What is Lateral Access Surgery?

Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
Society of Lateral Access Surgeons


An established neurosurgeon, Ali Mesiwala, MD, applies his expertise in numerous areas that include teaching, business ventures, research, and hospital practices. Currently, Dr. Mesiwala serves as medical director at the Chaparral Medical Group in California. Ali Mesiwala, MD, is also engaged in several professional associations, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons.

The Society of Lateral Access Surgeons is a professional association that works to advance minimally disruptive lateral access spine surgery techniques through research and education. Founded in 2006, the association also represents its many members who are practitioners in the field of lateral access surgery.

Lateral access surgery is a form of surgery that addresses spine disorders. The term lateral refers to the surgery’s mode of conduct, which is through the patient’s side. This approach differs from other surgical techniques that complete surgery through the posterior (back) or the anterior (front) of a patient. Benefits of a lateral access approach include both shortened surgery time and hospital stay, decreased blood loss and scarring, and faster overall recovery.


ARTpix Nourishes Middle Schoolers’ Creativity Through Photography

Claremont Museum of Art Image: claremontmuseum.org
Claremont Museum of Art
Image: claremontmuseum.org


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.

The 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

American Association of Neurological Surgeons pic
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Image: aans.org

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 http://www.aans.org. 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.