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J. Patrick Johnson, M.D., M.S. View profile as PDF

J. Patrick  Johnson

Clinical Interests

J. Patrick Johnson is an internationally renowned spinal expert who has directed spine centers at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai and is a leader in the rapidly emerging field of spinal technologies. He is an innovator in developing new minimally invasive surgical methodologies using computer-guided surgical procedures, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures and motion preservation procedures with artificial discs (including FDA/IDE clinical trials for two artificial disc devices). Dr. Johnson’s other clinical research interests involve stem cell repair of the spinal column and the spinal cord, and he is one of a limited number of neurosurgeons who specialize in novel methods of treating scoliosis and complex spinal deformities.

Dr. Johnson draws from 20 years of clinical expertise in a wide variety of spine problems, including disc herniation, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and related degenerative spine disorders. He also has experience with traumatic spine and spinal cord injuries, spinal cord tumors and spinal column tumors, spinal infections, congenital spinal anomalies, spinal vascular malformations and spinal deformity disorders.

Dr. Johnson has published more than 500 manuscripts, abstracts, books and book chapters in leading journals, and has lectured widely at national and international meetings on most aspects of spinal disorders and emerging technologies. He is actively involved in post-graduate fellowship training for surgeons in both orthopedics and neurosurgery and has trained more than 70 surgeons worldwide.


Clinical Professor, Co-Director Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship Program


Cancer, Neurological Surgery


Neurological Surgery


Neurological Surgery


Neurological Surgery Clinic
UC Davis Cancer Center


Cannery Building
Spine Center
3301 C St., Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Phone: 916-734-7463

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Clinic Phone: 916-734-7463
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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M.D., Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon, 1986
M.S., Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon, 1981
B.A., The Citadel, Charleston, SC, 1978


UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1987


UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1992


National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London, 1990
University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 1993

Board Certifications:

American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1996

Professional Memberships:

AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section – Executive Committee
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Spine Physicians
American College of Surgeons
California Association of Neurological Surgeons – Director and Board Member
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Critical Spine Cases, 2009-present
Editorial Board Member, Neurosurgery, 2010-present
Editorial Board Member, Surgical Neurology, 2005-2011
Editorial Board Member, The Spine Journal (Journal of the North American Spine Society), 2000-2009
Editorial Board Member, World Journal of Surgery, 1996-present
Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery (FIENS) – Board Member
Los Angeles County Medical Association
Los Angeles Surgical Society
Neurosurgical Society of America
North American Spine Society
ONE Spine – Board Member
Professional Bull Riders
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society
Scoliosis Research Society
Spine Institute Foundation - President and CEO
Topic Editorial Member, Neurosurgical Focus (Journal of Neurosurgery), 2000-present
Western Neurosurgical Society

Select Honors and Awards:

Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery, “Golden Apple Award” for Outstanding Teaching Award, 2010

Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders Fellowship Outstanding Teaching Award (2005, 2007), 2009

UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year, 1996

Select Recent Publications:

Ghostine S, Vaynman S, Schoeb JS, Cambron HO, King WA, Samudrala S, Johnson JP. Image-guided thoracoscopic resection of thoracic dumbbell nerve sheath tumors. Neurosurgery February 2012;70(2):461-468

Drazin D, Shirzadi S, Jeswani S, Ching H, Rosner J, Rasouli A, Kim TT, Pashman RS, Johnson JP: Direct surgical repair of lumbar spondylolysis in athletes: indications, techniques, and outcomes. Neurosurg Focus November 2011; 31 (5):E9

Jeswani S, Drazin D, Shirzadi A, Fan X, Johnson JP. Endometriosis in the Lumbar Plexus Mimicking a Nerve Sheath Tumor. World Journal of Oncology December 2011; Vol. 2, No. 6, p314-318

Sasso RC, MD, Anderson PA, Riew DK, Heller JG (Johnson JP-contributing IDE Clinical Investigator): Results of Cervical Arthroplasty Compared with Anterior Discectomy and Fusion: Four-Year Clinical Outcomes in a Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial. J Bone Joint Surg 2011;93:1684-92

Samudrala S, Vaynman S, Thiayananthan T, Ghostine S, Bergey DL, Pashman RS, Johnson JP:. Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy for Kyphosis of the Cervicothoracic Junction: A New Approach, Journal of Neurosurgery-Spine December 2010;13(6): p695-706

Ghostine S, Perry E, Vaynman S, Raghavan R, Tong KA, Samudrala S, Johnson JP, Colohan ART: The Rare Case of an Intramedullary Cervical Spinal Cord Teratoma in an Elderly Adult: Case Report and Literature Review. Spine 2009;15;34(26):E973-8

Heller JG, Sasso RC, Papadopoulos SM, Anderson PA, Fessler RG, Hacker RJ, Coric D, Cauthen JC, Riew DK (Johnson JP-contributing IDE Clinical Investigator): Comparison of BRYAN Cervical Disc Arthroplasty With Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion: Clinical and Radiographic Results of a Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial. SPINE 2008;34(2):101-107

Mundwiler ML, Siddique K, Dym JM, Perri B, Johnson JP, Weisman MH. Complications of the spine in ankylosing spondylitis with a focus on deformity correction. Neurosurg Focus 2008; 24 (1): E6

Patel N, Wolcott P, Johnson JP, Cambron HO, Lewin M, McBride DQ, Batzdorf U: “Esophageal Injury Associated with Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery”. Surg Neurol January 2008;69(1):20-4

Meyer SC, Swartz K, Johnson JP: Quadriparesis and Spinal Cord Stimulation: Case Report. Spine September 2007 32(19): E565-8

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