Mohamad Bydon, M.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon

Specialty Groups


  1. Rochester, Minnesota




Mohamad Bydon, M.D., is a neurosurgeon who is fellowship-trained in complex spinal surgery and spinal oncology. He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) for a variety of spinal conditions, including back pain and neck pain, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors, spinal deformity, and spinal fusion. He holds clinical expertise in the following areas:

  • Complex spinal surgery
  • Minimal access and minimally invasive surgery for spine disease
  • Tumors of the spinal cord and spinal column
  • Spinal deformity
  • Robotic and advanced navigation surgery
  • Spontaneous spinal CSF leak
  • Chiari malformation
  • Stem cell therapies for degenerative spine disease and spinal cord injury

As a neurosurgeon clinician-scientist, Dr. Bydon is Principal Investigator of the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory. The laboratory is focused on data analytics, patient safety, surgical outcomes, and novel therapeutic treatments for spine disease.

Dr. Bydon is also Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Neurosurgical Registry, a database focused on improving outcomes and safety for patients.

  1. Cervical herniated disk
  2. Cervical kyphosis
  3. Cervical myelopathy
  4. Cervical radiculopathy
  5. Cervical spinal stenosis
  6. Cervical spine deformity
  7. Cervical spondylolisthesis
  8. Cervical spondylosis
  9. Cervical spondylotic myelopathy
  10. Chiari malformation
  11. Degenerative disk disease
  12. Herniated disk
  13. Lumbar herniated disk
  14. Lumbar radiculopathy
  15. Lumbar spinal stenosis
  16. Lumbar spondylosis
  17. Myelopathy
  18. Radiculopathy
  19. Scoliosis
  20. Spinal arteriovenous malformation
  21. Spinal cord metastasis
  22. Spinal cord tumor
  23. Spinal fracture
  24. Spinal metastasis
  25. Spinal stenosis
  26. Spinal tumor
  27. Spine deformity
  28. Spondylotic myelopathy
  29. Thoracic herniated disk
  30. Thoracic myelopathy
  31. Thoracic radiculopathy
  32. Trigeminal neuralgia
  33. Tumors and masses
  1. Cervical disk replacement
  2. Cervical diskectomy
  3. Cervical laminectomy
  4. Cervical pseudoarthrosis procedure
  5. Cervical scoliosis surgery
  6. Cervical spine fusion
  7. Cervical spine surgery
  8. Diskectomy
  9. Hemivertebra resection
  10. Laminectomy
  11. Laminoplasty
  12. Laminotomy
  13. Lumbar diskectomy
  14. Lumbar fusion
  15. Lumbar laminectomy
  16. Lumbar pseudoarthrosis procedure
  17. Lumbar scoliosis surgery
  18. Lumbar spinal fusion (Deprecated)
  19. Lumbar spine fusion (Deprecated)
  20. Minimally invasive surgery
  21. Spinal deformity correction surgery
  22. Spinal fusion
  23. Spinal stabilization surgery
  24. Spinal tumor ablation
  25. Spine decompression
  26. Spine procedure
  27. Spine reconstruction
  28. Spine stabilization program
  29. Spine tumor surgery
  30. Thoracic diskectomy
  31. Thoracic fusion
  32. Thoracic laminectomy
  33. Thoracic pseudoarthrosis procedure
  34. Thoracic scoliosis surgery
  • Complex spinal surgery
  • Spine tumor surgery and spinal oncology
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Robotic spinal surgery
  • Diseases of the cervical, lumbar or thoracic spine
  • Chiari malformation
  • Spontaneous CSF leaks
  • Degenerative spinal disease
  1. 2015
    Assistant Chief of ServiceNeurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  2. 2014
    Clinical Fellowship - Complex Spine Surgery and Spinal Oncology Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryJohns Hopkins Hospital
  3. 2013
    Research Fellowship - Surgical Outcomes and Spinal Column BiomechanicsJohns Hopkins Hospital
  4. 2012
    Residency - NeurosurgeryJohns Hopkins Hospital
  5. 2009
    Internship - NeurosurgeryJohns Hopkins Hospital
  6. 2008
    MD - DegreeYale University School of Medicine
  7. 2008
    Research Fellowship - “Genetic basis of intracranial aneurysms and diseases of neural development.” Murat Gunel, M.D., Principal Investigator.Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University School of Medicine
  8. 2004
    Research Fellowship - “Role of Bmi-1 gene in stem cell regeneration.” Sean Morrison, Ph.D., Principal Investigator.Center for Stem Cell Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Michigan Medical School
  9. 2003
    Post-Baccalaureate ProgramJohns Hopkins School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  10. 2002
    BA - DegreeDartmouth College


