Biography: Dustin Donnelly, MD, PhD
- Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
Fellowship | Neurological Surgery - Spinal
Neurological Surgery - Spinal - Duke University Hospital (2020 - 2021)
Residency | Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery - Brigham And Women's Hospital (2014 - 2020)
Internship | Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology - SUNY Downstate Medical Center College Of Medicine (2013 - 2014)
The Ohio State University College Of Medicine (2004 - 2013)
The Ohio State University College Of Medicine (2004 - 2011)
University Of Akron (2004)
Dustin J. Donnelly, MD, PhD, is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon at University Hospitals Spine Institute and an Assistant Professor with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Donnelly sees patients and performs spine surgery at Southwest General Health Center (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) and UH St. John Medical Center (Westlake, Ohio), managing patients with complex spinal deformity, degenerative spine disease, spinal trauma, and intrinsic and extrinsic cancers of the spine.
Dr. Donnelly is recognized as a leading expert in robotic spine surgery. In March 2022, he was the first physician in the Greater Cleveland area to perform spinal surgery using the Mazor X Stealth Edition Robotic Guidance Platform, in a procedure performed at UH St. John Medical Center. The Mazor X platform allows physicians to create a 3D simulation of a planned surgical procedure using CT images of the patient. The platform offers 3D visualization of the surgical area and uses a robotic arm that provides precise placement of surgical tools.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Dr. Donnelly graduated from Highland High School in Medina and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine (Columbus, Ohio), where he earned a PhD in Integrated Biomedical Science (studying the dichotomous role of the innate immune response after spinal cord injury) in 2011 and his medical degree in 2013.
In June 2014, Dr. Donnelly completed an internship with SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Department of Anesthesiology (Brooklyn, New York). After finishing his neurosurgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts) in 2020, Dr. Donnelly completed a fellowship in neurological surgery at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, North Carolina) in 2021. Following his fellowship training, Dr. Donnelly joined the faculty of UH Spine Institute and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in August 2021.
In his roles as a clinical research fellow, graduate research fellow, graduate research associate and student research assistant, Dr. Donnelly has conducted research in immune responses in secondary injury and repair processes following traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, transduction of wild-type and dominant-negative ERK1/2 into melanoma cells, and the development and testing of synthetic peptide vaccines against the HTLV-1 virus, among other research areas.
Among other honors and awards, Dr. Donnelly is the recipient of Student of the Year, Department of Neurosurgery, Ohio State University College of Medicine (2013); Travel Award for National Neurotrauma Society Symposium (2010); Travel Award for “Practical Training Course in Confocal Microscopy and Stereology” (2009); and Scientific Achievement Travel Award, Medical Scientist Training Program, Ohio State University College of Medicine (2009).
Dr. Donnelly has contributed original publications to a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Communications, Immunology, The Neurohospitalist, World Neurosurgery, NeuroSci, Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets, The Journal of Neuroscience, Experimental Neurology and Biotechnology and Bioengineering. In addition, he has published abstracts for research findings presented at meetings of the New England Neurosurgical Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Ohio State University Medical Center Neuroscience Signature Program, Society for Neuroscience Conference, National Neurotrauma Symposium, and International Symposium on Neural Regeneration, among others.
Professional medical societies in which Dr. Donnelly is a member include American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Physician Scientists Association, Society for Neuroscience and National Neurotrauma Society. Dr. Donnelly also regularly attends training symposiums on spinal surgery, skull base surgery and related topics.
Patient Experience Reviews
Best neurosurgeon around!!
Dr. Donnelly and his staff were completely courteous, kind, informative and their medical knowledge impressed me completely. I couldn't be In better or safer hands. Thank you Dr. Donnelly and staff.
I felt the physician's plan of care favored his reputation and financial income rather than my long term improvement.
Very professional office with a very compassionate and knowledgeable staff.
Dr. Donnelly from what I gathered is very professional. I'm waiting to hear back from his staff as to my upcoming neck surgery date and hoping it is sooner than later as my neck pain is dizziness is not getting any better from my arthritis....
Dr Patel, Fellow, answered all my question, Dr. Donnelly then went over them with me. Very courteous and listened to my concerns. Waiting for a call regarding surgery schedule.
Everyone was very friendly, easy to work with.
Everything went well during the appointment
Dr. Donnelly and Dr. *** were very knowledgeable. They made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend them to anyone. I feel very comfortable in having him do the surgery on my back.
I really like Dr. Donnelly. He seems very knowledgeable and great personality.
Dr Donnelly is an excellent physician and *** is definitely an asset to his office
Doctor was very knowledgeable.
Very good patient service. Efficient, friendly, knowledgeable! Patient care has improved for me considerably.
Awesome care recommend highly
I lucked out when Dr Donnelly did my first emergency spine surgery.
Dr. Donnelly is a very good and talented doctor who explained in detail about my MRI and what needed to be done! Dr. Donnelly showed us my MRI results and once again explained in detail in a way that we understood everything! Very professional and knowledgeable! We trust him completely because as I am a older person he treated us with dignity and respect!! We like him very much! Thank you for the opportunity to share our thoughts with you.
My visit took longer than expected, but that was due to issues beyond the Doctor's control. The staff was very good in keeping us informed. I am very comfortable with this doctor and his staff.
Best care ever
Dr.d is an excellent dr. He saved me from a life in a wheelchair.
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As of December 31, 2016, Dustin Donnelly did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.