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Arya Varthi, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery; Spine Surgery Fellowship Director, Orthopedic Surgery



Dr. Varthi is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery who specializes in spine surgery. He serves as the spine surgery fellowship director and has expertise in minimally invasive and open surgeries of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and treats problems related to trauma, deformity, tumor and degenerative disorders. He believes in a patient-centered approach to medical care and exhausts non-operative treatments prior to considering surgery.

Dr. Varthi has published research on a wide variety of orthopaedic and spinal disorders and contributed to leading spine surgery textbooks. His research and that of collaborators has been presented at regional and national spine meetings.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Dr. Varthi graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics. He was a member of the varsity tennis team from 2003-2004. He earned a medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine. He then obtained a fellowship in spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Rush University Medical Center (2017)
  • Chief Resident
    Yale New Haven Hospital (2016)
  • Resident
    Yale New Haven Hospital (2015)
  • Intern
    Yale New Haven Hospital (2012)
  • MD
    University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2011)
  • BA
    University of Chicago, Economics (2007)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Ogilvie Spine Research Award2018
Golden Apple Fellow AwardRush University Medical Center2017
Yale Power Day Resident AwardYale School of Medicine2016
AOA Resident Leadership ForumAmerican Orthopaedic Association2015
Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor SocietyYale School of Medicine2012
UCONN School of Medicine Surgical Excellence AwardUCONN School of Medicine2011
UCONN School of Medicine Academic ScholarshipUCONN School of Medicine2007
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Chicago2007

Professional Service

Faculty Advisory Council, Yale School of MedicineRepresentative2020 - 2023
Yale New Haven HospitalSupervising Orthopedic Surgeon for Inpatient PA/APRN2020 - 2023
PA / APRN Supervising Physician, Yale New Haven HealthLead2020 - 2022
Program Evaluation Committee, Spine Surgery FellowshipLead2020 - 2022
Spine Surgery Fellowship Selection CommitteeLead2020 - 2022
NASS JournalReviewer2020 - 2022
Orthopedic Surgery Residency Selection Committee MemberMember2017 - 2022
Clinical Competency Committee, Orthopedic Surgery ResidencyMember2017 - 2022
North American Spine Society2015 - Present
Loaves and Fishes, St. Paul and St. James Episcopal Church, New Haven, CTFood Pantry2014 - 2018

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