University of Pittsburgh
Internship and Residency
University of California at San Diego — Orthopaedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center, Spine Surgery
Editorial Board: The Spine Journal and The International Journal of Spine Surgery
Texas State Medical License
Illinois State Medical License
California State Medical License
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Board certified in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Badlani completed his B.A. degree in Economics at George Washington University, in Washington, DC, graduating with a summa cum laude distinction. He then completed a dual degree in Doctor of Medicine and Masters of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, PA. Following that he was a resident in both Pediatric and Adult Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego, before moving onto Chicago, IL-based Rush University Medical Center to do his Spine Surgery fellowship.
In a relatively short time, this board-certified orthopedic surgeon has made a name for himself practicing in the Houston, TX area. In addition to being involved in private practice, he has also worked at Houston Methodist Hospital and Memorial Hermann Orthopedic and Spine Hospital. He has also worked a great deal in sports medicine and has provided care to notable professional and collegiate athletes, including retired NFL player Ellis Wyms and legendary Olympian, Mary Lou Retton. Dr. Badlani also serves as Chief Medical Officer and is on the Board of Directors, helping North American Spine develop and maintain the highest medical standards in spine surgery.
Medicine has always been a part of Dr. Badlani’s life. In fact, it’s the family business. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, his mother was a pediatrician, and it was through her example that he saw how important delivering care is. He has lived in a number of different cities in the United States—Washington D.C., Chicago, IL, and San Diego, CA among them—but has really taken to Houston, TX since moving there. In fact, residents may recognize his wife, Rekha Muddaraj, who’s a local TV news anchor. With her and his two daughters, he loves to explore the city, work out, and watch football.
Awards and Accomplishments:
Named one of the Top Spine Surgeons Under 40 of 2014 by Becker’s Spine
First Place Case Presentation- 2012 Spine Interactive Educational Program Awards
Western Orthopaedic Association 2008 Vernon Thompson Resident Award
California Orthopaedic Association 2008 J. Harold LaBriola, M.D. Resident Award.
2001 Combined meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies of the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe New Investigator Recognition Award.
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2000 Cabaud Memorial Award.
“The medical team at North American Spine is highly trained in performing minimally-invasive spine procedures. And this isn’t just one type of surgery, it’s different techniques that come together in order to perform surgery in a way that involves smaller incisions, less dissection of the muscle around the spine, less blood loss and quicker recovery for our patients. All of the physicians at North American Spine have bought into this system and are ready to provide that type of care.” – Dr. Badlani