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Dan Sciubba, MD

Daniel Michael Sciubba, MD
Director, Spine Tumor and Spine Deformity Research
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

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  • Director, Spine Tumor and Spine Deformity Research
  • Co-Director, Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Oncology
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences

Centers & Institutes

  • Neurosurgical Spine Center


Aneurysmal Bone Cyst, Back Injuries, Basilar Impression, Basilar Invagination, Cauda Equina Syndrome, Cavernous Angioma, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spondylosis, Chiari Malformations, Chondrosarcoma, Chordomas, Cranio-cervical Junction Pathology, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spine Disease, Disc Pain, Endoscopy, Giant Cell Tumor, Hemangioblastoma, Hemangiomas, Kyphosis, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Myxopapillary Ependymoma, Neck Cancer, Neck Masses, Neck Pain, Nerve Sheath Tumor, Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Oncology, Osteoblastoma, Osteoid Osteoma, Radiculopathy, Sacral Tumors, Sarcoma, Schwannoma, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Spinal Column Tumors, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Malformation, Spinal Cord Trauma, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Dural Fistula, Spinal Ependymoma, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Infection, Spinal Instability, Spinal Meningioma, Spinal Metastases, Spinal Neurofibroma, Spinal Pain, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Schwannoma, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Tumors, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Cervical, Spondyloysis, Thoracic Disc Herniation

Research Interests

Degenerative spine disease; Back pain; Spinal deformity; Spinal column tumor; Degenerative disc disease; Spinal cord tumor; Spine surgery; Spinal diseases


Dr. Daniel Michael Sciubba is an associate professor of neurological surgery, oncology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as Director of spine tumor and spinal deformity research in the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of minimally invasive spine surgery. He specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions including tumors, degenerative spine diseases, spinal deformities and scoliosis, employing minimally invasive techniques when possible.

Dr. Sciubba received his B.S. in biology from Duke University and his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurological surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his residency training, Dr. Sciubba completed an enfolded complex spine fellowship and a traveling orthopaedic spine fellowship in pediatric spine deformity.

Dr. Sciubba’s research efforts focus on patients with complex spinal conditions, most notably spinal tumors and spinal deformity. He is the Director of Spine Tumor and Spinal Deformity Research and directs a laboratory specifically examining animal models of spinal tumors, both primary and metastatic, with the goal of applying his findings to new treatments for patients. His involvement with national and international study groups examining outcomes for patients with such conditions reflects his focus on patient care, and his clinical concentration on treating patients with spinal tumors and complex spinal deformities is supported by his joint appointments in both the Department of Oncology and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Sciubba’s contributions have earned him numerous awards, including several multi-year research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the United States Department of Defense. He has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on multiple clinical trials, has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, 40 book chapters, and has presented his research at dozens of national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals.

Dr. Sciubba has been a paid consultant for multiple companies. Current industry partners include Depuy-Synthes, Medtronic, Nuvasive, Globus and Stryker.



  • English


American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

AANS/CNS Section on Tumors

North American Spine Society (NASS)

Southern Medical Society (SMS)


Spinal Oncology Study Group (SOSG), Associate Member

Neuro Spinal Deformity Study Group (NSDSG), Member

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • spinal column tumor
  • spinal cord tumor
  • degenerative spine disease
  • degenerative disc disease
  • spinal deformity
  • surgical treatment
  • spine surgery
  • spinal diseases
  • spine
  • low back pain
  • back pain
  • spinal cord

Additional Resources

Additional Resources +
  • Education +


    • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York NY ) (2002)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurosurgery (Baltimore MD ) (2009)


    • Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children (Philadelp (Philadelphia PA ) (2008)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Spinal Surgery (Baltimore MD ) (2007)


    • Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery (2013)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Sciubba’s current research interests focus on developing new treatment options for the management of spine tumors, creating and refining new animal models of spine tumors, biomechanically evaluating current and novel spine instrumentation constructs, and assessing the efficacy of surgical and medical therapeutics for spinal pathology through prospective and retrospective outcomes studies.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Bydon M, Macki M, Kaloostian P, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Belzberg AJ, Bydon A, Witham TF. “Incidence and Prognostic Factors of C5 Palsy: A Clinical Study of 1,001 Cases and Review of the Literature.” Neurosurgery. 2014 Feb 20. [Epub ahead of print].
    2. Bydon M, Xu R, Santiago-Dieppa D, Macki M, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Bydon A, Gokaslan ZL, Witham TF. “Adjacent-segment disease in 511 cases of posterolateral instrumented lumbar arthrodesis: floating fusion versus distal construct including the sacrum.” J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print].
    3. Parker SL, Amin AG, Santiago-Dieppa D, Liauw JA, Bydon A, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Witham TF. “Incidence and Clinical Significance of Vascular Encroachment Resulting from Free Hand Placement of Pedicle Screws in the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine: Analysis of 6,816 Consecutive Screws.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Jan 29. [Epub ahead of print].
    4. Lina IA, Puvanesarajah V, Liauw JA, Lo SF, Santiago-Dieppa DR, Hwang L, Mao A, Bydon A, Wolinsky JP, Sciubba DM, Gokaslan Z, Holmes C, Witham TF. “Quantitative study of parathyroid hormone (1-34) and bone morphogenetic protein-2 on spinal fusion outcomes in a rabbit model of lumbar dorsolateral intertransverse process arthrodesis.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Mar 1;39(5):347-55. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000169.
    5. Mathios D, Kaloostian PE, Bydon A, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Witham TF. “A novel method of anterior lumbosacral cage reconstruction.” J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Feb;20(2):204-8. doi: 10.3171/2013.11.SPINE13518. Epub 2013 Dec 6.


    Dr. Sciubba's Neurosurgery Spinal Research Laboratory seeks to improve care and surgical outcomes for patients with spinal problems through basic, translational, and clinically based research.

    His Spinal Oncology Laboratory for Translational Molecular Genetics investigates the mechanism of metastasis in spine tumors and developing animal models and treatments to improve understanding of cancer cells' metastasis to the bony spine.

    Dr. Sciubba also serves as a Co-Investigator of the Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes Laboratory. The Spinal Column Biomechanics Laboratory studies a wide array of tools and techniques to improve spinal surgery outcomes for patients.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    #3 Among Top Five World Experts in Spinal Tumors: Expertscape 2014

    Outstanding Poster, AANS/CNS Section of Spine and Peripheral Nerves Meeting, 2012

    Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry, 2011

    Best Paper – North American Spine Society (NASS) Meeting, 2011

    Hansjorg Wyss Foundation Award, AOSpine, 2010

    Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry, 2010

    Most Compassionate Doctor Award, American Registry, 2010

    Best Paper – North American Spine Society (NASS) Meeting, 2010

    Walter Dandy Award for Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009

    Neurosurgery Chairman’s Award for Improving Patient Safety, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009 

    Harvey Cushing Hunterian Research Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2008 

    Neurosurgeon Research Education Foundation (NREF) Research Grant Award, AANS, 2008

    Neurosurgery Chairmans Award for Improving Patient Safety, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2007

    AOSpine North America (AOSNA) Clinical Spine Fellowship, 2007

    Elected to AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee, 2007

    Research Grant Award, North American Spine Society (NASS), 2006

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pediatric Loan Repayment Program, 2006

    Ronald Apfelbaum Research Award, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine, 2006 

    Dr. Irvin J. Sherwin Award for Resident Achievement, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2005

    Janeway Prize, Columbia University College of P&S Valedictorian award, 2002 

    Alpha Omega Alpha, Columbia University College of P&S, 2002

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Fellowship Award for the Continued Support for the Completion of Medical Studies, 2000

    Dr. Alfred Steiner Research Award, Columbia University Dean’s Day for Research, 2000

    The Lange Medical Publications Award, 1999

    Professional Activities

    Editorial board, Congress Quarterly

    Editorial board, Southern Medical Journal

  • Videos & Media +


    Meet our Expert: Dr. Daniel Sciubba

    Dr. Daniel Sciubba focuses on the treatment of complex spinal conditions, such as spinal tumors, degenerative spine, and spinal trauma and deformities.

    Complex Spine Surgery, David's Story

    After two accidents that resulted in spine surgeries that left David Beach hunched over and in pain, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Daniel Sciubba rebroke David's back during a two-day surgery and reconstructed his spine. David is now back to cycling and running. But best of all, he's able to stand tall again

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    Lectures and Presentations

    Johns Hopkins Clinical Connection: Complex Spine Surgery

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    Spinal Tumor Surgery: Eliminating the Gray Area, Doorways to Discovery (November 2014)

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