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. Shakil, H, Jaja, BNR, Zhang, PF, Jaffe, RH, Malhotra, AK, Harrington, EM et al.. Assessment of the incremental prognostic value from the modified frailty index-5 in complete traumatic cervical spinal cord injury. Sci Rep. 2023;13 (1):7578. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-34708-5. PubMed PMID:37165004 PubMed Central PMC10172291.
  2. Mowforth, OD, Burn, L, Khan, DZ, Yang, X, Stacpoole, SRL, Gronlund, T et al.. Lived experience-centred word clouds may improve research uncertainty gathering in priority setting partnerships. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2023;23 (1):100. doi: 10.1186/s12874-023-01897-6. PubMed PMID:37087419 PubMed Central PMC10122197.
  3. Merali, Z, Zhang, PF, Jaffe, RH, Jaja, BNR, Harrington, EM, Malhotra, AK et al.. Multicenter retrospective cohort study of the association between surgery for odontoid fractures in the elderly and in-hospital outcomes. Sci Rep. 2023;13 (1):6276. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-33158-3. PubMed PMID:37072405 PubMed Central PMC10113203.
  4. Algarni, N, Dea, N, Evaniew, N, McIntosh, G, Jacobs, BW, Paquet, J et al.. Does Ending a Posterior Construct Proximally at C2 Versus C3 Impact Patient Reported Outcomes in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy Patients up to 24 months After the Surgery?. Global Spine J. 2023; :21925682231166605. doi: 10.1177/21925682231166605. PubMed PMID:36960878 .
  5. Jaja, BNR, Witiw, CD, Harrington, EM, He, Y, Moghaddamjou, A, Fehlings, MG et al.. Analysis of recovery trajectories in degenerative cervical myelopathy to facilitate improved patient counseling and individualized treatment recommendations. J Neurosurg Spine. 2023; :1-9. doi: 10.3171/2023.1.SPINE221053. PubMed PMID:36933253 .
  6. 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). 2023;48 (5):310-320. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000004552. PubMed PMID:36730060 .
  7. Malhotra, AK, Shakil, H, Wilson, JR. Chronic Hydrocephalus and Tethered Cord Masquerading as Postconcussive Syndrome. World Neurosurg. 2023;171 :145-147. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2023.01.041. PubMed PMID:36649856 .
  8. 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;100 (12):e1221-e1233. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000206744. PubMed PMID:36599698 PubMed Central PMC10033160.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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