Daniel Lubelski, M.D.

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  • Director of Spine Tumor Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Languages: English, Hebrew


Brachial Plexus Injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cauda Equina Syndrome, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Deformity, Cervical Spine Disease, Cervical Spine Revision Surgery, Cervical Spondylosis, Chondrosarcoma, Chordomas, Complex Cervical Spine Reconstruction Surgery, Complex Spinal Reconstructions, Cranio-cervical Junction Pathology, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Dorsal Root Entry Zone (DREZ) Lesioning, Giant Cell Tumor, Hemangioblastoma, Hemangiomas, Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Microsurgical Nerve Repair, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Myxopapillary Ependymoma, Nerve Compression, Nerve Injury, Nerve Sheath Tumor, Neurological Surgery, Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy, Osteoblastoma, Osteoid Osteoma, Osteosarcoma, Pediatric Brachial Plexus, Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, Pediatric Spinal Cord Tumors, Perinatal Brachial Plexus Injury, Peripheral Nerve Disorders, Peripheral Nerve Injury, Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction, Peripheral Nerve Repair and Reconstruction, Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Sacral Tumors, Sarcoma, Sarcoma and Musculoskeletal Tumors, Spinal Column Tumors, Spinal Cord Malformation, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Dural Fistula, Spinal Ependymoma, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Instability, Spinal Meningioma, Spinal Metastases, Spinal Neurofibroma, Spinal Schwannoma, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Tumors, Spine, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors, Spondylolisthesis, Tethered Spinal Cord, Thoracic Disc Herniation, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Ulnar Neuropathy ...read more

Research Interests

data science; artificial intelligence; prediction models; comparative effectiveness; patient-reported quality of life outcomes in neurosurgery ...read more

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Daniel Lubelski is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with expertise in complex spine surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. He treats patients with spinal diseases and deformities, spine and nerve tumors, and brachial plexus injuries and other peripheral nerve injuries.

Dr. Lubelski’s training in complex and robotic spine surgery, spinal oncology and peripheral nerve injuries allows him to comprehensively evaluate patients and develop custom treatment plans to address symptoms and improve patients’ quality of life. He prioritizes patient-centered care, effective communication and working in multidisciplinary collaboration to identify the best treatment.

After obtaining his undergraduate degree at the City University of New York, Dr. Lubelski spent a year doing predoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health. He then obtained his medical degree from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and he performed stem cell tumor research as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow. Dr. Lubelski went on to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for a neurosurgery residency and an enfolded fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery. His postdoctoral training also included a fellowship in complex spine surgery and spinal oncology at Johns Hopkins, as well as a traveling fellowship with advanced training at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Lubelski is a prolific researcher who focuses on patient quality of life and on using big data to develop individualized prediction models to determine optimal treatments tailored to each person. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and numerous textbook chapters, has lectured nationally and internationally, and serves as a reviewer for the top neurosurgical journals.

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  • Director of Spine Tumor Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program
  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology

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  • MD; Medicine; Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2015)


  • Neurological Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2022)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Lubelski D, Alomari S, Pennington Z, Lo L, Witham T, Theodore N, Sciubba DM, Bydon A. Single-surgeon vs dual-surgeon strategy in spinal tumor surgery: a single institution experience. Clinical Spine Surgery. 2022 March 

Lubelski D, Theodore N.  Benefits of Robotic Spine Surgery: The Future is Bright. Journal of Neurosurgery: Focus. Jan 2022

Perdomo A, Alomari S, Lubelski D, Liu A, DeMordaunt T, Bydon A, Witham T, Theodore N. Implementation of an Automated Text Message-Based System for Tracking Patient Reported Outcomes in Spine Surgery: An Overview of the Concept and Our Early Experience. World Neurosurgery. Nov 2021

Hersh AM, Antar A, Pennington Z, Aygun N, Patel J, Goldsborough E, Porras JL, Elsamadicy AA, Lubelski D, Wolinsky JP, Jallo GI, Gokaslan ZL, Lo SF, Sciubba DM. Predictors of Survival and Time to Progression following Operative Management of Intramedullary Spinal Cord Astrocytomas. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 2022 May 11. PMID 35538385

Lubelski D, Pennington Z, Kopparapu S, Sciubba DM, Bishop AT, Shin AY, Spinner R, Belzberg AJ.  Nerve Transfers after Cervical Spine Surgery: Multi-Institutional Case series and review of the literature. World Neurosurgery. 2021

Activities & Honors


  • Irving J Sherman Traveling Fellowship Award, Spinal Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering and MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2022 - 2022
  • AO/NREF Clinical Spine Fellowship, 2021 - 2022
  • Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery Chairman's Award for Safety, 2022 - 2022
  • Walter Dandy Award for Achievement in Clinical Research, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2022 - 2022
  • Kline Peripheral Nerve Award, Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, 2021 - 2021
  • The Spine Journal 2020 Outstanding Paper Award, 2020 - 2020


  • AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society

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