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. Furlan, JC, Wilson, JR, Massicotte, EM, Sahgal, A, Michael, FG. Recent advances and new discoveries in the pipeline of the treatment of primary spinal tumors and spinal metastases: A scoping review. Neuro Oncol. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noab214. PubMed PMID:34508647 .
  2. Chan, V, Witiw, CD, Wilson, JR, Wilson, JR, Coyte, P, Fehlings, MG et al.. Frailty is an Important Predictor of 30-day Morbidity in Patients Treated for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis Using a Posterior Surgical Approach. Spine J. 2021; :. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2021.08.008. PubMed PMID:34500077 .
  3. Salehinejad, H, Kitamura, J, Ditkofsky, N, Lin, A, Bharatha, A, Suthiphosuwan, S et al.. A real-world demonstration of machine learning generalizability in the detection of intracranial hemorrhage on head computerized tomography. Sci Rep. 2021;11 (1):17051. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-95533-2. PubMed PMID:34426587 PubMed Central PMC8382750.
  4. Tetreault, L, Lange, SF, Chotai, S, Lupo, M, Kryshtalskyj, MT, Wilson, JR et al.. A Systematic Review of Definitions for Dysphagia and Dysphonia in Patients Treated Surgically for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. Global Spine J. 2021; :21925682211035714. doi: 10.1177/21925682211035714. PubMed PMID:34409882 .
  5. Schroeder, GD, Karamian, BA, Canseco, JA, Vialle, LR, Kandziora, F, Benneker, LM et al.. Validation of the AO Spine Sacral Classification System: Reliability Among Surgeons Worldwide. J Orthop Trauma. 2021; :. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000002110. PubMed PMID:34387567 .
  6. Karim, SM, Cadotte, DW, Wilson, JR, Kwon, BK, Jacobs, WB, Johnson, MG et al.. Effectiveness of Surgical Decompression in Patients With Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Results of the Canadian Prospective Multicenter Study. Neurosurgery. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyab295. PubMed PMID:34382661 .
  7. Balas, M, Prömmel, P, Nguyen, L, Jack, A, Lebovic, G, Badhiwala, JH et al.. The Reality of Accomplishing Surgery Within 24 hours for Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Clinical Practices and Safety. J Neurotrauma. 2021; :. doi: 10.1089/neu.2021.0177. PubMed PMID:34382411 .
  8. 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 .
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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