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Dan Sciubba, M.D.
Daniel Michael Sciubba, M.D.
Director, Spine Tumor and Spine Deformity Research
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Expertise: 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 Tumors, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, 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 ...read more
Research Interests: Spine surgery; Degenerative disc disease; Spinal diseases; Spinal cord tumor; Spinal column tumor; Degenerative spine disease; Back pain; Spinal deformity ...read more
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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.
- Director, Spine Tumor and Spine Deformity Research
- Co-Director, Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes
- Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
- Associate Professor of Oncology
- Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Departments / Divisions
- Neurosurgery - Spine
- Oncology - Brain Cancer
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Centers & Institutes
- MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2002)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurosurgery (2009)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Spinal Surgery (2007)
- Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children (2008)
- American Board of Neurological Surgery / Neurological Surgery (2013)
Research & Publications
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.
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.
Lab Website: Neurosurgery Spine Research Lab
Clinical Trial Keywordsspinal 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
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
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].
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].
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].
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.
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.
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
- Research Grant Award, Neurosurgeon Research Education Foundation (NREF), 2008
- Neurosurgery Chairmans Award for Improving Patient Safety, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2007
- Clinical Spine Fellowship, AOSpine North America (AOSNA) , 2007
- Elected to AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee, AANS, 2007
- Research Grant Award, North American Spine Society (NASS), 2006
- Pediatric Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH) , 2006
- Ronald Apfelbaum Research Award, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine, 2006
- Dr. Irvin J. Sherwin Award for Resident Achievement, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2005, 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
- Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Induction, Johns Hopkins Medicine
- AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
- AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
- Neuro Spinal Deformity Study Group (NSDSG)
- North American Spine Society (NASS)
- Southern Medical Society (SMS)
- Spinal Oncology Study Group (SOSG)
- Editorial board, Congress Quarterly
- Editorial board, Southern Medical Journal