Our Providers

Cyrus Ghavam, M.D.

Medical EducationUniversity of Miami School of Medicine; Undergaduate from Stanford University in Stanford, California FellowshipCharlotte Spine Center; Charlotte, North Carolina ResidencyUniversity of Alabama in Birmingham Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons SpecialtySpine Surgery
Location(s)TOC Decatur
TOC Main


Dr. Ghavam is a specialist in the care of disorders of the spine. He manages non-surgical as well as surgical conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, strain and whiplash, on-the-job injuries and degenerative conditions. His philosophy is to educate his patients on their conditions, provide them with options for care, and help manage them through the course of their conditions. He offers a team approach to spine care, working closely with physical therapists, physiatrists and pain specialists to optimize and individualize care, encouraging non-surgical care when appropriate. For patients who would best be served by means of surgical care, options include Huntsville Hospital, The Huntsville Surgery Center, and Crestwood Medical Center.

Dr. Ghavam earned his BS and MS at Stanford University, and his MD with Research Distinction at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham, followed by a subspecialty fellowship in spine surgery at the Charlotte Spine Center. He is currently extending his education with an advanced graduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Ghavam is an officer in the USAF, and is privileged to serve in that capacity as an orthopaedic surgeon and flight surgeon in the Alabama Air National Guard. In 2014 he was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Ghavam is licensed to practice medicine in Alabama, Colorado and Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is an active member of the North American Spine Society, the premier spine organization worldwide. He is one of two Alabama representatives for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Dr. Ghavam holds two US patents for spinal implants, and remains active in innovative approaches to spine care. Current projects include the development of implants using nanotechnology to enhance spinal fusion (provisional patent in process).

Dr. Ghavam has worked closely with hospital nursing and administration to implement optimal patient safety and efficiency care programs. Recruitment of a dedicated team of spine operating room nurses and surgical technologists, as well as establishing patient care plans at our Spine Camp postoperative care unit are two collaborative projects that have been successful in establishing a Healthgrades 5 star rating for our hospital.

In addition to providing personalized instruction in home exercise programs, our team also includes a registered dietician who will customize a healthy diet and lifestyle program for interested patients.

Always interested in maximizing convenience for our patients, we offer office appointments in Huntsville, Decatur and Fayetteville (TN); starting in August 2016, we will offer a Monday through Thursday after-hours and Saturday morning spine clinic as well.

Common procedures Dr. Ghavam performs include the following:

-- Cervical ADR (artificial disc replacement)

--XLIF (Nuvasive lateral lumbar and thoracic fusion)

--ALIF (anterior lumbar fusion)

--ACDF-micro (anterior cervical micro discectomy and fusion)

--Micro lumbar discectomy

--PLIF. (Posterior lumbar interbody fusion)

--TLIF (transforaminal Mubarak interbody fusion)


--lumbar injections, such as selective nerve blocks,epidural steroid injections,caudal steroid injections, and Facet and sacroiliac joint injections

--Laminectomy (cervical, thoracic and lumbar)

--Fusion (cervical, thoracic and lumbar)

--Cervical micro discectomy

--Carpal tunnel release and other peripheral nerve decompression procedures.

Affiliations / Links



Dr. Ghavam Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Pre-Op Anesthesia Guidelines

Post-Op Instructions and Guidelines

Exercises for the Back

Exercises for the Neck & Shoulder



ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion


Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion (IBF)

Micro Endoscopic Discectomy

XLIF: Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Degenerative Disc Disease The Work Complicator Lecture (audio only)

Cervicial Radiculopathy Lecture (audio only)

Clinical Team

Jeff Carroll, PA-C

Seth Sprraggins, PA-C

Betsy Briglia, PA-C

Celia Whitaker, Medical Secretary

Alli Batey, MA

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