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Alidad Ghiassi, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
GNH 3900 1200 N. State Street Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 7347


Dr. Ghiassi is an orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery at Keck Medical Center of USC. Dr. Ghiassi is the Chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Service at USC-LAC Medical Center. His practice has an emphasis on hand and upper extremity injuries with a special interest in complex wrist and hand trauma. He sees patients with a variety of complex hand and upper extremity conditions at one of the few level 1 trauma centers in Southern California, while also maintaining a community based practice at the USC Westwood Hand Center.

Dr. Ghiassi graduated high school in Sherman Oaks California and attended University of California at San Diego for his undergraduate studies. While obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in bio-medical engineering and volunteering at Scripss Memorial Hospital, he dis-covered his passion for medicine. He attended USC-Keck School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic internship and residency at USC-LAC Medical Center. He subsequently pursued a hand and micro-vascular surgery fellowship at UCLA Medical Center.

In 2000 he joined the UCLA faculty and started his teaching career at the Wadsworth VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles. In 2008 he had the unique opportunity to become part of the USC Orthopedic Faculty and Co-director of the Boyes Hand Fellowship program. He has been an active Member of Amercian Society for Surgery of the Hand and is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery. Dr. Ghiassi is also very active in clinical and basic science research.


A Biomechanical Comparison of Distal Fixation for Bridge Plating in a Distal Radius Fracture Model. J Hand Surg Am. 2017 Sep; 42(9):748. e1-748. e8. View in: PubMed

Predictors of Nerve Injury After Gunshot Wounds to the Upper Extremity. Hand (N Y). 2017 Sep; 12(5):501-506. View in: PubMed

Optimal Timing for Repair of Peripheral Nerve Injuries. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 Jun 06. View in: PubMed

Acute Isolated Flexor Tendon Laceration Associated With a Distal Radius Fracture. Hand (N Y). 2017 May; 12(3):NP39-NP42. View in: PubMed

Surgical Approach and Anesthetic Modality for Carpal Tunnel Release: A Nationwide Database Study With Health Care Cost Implications. Hand (N Y). 2017 Mar; 12(2):162-167. View in: PubMed

Distal Radius Fractures Do Not Displace following Splint or Cast Removal in the Acute, Postreduction Period: A Prospective, Observational Study. J Wrist Surg. 2017 Feb; 6(1):54-59. View in: PubMed

Management of scaphoid nonunion with iliac crest bone graft and K-wire fixation. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2017 Jan; 27(1):23-31. View in: PubMed

Predictive Factors of Neurovascular and Tendon Injuries Following Dog Bites to the Upper Extremity. Hand (N Y). 2016 Dec; 11(4):469-474. View in: PubMed

Single-stage Reconstruction of Elbow Flexion Associated with Massive Soft-Tissue Defect Using the Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Bipolar Rotational Transfer. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Sep; 4(9):e1066. View in: PubMed

Distal Radius Fractures: Approaches, Indications, and Techniques. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Aug; 41(8):845-54. View in: PubMed

Evaluation of Percutaneous First Annular Pulley Release: Efficacy and Complications in a Perfused Cadaveric Study. J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Jul; 41(7):e165-73. View in: PubMed

Utility of Postoperative Imaging in Radial Shaft Fractures. Hand (N Y). 2016 Jun; 11(2):184-7. View in: PubMed

Volar, Intramedullary, and Percutaneous Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures. J Wrist Surg. 2015 Nov; 4(4):292-300. View in: PubMed

Risk of tendon entrapment under a dorsal bridge plate in a distal radius fracture model. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Mar; 40(3):500-4. View in: PubMed

Pronator-sparing technique for volar plating of distal radius fractures. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Dec; 39(12):2506-11. View in: PubMed

Volar percutaneous screw fixation of the scaphoid: a cadaveric study. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 May; 39(5):867-71. View in: PubMed

The variation in the absence of the palmaris longus in a multiethnic population of the United States: an epidemiological study. Plast Surg Int. 2012; 2012:282959. View in: PubMed

Local or free muscle flaps and unreamed interlocked nails for open tibial fractures. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1998 May; (350):90-6. View in: PubMed

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