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Jean-Paul Wolinsky, M.D.

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Clinical Director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spine Program

Professor of Neurosurgery


Languages: English, German

Expertise: Aneurysmal Bone Cyst, Back Injuries, Back Pain, 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 Spine Trauma, Cervical Spondylosis, Chiari Malformations, Chondrosarcoma, Chordomas, Cranio-cervical Junction Pathology, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spine Disease, Disc Pain, 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 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 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, Thoracic Disc Herniation more

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Dr. Jean-Paul Wolinsky received his medical degree and neurosurgery training from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to general neurosurgical training, he gained extensive trauma experience at Ben Taub Hospital, one of the world’s largest trauma hospitals. He also received specialized training in neurosurgical oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital during his residency. After his neurosurgical residency, he completed an AO Spine fellowship in complex reconstructive spine surgery and spinal oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Wolinsky's primary neurosurgical interests lie in neurosurgical oncology, pathology of the occipital-cervical junction and complex spinal reconstruction. He has been actively developing new approaches to spinal surgery and concepts for spinal reconstruction. more


  • Clinical Director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Spine Program
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Oncology

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine (1998)


  • Baylor College of Medicine / Neurosurgery (2004)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery / Neurological Surgery (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Wolinsky’s research interests focus on the development of novel surgical strategies for pathology of the occipital-cervical junction and complex spinal reconstruction. In addition, Dr Wolinsky is actively developing minimally invasive surgical techniques for the resection and stabilization of neoplastic disease of the spine.

Selected Publications

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Parker SL, Amin AG, Farber SH, McGirt MJ, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Bydon A, Gokaslan ZL, Witham TF. Ability of electromyographic monitoring to determine the presence of malpositioned pedicle screws in the lumbosacral spine: analysis of 2450 consecutively placed screws. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 Aug; 15(2): 130-5.

Dasenbrock HH, Clarke MJ, Bydon A, Witham TF, Sciubba DM, Simmons OP, Gokaslan ZL, Wolinsky JP. Reconstruction of Extensive Defects from Posterior En Bloc Resection of Sacral Tumors Using Human Acellular Dermal Matrix and Gluteus Maximus Myocutaneous Flaps. Neurosurgery. 2011 May 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Hsu W, Mohyeldin A, Shah SR, Ap Rhys CM, Johnson LF, Sedora-Roman NI, Kosztowski TA, Awad OA, McCarthy EF, Loeb DM, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Quiones-Hinojosa A. Generation of chordoma cell line JHC7 and the identification of Brachyury as a novel molecular target. J Neurosurg. 2011 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Dasenbrock HH, Clarke MJ, Bydon A, McGirt MJ, Witham TF, Sciubba DM, Gokaslan ZL, Wolinsky JP. En Bloc Resection of Sacral Chordomas Aided by Frameless Stereotactic Image Guidance: A Technical Note. Neurosurgery. 2011 Jul 16. [Epub ahead of print]

Clarke MJ, Guzzo J, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan Z, Black JH. Combined endovascular and neurosurgical approach to the removal of an intraaortic pedicle screw. J Neurosurg Spine. 2011 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Dasenbrock HH, Clarke MJ, M D AB, Sciubba DM, Witham TF, Gokaslan ZL, Wolinsky JP. Endoscopic Image-Guided Transcervical Odontoidectomy: Outcomes of 15 Patients with Basilar Invagination. Neurosurgery. 2011 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Xu R, Bydon M, Sciubba DM, Witham TF, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon A. Safety and efficacy of rhBMP2 in posterior cervical spinal fusion for subaxial degenerative spine disease: Analysis of outcomes in 204 patients. Surg Neurol Int. 2011;2:109. Epub 2011 Aug 13.

Daubs MD, Norvell DC, McGuire R, Molinari R, Hermsmeyer JT, Fourney DR, Wolinsky JP, Brodke D. Fusion versus nonoperative care for chronic low back pain: do psychological factors affect outcomes? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Oct 1;36(21 Suppl):S96-109.

Hsieh PC, Gallia GL, Sciubba DM, Bydon A, Marco RA, Rhines L, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL. En Bloc Excisions of Chordomas in the Cervical Spine: Review of Five Consecutive Cases With More Than 4-Year Follow-up. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Nov 15;36(24):E1581-7.

Xu R, Ritzl EK, Sait M, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Witham TF, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon A. A role for motor and somatosensory evoked potentials during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for patients without myelopathy: Analysis of 57 consecutive cases. Surg Neurol Int. 2011;2:133. Epub 2011 Sep 30.

McMillan R, Goodwin CR, Hsu W, Pendleton J, McCarthy E, Wolinsky JP, Belzberg AJ. Castleman''s disease of the sacral spine. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2011 Nov 19. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Laufer I, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL. Desmoid Tumors. World Neurosurg. 2011 Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Gokaslan ZL, Laufer I, Wolinsky JP. Evolution of Spinal Instrumentation. World Neurosurg. 2011 Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Activities & Honors


  • Member of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council, 2012
  • Visiting Professor , Cornell Department of Neurosurgery, New York, New York, 2011
  • Best Doctors in America, 2007 - 2008
  • Top Doctors, Baltimore Magazine, 2007
  • Visiting Surgeon Ospedale Maggiore, Bologna, Italy, guest of Stefano Boriani, 2007
  • Whos Who Global, 2007
  • Visiting Surgeon , Klinikum Karlsbad, Germany,, 2006
  • Appointed as AO/ASIF International Spine Faculty, AO/ASIF, 2006
  • Appointed as AO/ASIF Spine Faculty, AO/ASIF, 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Mayo Clinic Department of Neurosurgery, Rochester, MN, 2013
  • Visiting Professor, Thomas Jefferson University Department of Neurosurgery, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
  • Visiting Professor, Northshore and Long Island Jewish Hospital Department of Neurosurgery, Long Island, NY, 2015
  • Visiting Professor, Wayne State University Department of Neurosurgery, Detroit, MI, 2015
  • Visiting Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery, Houston, TX, 2015


  • American Association of Neurological Surgery, 2005
  • AO North America Scientific Education Committee Member 2011 present
    Chairman AO North America Scientific Education Subcommittee on Symposium and Cadaveric Courses 2012 present; Chairman AO North America Scientific Education Subcommittee on CME Compliance 2012 present; Scientific Program Committee for AANS/CNS Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerves annual meeting 2012; Scientific Program Committee for AANS/CNS Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve annual meeting 2011; Scientific Program Committee for AANS/CNS Section on Spine and Peripheral Nerve annual meeting 2010; Scientific Program Committee member (Luncheon Seminar Education Committee for CNS annual meeting 2010; Cervical Spine Research Society Study Section/Grant Review 2012 - present
  • Cervical Spine Research Society, 2009
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2010
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    Resident Member
  • Member of the American Association of Neurological Surgery
    Resident Member
  • North American Skull Base Society, 2008
  • Section Cerebrovascular Surgery AANS/CNS
    Resident Member
  • Section on Tumors AANS/CNS
    Resident Member
  • Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Resident Member

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