Robert J. Spinner, M.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon
  2. Orthopedic Surgeon



  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Robert J. Spinner, M.D., is a peripheral nerve surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery and is the Burton M. Onofrio, M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery as well as a professor of orthopedics and anatomy. He completed full residency programs in orthopedics and neurosurgery and a one-year peripheral nerve fellowship. He is board certified in both neurosurgery and orthopedics. He has served as the president of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve and the Sunderland Society (an international peripheral nerve study group).

His clinical focus includes:

  • Nerve entrapments
  • Peripheral nerve tumors (benign and malignant)
  • Injuries (including brachial plexus injuries)
  • Neuropathic pain

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Spinner is active in clinical and basic science (nerve regeneration). He mentors clinical and research fellows. He publishes in high-impact journals and presents frequently both nationally and internationally on topics related to peripheral nerve disorders.

Dr. Spinner chairs the Academic Appointments and Promotions Committee at Mayo.

  1. Brachial plexus injury
  2. Nerve entrapment
  3. Peripheral nerve sheath tumors
  1. Brachial plexus surgery
  2. Peripheral nerve tumor surgery
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Brachial plexus injury surgery
  • Peripheral nerve tumor
  • Nerve entrapment

Rochester, Minnesota

  1. 2000
    Chief Resident - Neurologic SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 1999
    Fellow - Peripheral Nerve Surgery (Dr. David Kline)Louisiana State University Medical Center
  3. 1999
    Resident - Neurologic SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1996
    Chief Resident - Orthopaedic SurgeryDuke University Medical Center
  5. 1995
    Resident - Orthopaedic SurgeryDuke University Medical Center
  6. 1992
    Junior Assistant Resident - General and Thoracic SurgeryDuke University Medical Center
  7. 1991
    Internship - General and Thoracic SurgeryDuke University Medical Center
  8. 1990
    Research Fellowship - Luce Scholars Program. Orthopaedic Surgery and TraumatologyPrince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong
  9. 1989
    MDMayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  10. 1987
    MD/PhD StudentExperimental Pathology, Historical Programs, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine


  1. 2006
    Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery
  2. 2003
    Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2016
    David Kline LectureAANS
  2. 2015
    Education Diversity AwardMayo Foundation
  3. 2014
    Keith Moore Black Box AwardAmerican Assocation for Clinical Anatomists
  4. 2014
    Thomas M and Edna T Gattle Scholarship in Mayo Medical School for Neurosurgery Honoring Robert J. Spinner, MD.Mayo Clinic
  5. 2013
    Cum Laude Award, Best poster presentation SCBT-MR Meeting. Howe et al.
  6. 2012
    First Prize posterAFIRM, All Hands Meeting
  7. 2012
    Scholarly Clinician AwardMayo Clinic
  8. 2011
    Scholarly Clinician AwardMayo Clinic
  9. 2011
    Burton M. Onofrio, M.D., Professorship in NeurosurgeryMayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  10. 2010
    Second place posterArmed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine
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Professional memberships

  1. 2016
    Program ChairAmerican Academy of Neurological Surgery
  2. 2015 - 2016
    ChairScientific Program Committee, American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  3. 2015 - present
    Wisconsin Medical Society
  4. 2014 - 2015
    MemberCarpal Tunnel Guidelines Taskforce, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  5. 2014
    Abstract ReviewerAmerican Association of Clinical Anatomists
  6. 2014
    GraderAmerican Association of Clinical Anatomists
  7. 2014 - present
    ChairMembership Committee, American Association for Hand Surgery
  8. 2013 - 2016
    CouncilExecutive Council, American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  9. 2013 - 2016
    SecretaryAmerican Association for Hand Surgery
  10. 2013 - 2016
    SecretaryHand Surgery Endowment, American Association for Hand Surgery
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