Dr. John Quinn is fellowship trained in spine surgery and sees patients at the UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Spine Center.

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 in Newark, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his neurosurgery residency in the department of Neurological Surgery at Rutgers University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in Newark, where he was chief resident. During his residency training he completed an enfolded fellowship in spine and scoliosis surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Department of Orthopedic Surgery in New York City. Following his residency training, he completed an additional fellowship in spine deformity surgery in the department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia Medical School in Charlottesville.

Dr. Quinn 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.

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John C. Quinn, MD


Graduate School
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
Department of Neurological Surgery, Rutgers University, University Hospital & Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, Newark, NJ
Spine & Scoliosis Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, Weil-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
Spine Deformity Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA




1.  Quinn JC , Patel N, Tyagi R.  Hybrid lateral mass screw sublaminar wire construct: A salvage technique for posterior cervical fixation in pediatric spine surgery.  J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Nov 2. S0967-5868(15)00515-9.

2.  Quinn JC, Fruauff K, Lebl DR, Giambrone A, Cammisa FP, Chazen JL. Magnetic Resonance Neurography of the lumbar plexus at the L4-5 disc: Development of a preoperative surgical planning tool for lateral lumbar transpsoas interbody fusion (LLIF). Spine  (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jun 15;40(12):942-7

3.  Kiely P, Quinn JC, Du J, Lebl, D. Posterior surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. HSSJ (2015) 11:36–42

4.  Quinn JC, Kiely P, Lebl DR, Hughes A. Anterior surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. HSSJ (2015)11:15–25

5.  Agarwal N, Feghhi DP, Gupta R, Hansberry DR, Quinn JC, Heary RF. A comparative analysis of minimally invasive and open spine surgery patient education resources. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 1-7, June 13, 2014

6.  He W, Gandhi C, Quinn JC, Karimi R, Prestigiacomo C. True aneurysms of the posterior communicating artery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual patient data. World Neurosurgery. 75(1):64-72, discussion 49, January 2011.

7.  Quinn JC, Spiro D, Schulder M. Stereotactic brain biopsy with a low-field intraoperative magnetic resonance imager. Neurosurgery 68(1 Suppl. Operative):217-24, discussion 224, March 2011

8.  Quinn JC, Baisre A, Cho ES, Sharer LR, Gandhi C, Prestigiacomo CJ. Vascular inflammation with eosinophils after the use of n-butyl cyanoacrylate liquid embolic system. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. 1;3(1):21-4. E-pub December 2010

9.  Banach-Petrosky W, Jessen WJ, Ouyang X, Gao H, Rao J, Quinn JC, Aronow BJ, Abate-Shen C. Low androgen levels accelerate prostate cancer progression in Nkx3.1; Pten mutant mice. Cancer Research 67, 9089-9096, October 1, 2007

10.  Lee H, Quinn JC, Prasanth KV, Swiss VA, Economides KD, Camacho MM, Spector DL, Abate-Shen C. PIAS1 confers DNA-binding specificity on the Msx1 homeoprotein. Genes & Development 20: 784-794, 2006

11.  Quinn JC, Johnson-Farley NN, Yoon JY, Cowen DS. Activation of extracellular-regulated kinase by 5-hydroxytryptamine 2A (5-HT2A) receptors in PC12 cells is protein kinase C-independent and requires calmodulin and tyrosine kinases. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 303: 746-752, 2002

Book Chapters:
1.     Heary RF, Quinn JC. Smith-Peterson osteotomies. Adult Degenerative Scoliosis. Harrop, Vaccaro. Jaypee Brothers Philadelphia, 2013

2.     Quinn JC, Mammis TA, Mittal N, Prestigiacomo CJ. Neurosurgical applications for erythropoietin administration. Erythropoietin: Human Production, Potential Uses, and Adverse Effects (Protein Biochemistry, Synthesis, Structure and Cellular Functions: Cell Biology series). 2013

3.     Heary RF, Quinn JC   Posterior cervcicothoracic instrumentation. Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques: Spine and Peripheral Nerves.  Second Edition Fessler, Sekhar Thieme Publishers. In press

4.     Heary RF, Quinn JC   Cervicothoracic vertebrectomy   Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques: Spine and Peripheral Nerves.  Second Edition. Fessler, Sekhar Thieme Publishers.  In press

5.     Heary RF, Quinn JC   Anterior Reconstruction Cervicothoracic Junction   Atlas of Neurosurgical Techniques: Spine and Peripheral Nerves.  Second Edition Fessler, Sekhar. Thieme Publishers. In Press

6.     Quinn JC, Mammis A, Laminectomy for Paddle Placement of Spinal Cord Stimulators. Spinal Cord Stimulation: Principles and Practice.  Mammis.  Nova Biomedical 2015

7.     Heary RF, Quinn JC   Gunshot Wounds to the Spine.  Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials: Spine, 2nd Edition.  In Press

8.     Heary RF, Quinn JC Isthmic Spondylolisthesis.  Neurosurgical Operative Atlas: Spine and Peripheral Nerves.  Third Edition. Wolfa, Resnick.  Thieme Publishers. In press

9.     Heary RF, Mammis A, Quinn JC Posterior Cervical laminectomy.  Surgical Atlas of Spinal Operations.  Vaccaro Second edition.  In press

10.  Heary RF, Quinn JC Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion:  Essentials of Spinal Stabilization, Springer Science. (in process)