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Dan Sciubba, M.D.

Daniel Michael Sciubba, M.D.

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4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings
  • Director, Spine Tumor and Spine Deformity Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery


Aneurysmal Bone Cyst, Basilar Invagination, Cavernous Angioma, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Deformity, Chondrosarcoma, Chordomas, Cranio-cervical Junction Pathology, Flat-Back Deformity, Giant Cell Tumor, Hemangioblastoma, Kyphosis, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Myxopapillary Ependymoma, Neck Cancer, Neck Masses, Nerve Sheath Tumor, Neurosurgery, Osteoblastoma, Osteoid Osteoma, Sacral Tumors, Sarcoma, Schwannoma, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Spinal Column Tumors, Spinal Cord Malformation, Spinal Cord Tumors, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Ependymoma, Spinal Instability, Spinal Meningioma, Spinal Metastases, Spinal Neurofibroma, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Schwannoma, Spinal Stenosis, Spine Surgery, Spondylolisthesis more

Research Interests

Spine surgery; Degenerative disc disease; Spinal diseases; Spinal cord tumor; Spinal column tumor; Degenerative spine disease; Back pain; Spinal deformity more

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Dr. Daniel Michael Sciubba is a professor of neurological surgery, oncology and orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as Director of spine tumor and spinal deformity research in the Department of Neurosurgery. He specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions including tumors, degenerative spine diseases, spinal deformities and scoliosis, employing minimally invasive techniques when possible.

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

Dr. Sciubba’s research efforts focus on patients with complex spinal conditions, most notably spinal tumors and spinal deformity. He is the Director of Spine Tumor and Spinal Deformity Research and directs a laboratory specifically examining animal models of spinal tumors, both primary and metastatic, with the goal of applying his findings to new treatments for patients. His involvement with national and international study groups examining outcomes for patients with such conditions reflects his focus on patient care, and his clinical concentration on treating patients with spinal tumors and complex spinal deformities is supported by his joint appointments in both the Department of Oncology and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the United States Department of Defense. He has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on multiple clinical trials, has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, 40 book chapters, and has presented his research at dozens of national and international conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals.

Dr. Sciubba has been a paid consultant for multiple companies. Current industry partners include Depuy-Synthes, Medtronic, Nuvasive, Globus and Stryker. more


  • Director, Spine Tumor and Spine Deformity Surgery
  • Co-Director, Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes
  • Director, Spine Research
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Oncology
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2002)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurosurgery (2009)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Spinal Surgery (2007)
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery / 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.


Dr. Sciubba's Neurosurgery Spinal Research Laboratory seeks to improve care and surgical outcomes for patients with spinal problems through basic, translational, and clinically based research.

His Spinal Oncology Laboratory for Translational Molecular Genetics investigates the mechanism of metastasis in spine tumors and developing animal models and treatments to improve understanding of cancer cells' metastasis to the bony spine.

Dr. Sciubba also 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.

Lab Website: Neurosurgery Spine Research Lab

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

Activities & Honors


  • Top Five World Experts in Spinal Tumors, Expertscape, 2014 - 2020
  • 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
  • Research Grant Award, Neurosurgeon Research Education Foundation (NREF), 2008
  • Neurosurgery Chairmans Award for Improving Patient Safety, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2007
  • Clinical Spine Fellowship, AOSpine North America (AOSNA), 2007
  • Elected to AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee, AANS, 2007
  • Research Grant Award, North American Spine Society (NASS), 2006
  • Pediatric Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2006
  • Ronald Apfelbaum Research Award, AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine, 2006
  • Dr. Irvin J. Sherwin Award for Resident Achievement, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2005, 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
  • Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Induction, Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  • AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • AOSpine
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • Neuro Spinal Deformity Study Group (NSDSG)
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • AOSpine Tumor Knowledge Forum (AOTKF)
  • Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS)
  • International Spine Study Group (ISSG)
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS)
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Neurosurgery Spine
  • Editorial Board, Spine Journal
  • Editorial Board, Global Spine Journal
  • Editorial Board, SpineLine
  • Editorial Board, Turkish Neurosurgery

Videos & Media

Daniel Scuibba, M.D.: Neurosurgeon

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Neurosurgery Podcast: COVID 2020 - Chapter 7: Johns Hopkins, Leading in the Laboratory from Neurosurgery (April 2020)

Physician Lecture: Complex Spine Surgery

Spinal Tumor Surgery: Eliminating the Gray Area, Doorways to Discovery (November 2014)

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