Robert W. Molinari, M.D.

Robert W. Molinari, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 665
Rochester, NY 14642

Fax: (585) 756-4726
Administrative: (585) 275-1733

Professional Bio

Dr Molinari is the Director of the University of Rochester Spinal Surgery Fellowship Program and Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Molinari, a board-certified and fellowship-trained spinal surgeon, came to Rochester from Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, where he was as the Director of Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedic Research. He completed the prestigious Washington University Pedaitric and Adult Spinal Surgery Fellowship in St. Louis and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He served as the United States Armed Forces regional expert for the treatment of complex spinal disorders while fulfilling his military obligation.

Dr Molinari is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of complex spinal surgery. His contributions to the peer-reviewed spinal literature are numerous. He is the author of 6 book chapters in spinal surgery textbooks as well as over 30 scientific articles in peer-reviewed spine journals. He also currently serves as a medical reviewer for both the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Current Opinion in Orthopaedics. Dr. Molinari has received commendations for his outstanding patient care. His team, which includes, William Gruhn, RPA -C and Lauren McGuiness takes great pride in providing quality spinal care to patients.

Dr. Molinari has been practicing medicine successfully for the past 25 years. He specializes in the surgical care of complex spinal disorders in all regions of the spine. His areas of special interest include : herniated disk and spinal stenosis surgery: complex spinal tumors; scoliosis & complex spinal deformity; disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine; spinal trauma, and revision spinal surgery.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Patient and Family Centered Care Award | University of Rocheste Medical Center 2012 - 2013
Patient and Family Centered Care Award | University of Rochester Medical Center | Rochester 2011 - 2012
Patient and Family Centered Care Award | University of Rochester Medical Center 2010 - 2011
Outstanding Clinical Research Award | Madigan Army Medical Center, Research Day 2000
Concerned Patient Care Award Recipient | General Leonard Wood Army Hospital 1995
Physician of the Year Award Finalist | The Mount Sinai Medical Center 1993
Clinical Honors: Surgery, Obstetrics, Psychiatry | The Mount Sinai Medical Center 1987
Distinguished West Point Cadet | US Military Academy 1981 - 1984

Recent Journal Articles

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2014 Oct
Molinari RW. "Commentary on: "Vertebral Artery Anomalies at the Craniovertebral Junction: A Case Report and Review of the Literature"." Evidence-based spine-care journal. 2014 Oct; 5(2):126.
2014 Apr
Molinari R, Bessette M, Raich AL, Dettori JR, Molinari C. "Vertebral artery anomaly and injury in spinal surgery." Evidence-based spine-care journal. 2014 Apr; 5(1):16-27.
2013 Aug
Behrend C, Stephen George M, Molinari R. "Biomechanical evaluation of anterior thoracic salvage screws in the osteoporotic thoracic spine." Journal of spinal disorders & techniques. 2013 Aug; 26(6):E235-9.
2013 May
Chimenti P, Molinari R. "Post-operative spinal epidural hematoma causing American Spinal Injury Association B spinal cord injury in patients with suction wound drains." The journal of spinal cord medicine. 2013 May; 36(3):213-9.
2012 Jul
Molinari RW, Hunter JG, McAssey RW. "In-hospital postoperative radiographs for instrumented single-level degenerative spinal fusions: utility after intraoperative fluoroscopy." The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society. 2012 Jul; 12(7):559-67. Epub 2012 Jul 15.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary


Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Medicine | Mount Sinai School Medicine1988
BS | Arts & Sciences | U S Military Academy1984

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Orthopedics-spine surgery at Washington University School of Medicine08/01/1997 - 7/31/1998
Residency in Orthopaedic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center07/01/1989 - 06/30/1993
Internship in General Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center07/01/1988 - 6/30/1989