Sanjai Shukla, MD
June 20, 2017
Michael Ries, MD
June 20, 2017

Lali Sekhon, MD

Specialties: cervical myelopathy, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, and trauma

Residency: University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia

Medical School: University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia

Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Toronto Western Hospital

Board certified (FRACS) and double fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeon

Doctor Sekhon is a board certified (FRACS) and double fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeon who joins Reno Orthopedic Clinic in 2019.  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 Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine in Reno and Las Vegas.  Prior to joining reno Orthopedic Clinic, 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. He has worked in Reno as a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon since 2005.

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, graduate, doctoral and 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 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.


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Outstanding surgeon

I am a physician myself. Dr Sekhon has operated my spine twice in the last four years. He is a consummate professional and an outstanding surgeon. I have had excellent results. His team is very attentive. I would strongly recommend Dr Sekhon and his team at ROC to anybody who needs his highly skilled professional services.

Highest levels of professionalism

After being diagnosed with stenosis at L4-L5 that was impacting my everyday activities, I sought out Dr. Sekhon for treatment options. He described the range of possibilities clearly and completely, including the surgery (laminectomy) that he thought most likely to produce improvement, and which we ultimately selected. Dr. Sekhon inspired confidence, maintaining the highest levels of professionalism at all times – as did his support staff. I can recommend him heartily, and without hesitation, on every count.

Competent and caring doctor

From the very first visit, I was favorably impressed by Dr. Sekhon and his staff. He explained everything and handed out information for me to read. I felt very confident that he was a competent and caring doctor. I am about 7 weeks post surgery, and as I look back now, I realize how well I was taken care of. I feel that I had the best care available, and most of all, my pain is gone!

An obviously great surgeon

Dear Dr. Sekhon,

4 months into my recovery after the extensive surgery you performed on my neck in early April, I wanted to be sure to let you know how very grateful I am that you accepted me as a patient so I could benefit from your great skill and expertise. You have a great reputation and a wonderful bedside manner, you explained everything to me very clearly and I felt safe in your hands and trusted your recommendations. My brother and sister-in-law, both doctors living in Germany who have been watching my recovery from the distance, tell me how extremely fortunate I am to have had such an obviously great surgeon. I am amazed at how much I am still improving and how your surgery has given me back my life. You and your team took great care of me – and I thank you from the bottom of my heart every day.

Lali Sekhon, MD

Specialties: cervical myelopathy, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal tumors, and traum

Residency: University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia

Medical School: University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia

Board certified (FRACS) and double fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeon

The Center for Spine & Pain Care

The Reno Orthopedic Clinic's Spine Team will provide the thoughtful spine health care you are searching for. We cover many facets including non-surgical or surgical solutions, bringing all aspects of diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation together in one location. You will find our facility to be a place where all services are integrated into one setting - all designed to provide the best care available under one roof. Our highly trained physicians will tailor your experience to address your specific spine health needs with their state-of-the-art knowledge. At the ROC, patients come first, and we strive to provide ethical and empathetic care every day.