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  • Juan Uribe, MD

    Chief, Spinal Disorders
    Sonntag Chair, Spine Research
    Vice Chair, Neurosurgery (602) 406-3181

    Juan Uribe, MD, is chief of the division of spinal disorders, Volker Sonntag chair of spine research, and vice chairman of neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

    Dr. Uribe’s expertise includes the surgical treatment of scoliosis, spinal trauma, and spinal tumors, particularly with minimally invasive techniques. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Society of Lateral Access Surgery, and Scoliosis Research Society.

    Dr. Uribe earned his medical degree from Instituto Superior de Ciencias de la Salud in Colombia, where he also completed a residency in neurosurgery at Hospital San Vicente de Paul.  He also completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of South Florida and a spine surgery fellowship at the University of Miami.

    His research interests include anatomical, biomechanical, and clinical studies of applying minimally invasive spine surgery to complex degenerative disease, traumatic injuries, and tumors.

    For more information or to request an appointment, please call (602) 406-3181.

    View Dr. Uribe’s curriculum vitae here.


    Insurance Accepted
    Education & Training
    • Fellowship, University of Miami, Department of Neurosurgery, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Complex Spine Surgery, 2000-2001
    • Residency, University of South Florida, Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, 2002-2007
    • Internship, University of Miami, Department of Surgery, 2001-2002
    • Residency, Universidad de Antioquia, Hospital de Vicente de Paul, 1993-1998
    • Internship, Universidad de Antioquia, Hospital San Vicente de Paul, 1988-1989
    • Internship, Clinica CES, Hospital General de Medellín, 1988-1989
    • MD, Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud, 1988
    Professional Memberships
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • North American Spine Society
    • Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    • Society of Lateral Access Surgery
    • Scoliosis Research Society
    • Southern Neurological Society
    • Florida Medical Association
    • Sociedad Colombiana de Neurocirugía
    Honors and Awards
    • Best Clinical Paper Award, Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Meeting, Descriptive Analysis Lumbar Plexus Syndromes after Lateral Retroperitoneal Transpsoas Approach: Diagnostic standardization, 2012
    • Best Research Abstract, Fifth Annual Society of Lateral Access Surgery Meeting, Anterior longitudinal ligament anatomy from the perspective of minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach: a cadaveric anatomic study, 2012
    • Best Research Abstract, Fourth Annual Society of Lateral Access Surgery Meeting, The anatomic relationship of the diaphragm to the thoracolumbar junction during the MIS lateral extracoelomic approach, 2011
    • Platinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida, 2010
    Selected Publications
    1. Yen C-P, Beckman JM, Vivas AC, Bach K, Uribe JS. Effects of intradiscal vacuum phenomenon on surgical outcome of lateral interbody fusion for degenerative lumbar disease. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017;26(4):419-425.
    2. Witiw CD, Fessler RG, Nguyen S, Mummaneni P, Anand N, Blaskiewicz D, Uribe J, Wang MY, Kanter AS, Okonkwo D, Park P, Deviren V, Akbarnia BA, Eastlack RK, Shaffrey C, Mundis GM, Jr., International Spine Study G. Re-operation after long-segment fusions for adult spinal deformity: the impact of extending the construct below the lumbar spine. Neurosurgery. 2017.
    3. Uribe JS, Beckman J, Mummaneni PV, Okonkwo D, Nunley P, Wang MY, Mundis GM, Jr., Park P, Eastlack R, Anand N, Kanter A, Lamarca F, Fessler R, Shaffrey CI, Lafage V, Chou D, Deviren V, MIS-ISSG Group. Does MIS surgery allow for shorter constructs in the surgical treatment of adult spinal deformity? Neurosurgery. 2017;80(3):489-497.
    4. Mundis GM, Jr., Turner JD, Kabirian N, Pawelek J, Eastlack RK, Uribe J, Klineberg E, Bess S, Ames C, Deviren V, Nguyen S, Lafage V, Akbarnia BA. Anterior column realignment has similar results to pedicle subtraction osteotomy in treating adults with sagittal plane deformity. World Neurosurg. 2017.
    5. Mundis GM, Jr., Turner JD, Deverin V, Uribe JS, Nunley P, Mummaneni P, Anand N, Park P, Okonkwo DO, Wang MY, Bess S, Kanter AS, Fessler R, Nguyen S, Akbarnia BA, International Spine Study Group. A critical analysis of sagittal plane deformity correction with minimally invasive adult spinal deformity surgery: a 2-year follow-up study. Spine Deform. 2017;5(4):265-271.
    6. Januszewski J, Keem SK, Smith W, Beckman JM, Kanter AS, Oskuian RJ, Taylor W, Uribe JS. The potentially fatal ogilvie’s syndrome in lalteral transpsoas access surgery: a multi-institutional experience with 2930 patients. World Neurosurg. 2017;99:302-307.
    7. Beckman JM, Vincent B, Park MS, Billys JB, Isaacs RE, Pimenta L, Uribe JS. Contralateral psoas hematoma after minimally invasive, lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas lumbar interbody fusion: a multicenter review of 3950 lumbar levels. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017;26(1):50-54.
    8. Abel NA, Januszewski J, Vivas AC, Uribe JS. Femoral nerve and lumbar plexus injury after minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach: electrodiagnostic prognostic indicators and a roadmap to recovery. Neurosurg Rev. 2017.
    9. Yen C-P, Mosley YI, Uribe JS. Role of minimally invasive surgery for adult spinal deformity in preventing complications. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2016;9(3):309-315.
    10. Nunley PD, Fessler RG, Park P, Zavatsky JM, Mundis GM, Uribe JS, Eastlack R, Nguyen S, Chou D, Wang MY, Anand N, Kanter AS, Shaffrey CI, Mummaneni PV, International Spine Study Group. 371 how do case type, length of stay, and comorbidities affect Medicare diagnosis-related group reimbursement for minimally invasive surgery for deformity? Neurosurgery. 2016;63 Suppl 1:210.

    View complete list of publications on PubMed.

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