Robert J. Spinner, M.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon
  2. Orthopedic Surgeon
  3. Chair, Neurosurgery, Minnesota

Departments

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

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
  11. 1985
    MST - Greek and Latin LiteratureChrist Church College, University of Oxford
  12. 1984
    BS - Humanities and ScienceMassachusetts Institute of Technology
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Certifications

  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
  11. 2010
    Best journal publicationAmerican Society for Surgery of the Hand
  12. 2010
    Best paper presentation52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Denver, CO
  13. 2010
    Honorary ProfessorInstitute of Hand Surgery, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University
  14. 2009
    MacMillan Fellowship in LeadershipMayo Foundation
  15. 2009
    Honorary memberAmerican Society for Surgery of the Hand
  16. 2009
    Best paper presentation. Received by Dr B CarlsenAmerican Association of Hand Surgery
  17. 2008
    Best Poster AwardJoint Section of Spinal/Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  18. 2006
    Corrinne Farrell AwardInternational Skeletal Society
  19. 2005
    2005 Presidential AwardAmerican Association of Clinical Anatomists
  20. 2002
    Travel Grant for First Year in Practice OrthopedistsMid-America Orthopaedic Association
  21. 2001
    Teaching Award for MentorshipDuke University Medical Center
  22. 2001
    Cushing Clinical FellowshipCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  23. 2001
    Karis AwardSaint Marys Hospital
  24. 2000
    Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship AwardMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  25. 1999
    Dean Echols Award, First PrizeJoint Louisiana/Mississippi Neurosurgery Society Meeting
  26. 1998
    First Place, audiotape presentationAmerican Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting
  27. 1996
    J. Leonard Goldner, M.D. Orthopedic Research AwardDuke University Medical Center
  28. 1996
    Empire Who's Who in the WorldAwarding Organization
  29. 1995
    Second Prize AwardNorth Carolina Orthopaedic Association Meeting
  30. 1994
    Third Prize AwardNorth Carolina Orthopaedic Association Meeting
  31. 1993
    First Prize AwardOscar Miller Day
  32. 1992
    Excellence in Teaching AwardDavison Council, Duke University School of Medicine
  33. 1990
    A.R. Hodgson AwardHong Kong Orthopaedic Association 10th Annual Congress
  34. 1989
    Student/Resident Research AwardAmerican Association of Clinical Anatomists
  35. 1989
    Harry N. Hoffman II Humanitarian Travel AwardMayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  36. 1989
    Luce ScholarshipHenry Luce Foundation
  37. 1989
    Graduate Educational AwardPhi Gamma Delta
  38. 1988
    Frederick M. Mitchell Scholarship in SurgeryMayo Foundation
  39. 1986
    J.M. Foundation ScholarshipUniversity of Texas
  40. 1986
    United Cerebral Palsy FellowshipRusk Institute
  41. 1985
    Paul A. and Ruth M. Schilling ScholarshipMayo Foundation
  42. 1985
    R.H. Dundas Award in ClassicsOxford University
  43. 1985
    Reader's Digest FellowshipRusk Institute
  44. 1985
    Highest Honors in PhilologyOxford University
  45. 1983
    MemberPhi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  46. 1981
    Undergraduate Educational AwardPhi Gamma Delta
  47. 1980
    National Science FellowshipUniversity of Minnesota
  48.  
    Marquis Who's Who in the EastMarquis Who's Who
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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
    Active MemberSurgical and Procedural Committee - Rochester, Clinical Practice Committee - Rochester, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  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
    MemberMCHS Surgical and Procedural Committee, Mayo Clinic Health System
  8. 2014 - present
    ChairMembership Committee, American Association for Hand Surgery
  9. 2013 - 2016
    CouncilExecutive Council, American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  10. 2013 - 2016
    SecretaryAmerican Association for Hand Surgery
  11. 2013 - 2016
    SecretaryHand Surgery Endowment, American Association for Hand Surgery
  12. 2013 - 2016
    Scientific Council MemberAmerican Academy of Neurological Surgery
  13. 2013 - 2016
    Program Abstract ReviewerAmerican Academy of Neurological Surgery
  14. 2013 - 2015
    Past PresidentAmerican Society for Peripheral Nerve
  15. 2013 - 2015
    ChairNominating Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  16. 2013 - 2014
    MemberMembership Committee, American Association for Hand Surgery
  17. 2013 - 2014
    MemberTime and Place Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  18. 2013
    ChairAssistant Professors/Instructors, AAPC Subcommittee, Academic Appointment and Promotions Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  19. 2013
    Grant ReviewerScottish Government, Experimental and Translational Medicine Research
  20. 2013
    Grant ReviewerCollaborative Health Reearch Program
  21. 2013
    Grant ReviewerCanadian National Institutes of Health
  22. 2013
    Abstract ReviewerAbstract Committee, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
  23. 2013
    Abstract ReviewerAbstract Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  24. 2013
    Abstract ReviewerAmerican Association of Clinical Anatomists
  25. 2013
    MemberAbstract Grading Committee, European Association of Neurological Societies
  26. 2013 - present
    MemberNamed Professors Committee
  27. 2013 - present
    MemberDevelopment Committee, American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  28. 2012 - 2014
    MemberMembership and Communications Committee, Minnesota Medical Association
  29. 2012 - 2013
    PresidentAmerican Society for Peripheral Nerve
  30. 2012 - 2013
    Program ChairSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  31. 2012
    Interim ChairAcademic Appointment and Promotions Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  32. 2012
