J. Patrick Johnson, MD

Director, Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship

J. Patrick Johnson, MD is a neurosurgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center and Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship program in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Johnson was the Chief of Neurosurgery at Olive View-University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center and the lead neurosurgical spine surgeon at UCLA where he established the neurosurgical spine fellowship training program. At Cedars-Sinai, he previously served as Director of the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders where he established a combined neurosurgery and orthopaedic fellowship program.

Dr. Johnson's research interests include new surgical technologies such as computer guided surgical applications and procedures, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures and motion preservation procedures with artificial discs and other related procedures. He has conducted clinical trials and outcome studies with a particular interest in biological stem cell repair of spinal cord injuries. He was instrumental in establishing a basic science stem cell research and biomechanics laboratory at Cedars Sinai.

His clinical experience includes over 6,000 surgical procedures for a wide range of spinal disorders including degenerative spine, traumatic spine, spinal cord injuries, tumors, infections, congenital spinal anomalies, spinal vascular malformations and spinal deformity disorders.

Dr. Johnson has published numerous manuscripts, abstracts and chapters in peer-reviewed journals, such as Spine, Neurosurgical Focus, Techniques in Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Contemporary Neurosurgery and Journal of Spinal Disorders. He also serves on the editorial review boards of the World Journal of Surgery, Neurosurgical Focus, Surgical Neurology and the Spine Journal. He actively participates in the training of post graduate surgeons and lectures widely at national and international meetings on all aspects of spinal disorders and emerging technologies.

In addition to serving as Director of the California Association of Neurosurgeons, he is an active member in many professional organizations including: The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, North American Spine Society, American Medical Association, Los Angeles County Medical Association, North American Skull Base Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Spine Physicians, Western Neurological Society and the Scoliosis Research Society.

Dr. Johnson earned his master's degree in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology followed by his medical degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He served a surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at UCLA, followed by fellowships in spinal surgery at the University of Tennessee and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, England.

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