For Orlando Health spinal surgeon Sheyan Armaghani, M.D. ’10, YouTube has allowed him to share his expertise beyond the patients he treats. His recorded discussions about neck and back pain and the various ways they can be managed have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on the video platform.
Armaghani, who grew up in Gainesville and was accepted into the medical honors program as an undergraduate at UF, said he likes to break down a patient’s options with them and try alternatives before heading into elective spinal surgery. Though this is something he normally does in person, he began posting these explanations to his website and YouTube channel, Armaghani Spine, during the pandemic.
“I started doing it for my patients, but even other people who will never be my patients are thanking me for explaining their situation in a way they can understand,” Armaghani said. “Surgery is a scary thing for many people. It may be something you do four or five times a day, but that doesn’t mean it is routine for the patient. I try to exhaust all other options and give my patients confidence in their decision to choose surgery.”
Following surgery or other care, Armaghani’s patients have sent him pictures of vacations they could go on, sports they could play and other things they could do after receiving care.
“It is super rewarding to see a patient who was struggling go back to doing the things they enjoy,” he said. “I get the chance to be part of something that can make a difference in their lives.”
Following medical school, Armaghani completed his residency at Vanderbilt University, where he was named chief resident and granted awards for his research. Armaghani has co-authored over 25 publications and has delivered presentations at national meetings on topics that range from postoperative pain management to the treatment of patients with diabetes. His most recent research interests include identifying factors that influence outcomes following surgery and minimizing complications.
In his new role at Orlando Health, Armaghani will be training the next generation of spinal surgeons.
“My training at the UF College of Medicine was significant to my success, and it means a lot to me to be recognized by UF as part of its 40 Under 40,” he said.