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Dan Sciubba, MD

Daniel Michael Sciubba, MD
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

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  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Spine Research
  • Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Co-Director, Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Centers & Institutes

  • 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 assistant professor of neurological surgery, oncology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as director of spine research in the Department of Neurosurgery and director of minimally invasive spine surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions including tumors, degenerative spine diseases, and spinal traumas and deformities.

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 infolded complex spine fellowship and a traveling orthopaedic spine fellowship in pediatric spine deformity.

His recent research efforts have directly resulted in the standardized use of antibiotic-impregnated shunt catheters for children with hydrocephalus at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and he was recognized with The Johns Hopkins Hospital safety award for significant published contributions to improve the safety of neurosurgical care.

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 and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on three clinical trials, has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, 36 book chapters and two complete books, and has presented his research at dozens of national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of the Southern Medical Journal and Congress Quarterly.

Dr. Sciubba has been a paid consultant for multiple companies in the past and currently. Current industry partners include: Depuy-Synthes, Medtronic, Nuvasive, Globus, 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

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  • Education +


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


    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital/Neurosurgery ( Baltimore MD ) (2009)


    • Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children (Philadelp ( Philadelphia PA ) (2008)
    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital/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 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 +


    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

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

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