Physician Assistant With Extensive Spine Surgery Knowledge


Meet Sheila Kahwaty, PA-C

Sheila Kahwaty is a NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant. A graduate of the King's College Physician Assistant Program, she began her career as a Surgical PA in Bethesda, MD, working in orthopedic surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery, and trauma cases. Mrs. Kahwaty was named PA of the Year in 2009, before moving to California and joining the Spine Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She has worked in collaboration with Dr. Anand since 2010 and has extensive knowledge of spine surgery. 

Mrs. Kahwaty serves as the first assistant in surgery with Dr. Anand. She manages all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care. She is involved in the evaluation, education, treatment, and management of all patients in the practice. Mrs. Kahwaty is actively involved in continuing medical education and clinical research. She serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator for multiple clinical FDA IDE Trials, post-market, and retrospective studies within the practice. Mrs. Kahwaty also serves as the Fellowship Coordinator for the Comprehensive Minimally Invasive and Outpatient Spine Surgery Fellowship.


  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies - 2008, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology - 2005, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • College Park Scholars Honors Program Citation - 2003, University of Maryland

Accreditations and Licenses

  • NCCPA Certified, September 2008
  • Licensed Physician Assistant State of Maryland, January 2009
  • Licensed Physician Assistant State of California, January 2010
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

Professional Memberships

  • Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants, August 2008
  • Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society, May 2008
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Medical Honor Society, May 2007

Professional Experience

  • Physician Assistant, Neel Anand, MD, Inc, Los Angeles, CA, March 2010 to Present
  • Office Manager, Neel Anand, MD, Inc, Los Angeles, CA, 2016 to Present
  • Fellowship Coordinator, Comprehensive MIS & Outpatient Spine Surgery Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA, 2019 to Present
  • Physician Assistant, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Affiliate, Bethesda, MD, January 2009 to December 2009

Other Experience

  • Ophthalmic Technician, Lawrence Frank, MD, Rockville, MD, July 2005 to August 2006
  • Emergency Medical Technician, College Park Volunteer Fire Department, May 2005 to August 2006
  • White House Intern, Scheduling Office of the First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, May 2004 to August 2004