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Wainwright, John V., MD

Wainwright, John V., MD
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Dr. Wainwright is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon specializing in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship hospital for the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

His practice focuses on the comprehensive surgical management of adult spinal disorders including degenerative conditions, disc disease, spinal deformity, spine tumors and spinal cord injury. He is committed to a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach to patients with spinal disorders. He believes in a dynamic approach to spine care and works hard to get to know each patient on a personal level in order to tailor his approach based on their individual needs, expectations and lifestyle. His goal is to restore as much function as possible so that his patients can return to living a full and satisfying life and to that end he continues to follow his patients long after they leave the operating room. 

Dr. Wainwright utilizes a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to achieve optimal treatment outcomes whether it involves coordination of non-surgical interventions or surgery. He is a strong advocate for exhausting all possible avenues for non-surgical treatments and when surgery is necessary, he employs traditional open as well as minimally invasive techniques utilizing cutting edge technology including navigation, robotics and spinal endoscopy. He has particular expertise in:

  • Complex Spine and Spinal Deformity
  • Minimally-invasive Spine Surgery
  • Motion-preserving Spine Procedures
  • Robot-assisted Spine Procedures
  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Dr. Wainwright received his medical degree from New York Medical College where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and was the recipient of the Department of Neurosurgery Award. He then completed his residency training in Neurological Surgery here at Westchester Medical Center and was the recipient of multiple grants and awards for his research contributions including the prestigious Mayfield Basic Science Award from the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine for work on spinal cord injury he performed with Dr. Meena Jhanwar-Uniyal, the Director of the department's research laboratory. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Complex Spine Surgery and Spinal Disorders at Thomas Jefferson University in the Department of Neurological Surgery where he had the opportunity to learn from some of the leading spinal neurosurgeons as well as orthopaedic spine surgeons from the nationally-acclaimed Rothman Orthopedics group.  

Dr. Wainwright's research focuses on therapeutics to enhance recovery after spinal cord injury, spinal biomechanics, optimizing clinical outcomes after spine surgery, opioid sparing anesthetic and regional anesthesia techniques for spine surgery and novel imaging techniques for the evaluation of spinal disorders. He is author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and he has given multiple podium presentations at national meetings. He is also the recipient of multiple research awards and grants. 

Dr. Wainwright is a dedicated educator, mentoring our Neurosurgery residents and medical students in the operating room and clinic. He is actively developing a multi-disciplinary spine education curriculum in collaboration with the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Anesthesia and Pain Management, and Physical Medicine and Rehab. 

Dr. Wainwright is active in several local, national, and international Neurosurgical and Spine Societies including:

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • AO Spine
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • New York Society of Neurosurgery
  • North American Spine Society
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

He is also one of a select few U.S. spine surgeons who have been awarded the AO Spine Global Spine Diploma, which recognizes his expertise in spine care.

Other Awards/Recognition:

  • The Mayfield Basic Science Award. AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Spine Summit 2019 35th Annual Meeting. Miami, FL.
  • Author/co-author of numerous peer reviewed publications, journal articles, presentations, and book chapters.

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Medical Education: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Residency: Westchester Medical Center - GME , Valhalla, NY - Neurological Surgery
Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (GME), Philadelphia, PA - Neurosurgery Spine


  • Neurological Surgery
Special Clinical Interest:
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Atlantoaxial Instability
  • Cervical and Lumbar Stenosis
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Compression Fracture of Spine
  • Endoscopic Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Flat Back Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Image Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Arthrodesis and Decompression
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasm
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Motion Preservation
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Thoracic Myelopathy


Westchester Medical Center Advanced Physician Services, PC

100 Woods Road
4th Floor
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.493.2363
Fax: 914.493.2505