Ali Mesiwala, MD, is an experienced neurosurgeon in San Bernardino, California. Acting as the chief of the St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery, he oversees patient care and services. Dedicated to helping others, Ali Mesiwala, MD, also serves as the medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League.
Founded in 2005 by Snoop Dogg, the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) provides youth with the opportunity to build character and discipline regardless of color, race, and economic background. The league is divided into six divisions: Future League, Jr. Clinic, St. Clinic, Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, and Jr. Midget. Regardless of the division, all SYFL players must be amateurs. Any previous sports involvement must have been solely for physical, mental, or social benefits and for enjoyment. They cannot have a past of playing for any monetary benefits and cannot compete on any outside tackle football team while participating in SYFL.
In most cases, Future League players are ages five and six, Jr. Clinic players are ages seven and eight, and Sr. Clinic players are ages nine through 10. Once players are age 11, they are eligible for the Jr. Pee Wee division. Players who are 12 are part of the Pee Wee division and the Jr. Midget division welcomes players between the ages of 13 and 14. Players in Jr. Pee Wee through Jr. Midget can play up one division, but no player can play down. SYFL players also must prove that they are of a sound physical condition before they can join the league.
A neurosurgeon at Chaparral Medical Group, Inc., Ali Mesiwala, MD, graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. In a nonprofessional capacity, Dr. Ali Mesiwala devotes his time to charitable pursuits and serves as the medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League.
The Snoop Youth Football League was founded by rapper Snoop Dogg 10 years ago to teach kids how to play football. More importantly, the league’s main purpose was to get kids off the streets.
The league has been quietly operating for the past decade, but the initiative and its achievements were publicly shared on “Coach Snoop,” a reality show that chronicles Snoop Dogg and a team of 12-year-old players.
The goal was to make the team one of the best in the U.S. youth leagues, but the show also shows the challenges the kids faced as Snoop Dogg guides them, as well as the lessons they learned throughout the experience.
Ali Mesiwala, MD, possesses more than 12 years of neurosurgical experience in California, and currently serves as chief of the departments of surgery and neurological surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities at the center, since 2005 Dr. Ali Mesiwala has worked as the director of neurological surgery at the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine (SCCNS), located within St. Bernardine.
Specializing in minimally invasive spinal and cranial surgery, SCCNS is responsible for highly complex procedures that treat movement disorders, those of the skull base, and peripheral nerves. In addition to their surgical offerings, SCCNS also employs specialists in other disciplines who can design non-surgical pain management or physical therapy treatment options.
The following are just three of the many cervical spine conditions which can be treated at SCCNS:
– Brachial Plexus injury: These injuries occur when the nerve network responsible for sending signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand have been stretched or torn, generally following a violent extension of the muscles between the head and shoulder. Often, these injuries occur while playing sports such as football or jiu jitsu. Vehicle accidents may also cause this injury.
– Cervical Spondylosis: Though this injury generally occurs in individuals over 55 years of age, the recent rise in sedentary desk jobs is causing it to appear more often in younger people. Cervical spondylosis may be caused by a previous neck injury or long-term deterioration of the cervical spine. Symptoms include numbness to the upper and lower extremities, and chest pain.
– Failed Neck Syndrome: Patients who have undergone a previous back or neck surgery may experience failed neck syndrome if the procedure was not successful. This could be due to failure of the surgery to fix the initial condition, the development of tissue scarring, or the malfunction of an implanted device.
Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves San Bernardino County and the Greater Los Angeles region as a member of the medical staff at Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine. The experienced neurosurgeon has published widely in his field, and maintains membership in professional societies such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Ali Mesiwala, MD, also actively supports nonprofit organizations such as the Claremont Museum of Art, of which he is a founding member.
The museum, in the eastern Los Angeles County city of Claremont, exhibits the works of local artists and provides arts education to students. ARTpix is among the museum’s newest programs, offering middle school students a chance to learn photography and develop their own creativity.
In the two-month after-school program, seventh and eighth graders at El Roble Intermediate School in Claremont get an up-close look at their own village as seen through the lens of a camera. Each student receives a digital camera and extensive instruction in using it on field trip excursions to document the community. At the close of the program, the students’ photographs become a backdrop display at the Art Wall of the Packing House building on First Street.