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Our Research

The spine division at the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is committed to advancing the field of spine surgery through cutting-edge research. Our research focus is in the following domains:

  • Spinal surgical outcomes and safety   
  • Health economics of musculoskeletal care   
  • Spinal deformity surgery and outcomes   
  • Clinical trials   
  • Spine basic science research       

The Spine Outcomes Research Center is a multidisciplinary group committed to improving patient outcomes and applying high-quality and purposeful research to professional practice. The organization values collegial interaction and strong scientific principles.


The Spine Outcomes Research Center is dedicated to improving patient safety and outcomes through furthering knowledge and increasing the efficiency of spine care.

Vision Statement

The Spine Outcomes Research Center will become the recognized authority on issues of patient outcomes and safety and of health care system performance in spine.

#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Treating Back Pain - Richard Skolasky, M.A., Sc.D.

Patients who actively participate in physical therapy have less pain and fewer limitations. Dr. Richard Skolasky and his team are using telephone calls to encourage patients to engage in their recovery, leading to better outcomes.

Spinal Fusion | George and Scott's Story

Scott shares his story about what it was like undergoing spinal fusion surgery with the Orthopaedic Spine Surgery team at Johns Hopkins and how he is now back enjoying his active lifestyle in Ocean City, Maryland — with the full use of his right arm.

Spinal Stenosis | Q&A with Dr. Amit Jain

Johns Hopkins spine surgeon Amit Jain, M.D., answers common questions about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal stenosis. He also discusses the prognosis of the condition.

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