Dr. Afshin Aminian - Medical Director, Orthopaedic Institute

Dr. Afshin Aminian - Medical Director, Orthopaedic Institute

  • Afshin Aminian MD
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-633-2111
  • Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board Certified: Orthopedic Surgery
  • Additional Languages: Farsi

An internationally-recognized and sought-after expert in pediatric orthopaedics, Dr. Afshin Aminian has presented at numerous conferences and meetings in the United States and abroad. He has presented several times at the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques. He gave a presentation on the influence of surgical correction on thoracic hypokyphosis on sagittal spinal pelvic parameters in AIS, a second presentation on the correction of AIS via posterior medial derotational maneuver, and a third on thoracic kyphosis and sagittal pelvic parameters in AIS.

An avid researcher of pediatric orthopaedic surgical procedures, Dr. Aminian seeks innovative ways to surgically correct spinal deformities. He is looking at prospective outcome studies on surgical patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Also, Dr. Aminian is assessing intraarticular enzymatic injections for Hurler’s Syndrome in a canine study.

Leading the way in innovative solutions, Dr. Aminian’s clinical interests include scoliosis surgery, treating spinal deformities in children, and assessing surgical correction in relationship to patient outcome in radiographic parameters. He is affiliated with the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the Scoliosis Research Society.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Aminian is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. Prior to joining CHOC, Dr. Aminian earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Aminian served his pediatric orthopedic fellowship at San Diego Children’s Hospital.

Clinical Interests

Spine surgeries

Research Focus

Spinal deformities, teen idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), Hurler’s Syndrome

Afshin Aminian MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange and CHOC Mission Hospital.

More About Dr. Aminian

  • Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, CHOC
  • Director, Orthopaedic Institute, CHOC
  • General Surgery Internship
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Medical School
    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship
    San Diego Children’s Hospital, University of California, San Diego

D Devito MD, A King MD, A Aminian MD Restoring Thoracic Kyphosis by Simultaneous Translation on 2 Rods and the Impact on Sagital Alignment. POSNA Denver CO May 2012

D Devito MD, A KingMD, A Aminian MD Analysis of 60 AIS patients: Immediate post-op correction shows no superiority of CoCr rods over Titanium rods. IMAST 2012 Istanbul, Turkey

D Devito MD, A King MD, A Aminian MD Restoring Thoracic Kyphosis by Simultaneous Translation on 2 rods and the Impact on Spinall alignment. IMAST 2012 Istanbul, Turkey

D Devito MD, A King MD, A Aminian MD Risk Factors for the Postoperative Clavicle Balance Restoration IMAST 2012 Istanbul, Turkey

D Devito MD, A King MD, A Aminian MD Can Kyphosis Type be a Predictor for Axial Plane Correction in AIS IMAST 2012 Istanbul, Turkey

Hooks versus Screws at the UIL of a construct: What is the Impact on Sagittal and Axial Correction IMAST 2012 Istanbul, Turkey

R Wang MD, A Aminian MD Intra-articular Injection of rhIDU in a canine model for MPS-1 is safe, and well tolerated , and reduces the joint tissue GAG storage and macrophage infiltration. World Symposium San Diego CA 2011

S Rosenfeld MD,A Aminian MD, J Schlecter DO Growing Segmental Spinal Instrumentation Without Fusion in Spinal Muscular Atrophy E-Poster IMAST 2011 Copenhagen, Demark

A Aminian MD, Ryan Vitali MD Correction of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis via Posterior Medial Detorsional (PMD) Maneuver E-Poster IMAST 2010 Toronto, Canada

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA)
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)

A Aminian, A Mahar, P Newton MD. Freedom of acetabular fragment rotation following three surgical techniques for correction of congenital deformities of the hip. JPO 25(1) 10-3,2005

W Yassir MD, A Mahar, A Aminian MD. A comparison of the fixation stability of multiple screw constructs for two types of pelvic osteotomy. JPO 25(1) 14-7,2005

V Sarwahi MD, J Sarwark MD, A Aminian MD. Standards in anterior spinal surgery in pediatric patients with Neuromuscular Scoliosis. JPO 21(6) 756-761, 2001

A Aminian MD, P Schoenecker MD. Premature closure of the distal radial physis following fracture ofthe distal radial metaphysis. JPO 15(4) 495-8,1995

CHOC Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave. Building: CHOC Clinic
Orange, California 92868
phone: 888-770-2462
fax: 855-246-2329

Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists
1310 W Stewart Drive 508
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-633-2111
fax: 714-633-5615

Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists
25982 Pala Drive 230
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: (949) 600-8800
fax: (949) 600-8813

  • Bone cancer
  • Clubfoot
  • Developmental dysplasia of hip (DDH)
  • Dislocations and fractures
  • Growth-related disorders and Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Sports injuries


Dr. Afshin Aminian - About Scoliosis Surgery
Scoliosis Surgery: Dr. Aminian

Meet Afshin Aminian, MD, as he talks about having scoliosis surgery at CHOC. He'll introduce this series of videos we made just for teens.

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What Every Pediatrician Should Know Recorded Conference

Orthopedic Medicine: What Every Pediatrician Should Know recorded on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Dr. Aminian talks about how he entered pediatric medicine
Pediatric Medicine: Dr. Aminian

Dr. Afshin Aminian shares how he entered pediatric medicine, going from electrical engineering to orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Afshin Aminian - after Scoliosis Surgery: Activity & Diet
Scoliosis Surgery: Activity & Diet

After scoliosis surgery activity & diet is very important explains Dr. Afshin Aminian. Feeling tired all the time is totally normal after scoliosis surgery.

Dr. Afshin Aminian - pain management after scoliosis surgery
Scoliosis Surgery: Pain Management

Dr. Afshin Aminian talks about pain management after having scoliosis surgery. Learn more about what to expect & how to deal with pain once you come home.

Health Topics

Dr. Afshin Aminian, CHOC Children's spine specialist
Kids and Spine Issues

Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine is curved in either an "s" or "c" shape. If caught early, it can be treated with a bracing program.