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Vincent C. Traynelis, MD

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  • Neurological Surgery
Board Certification:
  • Neurological Surgery
Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Residency: West Virginia University Hospitals - Neurological Surgery
Clinical Expertise:
  • Atlantoaxial instability
  • Back pain
  • Craniovertebral junction abnormalities
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal instrumentation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spine surgery
  • Spine surgery, minimally invasive
  • Spondylolisthesis
Research Interests:
  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Neuro-oncology surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Spinal biomechanics
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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. Treatment of Axis Body Fractures: A Systematic Review.
    Kepler CK, Vaccaro AR, Fleischman AN, Traynelis VC, Patel AA, Dekutoski MB, Harrop J, Wood KB, Schroeder GD, Bransford R, Aarabi B, Okonkwo DO, Arnold PM, Fehlings MG, Nassr A, Shaffrey C, Yoon ST, Kwon B
    J Spinal Disord Tech
    2015 Oct 14
  2. Cervical interfacet spacers and maintenance of cervical lordosis.
    Tan LA, Straus DC, Traynelis VC
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2015 Feb 13
  3. Structural and Ultrastructural Analysis of the Cervical Discs of Young and Elderly Humans.
    Fontes RB, Baptista JS, Rabbani SR, Traynelis VC, Liberti EA
    PLoS ONE
  4. Atlantoaxial Instability of Inflammatory Origin in Adults: Case Reports, Literature Review and Rationale for Early Surgical Intervention.
    Kerolus M, Jeans EB, Fontes RB, Deutsch H, Traynelis VC
    2014 Sep 24
  5. Surgical resection of subependymoma of the cervical spinal cord.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Mhanna N, Fontes RB, Traynelis VC
    Neurosurg Focus
    2014 Sep
    37 Suppl 2:Video 3.
  6. Relevance of early head CT scans following neurosurgical procedures: an analysis of 892 intracranial procedures at Rush University Medical Center.
    Fontes RB, Smith AP, Muñoz LF, Byrne RW, Traynelis VC
    J. Neurosurg.
    2014 May 30
  7. Comparison of CT and MRI findings for cervical spine clearance in obtunded patients without high impact trauma.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Traynelis VC
    Clin Neurol Neurosurg
    2014 May
  8. Kinetic analysis of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion supplemented with transarticular facet screws.
    Traynelis VC, Sherman J, Nottmeier E, Singh V, McGilvray K, Puttlitz CM, Leahy PD
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2014 May
  9. 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
  10. Is cervical decompression beneficial in patients with coexistent cervical stenosis and multiple sclerosis?
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Muth CC, Stefoski D, Traynelis VC
    J Clin Neurosci
    2014 Jul 31
  11. Clinical and radiographic analysis of an artificial cervical disc: 7-year follow-up from the Prestige prospective randomized controlled clinical trial.
    Burkus JK, Traynelis VC, Haid RW, Mummaneni PV
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2014 Jul 18
  12. Effect of machined interfacet allograft spacers on cervical foraminal height and area.
    Tan LA, Gerard CS, Anderson PA, Traynelis VC
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2014 Feb
  13. Os odontoideum in identical twins: Comparative gene expression analysis.
    Straus D, Xu S, Traynelis VC
    Surg Neurol Int
  14. Letter to the Editor: Surgical seroma.
    Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Traynelis VC
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2013 Sep 27
  15. Alternative Procedures for the Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Arthroplasty, Oblique Corpectomy, Skip Laminectomy: Evaluation of Comparative Effectiveness and Safety.
    Traynelis VC, Arnold PM, Fourney DR, Bransford RJ, Fischer DJ, Skelly AC
    2013 Sep 10
  16. Cervical radiographical alignment: comprehensive assessment techniques and potential importance in cervical myelopathy.
    Ames CP, Blondel B, Scheer JK, Schwab FJ, Le Huec JC, Massicotte EM, Patel AA, Traynelis VC, Kim HJ, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS, Lafage V
    2013 Oct 15
    38(22 Suppl 1):S149-60.