    Co-ChairBrachial Plexus Hands-on Course, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  33. 2012
    MemberPiedmont Orthopedic Society
  34. 2012
    Abstract ReviewerAbstract Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  35. 2012
    Abstract ReviewerAbstract Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  36. 2012 - present
    MemberMayo Center for the History of Medicine Executive Committee/Historical Subcommittee
  37. 2012 - present
    ChairMayo Clinic Regional Integration
  38. 2012 - present
    ChairAcademic Appointment and Promotions Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  39. 2012 - present
    MemberRe-AIMS Oversight Committee
  40. 2012 - present
    MemberAmerican Association for the History of Medicine
  41. 2011 - 2014
    MemberJapanese Traveling Fellowship Committee, American Orthopaedic Association
  42. 2011 - 2012
    ChairMembership Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  43. 2011 - 2012
    President-ElectAmerican Society for Peripheral Nerve
  44. 2011 - 2012
    PresidentSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  45. 2011 - 2012
    MemberTime and Place Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  46. 2011 - 2012
    MemberEducation Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  47. 2011 - present
    MemberBoard of Governors, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System
  48. 2010 - 2013
    AANS Liaison to ACSAmerican College of Surgeons
  49. 2010 - 2012
    DelegateMinnesota Neurosurgical Society
  50. 2010 - 2011
    President-ElectSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  51. 2010 - 2011
    Vice PresidentAmerican Society for Peripheral Nerve
  52. 2010 - 2011
    MemberProgram Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  53. 2010 - 2011
    ChairMembership Committee, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  54. 2010
    Theme LeaderNeuroscience, Department of Neurologic Surgery
  55. 2010
    Grant Review Panel MemberAd hoc Grant Generation Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  56. 2010
    Executive Committee MemberMinnesota Neurosurgical Society
  57. 2010
    Grant ReviewerCollaborative Health Research Program, Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
  58. 2010
    Grant ReviewerCollaborative Health Reearch Program
  59. 2010 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Alumni Association, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  60. 2010 - present
    MemberInvestment Committee, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  61. 2010 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Neurological Surgery
  62. 2009 - 2015
    Program DirectorVisiting Medical Student Clerkship Program, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  63. 2009 - 2012
    MemberAcademic Appointment and Promotions Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  64. 2009 - 2011
    PresidentAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  65. 2009 - 2011
    PresidentPeripheral Nerve Task Force, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  66. 2009
    Honorary MemberAmerican Society for Surgery of the Hand
  67. 2009
    MemberThe Society of Neurological Surgeons
  68. 2009
    Regional InterviewerLuce Scholars Program, Henry Luce Foundation
  69. 2009 - present
    MemberAwards Committee, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  70. 2008 - 2011
    MemberJapanese Traveling Fellowship Committee, American Orthopaedic Association
  71. 2008 - 2010
    TreasurerAmerican Society for Peripheral Nerve
  72. 2008 - 2010
    ChairAd hoc Grant Generation Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  73. 2008 - 2010
    MemberFinance Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  74. 2008 - 2010
    ChairGrant Generation Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  75. 2008
    MemberAmerican Orthopaedic Association
  76. 2008
    ChairNominating Committee, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  77. 2008
    MemberNominating Committee, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  78. 2008
    MemberAbstract Grading Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  79. 2008
    MemberAbstract Grading Committee, Peripheral Nerve Surgery Section, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
  80. 2008
    Grant ReviewerCollaborative Health Research Program, Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation
  81. 2008 - present
    MemberPoster Grading Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  82. 2007 - 2013
    MemberExecutive Committee, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  83. 2007 - 2010
    AANS Liaison to ACSAmerican College of Surgeons
  84. 2007 - 2009
    President-ElectPeripheral Nerve Task Force, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  85. 2007 - 2008
    PresidentSunderland Society
  86. 2007 - 2008
    Vice PresidentMinnesota Society of Neurological Sciences
  87. 2007 - 2008
    MemberAd hoc Grant Generation Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  88. 2007 - 2008
    MemberTime and Place Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  89. 2007 - 2008
    MemberGrant Generation Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  90. 2007 - 2008
    HistorianAmerican Society for Peripheral Nerve
  91. 2007
    ChairmanBylaws Committee, Sunderland Society
  92. 2007 - present
    CouncilorSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  93. 2007 - present
    MemberAbstract Grading Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  94. 2006 - 2008
    MemberNewsletter Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  95. 2006 - 2007
    ChairProgram Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  96. 2006
    Co-organizerMayo Clinic Neuroscience Symposium - Horizons in Neurology and Neurosurgery
  97. 2006
    Co-ChairmanBrachial Plexus Surgery "hands on" Course, American Association for Hand Surgery
  98. 2006 - present
    Secretary/TreasurerSunderland Society
  99. 2006 - present
    Co-organizerABC's of Peripheral Nerve, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  100. 2005 - 2009
    MemberDigital Technology Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  101. 2005 - 2008
    MemberMembership Committee, American Association for Hand Surgery
  102. 2005 - 2008
    MemberAnatomy-imaging Evaluation Subcommittee, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  103. 2005 - 2007
    MemberEducation Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  104. 2005 - 2007
    SecretaryPeripheral Nerve Task Force, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  105. 2005 - 2006
    MentorFirst Year Medical Students, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  106. 2005
    OrganizerNeurosurgery Update, Mayo Clinic Alumni Meeting, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association
  107. 2005
    MemberAnnual Meeting Program Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  108. 2005
    MemberQuestions Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  109. 2004 - 2009
    MemberYoung Neurosurgeons Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  110. 2004 - 2007
    MemberProgram Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  111. 2004 - 2006
    MemberTechnical Exhibits Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  112. 2004 - 2005
    MemberAbstract Grading Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  113. 2004
    Delegate at LargeMinnesota Medical Association
  114. 2004 - present
    ChairResearch Committee, Department of Neurologic Surgery
  115. 2004 - present
    MemberEducation Committee, Department of Neurologic Surgery
  116. 2004 - present
    MemberCareer Development Committee, American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  117. 2003 - 2009
    MemberBoard of Directors, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  118. 2003 - 2004
    MemberAbstract Grading Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  119. 2003
    OrganizerNeurosurgery Update, Mayo Clinic Alumni Meeting, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association
  120. 2003
    Co-ChairBrachial Plexus Hands-on Course, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  121. 2002 - 2012
    MemberGraduate Education Committee - Surgery and Surgical Specialties, Mayo Clinic Committees
  122. 2002 - 2005
    MemberCongressional and Legislative Committee, American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  123. 2002 - 2004
    MemberHeritage Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  124. 2002 - 2004
    MemberSentinel Event Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  125. 2002 - 2004
    MemberExecutive Council, American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  126. 2002
    MemberPosters Grading Committee, Spine and Peripheral Nerve Section, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  127. 2002
    MemberPoster Grading Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  128. 2002 - present
    AdvisorFirst Year Medical Students, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  129. 2002 - present
    Associate EditorPeripheral Nerve Web Site, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
  130. 2002 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons/Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  131. 2001
    MemberCommittee, Peripheral Nerve Surgery Section, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
  132. 2001 - present
    Co-DirectorBrachial Plexus Clinic
  133. 1990 - 1992
    MemberCommittee on International Scholarships, Duke University Medical Center, Duke University
  134. 1989
    OrganizerResearch Day Symposium, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  135. 1989 - present
    MemberSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  136. 1988 - 1989
    Class RepresentativeMayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  137. 1988 - 1989
    MemberCommencement Committee, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  138. 1986 - 1987
    MemberCurriculum Committee, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  139. 1982 - 1983
    MemberMIT/Wellesley Exchange Program Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  140. 1982
    MemberAlpha Chi Sigma
  141. 1981 - 1982
    MemberHumanities, Arts and Social Sciences Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  142. 1980 - 1984
    MemberIota Mu Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  143. 1980 - 1981
    MemberAdmissions Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  144.  
    Active MemberMayo Clinic Alumni Association, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  145.  
    Ad Hoc ReviewerNeuroscience Business Plan, Mayo Clinic Florida Task Forces
  146.  
    MemberMayo Clinic Hand Club
  147.  
    Provisional Active MemberAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons
  148.  
    Active MemberCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  149.  
    ChairRush Committee, Iota Mu Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta
  150.  
    ChairScholarship Committee, Iota Mu Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta
  151.  
    ChairCommunity Relations Committee, Iota Mu Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta
  152.  
    Associate ChairSocial Committee, Iota Mu Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta
  153.  
    Ex-OfficioFinance Committee, American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  154.  
    MemberAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
  155.  
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  156.  
    MemberDuke Hand Club, Duke University Medical Center, Duke University
  157.  
    MemberMid-America Orthopaedic Association
  158.  
    MemberMinnesota Neurosurgical Society
  159.  
    MemberOrthopedics Overseas
  160.  
    MemberPain Section, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  161.  
    MemberWorld Orthopaedic Concern
  162.  
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association
  163.  
    MemberMinnesota Orthopaedic Society
  164.  
    MemberPeripheral Nerve Society
  165.  
    MemberMinnesota Academy of Medicine
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