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Venu M. Nemani, MD, PhD


Specializing In

Neck, Spine

Dr. Nemani is a board certified, combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic fellowship trained spine surgeon. He has advanced training in all aspects of spine surgery, with a special interest and expertise in disorders of the cervical spine and in patients with spinal deformities such as scoliosis or kyphosis.

Dr. Nemani was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana.  He attended Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He then received his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine where he was awarded membership into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  While at UCSF, he also completed a PhD in Neuroscience where he discovered a new mechanism by which nerve signaling is modulated with implications for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Nemani then completed his internship and residency at Cornell University/Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, ranked by US News and World Report and Doximity as the #1 orthopaedic hospital and residency training program in the country.  During his residency, Dr. Nemani was awarded the Andrew Swanson Alumni Traveling fellowship and operated with leading spine surgeons throughout Japan.  He also was awarded the Thomas P. Sculco award given by the nurses and the operating room staff to the graduating resident who best exemplifies professionalism, compassion, and interdisciplinary collaboration for patient care.  After his residency training, he completed a combined neurosurgical / orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, widely considered one of the top spine fellowships in the country, with additional time at Columbia University.

Dr. Nemani believes in a comprehensive approach to patient care and works with all members of the medical team to treat spinal problems conservatively before considering an operation.  If surgery is necessary, he will perform spine surgery utilizing the most safe and effective techniques in a manner that is tailored for each individual patient.

Dr. Nemani has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed research articles in many of the top journals in spine surgery and neuroscience, including SpineThe Spine Journal, NeurosurgeryNeuron, and the Journal of Neuroscience.  He has presented over 35 scientific studies at national and international conferences, and written more than 15 book chapters on various topics in spine surgery.  He continues to be actively involved in research to improve the outcomes of spine surgery for his patients. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), AO Spine, and the North American Spine Society (NASS). He also volunteers his time as a spine surgeon in Ghana, where he has surgically treated some of the most rare and complex spinal deformities in both pediatric and adult patients.

For further details on Dr. Nemani, please visit www.nemanispine.com.

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To schedule an appointment, please call 919-863-6808.

Special Interests:

  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Atlantoaxial Instability
  • Atlantoaxial and Occipitocervical Pathology
  • Os Odontodium
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Scheuermann’s Kyphosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spine Trauma

Medical School
University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine

Internship
Cornell University/Hospital for Special Surgery

Residency
Cornell University/Hospital for Special Surgery

Fellowship
Washington University in St. Louis/Columbia University

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Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic: Edwards Mill Office

3001 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27612

 

Dedicated to providing specialized bone, joint, and muscle care when you need it, our specialists are available to treat patients full time in Cary. We also offer urgent care hours without an appointment for acute orthopaedic concerns.

 

Clinic Phone: 919-781-5600
Therapy Services Phone: 919-781-4060

 

Clinic Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Physical Therapy Hours: 

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

garner office

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic: Garner Office

1325 Timber Drive East, Garner, NC 27529

 

Dedicated to providing specialized bone, joint, and muscle care when you need it, our specialists are available to treat patients full time in Garner. We also offer urgent care hours without an appointment for acute orthopaedic concerns.

*Please note: We are located in the White Oak Crossing Shopping Center.

 

Clinic Phone: 919-781-5600
Therapy Services Phone: 919-863-6991

 

Clinic Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Physical Therapy Hours: 

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

north raleigh office

Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic: North Raleigh Office

10880 Durant Road, Raleigh, NC 27614

Clinic: Suite 300
Therapy Services: Suite 312

 

Dedicated to providing specialized bone, joint, and muscle care when you need it, our specialists are available to treat patients full time in North Raleigh. We also offer urgent care hours without an appointment for acute orthopaedic concerns.

*Please note: We are located in the Durant Medical Center.

 

Clinic Phone: 919-781-5600
Therapy Services Phone: 919-453-5638

*Please note: Therapy Services are located in Suite 312

 

Clinic Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Physical Therapy Hours: 

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Clinical Assistant — Quanunita
(919) 781-5600 Ext.5613 (voicemail only)

Executive Medical Administrative Assistant — Ronda
(919) 863-6845 or rhintermeister@raleighortho.com

Surgery/Test Scheduler — Jessica
(919) 863-6936

Professional Organizations

  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • AO Spine
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • North Carolina Spine Society

 

Related Content

 

Peer Reviewed Publications

Please visit Pubmed for an up-to-date list of publications

  1. Nemani, V.M., Binder, D.K. (2005) Emerging Role of Gap Junctions in Epilepsy. Histology and Histopathology. 20(1): 253-259.

