Jefferson Wilson


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Jefferson Wilson is a surgeon-scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital. His clinical practice is focused on the surgical management of complex disorders of the spine and spinal cord. His research program focuses primarily on the epidemiology and clinical epidemiology of spinal trauma and spinal cord injury. Specifically, he has interest in the design and conduct of surgical and pharmacological trials, the development and validation of clinical prediction models, the development of clinical practice guidelines and the examination of health systems to facilitate improved efficiency and increased quality of care.

Recent Publications

  1. Merali, Z, Wilson, JR. Explanatory Versus Pragmatic Trials: An Essential Concept in Study Design and Interpretation. Clin Spine Surg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000588. PubMed PMID:29064834 .
  2. Merali, Z, Wilson, JR. Explanatory Versus Pragmatic Trials: An Essential Concept in Study Design and Interpretation. Clin Spine Surg. 2017;30 (9):404-406. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000588. PubMed PMID:29049130 .
  3. Faruqi, S, Tseng, CL, Whyne, C, Alghamdi, M, Wilson, J, Myrehaug, S et al.. Vertebral Compression Fracture After Spine Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: A Review of the Pathophysiology and Risk Factors. Neurosurgery. 2017; :. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyx493. PubMed PMID:29048517 .
  4. Ahuja, CS, Wilson, JR, Nori, S, Kotter, MRN, Druschel, C, Curt, A et al.. Traumatic spinal cord injury. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2017;3 :17018. doi: 10.1038/nrdp.2017.18. PubMed PMID:28447605 .
  5. Wilson, JR, Tetreault, LA, Kim, J, Shamji, MF, Harrop, JS, Mroz, T et al.. State of the Art in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: An Update on Current Clinical Evidence. Neurosurgery. 2017;80 (3S):S33-S45. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyw083. PubMed PMID:28350949 .
  6. Ahuja, CS, Nori, S, Tetreault, L, Wilson, J, Kwon, B, Harrop, J et al.. Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury-Repair and Regeneration. Neurosurgery. 2017;80 (3S):S9-S22. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyw080. PubMed PMID:28350947 .
  7. Wilson, JR, Tetreault, LA, Schroeder, G, Harrop, JS, Prasad, S, Vaccaro, A et al.. Impact of Elevated Body Mass Index and Obesity on Long-term Surgical Outcomes for Patients With Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Analysis of a Combined Prospective Dataset. Spine. 2017;42 (3):195-201. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001859. PubMed PMID:28125441 .
  8. Badhiwala, J, Wilson, JR, Kreitz, TM, Hilibrand, AS. Is Neuromonitoring Necessary for All Patients Undergoing Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion?. Clin Spine Surg. 2017;30 (1):1-3. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000501. PubMed PMID:28107230 .
  9. Tetreault, L, Wilson, JR, Kotter, MR, Nouri, A, Côté, P, Kopjar, B et al.. Predicting the minimum clinically important difference in patients undergoing surgery for the treatment of degenerative cervical myelopathy. Neurosurg Focus. 2016;40 (6):E14. doi: 10.3171/2016.3.FOCUS1665. PubMed PMID:27246484 .
  10. Wilson, JR, Voth, J, Singh, A, Middleton, J, Jaglal, SB, Singh, JM et al.. Defining the Pathway to Definitive Care and Surgical Decompression after Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Results of a Canadian Population-Based Cohort Study. J. Neurotrauma. 2016;33 (10):963-71. doi: 10.1089/neu.2015.4258. PubMed PMID:26652196 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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