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. Rosner, J, Negraeff, M, Bélanger, LM, Tsang, A, Ritchie, L, Mac-Thiong, JM et al.. Characterization of Hyperacute Neuropathic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury: A Prospective Study. J Pain. 2021; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.06.013. PubMed PMID:34302956 .
  2. Montenegro, TS, Elia, C, Hines, K, Buser, Z, Wilson, J, Ghogawala, Z et al.. Are Lumbar Fusion Guidelines Followed? A Survey of North American Spine Surgeons. Neurospine. 2021;18 (2):389-396. doi: 10.14245/ns.2142136.068. PubMed PMID:34218620 PubMed Central PMC8255757.
  3. Badhiwala, JH, Lebovic, G, Balas, M, da Costa, L, Nathens, AB, Fehlings, MG et al.. Variability in time to surgery for patients with acute thoracolumbar spinal cord injuries. Sci Rep. 2021;11 (1):13312. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-92310-z. PubMed PMID:34172757 PubMed Central PMC8233434.
  4. Davies, BM, Mowforth, OD, Khan, DZ, Yang, X, Stacpoole, SRL, Hazenbiller, O et al.. The development of lived experience-centered word clouds to support research uncertainty gathering in degenerative cervical myelopathy: results from an engagement process and protocol for their evaluation, via a nested randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2021;22 (1):415. doi: 10.1186/s13063-021-05349-8. PubMed PMID:34172080 PubMed Central PMC8235822.
  5. Skinnider, MA, Rogalski, J, Tigchelaar, S, Manouchehri, N, Prudova, A, Jackson, AM et al.. Proteomic Portraits Reveal Evolutionarily Conserved and Divergent Responses to Spinal Cord Injury. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2021;20 :100096. doi: 10.1016/j.mcpro.2021.100096. PubMed PMID:34129941 PubMed Central PMC8260874.
  6. Merali, Z, Wang, JZ, Badhiwala, JH, Witiw, CD, Wilson, JR, Fehlings, MG et al.. A deep learning model for detection of cervical spinal cord compression in MRI scans. Sci Rep. 2021;11 (1):10473. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-89848-3. PubMed PMID:34006910 PubMed Central PMC8131597.
  7. Merali, ZA, Colak, E, Wilson, JR. Applications of Machine Learning to Imaging of Spinal Disorders: Current Status and Future Directions. Global Spine J. 2021;11 (1_suppl):23S-29S. doi: 10.1177/2192568220961353. PubMed PMID:33890805 PubMed Central PMC8076811.
  8. Jaja, BNR, Badhiwala, J, Guest, J, Harrop, J, Shaffrey, C, Boakye, M et al.. Trajectory-Based Classification of Recovery in Sensorimotor Complete Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury. Neurology. 2021; :. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000012028. PubMed PMID:33849991 .
  9. Martin, AR, Kalsi-Ryan, S, Akbar, MA, Rienmueller, AC, Badhiwala, JH, Wilson, JR et al.. Clinical outcomes of nonoperatively managed degenerative cervical myelopathy: an ambispective longitudinal cohort study in 117 patients. J Neurosurg Spine. 2021; :1-9. doi: 10.3171/2020.9.SPINE201395. PubMed PMID:33836502 .
  10. Balas, M, Guttman, MP, Badhiwala, JH, Lebovic, G, Nathens, AB, da Costa, L et al.. Earlier Surgery Reduces Complications in Acute Traumatic Thoracolumbar Spinal Cord Injury: Analysis of a Multi-Center Cohort of 4108 Patients. J Neurotrauma. 2021; :. doi: 10.1089/neu.2020.7525. PubMed PMID:33724051 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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