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. 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 .
  2. Stukas, S, Gill, J, Cooper, J, Belanger, LM, Ritchie, L, Tsang, A et al.. Characterization of CSF 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 .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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 .
  5. 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 1,804 Patients from the NSQIP Database. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2020; :. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003858. PubMed PMID:33290365 .
  6. Wilson, JRF, Badhiwala, JH, Moghaddamjou, A, Yee, A, Wilson, JR, Fehlings, MG et al.. Frailty Is a Better Predictor than Age of Mortality and Perioperative Complications after Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: An Analysis of 41,369 Patients from the NSQIP Database 2010-2018. J Clin Med. 2020;9 (11):. doi: 10.3390/jcm9113491. PubMed PMID:33137985 PubMed Central PMC7692707.
  7. Romagna, A, Wilson, JR, Jacobs, WB, Johnson, MG, Bailey, CS, Christie, S et al.. Factors Associated With Return to Work After Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Cohort Analysis From the Canadian Spine Outcomes and Research Network. Global Spine J. 2020; :2192568220958669. doi: 10.1177/2192568220958669. PubMed PMID:33063549 .
  8. Badhiwala, JH, Khan, O, Wegner, A, Jiang, F, Wilson, JRF, Morgan, BR et al.. A partial least squares analysis of functional status, disability, and quality of life after surgical decompression for degenerative cervical myelopathy. Sci Rep. 2020;10 (1):16132. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-72595-2. PubMed PMID:32999299 PubMed Central PMC7527550.
  9. Kotter, MRN, Tetreault, L, Badhiwala, JH, Wilson, JR, Arnold, PM, Bartels, R et al.. Surgical Outcomes Following Laminectomy With Fusion Versus Laminectomy Alone in Patients With Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2020;45 (24):1696-1703. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003677. PubMed PMID:32890295 .
  10. Vaccaro, AR, Schroeder, GD, Divi, SN, Kepler, CK, Kleweno, CP, Krieg, JC et al.. Description and Reliability of the AOSpine Sacral Classification System. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020;102 (16):1454-1463. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.19.01153. PubMed PMID:32816418 PubMed Central PMC7508295.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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