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Robert W. Molinari, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-1733

Fax: (585) 756-4726

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Orthopaedics & Physical Performance


I am an internationally recognized expert in the field of complex spinal surgery. I am among the most experienced spinal trauma surgeons in the world. My original research contributions to the peer-reviewed spinal literature are numerous. During my 34-year career, I served as the chief of spinal surgery, the director of spine surgery fellowship training, and have lectured in many foreign countries. I am a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Earlier in my career, I was the Armed Forces Regional Expert on spine care, and I still hold my military teaching appointment at the Armed Forces Medical School. Recently, I was awarded the AO Spine North America Educator of the Year award for my outstanding teaching abilities in the field of spinal surgery.


I am the author of 8 book chapters in spinal surgery textbooks as well as over 70 scientific articles in peer-reviewed spine journals. I serve as a medical reviewer for the Journal of Spinal Disorders, Global Spine Journal, The Spine Journal, Geriatric Orthopaedics, and Current Opinion in Orthopaedics. Recently, I was elected as the North American Spine Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee for AO North America. I am an also an expert case reviewer for the NY State Office of Professional Medical Conduct.



  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


MD | Mount Sinai Medical Center (USA)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/1997 - 07/31/1998
Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1993
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center

07/01/1988 - 06/30/1989
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

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New York State Troopers Dr. Chandler Award for Outstanding Medical Care

AO Spine North America Educator of the Year Award

Top Performer Award Patient and Family Centered Care
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

2012 - 2013
Patient and Family Centered Care Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2011 - 2012
Patient and Family Centered Care Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center
Location: Rochester

2010 - 2011
Patient and Family Centered Care Award
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

Outstanding Clinical Research Award
Sponsor: Madigan Army Medical Center, Research Day

Concerned Patient Care Award Recipient
Sponsor: General Leonard Wood Army Hospital

Physician of the Year Award Finalist
Sponsor: The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Clinical Honors: Surgery, Obstetrics, Psychiatry
Sponsor: The Mount Sinai Medical Center

1981 - 1984
Distinguished West Point Cadet
Sponsor: US Military Academy

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Journal Articles

Breitenbach M, Phan A, Botros M, Paul D, Molinari R, Menga E, Mesfin A. "The fourth column of the spine: Prevalence of sternal fractures and concurrent thoracic spinal fractures." Injury.. 2021 Dec 26; Epub 2021 Dec 26.

Bernstein DN, Kurucan E, Menga EN, Molinari RW, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "Erratum to <Comparison of adult spinal deformity patients with and without rheumatoid arthritis undergoing primary non-cervical spinal fusion surgery: a nationwide analysis of 52,818 patients> <[The Spine Journal 18 (2018) 1861-1866]>." The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society.. 2020 Sep 17; Epub 2020 Sep 17.

Adams D, Midei M, Dastgir J, Flora C, Molinari RJ, Heerinckx F, Endemann S, Atwal P, Milner P, Shchepinov MS. "Treatment of infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy with RT001: A di-deuterated ethyl ester of linoleic acid: Report of two cases." JIMD reports.. 2020 Jul; 54(1):54-60. Epub 2020 Mar 27.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Lumbar Pedicle Screws
Book Title: Spine Surgery: Tricks of Trade, third edition
Author List: Robert Molinari, MD
Published By: Thieme 2015

Chapter Title: Anterior Subaxial Cervical Spine Instrumentation
Book Title: Cervical Spinal Surgery
Author List: Dipaola,Christian; Molinari, Robert
Edited By: Alexander Vacarro, MD
Published By: Eselvier 2008

Chapter Title: Lumbar Pedicle Screws
Book Title: Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade, second edition
Author List: Molinari Robert
Edited By: Alex Vacarro, MD
Published By: Thieme 2008 in Germany