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 in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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 .
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. Fukuoka, T, Nishimura, Y, Hara, M, Haimoto, S, Eguchi, K, Yoshikawa, S et al.. Chiari Type 1 Malformation-induced Intracranial Hypertension with Diffuse Brain Edema Treated with Foramen Magnum Decompression: A Case Report. NMC Case Rep J. 2017;4 (4):115-120. doi: 10.2176/ PubMed PMID:29018653 PubMed Central PMC5629356.
  8. Haimoto, S, Nishimura, Y, Hara, M, Yamamoto, Y, Fukuoka, T, Fukuyama, R et al.. Surgical Treatment of Rotational Vertebral Artery Syndrome Induced by Spinal Tumor: A Case Report and Literature Review. NMC Case Rep J. 2017;4 (4):101-105. doi: 10.2176/ PubMed PMID:29018650 PubMed Central PMC5629353.
  9. Woolman, M, Ferry, I, Kuzan-Fischer, CM, Wu, M, Zou, J, Kiyota, T et al.. Rapid determination of medulloblastoma subgroup affiliation with mass spectrometry using a handheld picosecond infrared laser desorption probe. Chem Sci. 2017;8 (9):6508-6519. doi: 10.1039/c7sc01974b. PubMed PMID:28989676 PubMed Central PMC5628578.
  10. Bellut, D, Burkhardt, JK, Schultze, D, Ginsberg, HJ, Regli, L, Sarnthein, J et al.. Validating a therapy-oriented complication grading system in lumbar spine surgery: a prospective population-based study. Sci Rep. 2017;7 (1):11752. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12038-7. PubMed PMID:28924249 PubMed Central PMC5603580.
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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