Areas of Interest

  • Axon Regeneration
  • Neuroprotection
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity

Publications (Select)

  • Whitmore RG, Curran JN, Ali ZS, Mummaneni PV, Shaffrey CI, Heary RF, Kaiser MG, Asher AL, Malhotra NR, Cheng JS, Hurlbert J, Smith JS, Magge SN, Steinmetz MP, Resnick DK, Ghogawala Z. Predictive value of 3-month lumbar discectomy outcomes in the NeuroPoint-SD Registry. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 Jul 3;1–8. doi: 10.3171/2015.1.SPINE14890 Pubmed PMID: 26140406
  • Awad BI, Carmody MA, Lubelski D, El Hawi M, Claridge JA, Como JJ, Mroz TE, Moore TA, Steinmetz MP. Adjacent Level Ligamentous Injury Associated with Traumatic Cervical Spine Fractures: Indications for Imaging and Implications for Treatment. World Neurosurg. 2015 Jul;84(1):69–75. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.02.029 Pubmed PMID: 25769487
  • Lubelski D, Healy AT, Silverstein MP, Abdullah KG, Thompson NR, Riew KD, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Reoperation rates after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion versus posterior cervical foraminotomy: a propensity-matched analysis. Spine J. 2015 Jun 1;15(6):1277–1283. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.02.026 Pubmed PMID: 25720729
  • Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Steinmetz MP, Alvin MD, Nowacki AS, Chakka S, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Adverse Events With the Use of rhBMP-2 in Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Spine Fusions: A 9-Year Institutional Analysis. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015 Jun;28(5):E277–283. doi: 10.1097/BSD.0b013e318287f2e2 Pubmed PMID: 23429306
  • Kelly ML, Banerjee A, Nowak M, Steinmetz M, Claridge JA. Decreased mortality in traumatic brain injury following regionalization across hospital systems. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Apr;78(4):715–720. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000000590 Pubmed PMID: 25807401
  • Awad BI, Carmody MA, Zhang X, Lin VW, Steinmetz MP. Transcranial magnetic stimulation after spinal cord injury. World Neurosurg. 2015 Feb;83(2):232–235. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2013.01.043 Pubmed PMID: 23321378
  • Awad BI, Carmody MA, Steinmetz MP. Potential Role of Growth Factors in the Management of Spinal Cord Injury. World Neurosurg. 2015 Jan;83(1):120–131. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2013.01.042 Pubmed PMID: 23334003
  • Roguski M, Benzel EC, Curran JN, Magge SN, Bisson EF, Krishnaney AA, Steinmetz MP, Butler WE, Heary RF, Ghogawala Z. Postoperative cervical sagittal imbalance negatively affects outcomes after surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Spine. 2014 Dec 1;39(25):2070–2077. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000641 Pubmed PMID: 25419682
  • Awad BI, Lubelski D, Carmody M, Mroz TE, Anderson JS, Moore TA, Steinmetz MP. Surgical versus nonsurgical treatment of subaxial cervical pedicle fractures. World Neurosurg. 2014 Nov;82(5):855–865. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2014.05.034 Pubmed PMID: 24907437
  • Lubelski D, Mihalovich KE, Skelly AC, Fehlings MG, Harrop JS, Mummaneni PV, Wang MY, Steinmetz MP. Is minimal access spine surgery more cost-effective than conventional spine surgery? Spine. 2014 Oct 15;39(22 Suppl 1):S65–74. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000571 Pubmed PMID: 25299261
  • Mroz TE, Lubelski D, Williams SK, O’Rourke C, Obuchowski NA, Wang JC, Steinmetz MP, Melillo AJ, Benzel EC, Modic MT, Quencer RM. Differences in the surgical treatment of recurrent lumbar disc herniation among spine surgeons in the United States. Spine J. 2014 Oct 1;14(10):2334–2343. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.01.037 Pubmed PMID: 24462813
  • Grosso MJ, Matheus V, Clark M, van Rooijen N, Iannotti CA, Steinmetz MP. Effects of an immunomodulatory therapy and chondroitinase after spinal cord hemisection injury. Neurosurgery. 2014 Oct;75(4):461–471. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000447 Pubmed PMID: 24871142
  • Alvin MD, Abbott EE, Lubelski D, Kuhns B, Nowacki AS, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Cervical arthroplasty: a critical review of the literature. Spine J. 2014 Sep 1;14(9):2231–2245. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.03.047 Pubmed PMID: 24704679
  • Eccher MA, Ghogawala Z, Steinmetz MP. The possibility of clinical trials in neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring: a review. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2014 Apr;31(2):106–111. doi: 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000029 Pubmed PMID: 24691226
  • Li Y, Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Mroz TE, Steinmetz MP. Minimally invasive tubular resection of the anomalous transverse process in patients with Bertolotti’s syndrome: presented at the 2013 Joint Spine Section Meeting: clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Mar;20(3):283–290. doi: 10.3171/2013.11.SPINE13132 Pubmed PMID: 24358999
  • Chan NK, Abdullah KG, Lubelski D, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Shin JH, Mroz TE. Stereotactic radiosurgery for metastatic spine tumors. J Neurosurg Sci. 2014 Mar;58(1):37–44. Pubmed PMID: 24614791
  • Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Alvin MD, Wang TY, Nowacki AS, Steinmetz MP, Ransohoff RM, Benzel EC, Mroz TE. Clinical outcomes following surgical management of coexistent cervical stenosis and multiple sclerosis: a cohort-controlled analysis. Spine J. 2014 Feb 1;14(2):331–337. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2013.11.012 Pubmed PMID: 24239804
  • Harel R, Knoller N, Regev G, Anekstein Y, Zaaroor M, Leitner J, Itshayek E, Steinmetz MP, Mroz TE, Krishnaney A, Schlenk RS, Bell GR, Kalfas IH, Benzel EC. The value of neuromonitoring in cervical spine surgery. Surg Neurol Int. 2014;5:120. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.138032 Pubmed PMID: 25140279
  • Francis T, Steinmetz M, Moore T. Traumatic spondyloptosis of the lumbar spine: closed reduction and internal fixation. Spine. 2013 Dec 1;38(25):E1636–1640. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182a64412 Pubmed PMID: 23921328
  • Rosenbaum BP, Steinmetz MP. Central diabetes insipidus after staged spinal surgery. Global Spine J. 2013 Dec;3(4):257–260. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1345038 Pubmed PMID: 24436879
  • Awad BI, Lubelski D, Shin JH, Carmody MA, Hoh DJ, Mroz TE, Steinmetz MP. Bilateral Pedicle Screw Fixation versus Unilateral Pedicle and Contralateral Facet Screws for Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Clinical Outcomes and Cost Analysis. Global Spine J. 2013 Dec;3(4):225–230. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1349399 Pubmed PMID: 24436873




Medical Director, MetroHealth Spine Center, and Chair, Department of Neurosciences
MetroHealth Medical Center

Associate Professor, School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University