Jefferson Wilson




Dr. Jefferson Wilson is a surgeon-scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He currently holds the Labatt Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery at Unity Health. Dr Wilson’s clinical practice is focused on the surgical management of complex disorders of the spine and spinal cord. He also leads a clinical research program investigating both traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury, with a specific interest in the development of predictive models and algorithms to help guide treatment and forecast outcomes. His research has been supported through several grants from organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, AOSpine, Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation and the Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Wilson currently chairs a national evidence based spine surgery course for residents and fellows and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Neurosurgery Spine and Clinical Spine Surgery.

Recent Publications

  1. Evaniew, N, Burger, LD, Dea, N, Cadotte, DW, Bailey, CS, Christie, SD et al.. Deterioration after Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: An Observational Study from the Canadian Spine Outcomes and Research Network. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2022; :. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000004552. PubMed PMID:36730060 .
  2. Malhotra, AK, Shakil, H, Wilson, JR. Chronic hydrocephalus and tethered cord masquerading as post-concussive syndrome. World Neurosurg. 2023; :. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2023.01.041. PubMed PMID:36649856 .
  3. Stukas, S, Cooper, J, Gill, J, Fallah, N, Skinnider, MA, Belanger, L et al.. Association of CSF and Serum Neurofilament Light and Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein, Injury Severity, and Outcome in Spinal Cord Injury. Neurology. 2023; :. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000206744. PubMed PMID:36599698 .
  4. Badhiwala, JH, Wilson, JR, Harrop, JS, Vaccaro, AR, Aarabi, B, Geisler, FH et al.. Early vs Late Surgical Decompression for Central Cord Syndrome. JAMA Surg. 2022;157 (11):1024-1032. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2022.4454. PubMed PMID:36169962 PubMed Central PMC9520438.
  5. Schneider, MM, Badhiwala, JH, Alvi, MA, Tetreault, LA, Kalsi, P, Idler, RK et al.. Prevalence of Neck Pain in Patients with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy and Short-Term Response After Operative Treatment: A Cohort Study of 664 Patients From 26 Global Sites. Global Spine J. 2022; :21925682221124098. doi: 10.1177/21925682221124098. PubMed PMID:36073893 .
  6. Hachem, LD, Zhu, M, Aarabi, B, Davies, B, DiGiorgio, A, Evaniew, N et al.. A Practical Classification System for Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injury Based on a Three-Phased Modified Delphi Process From the AOSpine Spinal Cord Injury Knowledge Forum. Global Spine J. 2022; :21925682221114800. doi: 10.1177/21925682221114800. PubMed PMID:36065656 .
  7. Mathieu, F, Malhotra, AK, Ku, JC, Zeiler, FA, Wilson, JR, Pirouzmand, F et al.. Pre-Injury Antiplatelet Therapy and Risk of Adverse Outcomes after Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Neurotrauma Rep. 2022;3 (1):308-320. doi: 10.1089/neur.2022.0042. PubMed PMID:36060453 PubMed Central PMC9438446.
  8. Senthinathan, A, Cronin, SM, Ho, C, New, PW, Guilcher, SJ, Noonan, VK et al.. Using Clinical Vignettes and a Modified Expert Delphi Panel to Determine Parameters for Identifying Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Health Administrative and Electronic Medical Record Databases. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2023;104 (1):63-73. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2022.08.002. PubMed PMID:36002056 .
  9. Badhiwala, JH, Wilson, JR, Kulkarni, AV, Kiss, A, Harrop, JS, Vaccaro, AR et al.. A Novel Method to Classify Cervical Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury Based on Potential for Recovery: A Group-Based Trajectory Analysis. J Neurotrauma. 2022;39 (23-24):1654-1664. doi: 10.1089/neu.2022.0145. PubMed PMID:35819296 .
  10. Eguchi, K, Malhotra, AR, Malhotra, AK, Harrington, EM, Munoz, DG, Nishimura, Y et al.. Pure extraosseous spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma presenting with acute paraplegia: a case report. Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2022;8 (1):63. doi: 10.1038/s41394-022-00531-9. PubMed PMID:35773281 PubMed Central PMC9247050.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Surgeon, Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto