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Faculty Physicians

Neill M. Wright, MD

H Lourie Professor of Neurological Surgery

Specialty Areas

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

Board Certifications

Neurological Surgery

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.

  • Maps & Directions
  • Education
  • Publication & Research
  • Financial Disclosures

Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

Center for Advanced Medicine
Neurosurgical Cervical Spine Institute and Spine Center

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Suite: B
Floor: 6
Office Phone: (314) 362-3577
Fax: (314) 362-2107

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

12634 Olive Blvd.
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Suite: Suite 211
Office Phone: (314) 362-3577
Fax: (314) 362-2107

Education

Education

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

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Symptomatic thoracic spinal cord herniation: case series and technical report.
Hawasli AH, Ray WZ, Wright NM
Neurosurgery. 2014 Sep; 10 Suppl 3E498-504; discussion E504. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000437.

PMID:
    24871148
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The safe implementation of a prison-based methadone maintenance programme: 7 year time-series analysis of primary care prescribing data.
Wright NM, French C, Allgar V
BMC Fam Pract. 2014 Apr 8; 1564. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-15-64.

PMID:
    24712316
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Comparison of methadone and buprenorphine for opiate detoxification (LEEDS trial): a randomised controlled trial.
Wright NM, Sheard L, Adams CE, Rushforth BJ, Harrison W, Bound N, Hart R, Tompkins CN
Br J Gen Pract. 2011 Dec; 61(593)e772-80. doi: 10.3399/bjgp11X613106.

PMID:
    22137413
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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New approaches to dealing with opioid drug dependence.
Rushforth BJ, Wright NM
Br J Gen Pract. 2011 Dec; 61(593)710-1. doi: 10.3399/bjgp11X612927.

PMID:
    22137383
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Polyethylene glycol hydrogel spinal sealant (DuraSeal Spinal Sealant) as an adjunct to sutured dural repair in the spine: results of a prospective, multicenter, randomized controlled study.
Kim KD, Wright NM
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Nov 1; 36(23)1906-12. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181fdb4db.

PMID:
    22008746
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The impact of prebiopsy antibiotics on pathogen recovery in hematogenous vertebral osteomyelitis.
Marschall J, Bhavan KP, Olsen MA, Fraser VJ, Wright NM, Warren DK
Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Apr 1; 52(7)867-72. doi: 10.1093/cid/cir062.

PMID:
    21427393
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Seven years of experience with C2 translaminar screw fixation: clinical series and review of the literature.
Dorward IG, Wright NM
Neurosurgery. 2011 Jun; 68(6)1491-9; discussion 1499. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e318212a4d7.

PMID:
    21346648
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The epidemiology of hematogenous vertebral osteomyelitis: a cohort study in a tertiary care hospital.
Bhavan KP, Marschall J, Olsen MA, Fraser VJ, Wright NM, Warren DK
BMC Infect Dis. 2010 Jun 7; 10158. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-10-158.

PMID:
    20529294
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Leeds Evaluation of Efficacy of Detoxification Study (LEEDS) Prisons Project Study: protocol for a randomised controlled trial comparing methadone and buprenorphine for opiate detoxification.
Sheard L, Wright NM, Adams CE, Bound N, Rushforth B, Hart R, Tompkins CN
Trials. 2009 Jul 14; 1053. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-10-53.

PMID:
    19602218
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Leeds Evaluation of Efficacy of Detoxification Study (LEEDS) prisons project: a randomised controlled trial comparing dihydrocodeine and buprenorphine for opiate detoxification.
Sheard L, Wright NM, El-Sayeh HG, Adams CE, Li R, Tompkins CN
Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2009 Feb 5; 41. doi: 10.1186/1747-597X-4-1.

PMID:
    19196468
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Is peer injecting a form of intimate partner abuse? A qualitative study of the experiences of women drug users.
Wright NM, Tompkins CN, Sheard L
Health Soc Care Community. 2007 Sep; 15(5)417-25.

PMID:
    17685987
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Buprenorphine versus dihydrocodeine for opiate detoxification in primary care: a randomised controlled trial.
Wright NM, Sheard L, Tompkins CN, Adams CE, Allgar VL, Oldham NS
BMC Fam Pract. 2007 Jan 8; 83.

PMID:
    17210079
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Techniques of posterior C1-C2 stabilization.
Menendez JA, Wright NM
Neurosurgery. 2007 Jan; 60(1 Supp1 1)S103-11.

PMID:
    17204870
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Anatomic considerations for the placement of C2 laminar screws.
Cassinelli EH, Lee M, Skalak A, Ahn NU, Wright NM
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2006 Nov 15; 31(24)2767-71.

PMID:
    17108826
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Non-commercial clinical trials of a medicinal product: can they survive the current process of research approvals in the UK?
Sheard L, Tompkins CN, Wright NM, Adams CE
J Med Ethics. 2006 Jul; 32(7)430-4.

PMID:
    16816046
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Resection of a giant anterior sacral meningocele via an anterior approach: case report and review of literature.
Ashley WW Jr, Wright NM
Surg Neurol. 2006 Jul; 66(1)89-93; discussion 93.

PMID:
    16793455
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Homelessness and drug use - a narrative systematic review of interventions to promote sexual health.
Wright NM, Walker J
AIDS Care. 2006 Jul; 18(5)467-78.

PMID:
    16777639
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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How can health services effectively meet the health needs of homeless people?
Wright NM, Tompkins CN
Br J Gen Pract. 2006 Apr; 56(525)286-93.

PMID:
    16611519
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Pediatric atlantoaxial fixation with bilateral, crossing C-2 translaminar screws. Technical note.
Leonard JR, Wright NM
J Neurosurg. 2006 Jan; 104(1 Suppl)59-63.

PMID:
    16509484
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Verification of nerve root decompression during minimally-invasive lumbar microdiskectomy: a practical application of surgeon-driven evoked EMG.
Limbrick DD Jr, Wright NM
Minim Invasive Neurosurg. 2005 Oct; 48(5)273-7.

PMID:
    16320188
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Financial Disclosures

Financial Disclosures

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.

This physician reported the following earned financial interests during calendar year 2014.

Company Name: Nuvasive

Royalties: $100,001 - $200,000

Equity: Yes

Consulting/Advisory Board: $1,000 - $10,000

Speaker Fees:

Reporting Date: May 01, 2015


Company Name: Vertebal Technologies

Royalties:

Equity: Yes

Consulting/Advisory Board:

Speaker Fees:

Reporting Date: May 01, 2015