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John O'Toole, MD, MS

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
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
  • Lumbar disc replacement
  • Motion preservation
  • Sciatica
  • 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
Languages Spoken:
  • English
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  • 1725 W. Harrison St.
  • Suite 855
  • Chicago, IL  60612
  • Phone: (312) 942-6644
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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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The future of minimally invasive spine surgery.
    O'Toole JE
    2013 Aug
    60 Suppl 1:13-9.
  6. 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]
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Integrated intervertebral device for anterior cervical fusion: An initial experience.
    Kasliwal MK, O'toole JE
    J Craniovertebr Junction Spine
    2012 7
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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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