Jahangir “John” Asghar, MD

Dr. Jahangir “John” Asghar is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon specializing in the research, education, and clinical studies of pediatric, adolescent, and adult scoliosis. He is considered a thought leader, continually embracing the latest technological breakthroughs to improve patients’ lives with complex spinal deformities. Dr. Asghar’s forward-thinking approach is responsible for his development of many groundbreaking minimally-invasive, “ultrasonic” techniques, in the surgical treatment of problematic conditions associated with previously-treated scoliosis (revisions) and spinal deformities. A central focus of his research is preserving the normal development and function of the spine, from infancy through the later years of his patient’s lives.

Dr. Asghar’s unique perspective is instrumental in the development of a comprehensive whole-body approach, and patient-specific perioperative risk mitigation program, designed for optimal long-term outcomes. Under his leadership, the spinal deformity team researches cutting-edge technology, exhaustive risk assessment, and extensive experience to ensure the safest, most well-planned spine treatments possible.

He embodies the future of spinal care by continuously pursuing innovations and developments that employ cutting-edge technology with minimally-invasive, motion-sparing techniques. Dr. Asghar’s commitment to scoliosis patient education will serve the community well, as there is a definite need for this education throughout the greater South Florida region.

With over 18 years of surgical research and experience, he has also completed thousands of scoliosis and spinal deformity surgeries. Dr. Asghar is passionate about affecting positive change in the field and giving back both at home and abroad. His charitable work in spinal deformity stretches the globe, including service-based trips to Asia, South America, and the Middle East.

Dr. Asghar spent eight years at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly, Miami Children’s Hospital) and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Spine Surgery at Shriner’s Hospital for Children (Philadelphia). He publishes extensively and presents around the world on the subject of scoliosis and the treatment of complex pediatric spinal deformities, with over 40 peer-reviewed articles in circulation to date. Dr. Asghar is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), the North American Spine Society (NASS), and the International Society for Advancement Spine Surgery (ISASS). He is a designated Founding Member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

He resides in South Florida with his wife and two  children.

Concentration of Research

Dr. Asghar’s concentration, specifically, lies in the research of Scoliosis and Complex Deformities of the Spine for Children and Adults. Dr. Asghar’s interest and expertise include resolving problematic conditions associated with previously-treated scoliosis (Revisions) and Spinal Deformity, as well as solutions for patients of all ages with failed spinal surgeries.

Board Certifications

• American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Eligible


• St. George’s University School of Medicine
• University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery
• Shriner’s Hospital for Children (Philadelphia)
• Fellowship: Complex Spine and Spine Deformity Surgery

Organizational Membership

• AOSpine Foundation
• North American Spine Society (NASS) – Associate Member
• Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS)
• Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons (SMISS)

Charitable Activities

• Global Spine Outreach, Board of Directors

Meet the Team

Dr. Alfredo Guiroy specializes in research of spine and spinal cord surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal deformities. He is dedicated to advancing quality spine care through education, research, and improving how spine surgery is completed and patient outcomes.

Dr. Alfredo Guiroy

Academic and Research Coordinator

Michelle is the Practice Director. As the Director, Michelle is in charge of a myriad of responsibilities to make Elite Spine Health and Wellness runs smoothly: everything from registering new patients and coordinating appointments, to going over insurance benefits, liaising with referring doctors, and coordinating continuity of care. She also plays a key role in scoliosis and deformity research; she writes, designs and implements scientific studies to improve health, health care services and health care outcomes for our current and future patients. She is committed to improving patient outcomes and helping her staff provide high-quality patient care.



Katherine is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Miami, and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Florida International University. She then completed a post Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Massachusetts. She conducts follow-up visits for post-operative surgical patients. Her clinical interests encompass pediatric spinal conditions including juvenile idiopathic scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis.


Wellness Director, APRN

Priscila is a board-certified Physician Assistant with a concentration in Adult and Pediatric Spinal Deformities. She assists Dr. Asghar in surgery and clinic, where she and also orders and interprets diagnostics, performs histories, records medical data, and more. She is dedicated to improving the lives of our patients.


Physician Assistant

Veronica Azcuenaga earned her associates in Radiography and worked as an x-ray and MRI tech for 7 years at an Orthopedic and Spine office before going on to PA school. She earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Florida State University. Her Orthopedic and Spine background in X-ray and MRI has given her much knowledge and experience to continue to care for patients with spine conditions such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and kyphosis. She prides herself on providing compassionate, patient-centered care to every patient she sees and enjoys seeing a patient’s quality of life improve after successful treatment.


Physician Assistant

Liane is the surgical coordinator, educator, and nurse with over 16 years of experience. She is a devoted mother, wife, and pet owner, which are roles that she keeps close to her heart. She is committed to the success of the surgical patients and removing the stress, anxiety, and fear of having surgery. She handles all the scheduling, coordinating and educating of the surgical patients preoperatively and postoperatively. She customizes each surgical experience for the patients to be a personable, healthy and successful surgical process.


Nurse Educator & Surgical Liaison


Medical Assistant

Lindsay is the Functional Nutrition Practitioner for Elite Spine & Wellness. Health, wellness, & overall fitness have been key facets throughout Lindsay’s life. At age 11 Lindsay encountered a back injury (L5-S1 pars fracture & spondylolisthesis) that required a period of recovery before a full comeback. During college Lindsay expanded her coaching skillset by becoming a CFL1. After college, a car accident in 2019 disrupted the stable congenital spondy that occurred in her youth. During this time she began the OPEX coaching certificate program which allowed her to dial in a specific exercise, lifestyle, and nutrition behaviors for her specific needs. Lindsay believes in an individualized approach to health & wellness, taking great care and meticulous detail into ensuring that each of her clients receives training and nutrition that best suits their bodies and lifestyle.


Functional Nutritonal Practitioner

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