 

  1. Ware, M.L., Nemani, V.M., Meeker, M., Lee, C., Morabito, D.J., Manley G.T. (2005) Effects of 23.4% Sodium Chloride Solution in Reducing Intracranial Pressure in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Preliminary Study. Neurosurgery. 57(4): 727-736.

 

  1. Kubo, S., Nemani, V.M., Chalkley, R.J., Anthony, M.D., Hattori, N., Mizuno, Y., Edwards, R.H., Fortin, D.L. (2005) A combinatorial code for the interaction of a-synuclein with membranes.Journal of Biological Chemistry. 280(36): 31664-72.

 

  1. Fortin, D.L., Nemani, V.M., Voglmaier, S.M., Anthony, M.D., Ryan, T.A., Edwards, R.H. (2005) Neural activity controls the synaptic accumulation of a-synuclein. Journal of Neuroscience. 25: 10913-10921.

 

  1. Larsen, K.E., Schmitz, Y., Troyer, M.D., Mosharov, E., Dietrich, P., Quazi, A.Z., Savalle, M., Nemani, V., Chaudhry, F.A., Edwards, R.H., Stefanis, L., Sulzer, D. (2006) a-Synuclein Overexpression in PC12 and Chromaffin Cells Impairs Catecholamine Release by Interfering with a Late Step in Exocytosis. Journal of Neuroscience. 26: 11915-11922.

 

  1. Nakamura, K., Nemani, V.M., Wallender, E.K., Kaehlcke, K., Ott, M., Edwards, R.H. (2008) Optical reporters for the conformation of a-synuclein reveal a specific interaction with mitochondria. Journal of Neuroscience. 28: 12305-12317.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Lu, W., Berge, V., Nakamura, K., Onoa, B., Lee, M.K., Chaudhry, F.A., Nicoll, R.A., Edwards, R.H. (2010) Increased expression of a-synuclein reduces neurotransmitter release by inhibiting synaptic vesicle reclustering after endocytosis. Neuron. 65: 66-79.  Preview by Surmeier, D.J. (2010) Neuron, 65: 3-4.

 

  1. Fortin, D.L., Nemani, V.M., Nakamura, K., Edwards, R.H. (2010) The behavior of alpha-synuclein in neurons. Movement Disorders. 25: S21-S26.

 

  1. Nakamura, K., Nemani, V.M., Azarbal, F., Skibinski, G., Levy, J.M., Egami, K., Munishkina, L., Zhang, J., Gardner, B., Wakabayashi, J., Sesaki, H., Cheng, Y., Finkbeiner, S., Nussbaum, R.L., Masliah, E., Edwards, R.H. (2011) Direct membrane association drives mitochondrial fission by the Parkinson’s disease-associated protein alpha-synuclein. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 286 (23): 20710-20726.  *Selected by JBC editors as one of the 20 “Best of 2011”, top paper from Neurobiology in 2011*

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Frank, R.M., Reinhardt, K.R., Pascual-Garrido, C., Yanke, A.B., Drakos, M., Warren, R.F. (2012) Popliteal venotomy during posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the setting of a popliteal artery bypass graft: a case report. Arthroscopy. 28(2): 294-299.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Aichmair, A., Taher, F., Lebl, D.R., Hughes, A.P., Sama, A.A., Cammisa, F.P., Girardi, F.P. (2014) Rate of Revision Surgery Following Standalone Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Spine. 39(5): E326 – E331.

