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. 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 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 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.

Awards & Honors (National)

AO Spine North America Educator of the Year Award 2015

Awards & Honors (Local)

Top Performer Award Patient and Family Centered Care | University of Rochester Medical Center 2014
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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2016 Jul 15
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.
2016 May
Okafor R, Molinari W, Molinari R, Mesfin A. "Intrawound Vancomycin Powder for Spine Tumor Surgery." Global spine journal. 2016 May; 6(3):207-11. Epub 2015 Jul 16.
2016 Mar
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; 41(6):490-501.
2016 Mar
Molinari RW, Kerr C, Kerr D. "Bone morphogenetic protein in pediatric spine fusion surgery." Journal of spine surgery. 2016 Mar; 2(1):9-12.
2016 Feb
Molinari RW, Pagarigan K, Dettori JR, Molinari R Jr, Dehaven KE. "Return to Play in Athletes Receiving Cervical Surgery: A Systematic Review". Global Spine J. 2016; 6(1): 89-96.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Neurosurgery (SMD)


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