Meet your neurosurgeon, Dr. Reza Shahim! Dr. Shahim is a talented and compassionate neurosurgeon who specializes in all aspects of neurological care, including minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Shahim graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1995 and completed his neurological residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He returned to Little Rock in 2001 to join Neurological Surgery Associates, where he works today.
Dr. Shahim is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is also part of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society, which only accepts the top ten percent of medical students!
We interviewed Dr. Shahim to find out more about why he became a neurosurgeon and what drives him to achieve the best. Read on for a more intimate look at the life of an Arkansas neurosurgeon!
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a surgeon?
A: By the first year of medical school, I knew I wanted to be a surgeon. One of the neurosurgeons on staff was Dr. Boop. He was a pediatric neurosurgeon, a good man, a friendly man. He encouraged me to consider neurosurgery and I’m grateful for it to this day.
Q: What procedure do you do most frequently? Do you have a favorite?
A: I don’t have a favorite procedure, per se. In terms of outcomes, I like to treat people with newly diagnosed acute radiculopathy-neck and back pain, sciatica, and arm pain because they often wake up from their procedure with major pain relief. It is incredibly satisfying to help my patients realize great outcomes and to give them freedom from their debilitating pain.
We are very experienced in spine care. I get referrals from family members who have had successful surgical procedures with me. I have done three generations of families now, a grandmother, a mom and a daughter—all with successful outcomes. Word of mouth is a very strong contributor to my practice, and for that, I am very thankful.
Q: What is the one problem you are best at solving for your patients?
A: I provide realistic expectations about surgical outcomes and other non-surgical therapies. I want my patients to understand the risks associated with surgery, the possibility of both good and perhaps not so great outcomes.
We work through the options together and then the patient makes the decision that is best for him or her. I feel that it is my duty to educate my patients to the best of my ability so that they can make informed decisions about their care.
Q: What are you most passionate about personally?
A: I love to do sports stuff with my family! Anything outdoors: Hiking up Pinnacle Mountain, biking, being on the river, snow-skiing, rock climbing. We enjoy being outdoors in Arkansas!
Q: What are you most passionate about professionally?
A: Like most surgeons, I want the best possible outcomes for my patients. We hate complications because our patients have to live with them, and so do we. The patients I remember most and worry about most are the ones who have complications. So I do the very best I can to ensure my patients have the best possible outcomes through preparation and dedicated attention to detail.
Q: How do you want to be remembered?
A: I want my son, Brandon, to say I was a good Dad.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Shahim, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital at (877) 918-7020.