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.

Please note: Dr. Wilson is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Zhu, MP, Tetreault, LA, Sorefan-Mangou, F, Garwood, P, Wilson, JR. Efficacy, safety and economics of bracing after spine surgery: a systematic review of the literature. Spine J. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2018.01.011. PubMed PMID:29355785 .
  2. Badhiwala, JH, Wilson, JR. The Natural History of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. Neurosurg. Clin. N. Am. 2018;29 (1):21-32. doi: 10.1016/ PubMed PMID:29173433 .
  3. Tetreault, L, Palubiski, LM, Kryshtalskyj, M, Idler, RK, Martin, AR, Ganau, M et al.. Significant Predictors of Outcome Following Surgery for the Treatment of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Neurosurg. Clin. N. Am. 2018;29 (1):115-127.e35. doi: 10.1016/ PubMed PMID:29173423 .
  4. Wilson, JR, Tetreault, LA, Kwon, BK, Arnold, PM, Mroz, TE, Shaffrey, C et al.. Timing of Decompression in Patients With Acute Spinal Cord Injury: A Systematic Review. Global Spine J. 2017;7 (3 Suppl):95S-115S. doi: 10.1177/2192568217701716. PubMed PMID:29164038 PubMed Central PMC5684838.
  5. Tetreault, LA, Skelly, AC, Dettori, JR, Wilson, JR, Martin, AR, Fehlings, MG et al.. Guidelines for the Management of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy and Acute Spinal Cord Injury: Development Process and Methodology. Global Spine J. 2017;7 (3 Suppl):8S-20S. doi: 10.1177/2192568217701715. PubMed PMID:29164037 PubMed Central PMC5684837.
  6. Fehlings, MG, Tetreault, LA, Wilson, JR, Kwon, BK, Burns, AS, Martin, AR et al.. A Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Acute Spinal Cord Injury: Introduction, Rationale, and Scope. Global Spine J. 2017;7 (3 Suppl):84S-94S. doi: 10.1177/2192568217703387. PubMed PMID:29164036 PubMed Central PMC5684846.
  7. Fehlings, MG, Tetreault, LA, Riew, KD, Middleton, JW, Aarabi, B, Arnold, PM et al.. A Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Patients With Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Recommendations for Patients With Mild, Moderate, and Severe Disease and Nonmyelopathic Patients With Evidence of Cord Compression. Global Spine J. 2017;7 (3 Suppl):70S-83S. doi: 10.1177/2192568217701914. PubMed PMID:29164035 PubMed Central PMC5684840.
  8. Fehlings, MG, Tetreault, LA, Kurpad, S, Brodke, DS, Wilson, JR, Smith, JS et al.. Change in Functional Impairment, Disability, and Quality of Life Following Operative Treatment for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Global Spine J. 2017;7 (3 Suppl):53S-69S. doi: 10.1177/2192568217710137. PubMed PMID:29164033 PubMed Central PMC5684851.
  9. Tetreault, LA, Rhee, J, Prather, H, Kwon, BK, Wilson, JR, Martin, AR et al.. Change in Function, Pain, and Quality of Life Following Structured Nonoperative Treatment in Patients With Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: A Systematic Review. Global Spine J. 2017;7 (3 Suppl):42S-52S. doi: 10.1177/2192568217700397. PubMed PMID:29164032 PubMed Central PMC5684835.
  10. Rhee, J, Tetreault, LA, Chapman, JR, Wilson, JR, Smith, JS, Martin, AR et al.. Nonoperative Versus Operative Management for the Treatment Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: An Updated Systematic Review. Global Spine J. 2017;7 (3 Suppl):35S-41S. doi: 10.1177/2192568217703083. PubMed PMID:29164031 PubMed Central PMC5684842.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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