Ra’Kerry K. Rahman, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Upon completing his Spine Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Rahman came to Springfield, IL to be of service to people of central and southern Illinois. He has specialized training in pediatric & adult spinal deformity and complex cervical spine surgery. Dr. Rahman feels that his skill set complements the wonderful and talented spine surgeons who have been practicing in the community for many years.
Dr. Rahman's medical interest include:
- Scoliosis & Spinal tumors
- Minimally invasive approaches to spinal deformities
- Cervical spine surgery for persistent neck pain
- Biologic interactions of pharmacologic agents with spinal fusion Image guided deformity corrections
Dr. Rahman is very active as a surgeon-scientist. He has numerous publications, abstract presentations and ongoing research projects to advance the field of spinal surgery. He has a particular interest in preventing postoperative spine infections and has research projects to help answer questions surrounding this issue. During medical school he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, a prestigious medical honor society. He received multiple 1st place awards for his research on interactions of inflammatory cytokines and metal debris. Additionally, he served as chief resident at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Rahman has enjoyed a devotion to international medical missions since his undergraduate years. Most recently, he traveled to Ghana to perform complex scoliosis surgery for children from sub-Saharan Africa.†These trips provide care of complex spine problems not otherwise available to the population. He will be traveling back to Ghana in spring of 2012. Additional trips are in the planning stages for South America and Dominican Republic. When not working, he enjoys many interests outside of medicine such as: culinary adventures, muscle cars, basketball, music, international travel, reading and spending time with family.