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Dr. J. Patrick Johnson: Empowering Children Back To School (Part 1)

Dr. J. Patrick Johnson talks about how medicine is changing, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and more.

Dr. J. Patrick Johnson Phil(s) in the Blanks

  • Performed over 10,000 surgeries

  • Dr. Patrick Johnson talks brain injuries and concussion protocols

  • Should kids should play football?

  • Being an NFL sideline concussion doctor

  • Tests he runs on players on the field

  • The high level of care available in this country

  • How medicine is changing: Blood markers that can tell if someone is likely to have CTE

  • Thoughts on surgery

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J. Patrick Johnson, MD

Renowned Neurosurgeon and Director of the Spine Practice

J. Patrick Johnson, MD is a renowned neurosurgeon specializing in spinal disorders and has served as the Director of the Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars Sinai Medical Center since 2001 and previously as the Director of the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center from 1993-2001.

He now serves as the Director of Education and Co-Director of the Spine Stem Cell Research Program at Cedars Sinai. He also serves as a Director for the California Association of Neurological Surgeons.

He was born and raised in Montana, the son of the first neurosurgeon in the northern Rocky Mountain five state region, and then obtained a degree in Chemistry with Honors at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

He then attained both his MD and Master’s degree in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. (via

The Spine Institute Foundation

Dr. Johnson is the Executive Director of The Spine Institute Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to advancing the scope of knowledge and expertise in the treatment of neurological, musculoskeletal, and spinal diseases through innovative research, technology leadership and education of future physician and surgeon scientists.

Recent breakthroughs continue to suggest that stem cell based technologies represent some of the most promising medical innovations for spine disorders.

The Institute is a leading edge program, fueled by the collaboration of university faculty, scientists and engineers who facilitate the convergence of technology for optimization of patient care and the development of future scientist leaders.

To learn more about The Spine Institute please visit: Or call (310) 402-2442

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