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Richard L. Skolasky, Jr., M.A., Sc.D.

Richard Leroy Skolasky, Jr., M.A., Sc.D.

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Director, Spine Outcomes Research Center

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Interests: Spine biomechanics; Psycho-social determinates of health; Health disparities; Health services research; Functional outcomes of spine surgery more


Dr. Richard Skolasky is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research focuses on functional outcomes of spine surgery, psycho-social determinates of health and spine biomechanics. Dr. Skolasky serves as the director of the Spine Outcomes Research Center, which is dedicated to improving patient safety and outcomes through furthering knowledge and increasing the efficiency of spine care.

Dr. Skolasky received his undergraduate degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences and a master’s in psychology from Towson University. He earned a Sc.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Department of Health Policy Management.

Dr. Skolasky is a member of a number of professional societies including the Cervical Spine Research Society, the North American Spine Society, and the American Public Health Association. He is an associate editor of Quality of Life Research and serves on the editorial board of the Spine Journal. more


  • Director, Spine Outcomes Research Center
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



  • M.A., Towson University (Maryland) (1998)
  • Sc.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Skolasky focuses his research on theories and projects that have the potential to improve function and to reduce disability for persons with degenerative spine conditions.

Selected Publications

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Sacktor N, Nakasujja N, Redd AD, Manucci J, Laeyendecker O, Wendel SK, Porcella SF, Martens C, Bruno D, Skolasky RL, Okonkwo OC, Robertson K, Musisi S, Katabira E, Quinn TC. "HIV subtype is not associated with dementia among individuals with moderate and advanced immunosuppression in Kampala, Uganda." Metab Brain Dis. 2014 Feb 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Coe JD, Vaccaro AR, Dailey AT, Skolasky RL Jr, Sasso RC, Ludwig SC, Brodt ED, Dettori JR. "Lateral mass screw fixation in the cervical spine: a systematic literature review." J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Dec 4;95(23):2136-43. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.01522. Review

Alosh H, Li D, Riley LH 3rd, Skolasky RL. "Health Care Burden of Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery: National Trends in Hospital Charges and Length of Stay, 2000 to 2009." J Spinal Disord Tech. 2013 Oct 16

Chen AT, Cohen DB, Skolasky RL. "Impact of nonoperative treatment, vertebroplasty, and kyphoplasty on survival and morbidity after vertebral compression fracture in the medicare population." J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Oct 22;95(19):1729-36. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.01649. PMID: 24088964

Rosenthal LS, Skolasky RL, Moxley RT 4th, Roosa HV, Selnes OA, Eschman A, McArthur JC, Sacktor N. "A novel computerized functional assessment for human immunodeficiency virus-associated neurocognitive disorder." J Neurovirol. 2013 Oct 19(5):432-41. doi: 10.1007/s13365-013-0195-5. Epub 2013 Oct 1

Activities & Honors


  • Young Investigator's Award for work on "Variation in Clinical Progressions of HIV-associated Dementia,", XI International Conference on AIDS, 1996


  • Academy Health, 2005
  • American Psychological Association, 2002
  • American Public Health Association, 2005
  • American Statistical Association, 2002
  • Cervical Spine Research Society, 2005
  • North American Spine Society, 2005

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer, Quality of Life Research, 2010
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