  1. 2018
    Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2022
    Stewart Dunsker Award for Best Clinical Spine Abstract “Comparing Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy with Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in Radiculopathic Patients: An Analysis from the QOD” American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  2. 2022
    Kuntz Scholar Award for Top Abstracts “Comparing posterior cervical foraminotomy with ACDF in radiculopathic patients: an analysis from the QOD” American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  3. 2022
    Best Oral Presentation – “Factors Influencing the Restoration of Lumbar Lordosis Following Minimally Invasive Transforaminal or Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Multi-Institutional Analysis” American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  4. 2021
    Paper of the Year: Spine “Sexual Dysfunction: Prevalence and Prognosis in Patients Operated for Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis” Neurosurgery, CNS paper of the year
  5. 2021
    Editors choice for World Neurosurgery for Variations in Postoperative Opioid Prescription Practices and Impact on Refill Prescriptions Following Lumbar Spine SurgeryWorld Neurosurgery
  6. 2021
    Sanford Larson Award for Best Research AwardAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  7. 2021
    Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research AwardAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  8. 2021
    Stewart Dunsker Award for Best Clinical SpineAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  9. 2021
    2020 Top Performing Provider in ExperienceMayo Clinic Experience
  10. 2021
    Kuntz Scholar Award for Top Abstracts for the abstract titled, “Carbon Ion Radiotherapy for Sacral Chordomas: An Institutional/National Comparison of Outcomes with Surgery and RT”. 37th Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  11. 2021
    Editor’s Choice Paper for the July issue of World Neurosurgery World Neurosurgery
  12. 2021
    Sanford Larson Award for Best Research AwardAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  13. 2021
    Sanford Larson Award for Best Research AwardAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  14. 2021
    Stewart Dunsker Award for Best Clinical Spine Abstract.American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  15. 2021
    Editor’s Choice article for the April issue of WORLD NEUROSURGERY, Rate and Characteristics of Vertebral Artery Injury Following C1-C2 Posterior Cervical Fusion: A Systematic Review and Meta-AnalysisWorld Neurosurgery
  16. 2019
    J.A.N.E. Award. “Predictors of the Best Outcomes Following Minimally Invasive Surgery for Grade 1 Lumbar Spondylolisthesis.” 35th Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  17. 2019
    Kuntz Scholar Award for Top Abstracts. “Assessing the Differences in Characteristics of Patients Lost to Follow Up at 2 Years: Results from the Multi-site Quality Outcomes Database (QOD) Study of Impact of Fusion on Outcomes of Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis.” 35th Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  18. 2019
    Best Oral Presentation – Peripheral Nerve/ Basic Science/ General Spine Session 5. “Spinal Cord High-grade Infiltrating Gliomas in Adults: Clinico-pathological and Molecular Evaluation”35th Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  19. 2019
    Kern Affiliate – a designation of the Kern Center for the Science of Health Care DeliveryRobert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
  20. 2019
    Practice Innovation Award for “Using Practice-Based Evidence to Facilitate Neurosurgical Quality Improvement”Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
  21. 2019
    Kern Center Practice Innovation AwardMayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
  22. 2018
    Office of Device Evaluation Honor AwardFood and Drug Administration
  23. 2017
    Best of Meeting Award for Abstract titled: The Effect of Epidural Steroid Injections on Bone Mineral Density and Vertebral Fracture Risk: A Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Current Literature.16th Annual Meeting American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
  24. 2017
    Hibbs Basic Science AwardScoliosis Research Society
  25. 2017
    Recognition of exceptional delivery of the Mayo Clinic Model of Care to patients.Development International Physician Cohort Team
  26. 2017
    Innovation Accelerator 2017 for the project: Facet joint replacementInnovation Accelerator
  27. 2017
    Safety and Feasibility Study of Umbilical Cord Derived Stem Cell Injections in Rat Models of Spinal Contusion.Sabes Foundation
  28. 2016
    Inaugural “Transforming the practice through the use of Big Data” collaboration awards.Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
  29. 2016
    Stewart B. Dunsker, MD, Award for abstract titled: Manual Muscle Test at C5 palsy onset predicts the likelihood of and time to C5 palsy resolution presentation at the 84th AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.AANS
  30. 2014
    Excellence in Research AwardAmerican College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress
  31. 2014
    Harvey Cushing Hunterian Research AwardDepartment of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  32. 2013
    Best Young Researcher Award8th Annual Johns Hopkins Bayview Research Symposium
  33. 2013
    Walter Dandy Award for Excellence in NeurosurgeryDepartment of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  34. 2013
    Distinguished Abstract AwardWorld Association of Lebanese Neurosurgeons
  35. 2013
    Best Scientific Paper AwardS.P.I.N.E.(Society for Progress and Innovation in the Near East)
  36. 2013
    Individual Performance Award for clinical regulatory reviewsFood and Drug Administration
  37. 2009
    Top Ten AbstractCongress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting
  38. 2006
    Contributing AuthorFirst Aid for the USMLE Step 1
  39. 2002
    Graduate with High HonorsDartmouth College
  40. 2001
    Honor List for standing in top 15% of studentsDartmouth College
  41. 2001
    Senior Fellowship AwardDartmouth College

