When Dr. Shahnawaz Qureshi joined Fort Wayne’s NeuroSpine & Pain Center in October, he brought with him an impressive list of credentials. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS), and a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Qureshi has also completed a distinguished fellowship in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in greater Seattle. Before settling in Fort Wayne, he practiced in New York for several years.
Dr. Qureshi’s imposing resume, however, makes him no less approachable. In fact, more than any of his credentials, Dr. Qureshi wants people to know that his foremost concern is doing what is right for his patients.
“I want them to know that I’m an advocate for them above all else,” says Dr. Qureshi. “When patients come to you, they don’t come as a patient. They come as a human being.”
To Dr. Qureshi, that means taking time to get to know each patient on a personal level, to understand his or her family situation, and to make that person’s individual interests the focus of the treatment plan.
“I enjoy talking to people and developing relationships with them,” says Dr. Qureshi. “It’s my job to empower them to make informed decisions about their treatment.”
Accordingly, each patient’s care plan begins with understanding the condition that led him to Dr. Qureshi. Surgery may not always be the first or best option, and Dr. Qureshi spends a good deal of time counseling patients in that regard. In most cases, he will help them explore pain management and physical therapy alternatives first, moving on to surgery only when they do not experience positive results.
When surgery is necessary, Dr. Qureshi brings a broad base of experience in general neurosurgery; brain and spinal tumors; and complex, minimally invasive, and revision spine surgery. He is also one of a limited number of neurosurgeons in the area who perform extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF), a minimally invasive procedure for lumbar spinal disorders that approaches the spine from a small incision in the side rather than through the abdomen. XLIF patients often experience much shorter recovery periods as a result of this innovative procedure.
While the thought of neurosurgery can be frightening for anyone, Dr. Qureshi’s affable manner offers a calm reassurance to his patients. His genuine interest in their lives lets them know they are in good hands at NeuroSpine & Pain Center.
“I’m not just treating a patient,” says Dr. Qureshi. “I’m treating someone’s family member and ultimately, family is the focus of life.”
Address: 7956 W Jefferson Blvd., Suite 210 Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
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