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John O'Toole, MD, MS

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  • Neurological Surgery
Board Certification:
  • Neurological Surgery
Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University - Neurological Surgery
Fellowship: University of Chicago Medical Center - Spine Surgery
Clinical Expertise:
  • Chordoma
  • Herniated disc
  • Motion preservation
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal radiosurgery
  • Spinal reconstruction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spine surgery
  • Spine surgery, minimally invasive
Research Interests:
  • Clinical outcomes for spinal surgery
  • Development of evidence-based guidelines for spinal surgery
  • Development of new spinal surgical techniques and devices
  • Image-guided spinal surgery
  • Translational application of spinal biologics
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Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to Listings go back five years.

  1. Minimally invasive combined direct lateral and posterior transpedicular approach for 360° resection of a lumbar aneurysmal bone cyst with spinal stabilization.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, O'Toole JE
    Spine J
    2015 Oct 1
  2. Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors: Part I-Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Diagnosis.
    Samartzis D, Gillis CC, Shih P, O'Toole JE, Fessler RG
    Global Spine J
    2015 Oct
  3. Guest editorial: high impact spinal surgery articles.
    O'Toole JE
    2015 Mar
    76 Suppl 1:S1-3.
  4. High Cervical Spinal Subdural Hemorrhage as a Harbinger of Craniocervical Arteriovenous Fistula - An Unusual Clinical Presentation.
    Kasliwal MK, Moftakhar R, O'Toole JE, Lopes DK
    Spine J
    2015 Feb 25
  5. Prion Protein Protects against Renal Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury.
    Zhang B, Cowden D, Zhang F, Yuan J, Siedlak S, Abouelsaad M, Zeng L, Zhou X, O'Toole J, Das AS, Kofskey D, Warren M, Bian Z, Cui Y, Tan T, Kresak A, Wyza RE, Petersen RB, Wang GX, Kong Q, Wang X, Sedor J, Zhu X, Zhu H, Zou WQ
    PLoS ONE
  6. Correction: Prion Protein Protects against Renal Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury.
    Zhang B, Cowden D, Zhang F, Yuan J, Siedlak S, Abouelsaad M, Zeng L, Zhou X, O'Toole J, Das AS, Kofskey D, Warren M, Bian Z, Cui Y, Tan T, Kresak A, Wyza RE, Petersen RB, Wang GX, Kong Q, Wang X, Sedor J, Zhu X, Zhu H, Zou WQ
    PLoS ONE
  7. Inverted Mercedes Benz Sign in Lumbar Spinal Subdural Hematoma.
    Kasliwal MK, Shannon LR, O'Toole JE, Byrne RW
    J Emerg Med
    2014 Sep 30
  8. Minimally invasive surgery for synchronous, same-level lumbar intradural-extramedullary neoplasm and acute disc herniation.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Wewel J, Fontes RB, O'Toole JE
    Neurosurg Focus
    2014 Sep
    37 Suppl 2:Video 16.
  9. Single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion versus minimally invasive posterior cervical foraminotomy for patients with cervical radiculopathy: a cost analysis.
    Mansfield HE, Canar WJ, Gerard CS, O'Toole JE
    Neurosurg Focus
    2014 Nov
  10. Compressive radiculopathy due to delayed pseudomeningocele secondary to occult dural tear following tubular lumbar microdiscectomy.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, O'Toole JE
    Neurol India
    2014 May-Jun
  11. Management of intended durotomy in minimally invasive intradural spine surgery.
    Tan LA, Takagi I, Straus D, O'Toole JE
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2014 May 9
  12. Minimally Invasive Direct Lateral Approach to the Thoracolumbar Junction: Cadaveric Analysis and Case Illustrations.
    Straus D, Takagi I, O'Toole J
    J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg
    2014 May 12
  13. Tubular retractor selection in minimally invasive spinal tumor resection.
    Tan LA, O'Toole JE
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2014 May
    20(5):596-7; author reply 597-8.
