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Robert W. Molinari, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-1733

Fax: (585) 756-4726

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Patient Care Setting

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Biography

Dr. Robert Molinari hails from Valley Stream, New York. He is a Professor of Orthopaedics and Neurological Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of Spinal Surgery. Dr. Molinari, a board-certified and fellowship-trained spinal surgeon, came to Rochester in 2003 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 Pediatric 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 for many years as the United States Armed Forces regional expert for the treatment of complex spinal disorders while fulfilling his long military tour of duty obligation. Dr Molinari currently maintains his military teaching appointment at the Armed Forces Medical School in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Molinari is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of complex spinal surgery. His original research contributions to the peer-reviewed spinal literature are numerous. He is the author of 8 book chapters in spinal surgery textbooks as well as over 60 scientific articles in peer-reviewed spine journals. He also currently serves as a medical reviewer for the Journal of Spinal Disorders, Global Spine Journal, and Current Opinion in Orthopaedics. Dr. Molinari has received many commendations for his outstanding patient care. His team, which includes, Mr. William Gruhn, RPA -C takes great pride in providing quality spinal care to patients. 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.

Research

He is the author of 8 book chapters in spinal surgery textbooks as well as over 60 scientific articles in peer-reviewed spine journals. He also currently serves as a medical reviewer for the Journal of Spinal Disorders, Global Spine Journal, The Spine Journal, and Current Opinion in Orthopaedics. He was recently elected as the North American Spine Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee for AO North America.

Dr. Molinari has been practicing medicine successfully for the past 30 years.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Education

1984
BS | U S Military Academy
Arts & Sciences

1988
MD | Mount Sinai School Medicine
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

8/1/1997 - 7/31/1998
Fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine

7/1/1988 - 6/30/1989
Internship in General Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

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

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Awards

2015
AO Spine North America Educator of the Year Award

2014
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

2000
Outstanding Clinical Research Award
Sponsor: Madigan Army Medical Center, Research Day

1995
Concerned Patient Care Award Recipient
Sponsor: General Leonard Wood Army Hospital

1993
Physician of the Year Award Finalist
Sponsor: The Mount Sinai Medical Center

1987
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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Publications

Journal Articles

10/2018
Bernstein DN, Kurucan E, Menga EN, Molinari RW, Rubery PT, Mesfin A. "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 : official journal of the North American Spine Society.. 2018 Oct 0; 18(10):1861-1866. Epub 2018 Apr 06.

8/2/2018
Rubery PT, Houck J, Mesfin A, Molinari R, Papuga MO. "Preoperative PROMIS Scores Assist in Predicting Early Postoperative Success in Lumbar Discectomy." Spine.. 2018 Aug 2; Epub 2018 Aug 02.

2/2018
Foxx KC, Mesfin A, Molinari R. "Negative-pressure dressing management of recurrent postoperative epidural hematoma and uncontrollable intraoperative hemorrhage in posterior spine surgery: report of 4 cases." Journal of neurosurgery. Spine.. 2018 Feb 0; 28(2):220-225. Epub 2017 Dec 01.

Books & Chapters

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

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

2008
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

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