 

  1. Boachie-Adjei, O., Yagi, M., Nemani, V.M., Sacramento-Dominguez, C., Akoto, H., Cunningham, M.E., Gupta, M., Hess, W.F., Lonner, B.S., Mendelow, M.J., Papadopoulus, E., Sanchez-Perez-Grueso, F., Pelise, F., Paonesa, K., Wright, B., Wulff, I., Kim, H.J. (2015) Incidence and Risk Factors for Major Surgical Complications in Patients with Complex Spinal Deformity: A Report From an SRS GOP Site. Spine Deformity. 3(1): 57-64.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Kim, H.J., Piyaskulkaew, C., Nguyen, J.T., Riew, K.D. (2015) Correlation of Cord Signal Change With Physical Exam Findings in Patients With Cervical Myelopathy. Spine. 40(1): 6-10.

 

  1. Kim, H.J., Nemani, V.M., Riew, K.D. (2015) Cervical Osteotomies for Neurological Deformities. European Spine Journal. 24 Suppl 1: 16-22.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Kim, H.J., Bjerke-Kroll, B.T., Yagi, M., Sacramento-Dominguez, C., Akoto, H., Papadopoulos, E.C., Perez-Grueso, F.J., Pellise, F., Nguyen, J.T., Wulff, I., Ayamga, J., Mahmud, R., Hodes, R.M., Boachie-Adjei, O., FOCOS Spine Study Group. (2015) Pre-Operative Halo-Gravity Traction for Severe Spinal Deformities at an SRS-GOP Site in West Africa: Protocols, Complications and Results. Spine. 40(3): 153-161.

 

  1. Fu, M.C., Nemani, V.M., Albert, T.J. (2015) Operative Treatment of Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures: Is Fusion Necessary? HSS Journal. 11(2): 187-189.

 

  1. Sacramento-Dominguez, C., Yagi, M., Ayamga, J., Nemani, V.M., Akoto, H., Mahmud, R., Wulff, I.A., Gupta, M., Papadopoulos, E.C., Pellise, F., Sanchez-Perez-Grueso, F., Hess, W.F., Kim, H.J., Hodes, R., Boachie-Adjei, O. (2015) Apex of Deformity For 3-Column Osteotomy. Does It Matter In The Occurrence of Complications? The Spine Journal. 15 (11): 2351-2359.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Derman, P.B., Kim, H.J. (2016) Osteotomies in the Cervical Spine. Asian Spine Journal. 10(1): 184-195.

 

  1. Kim, H.J., Nemani, V.M., Piyaskulkaew, C., Vargas, S.R., Riew, K.D. (2016) Cervical Radiculopathy: Incidence and Treatment of 1420 Consecutive Cases. Asian Spine Journal. 10(2): 231-237.

 

  1. Iyer, S., Nemani, V.M., Nguyen, J., Elysee, J., Burapachaisri, A., Ames, C.P., Kim, H.J. (2016) The Impact of Cervical Sagittal Alignment Parameters On Neck Disability. Spine. 41(5): 371-377.

 

  1. Iyer, S., Nemani, V.M., Kim, H.J. (2016) A Review of Complications and Outcomes Following Vertebral Column Resection in Adults. Asian Spine Journal. 10(3): 601-609.

 

  1. Jo, J.E., Miller, A.O., Cohn, M.R., Nemani, V.M., Schneider, R., Lebl, D. (2016) Evaluating the Diagnostic Yield of Computed Tomography-Guided Aspirations in Suspected Post-Operative Spine Infections. HSS Journal. 12(2): 119-124.

 

  1. Iyer, S., Lenke, L.G., Nemani, V.M., Albert, T.J., Sides, B.A., Metz, L.N., Cunningham, M.E., Kim, H.J. (2016) Variations in Sagittal Alignment Parameters Based on Age: A Prospective Study of Asymptomatic Volunteers Using Full-Body Radiographs. Spine. Epub ahead of print.

 

  1. Iyer, S., Lenke, L.G., Nemani, V.M., Fu, M., Shifflett, G.D., Albert, T.J., Sides, B.A., Metz, L.N., Cunningham, M.E., Kim H.J. (2016) Variations in Occipitocervical and Cervicothoracic Alignment Parameters Based on Age: A Prospective Study of Asymptomatic Volunteers Using Full-Body Radiographs. Spine. Epub ahead of print.

 

Book Chapters/Theses/Invited Articles

  1. Chi, J.H., Nemani, V., Manley, G.T. (2003) Pre-Hospital Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury. Seminars in Neurosurgery. 14(2): 71-78.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Manley, G.T. (2004) Brain Tissue Oxygen Monitoring: Physiologic Principles and Clinical Application. Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery. 7(1): 2-9.