  14. Intradural tumor recurrence after resection of extradural metastasis: a rare but potential complication of intraoperative durotomy.
    Kasliwal MK, Tan LA, O'Toole JE
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2014 Jun
  15. Rapidly progressive quadriparesis heralding disseminated coccidioidomycosis in an immunocompetent patient.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Nag S, O'Toole JE, Traynelis VC
    J Clin Neurosci
    2014 Jun
  16. Extensive vertebral scalloping in a case of giant cystic spinal schwannoma: more than just a radiological diagnosis.
    Corley J, Kasliwal MK, O'Toole JE, Byrne RW
    J. Neurooncol.
    2014 Jul 14
  17. Disseminated spinal myxopapillary ependymoma in an adult at initial presentation: A case report and review of the literature.
    Straus D, Tan LA, Takagi I, O'Toole JE
    Br J Neurosurg
    2014 Jan 24
  18. Position statement on percutaneous vertebral augmentation: a consensus statement developed by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American College of Radiology (ACR), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR), Canadian Interventional Radiology Association (CIRA), and the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS).
    Barr JD, Jensen ME, Hirsch JA, McGraw JK, Barr RM, Brook AL, Meyers PM, Munk PL, Murphy KJ, O'Toole JE, Rasmussen PA, Ryken TC, Sanelli PC, Schwartzberg MS, Seidenwurm D, Tutton SM, Zoarski GH, Kuo MD, Rose SC, Cardella JF
    J Vasc Interv Radiol
    2014 Feb
  19. Methadone-maintained patients in primary care have higher rates of chronic disease and multimorbidity, and use health services more intensively than matched controls.
    O'Toole J, Hambly R, Cox AM, O'Shea B, Darker C
    Eur J Gen Pract
    2014 Dec
  20. ACR Appropriateness Criteria Management of Vertebral Compression Fractures.
    McConnell CT, Wippold FJ, Ray CE, Weissman BN, Angevine PD, Fries IB, Holly LT, Kapoor BS, Lorenz JM, Luchs JS, O'Toole JE, Patel ND, Roth CJ, Rubin DA
    J Am Coll Radiol
    2014 Aug
  21. Current techniques in the management of cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy.
    Gerard CS, O'Toole JE
    Neurosurg. Clin. N. Am.
    2014 Apr
  22. The Technological Development of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
    Snyder LA, O'Toole J, Eichholz KM, Perez-Cruet MJ, Fessler R
    Biomed Res Int
  23. Clinical experience using polyetheretherketone (PEEK) intervertebral structural cage for anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion.
    Kasliwal MK, O'Toole JE
    J Clin Neurosci
    2013 Sep 6
  24. Prevention of orthopaedic implant infection in patients undergoing dental procedures.
    Watters W 3rd, Rethman MP, Hanson NB, Abt E, Anderson PA, Carroll KC, Futrell HC, Garvin K, Glenn SO, Hellstein J, Hewlett A, Kolessar D, Moucha C, O'Donnell RJ, O'Toole JE, Osmon DR, Evans RP, Rinella A, Steinberg MJ, Goldberg M, Ristic H, Boyer K, et al.
    J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2013
    2013 Mar
    21(3):180-9. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-21-03-180.
  25. Minimally invasive treatment of spinal dural arteriovenous fistula with the use of intraoperative indocyanine green angiography.
    Fontes RB, Tan LA, O'Toole JE
    Neurosurg Focus
    2013 Jul
    35(2 Suppl):Video 5.
  26. Isolated spinal neurosarcoidosis: An enigmatic intramedullary spinal cord pathology-case report and review of the literature.
    Kasliwal MK, Harbhajanka A, Nag S, O'Toole JE
    J Craniovertebr Junction Spine
    2013 Jul
  27. Hyperbolic source location of crack related acoustic emission in bone.
    O'Toole J, Creedon L, Hession J, Muir G
    J Biomech Eng
    2013 Jan
  28. Timing of Surgery after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury.
    O'Toole JE.
