Vikas V. Varma, M.D.

Cervical and Lumbar Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Scoliosis and Complex Deformity Surgery
Revision Surgery
Motion Preservation Surgery


Complex Spine Surgery
Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Surgery
Revision Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


Board Certified: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders; San Diego, CA


University of Connecticut; Farmington, CT
Chief Resident


University of Connecticut; Farmington, CT


University of Maryland; Baltimore, MD
Research Fellow, Erasmus University, Netherlands


Cornell University, College of Arts and Science
* accelerated coursework Johns Hopkins University and University of Chicago

Dr. Vikas Varma is board certified, fellowship trained Spine Surgeon. He holds an appointment at the Icahn School of Medicine where he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopedics, and an attending spine surgeon at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Manhattan.

He received his undergraduate bachelor’s degrees from Cornell University, where he was a 4-year Division I athlete. He also completed accelerated coursework at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago.  He then received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Maryland prior to matriculating to the University of Connecticut, where he completed a surgical internship followed by a residency in Orthopedic Surgery, where he also served as Chief Resident.

He was then selected as a fellow in the San Diego Spine Fellowship, under the direct tutelage of Dr. Behrooz Akbarnia, a world-renowned spine surgeon, and former president of the prestigious International Scoliosis Research Society, the leading society for the study of complex spine conditions. During his fellowship year, Dr. Varma treated many domestic and international patients with complex and rare spinal conditions in both the adult and pediatric populations, including major spinal reconstruction for spinal deformity, and revision surgery. He also was fortunate to receive training in advanced minimally invasive surgery and motion preservation surgery as a part of the comprehensive fellowship program.

Dr. Varma remains active in the Scoliosis Research Society and is academically active as a faculty member within the Mount Sinai Department of Orthopedics where he is routinely involved in teaching medical students, orthopedic surgery residents, as well as fellows as part of the Sinai Spine Fellowship program. In the past, he has served as the Chief of Spine Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens and Saint Barnabas Hospital.  His interests in spine surgery include complex spine surgery, revision spine surgery, and spinal deformity surgery, as well as the use of minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

In 2009, Dr. Varma performed the first Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion(XLIF) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and remains committed to minimally invasive surgery techniques.  In 2017, he performed the first Oblique Lateral Interbody Fusion (OLIF) at Mount Sinai and continues to research the use of minimally invasive techniques in complex spine conditions to better facilitate patient recovery and improved patient outcomes.

A meticulous surgeon, Dr. Varma comes from a family of physicians and prides himself on his ethical, personalized, detail-oriented approach to patient care.

Dr. Varmas Research


Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion(XLIF) Safely Improves Segmental and Global Deformity in Large Adult Lumbar Scoliosis(Behrooz A. Akbarnia, M.D., Vikas V. Varma, M.D.)

Treatment of Adult Isthmic Spondylolisthesis with Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion(Richard E. Manos, M.D., Vikas Varma, M.D.)**in progress

Comparison of Treatment of Adult Isthmic Spondylolisthesis and Adult Degenerative Spondylolisthesis with Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion(Richard E. Manos, M.D., Vikas V. Varma, M.D.)

Factors Affecting Blood Loss in Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis(Jeffery D. Thomsopn, M.D., Vikas V. Varma, M.D.)

Identification, Characterization, and Analysis of Genetic Mutations in Osteosarcoma in a Mouse Model(Marc F. Hansen, PhD., Vikas V. Varma, M.D.)**Graduation thesis

Percutaneous Screw Fixation of Proximal Humerus Fractures(Walter A. Eglseder, M.D., Laith Jazrawi, M.D., Vikas V. Varma, M.D.)

Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair(Nelson H. Goldberg, M.D., Paul Manson, M.D., John Girotto, M.D., Vikas V. Varma, M.D.)

Cardioprotection by Ischemic Preconditioning(Peter Verdou, PhD., Mirella A. vanden Doul, Vikas V. Varma)

Molecular and Functional Characterization of a Calcium-sensistive Chloride Channel in Mouse Lung(Benedicht U. Pauli, D.V.M., PhD, Renu Gandhi, PhD, Vikas V. Varma)


Emergent Care of Musculoskeletal Injuries—Chapter 21, Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 17th edition.(Bruce D. Browner, M.D., Frank G. Alberta, M.D., Patricia C. Furey, M.D., Douglas goumas, M.D., Vikas V. Varma, M.D.)

Spine Embryology—Growing Spine: Management of Spinal Disorders in Young Children(Robert A. Bess, M.D., Vikas V. Varma, M.D.)

Evaluation of Patients With Early Onset Scoliosis—Growing Spine: Management of Spinal Disorders in Young Children(Jeffery Pawelek, Vikas Varma, M.D.)


Minimally Invasive Treatment Strategies for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Mount Sinai Medical Center 2009

Operative Treatment of Low Back Pain—University of California, San Diego 2007

Adult Degenerative Scoliosis—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2008

Cervical Spine Trauma—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2007

Complications in Spine Surgery—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2007

The Aging Spine—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2008

Opthalmologic Complications Associated with Prone Positioning—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2008

Sagittal Imbalance Disorders—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2007

Spinal Infections and Tumors—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2008

Thoracolumbar Fractures—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2007

Spinal Cord Injury—San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders 2008

Congenital Kyphosis—San Diego Children’s Hospital 2008

Spine Trauma and Revision Spine Surgery—Hartford Hospital 2006

Treatment Strategies in Thromboembolic Disease—Hartford Hospital 2005

Revision Totat Hip Arthroplasty—Hartford Hospital 2006

Patient Reviews

Having a back problem is not a good thing. But having Dr. Varma at Manhattan Orthopedic is a good thing to have. The office is well run attractive and accommodating. Thanks for your attentive help!
Janet S.

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I was seen by Dr Klion for a leg injury and by Dr Varma for a back condition. Both are extremely knowledgeable, kind and recommended the best treatment. They allowed me to ask many questions and worked with me on an optimal solution and follow ups. I would recommend this clinic to (but not only to) anyone who does sports!
Shai B.

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My experience with Dr. Varma was completely different. He mentioned surgery, but suggested physical therapy first to see how that went, hoping to avoid surgery. He also sent me to a pain management doctor. He was attentive, interested, informative and friendly. He gave me all the time I needed. I would recommend him in a flash!
Howard M

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