Professional memberships

  1. 2022 - 2025
    Co-ChairNASS Coverage
  2. 2022 - 2024
    Ex-OfficioAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons Finance Committee
  3. 2022 - present
    Committee MemberCenter for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Quality Forum: Core Quality Measure
  4. 2021 - present
    MemberEditorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine
  5. 2021 - present
    ChairAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons, Washington Committee Ad Hoc Committee
  6. 2021 - present
    Board MemberSSMC in partnership with Mayo Clinic
  7. 2021 - present
    Editorial Board MemberJournal of Neurosurgery Spine
  8. 2021 - present
    Board of DirectorsBoard of Directors of SSMC LLC
  9. 2020 - 2021
    Chair, Membership, Resident Council Executive BoardCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  10. 2020 - 2023
    Vice ChairAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  11. 2020 - present
    Faculty MemberNorth American Spine Society
  12. 2019 - 2021
    Chair Quality Improvement CommitteeCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  13. 2019 - 2021
    ChairCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  14. 2019 - 2020
    Vice-ChairCongress of Neurological Surgeons, Guidelines Committee
  15. 2019 - 2020
    ChairCongress of Neurological Surgeons, Ad hoc Data Science and Quality Committee
  16. 2019
    Committee MemberMayo Clinic Distinguished Inventor Award Selection Committee
  17. 2019 - present
    Co-Chair of Data Operations CommitteeAANS – AAOS American Spine Registry (ASR)
  18. 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic, President for International, Search Committee
  19. 2019
    Committee MemberMayo Clinic Institutional Strategic Vision 2030 Committee
  20. 2019 - 2020
    Online Education ChairCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  21. 2019
    Abstract Reviewer for Annual MeetingAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  22. 2018 - 2019
    MemberMinnesota Community Measurement Spine Workgroup
  23. 2018
    Committee MemberAcumen MACRA Clinical Support Committee: Musculoskeletal Disease Management - Spine Clinical Subcommittee
  24. 2017 - 2018
    Expert Panel MemberBlue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery Expert Panel, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  25. 2017 - present
    MemberUnited States Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Lumbar Spondylolisthesis Workgroup
  26. 2017 - present
    Executive committee memberCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  27. 2017 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Hospital – Saint Marys Campus Modernization and Growth – Orthopedic Surgery and Neurologic Surgery East Tower 8 & 9
  28. 2017 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Executive Committee
  29. 2017 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus Modernization & Growth Task Force Executive Committee
  30. 2017 - 2018
    MemberMACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Peripheral Vascular Disease Management Subcommittee
  31. 2017 - 2018
    MemberMACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Neuropsychiatric Disease Management Subcommittee
  32. 2017 - 2018
    MemberMACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Musculoskeletal Disease Management - Non-Spine Subcommittee
  33. 2017 - present
    MemberSurgical Quality Subcommittee
