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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
Medical or Graduate Education:
Harvard Medical School
Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University - Neurological Surgery
University of Chicago Medical Center - Spine Surgery
Degenerative disc disease
Spinal cord injury
Spinal tumor, intradural
Spine and back disorders
Spine surgery, cervical
Spine surgery, minimally invasive
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 PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
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 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. 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. 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. The future of minimally invasive spine surgery. O'Toole JE Neurosurgery 2013 Aug 60 Suppl 1:13-9. 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] 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] 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. Integrated intervertebral device for anterior cervical fusion: An initial experience. Kasliwal MK, O'toole JE J Craniovertebr Junction Spine 2012 7 3(2):52-57. Management of incidental durotomy in minimally invasive spine surgery. Ruban D, O'Toole JE. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Oct 31(4):E15. Unique radiologic feature of spinal plasmacytoma: mini-brain appearance. Kasliwal MK, O'Toole JE. Neurol India. 2011 May-Jun 59(3):486-7 Editorial O'Toole JE, Traynelis VC J Neurosurg Spine 2011 Mar 4 A Novel Technique for Temporary Fixation During Posterolateral Thoracic Corpectomy. Ruban D, O'Toole JE. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2011 Jul 6 Chordoma of the thoracic spine in an 89-year-old. Fontes R, O'Toole JE. Eur Spine J. 2011 Aug 25 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 Oct 22(7):524-9. Surgical site infection rates after minimally invasive spinal surgery O'Toole JE, Eichholz KM, Fessler RG J Neurosurg Spine 2009 Oct 11(4):471-6 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 Apr 64(4):746-52; discussion 752-3. Spinal epidural abscess associated with infliximab treatment for psoriatic arthritis. Case report Smith AP, Musacchio MJ, O'Toole JE J Neurosurg Spine 2008 Sep 9(3):261-4 Minimally invasive posterior osteotomies. Voyadzis JM, Gala VC, O'Toole JE, Eichholz KM, Fessler RG. Neurosurgery. 2008 Sep 63(3 Suppl):204-10.
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The primary goals for much of what I do, in terms of the surgical treatment of spinal diseases, is trying to relieve pain and restore function. Most effective treatments that we can apply are geared towards helping people manage their pain and improve their pain levels, and ultimately improve their quality of life.
Surgery is invasive by definition. And the more we’ve been able to reduce the invasiveness of surgery, the better the outcomes have been for patients, the shorter the recovery times, less blood loss, and overall likely lower pain levels associated with the surgeries that we perform.
There’s a lot of misconceptions about spine surgery, and the effects on patients, and their long-term health and well-being. Patients who are properly selected for spinal surgery can do extraordinarily well with very high success rates for most of the disease we treat.