  17. Alternative procedures for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy: arthroplasty, oblique corpectomy, skip laminectomy: evaluation of comparative effectiveness and safety.
    Traynelis VC, Arnold PM, Fourney DR, Bransford RJ, Fischer DJ, Skelly AC
    2013 Oct 15
    38(22 Suppl 1):S210-31.
  18. Response.
    Traynelis VC, Greenlee JD
    J Neurosurg Spine
    2013 Oct
  19. Maintenance of certification: part 2--continuous certification.
    Hirsch JA, Becker GJ, Derdeyn CP, Jayaraman MV, Traynelis VC, Meyers PM.
    J Neurointerv Surg. 2013
    2013 Mar 15. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.
  20. Iliac crest osteotomy to enhance exposure of the L4-5 interspace in minimally invasive lateral transpsoas interbody fusion: a cadaveric feasibility study.
    Fontes RB, Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2013
    2013 Jan
    18(1):13-7. doi: 10.3171/2012.10.SPINE12311. Epub 2012 Nov 9.
  21. A comparison of anterior surgical options for the treatment of multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy: A systematic review.
    Shamji MF, Massicotte EM, Traynelis V, Norvell DC, Hermsmeyer JT, Fehlings MG
    2013 Aug 16
  22. Association of Myelopathy Scores with Cervical Sagittal Balance and Normalized Spinal Cord Volume: Analysis of 56 Preoperative Cases from the AOSpine North America Myelopathy Study.
    Smith JS, Lafage V, Ryan DJ, Shaffrey CI, Schwab FJ, Patel AA, Brodke D, Arnold PM, Riew KD, Traynelis V, Radcliff K, Vaccaro AR, Fehlings MG, Ames CP
    2013 Aug 16
  23. Frequency, Timing and Predictors of Neurological Dysfunction in the Non-Myelopathic Patient With Cervical Spinal Cord Compression, Canal Stenosis, and/or Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament.
    Wilson JR, Barry S, Fischer DJ, Skelly AC, Arnold PM, Riew KD, Shaffrey C, Traynelis VC, Fehlings MG
    2013 Aug 16
  24. Cervical Radiographic Alignment: Comprehensive Assessment Techniques and Potential Importance in Cervical Myelopathy.
    Ames CP, Blondel B, Scheer JK, Schwab F, Le Huec JC, Massicotte EM, Patel AA, Traynelis VC, Kim HJ, Shaffrey CI, Smith JS, Lafage V
    2013 Aug 16
  25. Surgical Management of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: A Consensus Statement.
    Lawrence BD, Shamji MF, Traynelis VC, Yoon ST, Rhee JM, Chapman J, Brodke DS, Fehlings MG
    2013 Aug 16
  26. Infection with spinal instrumentation: Review of pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and management.
    Kasliwal MK, Tan LA, Traynelis VC
    Surg Neurol Int
    4(Suppl 5):S392-403.
  27. Cost Effectiveness of Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Five Years After Surgery.
    Carreon LY, Anderson PA, Traynelis VC, Mummaneni PV, Glassman SD.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012
    2012 Sep 13. [Epub ahead of print]
  28. Analysis of the three United States Food and Drug Administration investigational device exemption cervical arthroplasty trials.
    Upadhyaya CD, Wu JC, Trost G, Haid RW, Traynelis VC, Tay B, Coric D, Mummaneni PV.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2012
    2012 Mar
    16(3):216-28. doi: 10.3171/2011.6.SPINE10623. Epub 2011 Dec 23.
  29. Cervical pedicle screws.
    Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2012
    2012 Mar
    16(3):236; discussion 236-7. doi: 10.3171/2011.9.SPINE11703. Epub 2011 Dec 16. No abstract available.
  30. Editorial: Load-sharing score.
    Traynelis VC, Alahmadi H.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2012
    2012 Jun
    16(6):532-3. doi: 10.3171/2012.1.SPINE111007. Epub 2012 Apr 6. No abstract available.