  34. 2017 - present
    Medical DirectorInternational GCC Regional Development Groups
  35. 2017 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic International Committee
  36. 2017
    Abstract ReviewerNorth American Spine Society
  37. 2017 - present
    MemberDepartment of Diversity Leader (DDL), Department of Neurologic Surgery
  38. 2017
    Scientific Reviewer for the Summer Spine MeetingNorth American Spine Society
  39. 2017 - present
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  40. 2017 - present
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Association
  41. 2016 - present
    Performance Measurement Committee MemberNorth American Spine Society
  42. 2016 - present
    Coverage Committee MemberNorth American Spine Society
  43. 2016 - present
    MemberSpine Center Research Subcommittee
  44. 2016 - present
    MentorMayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine Career Advisory and Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P.)
  45. 2016 - present
    MemberMayo Registry Assist Oversight Committee
  46. 2016 - present
    ChampionWalmart Spine Center Contract – Neurosurgery Physician Champion
  47. 2016 - present
    Committee MemberSpine Center of Excellence
  48. 2016 - present
    Committee MemberAsk Mayo Expert for Neurology / Neurosurgery
  49. 2016 - present
    Surgeon ChampionACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
  50. 2016 - present
    Abstract ReviewerAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons Scientific Program Committee
  51. 2016 - present
    MemberMayo Medical School Appeals Committee
  52. 2016 - present
    Committee MemberAANS/CNS Joint Spine Section Executive Committee
  53. 2016 - present
    Board MemberAANS - AAPMR Joint Spine Registry Steering Committee -- a collaboration between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  54. 2016
    MemberCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): MACRA Episode-Based Resource Use Measures Clinical Sub-Committee
  55. 2016 - 2019
    Board of DirectorsAmerican Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine
  56. 2016 - 2019
    Distinguished MemberAmerican Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine
  57. 2016 - 2019
    FellowAmerican Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine
  58. 2016 - 2019
    DiplomatAmerican Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine
  59. 2016 - present
    MemberAsk Mayo Expert Knowledge and Content Board
  60. 2015 - present
    MemberMinnesota Neurosurgical Society
  61. 2015 - present
    Center for Science of Health Care Delivery
  62. 2015 - present
    MemberSpine Center Steering Committee
  63. 2015 - present
    MemberSpine Center Outcomes Committee
  64. 2015 - present
    MemberNeurosurgery Enterprise Research Committee
  65. 2015 - present
    MemberQuality Outcomes Database (N2QOD)
  66. 2015 - present
    Committee MemberAANS/CNS Neurosurgery Quality Council
  67. 2015 - present
    MemberAANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  68. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  69. 2013 - present
    MemberNorth American Spine Society
  70. 2009 - present
    MemberCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  71. 2009 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  72. 2008
    MemberAmerican College of Surgeons
  73. 2005
    TreasurerYale Student Run Free Clinic


Research activities

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