Director, Neurosurgery Spine Service
Vice chairperson and professor
A. Watson Armour III & Sarah Armour Presidential Chair
Vincent C. Traynelis, MD, received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, where he also completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurosurgery.
Traynelis is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in complex spine surgery, spinal deformity, spinal arthroplasty, spinal reconstruction, spinal tumors, spinal cord tumors and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is past president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Cervical Spine Research Society, and past chairperson of the Joint Section of Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is the chairman of the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine.
Traynelis is a regularly invited speaker at continuing medical education programs and is a frequent guest lecturer in this country as well as abroad. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, more than 65 chapters, four books and almost 200 editorials. He is chairman of the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. Traynelis also serves on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery, Spine, The Spine Journal and the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Operative Techniques. He is a director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Traynelis' research interests include cervical spine surgery, spinal infections, operative monitoring and spinal biomechanics. He has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Army.
As a thought leader in his field, industry will sometimes ask for Traynelis' input in development. Traynelis currently has a consulting contract with Medtronic Sofamor Danek, USA, Inc., and receives institutional research support and royalties from them. Globus Medical provides the Department of Neurosurgery with support for the training of the spine fellow. Your surgeon may or may not use products from one of these companies, and your surgeon receives no compensation for his clinical use of any products from these companies. If you have any questions regarding these arrangements, please ask your surgeon.