  31. Editorial: cervical myelopathy.
    Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2012
    2012 Jan
    16(1):1; author reply 1. doi: 10.3171/2011.9.SPINE11659. Epub 2011 Oct 28. No abstract available.
  32. Editorial: traumatic sacral pseudomeningocele.
    Traynelis V.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2012
    2012 Jan
    16(1):77; author reply 77. doi: 10.3171/2011.8.SPINE11619. Epub 2011 Sep 23. No abstract available.
  33. Cervical decompression and reconstruction without intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring.
    Traynelis VC, Abode-Iyamah KO, Leick KM, Bender SM, Greenlee JD.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2012
    2012 Feb
    16(2):107-13. doi: 10.3171/2011.10.SPINE11199. Epub 2011 Nov 11.
  34. Return to work rates and activity profiles: are there differences between those receiving C-ADR and ACDF?
    Traynelis VC, Leigh BC, Skelly AC.
    Evid Based Spine Care J. 2012
    2012 Feb
    3(S1):47-52. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1298608.
  35. Hypertrophic posterior arch of atlas causing cervical myelopathy.
    Kasliwal MK, Traynelis VC.
    Asian Spine J. 2012
    2012 Dec
    6(4):284-6. doi: 10.4184/asj.2012.6.4.284. Epub 2012 Dec 14.
  36. Editorial: C-5 palsy and foraminal stenosis.
    Traynelis VC, Alahmadi HI.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2012
    2012 Aug
    17(2):101-2; discussion 102. doi: 10.3171/2012.3.SPINE12110. Epub 2012 May 25. No abstract available.
  37. Preservation of spinal instrumentation after development of postoperative bacterial infections in patients undergoing spinal arthrodesis.
    Ahmed R, Greenlee JD, Traynelis VC.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2012
    2012 Aug
    25(6):299-302. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e31821fbf72.
  38. Cervical clearance.
    Traynelis VC, Kasliwal MK.
    J Neurosurg. 2011
    2011 Sep
    115(3):536-9; discussion 539-40. doi: 10.3171/2011.2.JNS102121. Epub 2011 May 27. No abstract available.
  39. Interbody versus posterolateral fusion.
    Ryken T, Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2011
    2011 Sep
    15(3):292-3; discussion 293-4. doi: 10.3171/2010.12.SPINE10757. Epub 2011 May 27. No abstract available.
  40. Effect of deep wound infection following lumbar arthrodesis for degenerative disc disease on long-term outcome: a prospective study: clinical article.
    Falavigna A, Righesso O, Traynelis VC, Teles AR, da Silva PG.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2011
    2011 Oct
    15(4):399-403. doi: 10.3171/2011.5.SPINE10825. Epub 2011 Jun 17.
  41. 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.
  42. Transpsoas approach and complications.
    Fontes RB, Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2011
    2011 Jul
    15(1):9-10; author reply p 10. doi: 10.3171/2010.12.SPINE10741. Epub 2011 Apr 8. No abstract available.
  43. C-2 neurectomy.
    Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2011
    2011 Jul
    15(1):1-2; author reply p 2. doi: 10.3171/2010.12.SPINE10774. Epub 2011 Apr 1. No abstract available.
  44. Spine shortening of tethered cord.
    Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2011
    2011 Jul
    15(1):19-20; author reply p 20. doi: 10.3171/2010.12.SPINE10725. Epub 2011 Apr 15. No abstract available.
  45. Failure of Porous Tantalum Cervical Interbody Fusion Devices: Two-year Results From a Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Clinical Study.
    Kasliwal MK, Baskin DS, Traynelis VC.
    J Spinal Disord Tech. 2011
    2011 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  46. Cervical spinal cord, root, and bony spine injuries: a closed claims analysis.
    Hindman BJ, Palecek JP, Posner KL, Traynelis VC, Lee LA, Sawin PD, Tredway TL, Todd MM, Domino KB.