 

  1. Nemani, Venu Maadhav. Regulation of the synaptic vesicle cycle and mitochondrial morphology by alpha-synuclein[Ph.D. dissertation]. United States — California: University of California, San Francisco; 2008. Available from: Dissertations & Theses @ University of California.  Publication Number: AAT 3311344.

 

  1. Fortin, D.L., Nemani, V.M., Edwards, R.H. (2008) The Dynamics of a-Synuclein at the Nerve Terminal. In “Parkinson’s Disease: Molecular and Therapeutic Insights from Model Systems.”  Editors: Richard Nass and Serge Przedborski. Academic Press. 686 pages.

 

  1. Maak T.G., Nemani V., Wickiewicz T.L., Rodeo S.A. (2014) Meniscus Allograft Transplantation in Revision ACL Reconstruction. In “Revision ACL Reconstruction: Indications and Technique.” Editor: Robert Marx. Springer. 300 pages.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Kim, H.J. (2014) The Management of Unstable Cervical Spine Injuries. Clinical Medicine Insights: Trauma and Intensive Medicine. 5: 7-13.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M.and Rawlins, B.A. (2014) Anterior/Posterior Surgery for Spinal Deformity. In “Spinal Deformities: The Essentials” Editor: Robert F. Heary. 2nd edition.  Thieme Publishers.  261 pages.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Kim, H.J., Riew, K.W. (2013) Cervical Spine Injuries in the Athlete: Return to Play Criteria. In “The Spine” Editor: Alexander Vaccaro. In Press.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Kim, H.J., Cunningham, M.E. (2015) Anatomy and Biomechanics Relevant to Spondylolisthesis. In “Spondylolisthesis: Diagnosis, Non-Surgical Management, and Surgical Techniques” Editors: Adam Wollowick & Vishal Sarwahi. Springer. 361 pages.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Boachie-Adjei, O., Rawlins, B.A. (2013) Posterior Rib Osteotomy For Rigid Coronal Spinal Deformities. In “Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade.” 3rdedition. Editors: Alexander Vaccaro & Todd Albert. In Press.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Park, C., Nawabi, D.H. (2014) What Makes a “Great Resident”: The Resident Perspective. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. 7(2): 164-167.

 

  1. Koerner, J.D., Nemani, V.M., Albert, T.J., Boachie-Adjei, O. (2013) Is AxiaLIF Comparable to Open Fusion With ALIF and Posterolateral 360° Fusion at L5-S1? In “Controversies in Spine Surgery: Best Evidence Recommendations, MIS versus Open.” Editors: Alexander R. Vaccaro, Richard G. Fessler, Jason C. Eck, Faheem Sandhu, Jean Marc Voyadzis, Christopher K. Kepler. In Press.

 

  1. Kim, H.J., Nemani, V.M., Riew, K.D., Brasington, R. (2015) Cervical Spine Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Incidence, Manifestations and Therapy. Current Rheumatology Reports. 17(2): 9.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M.and Cunningham, M.E. (2015) Biological Aspects of Spine Fusion – Methods to Enhance Fusion Rates. In “Rigid Spine Deformities – Management and Correction.” Editors: Leon Kaplan and Lawrence Lenke. Thieme Publishing. In Press.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M.and Kim, H.J. (2015) Cervical Amyotrophy. In “Cervical Myelopathy.” Editor: PG Passias. Jaypee Medical Inc. In Press.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Derman, P.B., Kim, H.J. (2015) Corrective Osteotomies in the Cervical Spine. In “Rigid Spine Deformities – Management and Correction.” Editors: Leon Kaplan and Lawrence Lenke. Thieme Publishing. In Press.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M.and Albert, T.J. (2015) Cervical Deformity – Diagnosis and Management. In “Current Progress in Orthopaedics, Volume 2.” Editors: Ashok Johari, Keith DK Luk, James P Waddell. Tree Life Media. In Press.

 

  1. Nemani, V.M., Blakemore, L., Karol, L., Green, D., Widmann, R.F. (2016) Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Update on Bracing, Surgical Techniques, and Patient Safety. Instructional Course Lecture. In Press.