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. Badhiwala, JH, Nassiri, F, Witiw, CD, Mansouri, A, Alotaibi, N, Eagles, M et al.. Highly Cited Works in Spinal Disorders: The Top 100 Most Cited Papers Published in Spine Journals. Spine. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002735. PubMed PMID:29889800 .
  2. Badhiwala, JH, Wilson, JR, Kwon, BK, Casha, S, Fehlings, MG. A Review of Clinical Trials in Spinal Cord Injury including Biomarkers. J. Neurotrauma. 2018; :. doi: 10.1089/neu.2018.5935. PubMed PMID:29888678 .
  3. Badhiwala, JH, Witiw, CD, Nassiri, F, Jaja, BNR, Akbar, MA, Mansouri, A et al.. Patient phenotypes associated with outcome following surgery for mild degenerative cervical myelopathy: a principal component regression analysis. Spine J. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2018.05.009. PubMed PMID:29746963 .
  4. Wilson, JR, Radcliff, K, Schroeder, G, Booth, M, Lucasti, C, Fehlings, M et al.. Frequency and Acceptability of Adverse Events After Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A Survey Study From the Cervical Spine Research Society. Clin Spine Surg. 2018;31 (5):E270-E277. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000000645. PubMed PMID:29708891 .
  5. Badhiwala, JH, Witiw, CD, Nassiri, F, Akbar, MA, Mansouri, A, Wilson, JR et al.. Efficacy and Safety of Surgery for Mild Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Results of the AOSpine North America and International Prospective Multicenter Studies. Neurosurgery. 2018; :. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyy133. PubMed PMID:29684181 .
  6. Wilson, JR, Jaja, BNR, Kwon, BE, Guest, JD, Harrop, JS, Aarabi, B et al.. Natural History, Predictors of Outcome, and Effects of Treatment in Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury: A Multi-Center Cohort Study from the North American Clinical Trials Network. J. Neurotrauma. 2018; :. doi: 10.1089/neu.2017.5535. PubMed PMID:29665733 .
  7. Martin, AR, De Leener, B, Cohen-Adad, J, Kalsi-Ryan, S, Cadotte, DW, Wilson, JR et al.. Monitoring for myelopathic progression with multiparametric quantitative MRI. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (4):e0195733. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0195733. PubMed PMID:29664964 PubMed Central PMC5903654.
  8. Martin, AR, De Leener, B, Cohen-Adad, J, Cadotte, DW, Nouri, A, Wilson, JR et al.. Can microstructural MRI detect subclinical tissue injury in subjects with asymptomatic cervical spinal cord compression? A prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (4):e019809. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019809. PubMed PMID:29654015 PubMed Central PMC5905727.
  9. Badhiwala, JH, Witiw, CD, Nassiri, F, Akbar, MA, Jaja, B, Wilson, JR et al.. Minimum Clinically Important Difference in SF-36 Scores for Use in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. Spine. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002684. PubMed PMID:29652783 .
  10. 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 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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