Howard Ginsberg


Associate Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science


Dr. Howard Ginsberg is a graduate from the University of Toronto Neurosurgery Program. He is trained in both neurosurgical and orthopedic spinal surgery techniques. He completed a fellowship in spinal surgery with Dr. Joel Finkelstein at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Ginsberg also has a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, as well as a PhD in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Drs. James Drake and Richard Cobbold. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Ginsberg’s research focuses on engineering applications to neurosurgical procedures with the goal of improving safety and outcome for patients. His current projects include a novel strategy for image guidance in spinal surgery, surgical simulation for the purpose of teaching and pre-operative planning, as well as development of new surgical devices and approaches.

Please note: Dr. Ginsberg is not taking any summer students.

Recent Publications

  1. Afshar, ME, Abraha, HY, Bakooshli, MA, Davoudi, S, Thavandiran, N, Tung, K et al.. A 96-well culture platform enables longitudinal analyses of engineered human skeletal muscle microtissue strength. Sci Rep. 2020;10 (1):6918. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-62837-8. PubMed PMID:32332853 PubMed Central PMC7181829.
  2. Wilson, JR, Cronin, S, Fehlings, MG, Kwon, BK, Badhiwala, JH, Ginsberg, HJ et al.. Epidemiology and Impact of Spinal Cord Injury in the Elderly: Results of a Fifteen-Year Population-Based Cohort Study. J. Neurotrauma. 2020; :. doi: 10.1089/neu.2020.6985. PubMed PMID:32292120 .
  3. Katz, L, Woolman, M, Talbot, F, Amara-Belgadi, S, Wu, M, Tortorella, S et al.. Dual Laser and Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging Using the Same Interface. Anal. Chem. 2020;92 (9):6349-6357. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b05340. PubMed PMID:32275820 .
  4. Guha, D, Jakubovic, R, Leung, MK, Ginsberg, HJ, Fehlings, MG, Mainprize, TG et al.. Quantification of computational geometric congruence in surface-based registration for spinal intra-operative three-dimensional navigation. PLoS ONE. 2019;14 (8):e0207137. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207137. PubMed PMID:31450234 PubMed Central PMC6710030.
  5. Mithani, K, Meng, Y, Pinilla, D, Thani, N, Tung, K, Leung, R et al.. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis masquerading as asthma: case report. J Neurosurg Spine. 2019; :1-4. doi: 10.3171/2019.2.SPINE181291. PubMed PMID:31026818 .
  6. Woolman, M, Kuzan-Fischer, CM, Ferry, I, Kiyota, T, Luu, B, Wu, M et al.. Picosecond Infrared Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry Identifies Medulloblastoma Subgroups on Intrasurgical Timescales. Cancer Res. 2019;79 (9):2426-2434. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-18-3411. PubMed PMID:30890619 .
  7. Haimoto, S, Nishimura, Y, Ginsberg, HJ. Surgical treatment of a thoracic ventral intradural arachnoid cyst associated with syringomyelia: case report. J Neurosurg Spine. 2018;30 (2):193-197. doi: 10.3171/2018.8.SPINE18223. PubMed PMID:30497153 .
  8. Schär, RT, Wilson, JR, Ginsberg, HJ. Intraoperative Ultrasound-Guided Posterior Cervical Laminectomy for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. World Neurosurg. 2019;121 :62-70. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.09.217. PubMed PMID:30312813 .
  9. Haimoto, S, Schär, RT, Nishimura, Y, Hara, M, Wakabayashi, T, Ginsberg, HJ et al.. Reduction in surgical site infection with suprafascial intrawound application of vancomycin powder in instrumented posterior spinal fusion: a retrospective case-control study. J Neurosurg Spine. 2018;29 (2):193-198. doi: 10.3171/2017.12.SPINE17997. PubMed PMID:29726801 .
  10. Haimoto, S, Nishimura, Y, Hara, M, Nakajima, Y, Yamamoto, Y, Ginsberg, HJ et al.. Clinical and Radiological Outcomes of Microscopic Lumbar Foraminal Decompression: A Pilot Analysis of Possible Risk Factors for Restenosis. Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo). 2018;58 (1):49-58. doi: 10.2176/nmc.oa.2017-0121. PubMed PMID:29176269 PubMed Central PMC5785697.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto