||Robert J. Spinner, MD, FAANS, FACS
||Mayo Clinic/Neurosurgery, 200 SW 1st St/Gonda 8-214, Rochester, MN 55905-0001
||United States of America
Robert J. Spinner was born in New York City on December 8, 1961. He received an undergraduate degree from MIT in 1984 and a Master’s degree in Greek and Latin Literature from Christ Church College, University of Oxford (UK) in 1985. He completed his medical school at the Mayo Clinic in 1989. He then was a Luce Scholar in Hong Kong in 1999-2000. He completed full residency training in Orthopedics at Duke University (1990-1996) and in neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic (1996-2000). He received training in peripheral nerve surgery with David Kline (1998-99) and at several international centers of excellence as a CNS Cushing Fellow (2001).
He joined the neurosurgical faculty at Mayo Clinic in 2001 and developed a practice limited to peripheral nerve surgery. There he ascended the academic ranks becoming Professor of Neurologic Surgery, Orthopedics and Anatomy in 2007, the Burton M. Onofrio, M.D. Professor in Neurosurgery in 2011, and chairman of the department in 2015. He has had a CAST approved fellowship in peripheral nerve for more than a decade. and has trained many clinical and basic science fellows. He is board certified in neurosurgery and orthopedics as well as a journal editor and an active member of surgical societies in both specialties. He has been President of the American Society of Peripheral Nerve and the Sunderland Society. He is currently President of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. He has chaired the Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee at Mayo since 2012. He has more than 600 publications and has given over 1000 presentations in his subsubspecialty.
His wife, Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner is Professor of Medicine (Hematology) and Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. They have two children: Maxwell and Noah.