Dr. Garges graduated with honors from Tulane University School of Medicine. Thereafter he completed a general surgery internship at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Maryland / Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and a spine surgery fellowship at the San Francisco Spine Institute. In 1999, Dr. Garges joined the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Orthopaedic Surgery Department, as full time faculty.
At U.T.M.B., as associate professor, chief of spinal surgery and director of the spine surgery fellowship program, he authored numerous articles on cervical and lumbar spinal disease, received research grants for the development and trial of innovative procedures in spinal surgery, presented his research at local, state and national surgical meetings, trained orthopedic surgery residents and fellows, and developed a busy clinical spinal surgery practice. Since September 2008, Dr. Garges has been in private practice in Nassau Bay, Texas. He is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, state and local medical and orthopaedic associations, past board member of the Association for Ethics in Spine Surgery, appointed member of the North American Spine Society Committee on Complementary Medicine, and expert for Best Doctors InterConsultation.
Before attending medical school, Dr. Garges received a doctor of chiropractic degree with honors, and was on faculty at the Los Angles College of Chiropractic.


Spine Surgery
San Francisco Spine Institute / SpineCare Medical Group
Daly City, California
Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Maryland Medical System / Shock Trauma Center
Baltimore, Maryland
Ochsner Medical Foundation
New Orleans, Louisiana
Doctor of Medicine
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana
Doctor of Chiropractic
National College of Chiropractic
Lombard, Illinois
Bachelor of Science - Human Biology
National College of Chiropractic
Lombard, Illinois

Nourbakhsh A, Yang J, Gallagher S, Nanda A, Vannemreddy P, Garges K. A Safe Approach to Explore/identify the V2 Segment of the Vertebral Artery during Anterior Approaches to Cervical Spine and/or arterial repairs: Anatomical Study. J Neurosurg Spine. 12:25-32, 2010.
Nourbakhsh A, Garges KJ. Spondylodiscitis After Vertebral Fracture in the Thoracic Spine. Am J Orthop. October, 2009;38(10):E166-E169
Nourbakhsh A, Chaljub G, Garges KJ. Spontaneous Cervical Epidural Hematoma Masquerading as an Abscess on MRI Scan. J Manipulative Physiol Ther.; 2009 June; Vol. 32, Issue 5: 391-5.
Garges KJ, Nourbakhsh A, Morris randy, Yang Jinping, Moody M, Paterson R. A comparison of torsional stiffness of the lumbar spine in flexion and extension. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2008 Oct;31(8):563-9.
Nourbakhsh A, Grady JJ, Garges KJ. Percutaneous spine biopsy: A meta-analysis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008; 90: 1722-1725. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 18676903.
Nourbakhsh A, Ahmed HA, McAuliffe TB, Garges KJ. Case Report: bilateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and Hormone replacement. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Mar;466(3):743-8. Epub 2008 Feb 10. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 18264862.
Nourbakhsh A, Von Ritschel R, Garges KJ. Bilateral Isthmic L3 Spondylolysis in an Adult Female. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2008 Feb;31(2):160-3. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 18328942.
Mody MG, Nourbakhsh A, Stahl DL, Gibbs M, Alfawareh M, Garges KJ.. The prevalence of wrong level surgery among spine surgeons. Spine. 2008 Jan; 33(2): 194-8. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 18197106.
Nourbakhsh A., Garges K.J.; Lumbar Synovial Joint Hematoma in a Patient on Anticoagulation Treatment. Spine. Vol. 32, Number 9, pp E300-E302, 2007. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 17450063.
Nourbakhsh A, Garges KJ.. Esophageal perforation with a locking screw: a case report and review of the literature. Spine. 2007 Jul; 32(15): E428-35. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 17621200.
Catherine Shin, Ali Nourbakhsh, Efe Ozkan, Kim J. Garges; Asymptomatic Osseous Loose Body in the Cervical Spine: A Case Report. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007;89:1586-88. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 17606798.
Schofferman, J., Garges, K., Goldthwaite, N., Koestler, M., Libby, E.; Upper Cervical Anterior Diskectomy and Fusion Improves Discogenic Cervical Headaches. Spine. Vol. 27(20): 2240-2244, October 15, 2002.
Muffoletto, A., Simmons, W., Yang, J., Garges, K., Vadhva, M., Hadjipavlou, A.; Cervical Stability with Lateral Mass Plating: Unicortical versus Bicortical Screw Purchase. The Spine Journal. Vol. 2, Issue 5, Supplement 1, September-October 2002, Page 110
Muffoletto, A.J., Nader R., Westmark R.M., Nauta H.J.W., Garges K.J., Hadjipavlou A.G.; Hematogenous pyogenic facet joint infections of the subaxial cervical spine - A report of two cases and review of the literature. [Review]. Journal of Neurosurgery. 95(1 Suppl S):135-138, 2001 July.
Garges, K.J., White, A.H., Koestler, M.; 2000 Diagnostic and Management Techniques for the Difficult Cervical Spine Patient. Donald R. Murphy, ed. Conservative Management of Cervical Spine Syndromes. McGraw-Hill, New York, New York.
Garges, K.J., White, A.H. and Scott, J.: Acute Lumbar Spine Problems in the Competitive Adult Athlete. Sport Specific: Baseball, Football and Swimming. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. Vol. 5, No. 3; October 1997.

"The incidence of wrong level surgery among spine surgeons."
"Comparison of Various Musculoskeletal Exercises and/or Movements Using Surface Electromyography"
"Changes in carotid and vertebral artery hemodynamics during anterior cervical fusion."
"A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Phase 3 Study to Evaluate the Long-term Safety of Alvimopan 0.5mg Twice Daily for 12 Months for the Treatment of Opoid-Induced Bowel Dysfunction in Adults taking Opoid Therapy for Persistant Non-Cancer Pain."
"In vitro biomechanical analysis of the IVBF Dual-Blade Plate: An anterior spinal fixation device."
"A Randomized, Prospective, Multi- Center Clinical Trial to Assess the Safety and Effectiveness of the SPF-100 Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulator for the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease (SPF-100 plus Allograft versus Autograft Only)"
"The Affect of Lumbar Lordosis on Stability and Injury."
"An open-label, randomized, parallel-group study to confirm the safety and efficacy of PROCRIT (Epoetin Alfa) administered perioperatively vs. the standard of care in blood conservation in subjects undergoing major elective spinal surgery".
A Comparative Analysis of Extrinsic Abdominal Muscle Activity During Exercise.
Meta-Analysis of Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures
"A Comparative Analysis of Extrinsic Abdominal Muscle Activity During Exercise Using Surface Electromyography."
The Affect of Relative Lumbar Lordosis on Dynamic Torsional Stability in the Lumbar Spine.
Cervical Instability with Lateral Mass Plating: Unicortical versus Bicortical Screw Purchase
C2-3, C3-4 Cervical Discectomy and Fusion for Cervicogenic Headaches and Neck Pain.
Treatment of Isthmic Spondylolisthesis by Anterior Interbody Fusion with Fibular Dowel Grafts
"Comparison of abdominal EMG activity with the supine stability ball crunch, the ABench crunch machine, and traditional floor exercises."
"EMG Comparison of Various Exercises on Muscular Activity."
"Spontaneous Epidural Hematoma in the Cervical Spine. A Case Report."
"Comparison of Lumbar Hyperextension and Squat Exercises Using Surface Electromyography: An Insight into Low Back Pain Rehabilitation/Prevention."
The Effect of Lordosis on Lumbar Motion Segment Stability
Simulation of the Spine - Extrapolation of Function from the 3D Form of Structures Derived from the Visible Human CT Data Base.