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. 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; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2022.4454. PubMed PMID:36169962 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 2022; :. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2022.08.002. PubMed PMID:36002056 .
  6. 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; :. doi: 10.1089/neu.2022.0145. PubMed PMID:35819296 .
  7. 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.
  8. Malhotra, AK, Wilson, JR. Editorial. Topical epidural steroids after lumbar spine surgery: do the benefits observed after microdiscectomy extend to lumbar fusion?. J Neurosurg Spine. 2022; :1-3. doi: 10.3171/2022.2.SPINE2287. PubMed PMID:35426821 .
  9. Boerger, TF, Hyngstrom, AS, Furlan, JC, Kalsi-Ryan, S, Curt, A, Kwon, BK et al.. Developing Peri-Operative Rehabilitation in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy [AO Spine RECODE-DCM Research Priority Number 6]: An Unexplored Opportunity?. Global Spine J. 2022;12 (1_suppl):97S-108S. doi: 10.1177/21925682211050925. PubMed PMID:35174735 PubMed Central PMC8859699.
  10. Davies, BM, Mowforth, O, Wood, H, Karimi, Z, Sadler, I, Tetreault, L et al.. Improving Awareness Could Transform Outcomes in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy [AO Spine RECODE-DCM Research Priority Number 1]. Global Spine J. 2022;12 (1_suppl):28S-38S. doi: 10.1177/21925682211050927. PubMed PMID:35174734 PubMed Central PMC8859708.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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