Robert F. Heary, M.D.

Co-Director, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory
Director, Spine Center of New Jersey


Robert F. Heary, MD Professor and Co-Director, Reynolds Family Spine LaboratoryDr. Robert Heary is the Director of the Spine Center of New Jersey and one of the premier physicians in comprehensive spine care providing a full range of conservative and surgical interventions for a wide range of spinal disorders.

Dr. Heary earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicineand completed a residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. Following his residency, Dr. Heary completed a spine fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Heary has a passionate interest in spinal cord injury research and founded the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory in 2006. He is scientific co-director of the lab.

Dr. Heary is also the Director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Units and a Professor of Neurosurgery at the New Jersey Medical School.  He is an attending neurosurgeon at Overlook Hospital in Summit and serves as a Consulting Medical Staff Physician at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey.

Dr. Heary is on nine scientific editorial boards. He has authored 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, 95 abstracts, and 42 book chapters and has been on the faculty of over 250 instructional courses at national neurosurgery meetings. His major areas of research interest are spine and spinal cord injury, minimally invasive spinal surgery, spine and spinal cord tumors, and spinal deformity.

He is an active member of many societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves, Cervical Spine Research Society,Lumbar Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, Neurosurgical Society of America, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Heary has been involved in many committees of these organizations, including serving as the Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves. In addition, he has served as the Scientific Program Committee Chairman of the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Joint Spine Section, and the Lumbar Spine Research Society.

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i-Factor™ Bone Graft vs Autograft in Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: 2-Year Follow-up of the Randomized Single-Blinded Food and Drug Administration Investigational Device Exemption Study.
Neurosurgery, September 2017.

Contribution of Plasma Membrane Calcium ATPases to neuronal maladaptive responses: Focus on spinal nociceptive mechanisms and neurodegeneration.
Neuroscience Letters,  August 2017.

Elastic modulus in the selection of interbody implants.
Journal of Spine Surgery, June 2017.

Effects of early surgical decompression on functional and histological outcomes after severe experimental thoracic spinal cord injury.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine,  January 2017.

Impaired sensitivity to pain stimuli in plasma membrane calcium ATPase 2 (PMCA2) heterozygous mice: a possible modality- and sex-specific role for PMCA2 in nociception.
FASEB Journal,  January 2017.

Does the Open Payments Database Provide Sunshine on Neurosurgery?
Neurosurgery, December 2016.

Delayed activation of human microglial cells by high dose ionizing radiation.
Brain Research,  September 2016.

Suitability of carbon fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone cages for use as anterior struts following corpectomy.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine, August 2016.

Toll like receptor 9 antagonism modulates spinal cord neuronal function and survival: Direct versus astrocyte-mediated mechanisms.
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity,  August 2016.

Severe holocord syrinx in a child with megalencephaly-capillary malformation syndrome.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics, July 2016.

Efficacy of i-Factor Bone Graft versus Autograft in Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Results of the Prospective, Randomized, Single-blinded Food and Drug Administration Investigational Device Exemption Study.
Spine, July 2016.

Defensive medicine in neurosurgery: the Canadian experience.
Journal of Neurosurgery, May 2016.

Editorial: Vascular injury during spinal procedures.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine, March 2016.

Editorial: Perioperative outcomes and adverse events of minimally invasive surgery during transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion/posterior lumbar interbody fusion.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine, March 2016.

Dysfunction in amygdala-prefrontal plasticity and extinction-resistant avoidance: A model for anxiety disorder vulnerability.
Experimental Neurology,  January 2016.

Iatrogenic spondylolisthesis following laminectomy for degenerative lumbar stenosis: systematic review and current concepts.Dysfunction in amygdala-prefrontal plasticity and extinction-resistant avoidance: A model for anxiety disorder vulnerability.
Neurosurgery Focus,  October 2015.

Complications related to the use of spinal cord stimulation for managing persistent postoperative neuropathic pain after lumbar spinal surgery.
Neurosurgery Focus,  October 2015.

Introduction: Complications of lumbar spine surgery. 
Neurosurgery Focus,  October 2015.

Predictive value of 3-month lumbar discectomy outcomes in the NeuroPoint-SD Registry.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine,  October 2015.

Surgery vs Conservative Care for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Surgery Is Appropriate for Progressive Myelopathy.
Neurosurgery,  August 2015.

Chronic tissue response to untethered microelectrode implants in the rat brain and spinal cord.
Journal of Neural Engineering,  February 2015.

Toll-like receptor 4 enhancement of non-NMDA synaptic currents increases dentate excitability after brain injury.
Neurobiology of Disease,  February 2015.

Postoperative cervical sagittal imbalance negatively affects outcomes after surgery for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
Spine,  December 2014.

Solid radiographic fusion with a nonconstrained device 5 years after cervical arthroplasty.
Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine,  December 2014.

Sex steroids and neuroprotection in spinal cord injury: A review of preclinical investigations.
Experimental Neurology,  September 2014.

A toll-like receptor 9 antagonist improves bladder function and white matter sparing in spinal cord injury.
Journal of Neurotrama,  November 2014.

Toll-like receptors in central nervous system injury and disease: a focus of the spinal cord.
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity,  November 2014.

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