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Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Lali Sekhon - Biography

Dr. Lali Sekhon

Curriculum Vitae Lali Sekhon

Doctor Sekhon is a board certified (FRACS) and double fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeon at Nevada Neurosurgery with locations in Reno and Carson City, Nevada as well as Bishop and Quincy, California.  He has special expertise in the diagnosis and management of many conditions including cervical myelopathy, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, and trauma.  Dr. Sekhon is a highly skilled spine neurosurgeon whose practice includes motion preservation techniques and technologies, artificial discs, dynamic stabilization, interbody fusion, and other procedures including minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Sekhon is Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine in Reno and Las Vegas.  Prior to joining Nevada Neurosurgery, Dr. Sekhon was an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney with a clinical appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Injuries Unit (Head of Department) at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia.  Ongoing areas of research interest include cervical and lumbar disc prostheses, spinal implant designs, bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), and spinal cord injury.

Graduating with honors, Dr. Sekhon received his medical degree at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.  Clinical sub-internships in neurology and neurosurgery were completed at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut followed by a pediatric neurosurgical clinical rotation a the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney.  Also in Sydney, Dr. Sekhon completed, with distinction, a neurosurgical residency.

Dr. Sekhon received advanced training during two different neurosurgical fellowship programs.  The first at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and a combined orthopaedic/neurosurgical spinal fellowship at Toronto  Western Hospital in Ontario, Canada. In addition, he received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Department of Surgery, University of Sydney, Australia.

During his under-graduate, post-graduate, post-doctoral and post-fellowship training, Dr. Sekhon received a plethora of honors and awards including the Young Neurosurgeons Award from the World Federation of Neurosurgeons and Outstanding Clinical Research Award from the Cervical Spine Research Society.  Dr. Sekhon continues to receive many honors, some repeatedly, such as the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award with Commendation, Patient’s Choice Award by MDX Medical, Inc. (2010-2013), Best Doctors in America Award (2010, 2011), "Becker's 60 Spine Inventors to Know", 2012 Best of Reno Awards in the Orthopedics Physicians and in 2013 the ThinkFirst Sponsoring Physician of the Year Award as well as the 2013 " Nevada Medical Marvels" list from NevadaBusiness Magazine.

Dr. Sekhon is a member of numerous prestigious organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Joint Section AANS/CNS Spine and Peripheral Nerve, Joint Section AANS/CNS Trauma and Critical Care, North American Spine Society (NASS), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Spine Trauma Study Group, and others.

In 2010 he became a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS).

Dr. Sekhon founded Nevada Neurosurgery in 2010 and was it's President until Nevada Neurosurgery merged with Sierra Neurosurgery in 2013.

Dr. Sekhon founded ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada in 2011, a not-for-profit organization that teaches high school children and head and spinal cord injury prevention throughout the Northern Nevada area and is currently it's president.

Dr. Sekhon is currently a partner at Sierra Neurosurgery Group, having joined in January, 2013.

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Physician Assistants

Curt1.   Curt Erickson, PA-C joins Sierra Neurosurgery and Dr. Sekhon in 2013. He began his medical career in 2002 in the field of Radiology. He has provided care for patients in multiple specialties including routine radiography, lithotripsy and most recently in the MRI modality. With a broad interest in biology and physics, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Medical Center in Radiation Science Technology.   Curt is drawn to the Neurosurgery specialty following multiple years of neuroimaging experience. After nine years in Radiology, he resolved to pursue physician assistant studies and graduated from the University of Washington MEDEX PA program in 2013. He is certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. As an avid snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast, Curt is happy to call the Reno-Tahoe area home.                   

Greg2.   Greg Graves, PA-C joins Sierra Neurosurgery and Dr. Sekhon in 2014.  He is a native Nevadan and began his medical career as a Certified Athletic Trainer working with the musculoskeletal injuries of collegiate and professional athletes including a stint at the University of Nevada-Reno.  He spent 12 years in the field of athletic training prior to transitioning into a role as an Occupational Kinesiologist and eventually an education in Physician Assistant studies. He has a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University, a Master's Degree from University of Nevada-Reno, and a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Samuel Merritt University.  He was certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in January 2014. Greg has a passion for patient care and is excited to return to his home and care for the Reno-Sparks community.  He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys the vast opportunities Northern Nevada has to offer.