Jefferson Wilson




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

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, 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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 .
  5. Ehresman, J, Lubelski, D, Pennington, Z, Hung, B, Ahmed, AK, Azad, TD et al.. Utility of prediction model score: a proposed tool to standardize the performance and generalizability of clinical predictive models based on systematic review. J Neurosurg Spine. 2021; :1-9. doi: 10.3171/2020.8.SPINE20963. PubMed PMID:33636704 .
  6. Chan, V, Wilson, JR, Ravinsky, R, Badhiwala, JH, Jiang, F, Anderson, M et al.. Frailty adversely affects outcomes of patients undergoing spine surgery: a systematic review. Spine J. 2021; :. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2021.01.028. PubMed PMID:33548521 .
  7. Stukas, S, Gill, J, Cooper, J, Belanger, L, Ritchie, L, Tsang, A et al.. Characterization of Cerebrospinal Fluid Ubiquitin C-Terminal Hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) as a Biomarker of Human Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. J Neurotrauma. 2021; :. doi: 10.1089/neu.2020.7352. PubMed PMID:33504255 .
  8. Fehlings, MG, Kotter, MRN, Tetreault, L, Badhiwala, JH, Wilson, JR, Arnold, PM et al.. Surgical Outcomes Following Laminectomy With Fusion Versus Laminectomy Alone in Patients With Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2021;46 (6):E413-E414. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003914. PubMed PMID:33394985 .
  9. Badhiwala, JH, Wilson, JR, Witiw, CD, Harrop, JS, Vaccaro, AR, Aarabi, B et al.. The influence of timing of surgical decompression for acute spinal cord injury: a pooled analysis of individual patient data. Lancet Neurol. 2021;20 (2):117-126. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(20)30406-3. PubMed PMID:33357514 .
  10. Badhiwala, JH, Leung, SN, Jiang, F, Wilson, JRF, Akbar, MA, Nassiri, F et al.. In-hospital Course and Complications of Laminectomy Alone Versus Laminectomy Plus Instrumented Posterolateral Fusion for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: A Retrospective Analysis of 1804 Patients from the NSQIP Database. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2021;46 (9):617-623. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003858. PubMed PMID:33290365 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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