    Anesthesiology. 2011
    2011 Apr
    114(4):782-95. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182104859.
  47. Long-term clinical and radiographic outcomes of cervical disc replacement with the Prestige disc: results from a prospective randomized controlled clinical trial.
    Burkus JK, Haid RW, Traynelis VC, Mummaneni PV.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2010
    2010 Sep
    13(3):308-18. doi: 10.3171/2010.3.SPINE09513.
  48. Anterior fixation of the axis.
    Traynelis VC, Fontes RB.
    Neurosurgery. 2010
    2010 Sep
    67(3 Suppl Operative):ons229-36; discussion ons236. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000381666.38707.65.
  49. Total subaxial reconstruction.
    Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2010
    2010 Oct
    13(4):424-34. doi: 10.3171/2010.4.SPINE09923.
  50. Occipital condyle fractures.
    Karam YR, Traynelis VC.
    Neurosurgery. 2010
    2010 Mar
    66(3 Suppl):56-9. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000365751.84075.66. Review.
  51. Posterolateral approaches to the craniovertebral junction.
    Karam YR, Menezes AH, Traynelis VC.
    Neurosurgery. 2010
    2010 Mar
    66(3 Suppl):135-40. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000365828.03949.D0. Review.
  52. Ectopic bone.
    Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2010
    2010 Jan
    12(1):39. doi: 10.3171/2009.5.SPINE09338. No abstract available.
  53. Onset of symptomatic hydrocephalus requiring emergency cerebrospinal fluid diversion following high-voltage electrical burn injury.
    Ackerman LL, Ryken TC, Kealey GP, Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg. 2010
    2010 Feb
    112(2):394-8. doi: 10.3171/2009.7.JNS09578.
  54. Achondroplasia and cervical laminoplasty.
    Yoshii J, Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2009
    2009 Oct
    11(4):417-20. doi: 10.3171/2009.4.SPINE09164.
  55. Use of cervical collar after single-level anterior cervical fusion with plate: is it necessary?
    Campbell MJ, Carreon LY, Traynelis V, Anderson PA.
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009
    2009 Jan 1
    34(1):43-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318191895d.
  56. Role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of bacterial spinal osteomyelitis.
    Ahmed R, Severson MA, Traynelis VC.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2009
    2009 Jan
    10(1):16-20. doi: 10.3171/2008.10.SPI08606.
  57. Thoracolumbar spinal deformity: evaluation and treatment. Prefaces.
    Benzel EC, Resnick DK, Traynelis VC.
    Neurosurgery. 2008
    2008 Sep
    63(3 Suppl):2-3. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000337130.60055.f2. No abstract available.
  58. Anatomy and biomechanics of normal craniovertebral junction (a) and biomechanics of stabilization (b).
    Menezes AH, Traynelis VC.
    Childs Nerv Syst. 2008
    2008 Oct
    24(10):1091-100. doi: 10.1007/s00381-008-0606-8. Epub 2008 Apr 4. Review.
  59. Fusions at the craniovertebral junction.
    Ahmed R, Traynelis VC, Menezes AH.
    Childs Nerv Syst. 2008
    2008 Oct
    24(10):1209-24. doi: 10.1007/s00381-008-0607-7. Epub 2008 Apr 4. Review.
  60. Cervical disc arthroplasty compared with fusion in a workers' compensation population.
    Steinmetz MP, Patel R, Traynelis V, Resnick DK, Anderson PA.
    Neurosurgery. 2008
    2008 Oct
    63(4):741-7; discussion 747. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000325495.79104.DB.
  61. Inhibitors of EGFR signaling retard cytotoxicity of fenretinide in rat gliosarcoma cells
    Zaheer A, Sahu SK, Traynelis VC
    Neurochem Res
    2008 Jan
  62. Laminoplasty.
    Traynelis V.
    J Neurosurg Spine. 2008
    2008 Dec
    9(6):528; discussion 528-9. doi: 10.3171/SPI.2008.8.08562. No abstract available.
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