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Neurological Surgery

Neill M. Wright, MD

Current Position
H Lourie Professor of Neurological Surgery

Specialty Areas
Neurological Surgery
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Neuro Oncology
Spine Surgery - Neurosurgery
Cervical Spine Surgery
Spinal Cord Tumors

Additional Features and Interviews with Dr. Neill Wright:

Ask the Expert - Ladue News:  Neck Pain
Excellence in Spine Surgery
Featured Physician Story

Patients Seen At
Neurosurgical Cervical Spine Institute and Spine Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite B, 6th
St. Louis, MO  63110
(314) 362-3577
Fax:   (314) 362-2107
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Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
1040 North Mason Rd., 211
Creve Coeur, MO  63141
(314) 362-3577
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box: 8057
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Operative treatment of disorders of the spine and spinal cord, with a special interest and expertise in the treatment of cervical spine problems. Special interests include atlantoaxial instability, cervical spondylosis, degenerative disc disease, trauma, tumors of the spine and spinal cord. Other interests include minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of spinal problems.

Board Certification
Neurological Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
Residency 1994-1999: Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
B.A.: Neurobiology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1989
Medical Degree: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, 1993
Chief Residency: Pediatric Neurosurgery, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1996
Research Fellow: Bone and Mineral Disease, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1999
Chief Residency: Adult Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2000
Clinical Fellowship: Spinal Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center & UCLA Medical School , Los Angeles, CA, 2001
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2007-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Disclosure of Financial Interests with Industry
Washington University and its physicians are committed to ensuring integrity and objectivity in medical decision-making. Some of our physicians work collaboratively with pharmaceutical or medical device companies to develop innovative ideas and products that can improve health care delivery and clinical outcomes for patients. In some instances, our faculty physicians are paid by these commercial companies to provide advice on product design or to speak about the use of medications, devices, equipment or procedures. These payments may include: a) compensation for consulting and speaking engagements, b) equity, and/or c) royalties for products invented by our faculty. Any payments to Washington University physicians must be based on tangible services and may not exceed fair market value for their work. In addition to disclosure on this web site, physicians earning more than $10,000 per year must disclose their corporate financial relationship in writing to patients when prescribing or using that company's products.

Dr. Neill M. Wright reported the following earned financial interests during calendar year 2014. Move your mouse over a header for more info.
Royalties: When a faculty member invents or conceives a new or improved process or product, the company that manufactures the product will make royalty payments to the faculty member. Royalty payments usually are a small percentage of the company’s revenue related to that product.
Equity: Equity is an ownership interest in a company. Faculty members may be paid for their service to a company in stock or the option to obtain stock.
Consulting &
Advisory Boards
Consulting and Advisory Boards: Faculty may be paid to provide expertise to a company by being their consultant, or by serving on an advisory board.
Speaker Fees
Speaker Fees: Companies may pay faculty to speak to professional audiences about their products.
Nuvasive $100,001-$200,000 Yes $1,000-$10,000  
Vertebal Technologies  Yes   
To learn more about Washington University's policies on collaborations with industry, click here.

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Dorward IG, Wright NM. Seven years of experience with C2 translaminar screw fixation: clinical series and review of the literature. Neurosurgery. 2011 Jun.

Kim KD, Wright NM; The Spinal Sealant Study Group. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Hydrogel Spinal Sealant (DuraSeal™ Spinal Sealant) as an Adjunct to Sutured Dural Repair in the Spine: Results of a Prospective, Multicenter, Randomized Controlled Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Feb 1.

Menendez, J. and Wright, N.M. Techniques of posterior C1-2 fusion. Neurosurgery 2007 Jan.

Cassinelli, E., Lee, M., Skalak, A., Ahn, N., and Wright, N.M. Anatomic considerations for the placement of C2 laminar screws. Spine 31(24):2767-2771, 2006.

Ashley, W., and Wright, N.M. A giant nonsyndromic anterior sacral meningocele resected via an anterior approach: case report and review of literature. Surgical Neurology 66(1):89-93, 2006.

Leonard, J.J., and Wright, N.M. Pediatric atlantoaxial fixation with bilateral, crossing C2 translaminar screws. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 104(1):59-63, 2006.

Guarino AH, Wright NM. Pneumocephalus after a lumbar epidural steroid injection. Pain Physician. 2005 Apr.

Limbrick, D., and Wright, N.M. Verification of nerve root decompression during minimally-invasive lumbar microdiskectomy: a practical application of surgeon-driven evoked EMG. Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery 48:1-5, 2005.

Wright, N.M. Translaminar rigid fixation of the axis. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 3:409-14, 2005.

Wright, N.M. Single-surgeon simultaneous versus staged anterior and posterior spine reconstruction: a comparative study. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques 18(S1):48-57, 2005.

Wright, N.M. Posterior C2 fixation using bilateral, crossing C2 laminar screws: case series and technical note. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques 17(2):158-162, 2004.

Jost, S.C., Hsien, T.P., and Wright, N.M. Symptomatic intraosseous synovial cyst in the cervical spine: a case report. Spine 28 (17): E344-6, 2003.

Riew, K.D., Lou, J., Wright, N.M., Cheng, S.L., Bae, T., and Avioli, L.V. Thoracoscopic intradiscal spine fusion using a minimally invasive gene therapy technique. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 85-A (5):866-71, 2003.

Walker, D.H., and Wright, N.M. Bone morphogenetic proteins and spinal fusion. Neurosurgery Focus 13(6) Article 3, 2002.

Patel, N.P., Wright, N.M., Choi, W.W., McBride, D.Q., and Johnson, J.P. Forestier disease associated with a retroodontoid mass causing cervicomedullary compression. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 96(3):190-6, 2002.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Neill M. Wright

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