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John C. Quinn, MD

Dr. John Quinn

Assistant Professor
Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Where does Dr. Quinn work?

Dr. John Quinn Sees Patients at:
UTHealth Neurosciences Spine Center
6400 Fannin St, Suite 2150
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 486-8100
Fax: (713) 486-8101

Map to UTHealth Neurosciences Texas Medical Center

Dr. John Quinn is a fellowship-trained, board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spine surgery, particularly complex reconstructive procedures for adult and pediatric spinal deformity. His areas of expertise include complex spinal reconstruction procedures for adult and pediatric scoliosis, kyphosis, flat back syndrome, and revision surgery for failed spinal surgery syndrome or junctional stenosis/kyphosis. He also treats patients with tumors of the spine and vertebral column, in conjunction with the neuro-oncology team at UTHealth Houston Neurosciences.

In addition to overseeing a busy complex spine and scoliosis practice, Dr. Quinn currently serves as the director of the newly formed UTHealth Houston Scoliosis and Spine Deformity Center. In this center, a multidisciplinary team with a shared focus on the treatment of patients with spinal deformity and scoliosis strives to provide exceptional patient care and superior outcomes. They treat patients with a standardized, evidence-based approach utilizing the research infrastructure and clinical expertise of UTHealth Houston.

After graduating magna cum laude from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Dr. Quinn earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He then completed his neurosurgical training at Rutgers University in New Jersey, as well as two additional years of advanced training in scoliosis and complex spinal reconstruction surgery. This advanced training included an orthopedic spine and scoliosis surgery fellowship at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, as well as a fellowship at the University of Virginia, where he trained with several leading experts in the field of scoliosis and spine deformity surgery. The additional focused training with international experts in the field of complex spine surgery in both orthopedic and neurosurgery gives him unique expertise in the field. 

Dr Quinn’s is assistant professor in the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. His academic interests include outcomes research, spine biomechanics, and integration of advanced technology and safety improvement in adult spinal deformity surgery. He is heavily involved in surgical training and currently serves as the director of the Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship Program at McGovern Medical School.

He has been recognized with many academic honors and awards, and has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and more than 10 book chapters. He has presented research nationally and internationally. Dr. Quinn treats patients who are affected by a wide variety of diseases of the spinal column and the central nervous system. Working in concert with neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and pain management specialists, Dr. Quinn believes in a comprehensive approach to each patient’s spine needs.

Patient Stories

Moore patient story

Brianna Moore: Repair of a Double-Curve Adolescent Scoliosis

Brianna Moore was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis at the age of 13 when her pulmonologist noted the partial curvature of her spine on an X-ray taken of her lungs for asthma-related issues. “We saw a surgeon at the time, but it wasn’t causing too many problems. I was right on the edge of being eligible for surgery,” Moore says. “Bracing wasn’t an option because I had already matured.” … Click here to read more »


Sara Hewes: Walking Tall Again

Sara Hewes knew she had lost some height, and thought it was part of the natural aging process. But in a little less than two years, she measured three inches shorter. When she looked at an X-ray taken by a chiropractor, she was horrified. “I thought, ‘Holy moly! Who is that?’ One shoulder went down, … Click here to read more »

Gregg Gray: Repair of Post-traumatic Thoracolumbar Scoliosis

Alabama resident Gregg Gray injured his back playing football when he was 15. “I was basically bent backward,” he recalls, “and the injury left me with a bad pain that wouldn’t stop. It ached even when I sat, but after a while I got used to it.” Gray went on to play high school football, and in his late 20s, the pain worsened. He saw a spine surgeon … Click here to read more »


Medical School
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2008

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers Medical School, 2016

Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2014
University of Virginia, 2017

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery

What are Dr. John Quinn’s Specialties?

  • Adult and pediatric scoliosis surgery
  • Spinal deformity surgery
  • Kyphosis correction
  • Revision surgery failed back surgery
  • Spinal tumor surgery
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine fractures
  • Spine infections
  • Spinal disc herniations

How do I request an
appointment with Dr. Quinn?