac (SI) joint fixation surgeries are associated with physical restrictions and long patient recovery times. In recent years, a minimally invasive approach that employs three titanium dowels has been developed for fixating the SI joint.

A review of nearly 100 patients who had not responded to non-surgical treatment and went through unilateral or bilateral SI fixation for degenerative joint disease/instability revealed significant post-operative improvement. Among patients without previous lumbar surgery, success was achieved within six months. Those with prior lumbar surgery achieved successful results within three months. In addition to these positive results, Dr. Mesiwala and his colleagues noted that there was no evidence of permanent complications, and patients reported no physical limitations.

Connections Between the Sacroiliac Joint and Back Pain

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Ali Mesiwala MD

A longtime neurosurgeon with the Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., in Southern California, Ali Mesiwala, MD, has extensive experience in spine and lower back pain. In 2012, Ali Mesiwala, MD, presented on “Sacroiliac Joint: The Forgotten Back Pain Generator” at a professional meeting in Ontario, California.

Commonly known as the SI joints, these sit on either side of the spine and are responsible for carrying the upper body’s weight when walking or standing, shifting the load to the legs. Associated with lower back pain, SI joint pain can be either sharp or dull, and begins at the joint itself. It often extends to the upper back, groin, thighs, and buttocks.

SI joint pain can be triggered by common movements such as standing up, and is often experienced on only one side of the back. Caused by inflammation, it is associated with pregnancy, arthritis, and unusual ways of walking that in turn cause the joint to move abnormally. Treatment protocols include chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, and cortisone shots. In addition, a recently developed technique known as SI joint fixation provides a minimally invasive surgical approach to treating the condition.