Dr. Khajavi received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1985, and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1989, through a scholarship from the US Air Force. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1996. Dr. Khajavi returned to active duty and served in the Department of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Khajavi was the first Air Force officer to ever be given an appointment in the department of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed. While there he served as the Chief of Epilepsy and Functional Surgery sections. He held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and also held a secondary appointment in the department of Neurology. Shortly after his return to Atlanta in 2002, he founded Georgia Spine & Neurosurgery Center, which is now located on the campus of Northside Atlanta hospital.
Dr. Khajavi is a recognized leader and innovator in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. He has also cultivated an expertise in the fields of complex spine surgery and sports neurosurgery, including the management of concussion and sports related traumatic spine injuries. Dr. Khajavi has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters in the fields of spinal and brain disorders and has garnered national recognition for his contributions to the field. He also remains active in clinical research and teaching, and travels frequently to teach the latest minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques. He currently holds clinical faculty appointments at Mercer and Georgia State Universities.
Dr. Khajavi has been the Neurosurgical Consultant for the Atlanta Falcons for eleven years, and served the same role for the Atlanta Thrashers hockey club. He is the neurosurgeon for Major League Rubgy, Rugby ATL, Georgia Swarm, and Georgia State University athletics. He is also the lead neurosurgeon for the Shepherd Center’s complex concussion clinic.
Dr. Khajavi founded the Institute for Spinal and Neurosurgery Research (INSPIRE), a non-profit, independent scientific organization dedicated to research and education in the fields of neurosurgery, spine surgery, and head/spine injury. Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards of the non-profits Brain Injury Association of Georgia and Kids & Pros. Dr. Khajavi is also the founder and chief medical officer of StartBox®, a cloud based system to make surgery safer. He hold 20 patents related to surgical devices and safety.
Dr. Khajavi resides in Atlanta with his wife and 4 children. He enjoys exercise, travel, reading, classic cars, and playing with his kids.