Developing the next generation of treatments, and the next generation of clinicians for patient with spinal disorders

Research Projects

Current Research Projects

  • Bertolotti's Syndrome - We are studying the rare condition Bertolotti's Syndrome so we can learn  more on diagnosis and classification. As well as patient outcomes.
  • Mindfulness Meditation - We are currently conducting a study to examine if the practice of Mindfulness Meditation can help mediate pain after spine surgery. Click here for more information.
  • MIS Spine Metastases - We are currently studying minimally invasive surgical techniques to excise spinal metastases. Click here for more information.

Previous Publications

  1. Bederson JB, Levy AL, Ding WH, Khan R, DiPerna CA, Jenkins AL III, Vallabhajosyula P. Acute Vasoconstriction after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurgery 42(2): 352-62, 1998.
  2. Brisman MH, Tuhrim S, Jenkins A 3rd, Bederson JB Thyrocervical to vertebral artery transposition and ipsilateral carotid endarterectomy Surg Neurol 51(3):327-30, 1999.
  3. Sen C, Hague K, Kacchara R, Jenkins A, Das S, Catalano P. The jugular foramen: microscopic anatomic features and implications for neural preservation in reference to glomus tumors involving the temporal bone. Neurosurgery 48(4):838-47, 2001.
  4. Cesaretti JA, Sheu R-D, Yeh-Chi L, Stoch, RG, Jenkins AL. A novel technique of intracavitary125I Brachytherapy for vertebral body metastases. Brachytherapy 7(2): 164- 5 2008.
  5. Singh H, Meyer SA, Jenkins AL 3rd. Treatment of primary vertebral tumors. Mt Sinai J Med 76(5): 499-504, 2009.
  6. Singh H, Meyer SA, Hecht A, Jenkins AL 3rd. Novel fluoroscopic technique for localization at cervicothoracic levels. J Spinal Disorders Techniques. 2009 Dec:22(8):615-8.
  7. Meyer SA, Singh H, Jenkins AL 3rd. Surgical treatment of metastatic spinal tumors. Mt Sinai J Med, 2010 Jan;77(1):124-9.
  8. Jones LAT, Lammertse DP, Charlifue SB, Kirshblum SC, Apple DF, Ragnarsson KT, Poonian D, Betz RR, Knoller N, Heary RF, Choudhri TF, Jenkins AL, Falci SP, Snyder DA. A phase 2 autologous cellular therapy trial in patients with acute complete spinal cord injury: pragmatics, recruitment, and demographics. Spinal Cord. 2010 Nov; 48(11): 798-807.
  9. Hecht AC, Koehler SM, Laudone JC, Jenkins A, Qureshi S. Is intraoperative CT of posterior cervical spine instrumentation cost-effective and does it reduce complications? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Apr; 469(4): 1035-41.
  10. Lammertse DP, Jones LA, Charlifue SB,Kirshblum SC, Apple DF, Ragnarsson KT, Falci SP, Heary RF,Choudhri TF, Jenkins AL, Betz RR, Poonian D, Cuthbert JP, Jha A, Snyder DA,Knoller N. Autologous incubated macrophage therapy in acute, complete spinal cord injury: results of the phase 2 randomized controlled multicenter trial. Spinal Cord. 2012 Sep;50(9):661-71.
  11. Dilmanian FA, Jenkins III AL, Olschowka J, Zhong Z, Park JY, Desnoyers NR, Sobotka S, Fois GR, Messina CR, Morales M, Hurley SD, Torjanszyk L, Ahmad S, Shahrab N, Coyle PK, Meek AG, O’Banion MK. X-Ray Microbeam Irradiation of the Contusion-Injured Rat Spinal Cord Temproarily Improves Hind- Limb Function. Radiation Research 179, 76-88( 2013).
  12. Jenkins AL 3rd, Ahuja A, Oliff AH, Sobotka S. Spinal Schwannoma presenting due to torsion and hemorrhage: case report and review of literature. Spine J. 2015 Aug 1;15(8).
  13. Riley K, Singh H, Meyer SA, Jenkins AL 3rd. Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach for Odontoid Lesions: A Technical Description in a case of High Cervical Osteomyelitis and Abscess. World Neurosurg. 2016 Jul;91:332-9. PMID: 27102634.
  14. Uppal J, Sobotka S, Jenkins AL 3rd. Cyclic Sciatica and Back Pain Responds to Treatment of Underlying Endometriosis: Case Illustration. World Neurosurg. 2017 Jan;97:760.e1-760.e3. PMID: 27777158.
  15. Yao A, Sarkiss CA, Ladner TR, Jenkins AL 3rd. Contemporary spinal oncology treatment paradigms and outcomes for metastatic tumors to the spine: A systematic review of breast, prostate, renal, and lung metastases. J Clin Neurosci. 2017Jul;41:11-23. PMID: 28462790
  16.  Levi AD, Okonkwo DO, Park P, Jenkins AL 3rd, Kurpad SN, Parr AM, Ganju A, Aarabi B, Kim D, Casha S, Fehlings MG, Harrop JS, Anderson KD, Gage A, Hsieh J, Huhn S, Curt A, Guzman R. Emerging Safety of Intramedullary Transplantation of Human Neural Stem Cells in Chronic Cervical and Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury. Neurosurgery. 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyx250. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 28541431
  17. Layer RT, Ulich TR, Coric D, Arnold PM, Guest JD, Heary RH, Hsieh PC, Jenkins AL, Kim KD, Lee KS, Masuoka LK, Neff KM, Ray WZ, Theodore N, Fehlings MG. New Clinical-Pathological Classification of Intraspinal Injury Following Traumatic Acute Complete Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury: Postdurotomy/Myelotomy Observations From the INSPIRE Trial. Neurosurgery. 2017 Sep 1;64(CN_suppl_1):105-109. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyx204. No abstract available. PMID: 28899037
  18. Adams R, Herrera-Nicol S, Jenkins AL 3rd. Surgical Treatment of a Rare Presentation of Bertolotti's Syndrome from Castellvi Type IV Lumbosacral Transitional Vertebra: Case Report and Review of the Literature. J Neurol Surg Rep. 2018;79(3):e70–e74. doi:10.1055/s-0038-1667172
  19. Wei D, Nistal DA, Sobotka S, Martini M, Hawks C, Jenkins AL 3rd. New Predictive Index for Survival in Symptomatic Spinal Metastases. World Neurosurgery. 2019;(123): e133-e140. doi: 10.1016.
  20. Chung, R. J., Harvie, C., O’Donnell, J., Jenkins, S., & Jenkins, A. L., III. (2023). Surgical outcome of a patient with Bertolotti’s syndrome in whom the established Castellvi classification system failed: illustrative case, Journal of Neurosurgery: Case Lessons5(7), CASE22450. Retrieved Feb 15, 2023, from

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