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Robert W. Molinari, M.D.

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Dr Robert W. Molinari hails from Valley Stream, New York. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of complex spinal surgery, and he is among the most experienced spinal trauma surgeons in the world.

Dr Molinari's original research contributions to the peer-reviewed spinal literature are numerous. He is the author of over 80 original peer-reviewed research publications and 8 spinal surgery textbook chapters.

During his 35-year career, Dr M served as the chief of spinal surgery, the director of research and spine surgery fellowship training, and the AO Spine North America ethics officer. He has lectured in many foreign countries, and he is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Earlier in his career, Dr Molinari served as the US Armed Forces Regional Expert on spine care. He still holds his military teaching appointment at the Armed Forces Medical School. Recently, Dr M was awarded the AO Spine North America Educator of the Year award for his outstanding teaching abilities in the field of spinal surgery.

Dr Molinari takes great pride in providing outstanding and honest spinal care to all his patients. His practice includes many patients with complex spinal disorders involving all regions of the spine.


Dr Molinari is the author of 8 book chapters in spinal surgery textbooks as well as over 80 scientific articles in peer-reviewed spine journals. He serves as a medical reviewer for the Journal of Spinal Disorders, Global Spine Journal, The Spine Journal, Geriatric Orthopaedics, and Current Opinion in Orthopaedics.

Recently, Dr M was elected as the North American Spine Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee for AO North America. He is also an expert case reviewer for the NY State Office of Professional Medical Conduct.




    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 Hospital

    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