    World Neurosurg. 2013
    2013 Feb 8. doi:pii: S1878-8750(13)00289-1. 10.1016/j.wneu.2013.02.024. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.
  29. The future of minimally invasive spine surgery.
    O'Toole JE
    2013 Aug
    60 Suppl 1:13-9.
  30. A rare intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from uterine leiomyosarcoma.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Nag S, O'Toole JE.
    J Clin Neurosci. 2013
    2013 Apr 13. doi:pii: S0967-5868(12)00537-1. 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.09.006. [Epub ahead of print]
  31. Minimally Invasive Thoracic Microendoscopic Diskectomy: Surgical Technique and Case Series.
    Smith JS, Eichholz KM, Shafizadeh S, Ogden AT, O'Toole JE, Fessler RG.
    World Neurosurg. 2012
    2012 Oct 5. doi:pii: S1878-8750(12)01095-9. 10.1016/j.wneu.2012.05.031. [Epub ahead of print]
  32. Unilateral paramedian transpedicular approach for repair of anterior transdural spinal cord herniation: report of a case and literature review.
    Kasliwal MK, O'toole JE, Deutsch H.
    Asian Spine J. 2012
    2012 Mar
    6(1):55-9. doi: 10.4184/asj.2012.6.1.55. Epub 2012 Mar 9.
  33. Chordoma of the thoracic spine in an 89-year-old.
    Fontes R, O'Toole JE.
    Eur Spine J. 2012
    2012 Jun
    21 Suppl 4:S428-32. doi: 10.1007/s00586-011-1980-6. Epub 2011 Aug 25.
  34. Integrated intervertebral device for anterior cervical fusion: An initial experience.
    Kasliwal MK, O'toole JE
    J Craniovertebr Junction Spine
    2012 7
  35. Management of incidental durotomy in minimally invasive spine surgery.
    Ruban D, O'Toole JE.
    Neurosurg Focus. 2011
    2011 Oct
    31(4):E15. doi: 10.3171/2011.7.FOCUS11122.
  36. Unique radiologic feature of spinal plasmacytoma: mini-brain appearance.
    Kasliwal MK, O'Toole JE.
    Neurol India. 2011
    2011 May-Jun
    59(3):486-7. doi: 10.4103/0028-3886.82765. No abstract available.
  37. Vertebral compression fractures.
    O'Toole JE, Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2011
    2011 May
    14(5):555-9; discussion 559-60. doi: 10.3171/2010.10.SPINE10622. Epub 2011 Mar 4. No abstract available.
  38. A novel technique for temporary fixation during posterolateral thoracic corpectomy.
    Ruban D, O'Toole JE.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2011
    2011 Dec
    24(8):E66-70. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e318227b549.
  39. Cadaveric evaluation of minimally invasive posterolateral thoracic corpectomy: a comparison of 3 approaches.
    Ogden AT, Eichholz K, O'toole J, Smith JS, Gala V, Voyadzis JM, Sugimoto K, Song J, Fessler RG.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2009
    2009 Oct
    22(7):524-9. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e31818e5488.
  40. Surgical site infection rates after minimally invasive spinal surgery.
    O'Toole JE, Eichholz KM, Fessler RG.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2009
    2009 Oct
    11(4):471-6. doi: 10.3171/2009.5.SPINE08633.
  41. Minimally invasive posterolateral thoracic corpectomy: cadaveric feasibility study and report of four clinical cases.
    Kim DH, O'Toole JE, Ogden AT, Eichholz KM, Song J, Christie SD, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2009
    2009 Apr
    64(4):746-52; discussion 752-3. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000340783.83964.27.
  42. Spinal epidural abscess associated with infliximab treatment for psoriatic arthritis. Case report.
    Smith AP, Musacchio MJ, O'Toole JE.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2008
    2008 Sep
  43. Minimally invasive posterior osteotomies.
    Voyadzis JM, Gala VC, O'Toole JE, Eichholz KM, Fessler RG.
    Neurosurgery. 2008
    2008 Sep
    63(3 Suppl):204-10. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000320430.37577.B7.
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