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Robert W. Molinari, M.D.

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests

Back, Spine Pain & Injury - Surgical; Herniated Discs, Stenosis, Back Pain, Spondylolisthesis, Sciatica; Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; Spinal Fractures; Spinal Trauma, Complex Reconstruction

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-1733

Fax: (585) 756-4726

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Biography

Dr Robert Molinari hails from Valley Stream, New York. He is a Professor 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 50 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.

Dr. Molinari has been practicing medicine successfully for the past 28 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.

Professional Background

Dr. Robert Molinari hails from Valley Stream, New York. He is a Professor 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 50 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.

Dr. Molinari has been practicing medicine successfully for the past 28 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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

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

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

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

8/1/1997 - 7/31/1998
Fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Washington University School of Medicine

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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 Rocheste 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

7/15/2016
Papuga MO, Mesfin A, Molinari R, Rubery PT. "Correlation of PROMIS Physical Function and Pain CAT Instruments With Oswestry Disability Index and Neck Disability Index in Spine Patients." Spine.. 2016 Jul 15; 41(14):1153-9.

5/2016
Okafor R, Molinari W, Molinari R, Mesfin A. "Intrawound Vancomycin Powder for Spine Tumor Surgery." Global spine journal.. 2016 May 0; 6(3):207-11. Epub 2015 Jul 16.

3/2016
Thirukumaran CP, Raudenbush B, Li Y, Molinari R, Rubery P, Mesfin A. "National Trends in the Surgical Management of Adult Lumbar Isthmic Spondylolisthesis: 1998 to 2011." Spine.. 2016 Mar 0; 41(6):490-501.

Books & Chapters

2015
Chapter Title: Lumbar Sedicle Screws
Book Title: Spine Surgery: Tricks of Trade, third edition
Author List: Robert Molinari, MD
Published By: Thieme2015

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: Thieme2008 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: Eselvier2008

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