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Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
Case Western Reserve University (2000)
Top 25%

Awards & Distinctions ?

Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ (2013)
Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2011)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010 - 2011)
On-Time Doctor Award (2014)
American Board of Internal Medicine

Affiliations ?

Dr. Haghighi is affiliated with 5 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Alaska Regional Hospital
    2801 Debarr Rd, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
    PO Box 196604, Anchorage, AK 99519
  • Providence Extended Care Center
    4900 Eagle St, Anchorage, AK 99503
  • Internal Medicine Associates
  • Providence Seward Wesley Care Center
    PO Box 365, Seward, AK 99664
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Haghighi has contributed to 2 publications.
    Title Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis.
    Date July 2004
    Journal Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

    Left-sided ulcerative colitis is not a distinct entity, but a less extensive form of pancolitis. The epidemiologic and genetic characteristics are thought to be analogous. The rate of colorectal cancer, however, seems to be proportional to the extent of disease. Primary treatment for left-sided disease is topical 5-aminosalicyclic acid (5ASA) agents. In patients who do not respond to topical therapy, oral 5ASA agents of differing delivery methods to the distal bowel can be used. There is much debate pertaining to the clinical superiority of the oral 5ASA agents.

    Title An Experimental Evaluation of Traumatic Globe Rupture.
    Date December 1998
    Journal Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery : Official Journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

    PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the surgeon's ability to assess various types of globe injury, to determine the force necessary to rupture the globe with these types of injuries, and to determine typical orbital retraction forces used in the clinical setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-four enucleated globes from recently killed cows were divided into four equal groups-one uninjured control group, one group with a through-and-through scleral laceration, another group with a subtotal scleral laceration, and the last group with an 18-gauge needle perforation. Twenty-seven boarded or board eligible oral and maxillofacial surgeons were asked to assess one sample from each of the four groups. They were then asked to retract a simulated globe on a custom-fabricated jig to determine clinical retraction forces. Ten globes from each of the four groups were then subjected to forces until rupture on an Instron 8501M mechanical testing unit. Accuracy of the clinical assessment was determined, and means and standard deviations of the retraction forces and globe rupture forces were derived. RESULTS: Through-and-through lacerations were assessed by surgeons with 100% accuracy, subtotal lacerations with 96% accuracy, uninjured globes with 74% accuracy, and perforated globes with 15% accuracy. Globe rupture occurred at 16.72+/-7.87 kg in the control group, 20.36+/-7.87 kg in the perforated group, 15.38+/-6.06 kg in the subtotal laceration group, and 4.94+/-2.56 kg in the through-and-through laceration group. Statistically significant differences (P < .001) were noted between the total laceration group and all other groups. The mean retraction force was 0.35+/-0.47 kg, which was statistically less than the force used in all of the rupture groups (P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: Severe injuries (through-and-through lacerations) were assessed with 100% accuracy by the clinicians, and less severe injuries with less accuracy. Rupture forces for globes with perforations and subtotal lacerations were no different than for the control group, but substantially less than for the total laceration group. The simulated clinical retraction forces were substantially more than the rupture forces in all of the groups, including the through-and-through laceration group.

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