Ilyas S. Aleem, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Spine Service
Areas of Interest
Dr. Aleem specializes in all adult spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and has advanced training in primary and revision spine surgery as well as minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Ilyas Aleem is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Division, with cross appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery. He is a dual fellowship trained spine surgeon, specializing in disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine using both conventional and minimally invasive techniques. He has a special interest in complex cervical spine pathology.

After completing his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, Dr. Aleem completed medical school at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Aleem subsequently completed residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto. He then completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery and further earned a graduate degree in Health Research Methodology specializing in Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health at McMaster University. Dr. Aleem then went on to complete a complex spine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada). Alongside his clinical practice, Dr. Aleem has a strong interest in education and research, with numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed publications. He has been recognized for his scientific presentations at both national and international conferences.

Dr. Aleem currently also serves as assistant program director for resident research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and 5A MPLAN Medical Director. He is an active member of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), North American Spine Society (NASS), and is on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC).

Dr. Aleem completed his fellowships at:

  • McMaster University, Hamilton, ON (Focus on minimally-invasive spine surgery, spine trauma), 2015
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (Focus on complex primary and revision spine surgery, cervical spine surgery), 2016

Clinical Interests

  • Cervical spine pathology
  • Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Deformity
  • Degenerative conditions including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal trauma

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Global health
  • Clinical trials
  • Observational studies
  • Meta-analyses focusing specifically on improving outcomes in patients with spinal disorders