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Jonathan N Grauer, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation; Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Director of Orthopaedic Spine Service, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation



Dr. Grauer is Professor and Director of the Orthopaedic Spine Service for the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University, graduating summa cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Medical Doctorate from Yale School of Medicine, graduating cum laude and with Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in spine surgery at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

Clinically, Dr. Grauer specializes in the treatment of numerous conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine including degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, trauma, infections, and tumors. He believes in meeting patients' individual needs through evaluation and treatment designed to help them achieve active, pain-free lifestyles. His clinical practice is based out of Yale New Haven Hospital, and outpatients are seen at the Yale New Haven Hospital Spine Center.

Academically, Dr. Grauer and the students and residents with whom he works have received numerous awards. He has authored or co-authored over 275 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 90 reviews, and 70 book chapters, and been a part of over 450 pore-reviewed scientific presentations, . He is on the boards of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), is editor-in-chief of their North American Spine Society Journal (NASSJ), as well as active with other academic societies.

Administratively, Dr Grauer is active with faculty affairs at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a point of contact for departments with the Office of Academic and Professional Development (OAPD) and responsible for a number of related projects related to that office.

Education & Training

  • Non Degree Program
    Yale School of Management, Advanced Leaders Program for Yale Medical Group (2016)
  • Non Degree Program
    Yale School of Management, Emerging Leaders Program for Yale Medical Group (2015)
  • Fellow
    Thomas Jefferson University (2003)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2002)
  • Intern
    Yale New Haven Hospital (1998)
  • MD
    Yale School of Medicine (1997)
  • BS
    Tufts University, Biology (1992)


  • Total hip arthroplasty in patients with classic hemophilia: a matched comparison of 90-day outcomes and five-year implant survival
    Tampa, United States 2022
  • Pathak N, Bovonratwet P, Purtill JJ, Bernstein JA, Golden, M, Grauer JN, Rubin LE. Incidence, Risk Factors, and Subsequent Complications of Postoperative Hematomas Requiring Reoperation after Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty. American Orthopaedic Association, Providence, June 2022 (Electronic poster).
    Providence, United States 2022
  • Guest speaker: Big data research and related lessons
    Senior Research Day 2020
  • Industry payments to orthopaedic spine surgeons reported by the open access database
    Newport, United States 2019
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis: surgical treatment options
    St. Louis, United States 2017
  • Spondylolytic spondylolisthesis: current treatment trends
    St. Louis, United States 2017
  • Case presentations and discussion
    St. Louis, United States 2017
  • How to do research as a medical student
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • How to do research as a medical student
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • Review of research studies
    Chicago, United States 2016
  • Dural tears and infection
    Miami, United States 2016
  • The value of biologics in spine care
    Miami, United States 2016
  • Evolving use of big data in orthopaedic research
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Advantages and limitations of national database research in orthopaedics
    Philadelphia, United States 2016
  • The ACS NSQIP registry
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Cervical spine complications
    Las Vegas, United States 2014
  • Understanding national database studies in orthopaedics
    Newport, United States 2014

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Multiple awards to support students performing research in Grauer laboratoryYale School of Medicine2021
Best Adult Paper Award for “Primary total hip arthroplasty in patients with versus without cerebral palsy: a Matched comparison of 90-day adverse events and 5-year implant survival” (Moore HG, Gardezi M, Burroughs PJ, Rubin LE, Frumberg DB, Grauer JN)American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine2021
Top poster in spine category for “Lumbar MRI vertebral bone quality (VBQ) score: comparison to CT assessment and possible simplification” (Moore HG, Burroughs PJ, Berson ER, Kirwin DS, Rankin KA, Sherman JJZ, Halperin SJ, Gardezi M, Sabatino MJ, Grauer JN)American Orthopaedic Association2021
Top poster in adult reconstruction hip category for “Valuing the discrepancy in actual operative time vs. Medicare operative time estimates for primary and revision total hip arthroplasty” (Moore HG, Dussik C, Grauer JN)American Orthopaedic Association2020
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award nomineeYale School of Medicine2020
Top poster in shoulder and elbow category for “Underweight patients are the greatest risk body mass index group for perioperative adverse events following total shoulder arthroplasty” (Ottesen TD, Hsiang WR, Malpani R, Varthi AG, Rubin LE, Grauer JN)American Orthopedic Association2019
Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2019
Timothy L Stephens, Jr MD Research Symposium Award, 1st place, for “The effects of preoperative dementia and postoperative delirium on 30-day postoperative mortality in geriatric hip fracture patients” (Haynes MS, Alder KD, Toombs C, Rubin LE, Grauer, JN)National Medical Association Convention2018
Best Paper Award for “Comparison of outcomes of hemiarthroplasty to total hip arthroplasty in matched geriatric hip fracture populations” (Haynes MS, Ondeck NT, Ottesen TD, Malpani R, Alder KD, Grauer JN)Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons Annual Meeting2018
Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2018
Sparq Center for Innovation AwardYale New Haven Health2018
MINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training)Yale University2018
Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2017
Value Abstract Award for “Surgical versus nonsurgical treatment for cervical radiculopathy: a cost-effectiveness analysis" (Ghogawala Z, Grauer JN, Harrop JS, Hilibrand AS, Rihn JA)North American Spine Society2016
Best Paper about Disc Replacement and Socioeconomics for “Missing data may invalidate spine surgery database papers” (Basques BA, Lukasiewicz AM, Samuel AM, Webb ML, Bohl DD, Grauer JN)North American Spine Society2016
Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2016
Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2015
Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2014
Wayne O. Southwick University Teaching AwardYale Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation2009
Scientific Presentation Award, 1st PlaceStryker Spine Surgery and Practice Meeting2003
Fielding Resident / Fellow Research Award, 2nd PlaceCervical Spine Research Society2003
Basic Science Presentation AwardDepuy Conference2003
Resident Research AwardYale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation2002
Young Investigator AwardSpine Journal2000
Cum laudeYale School of Medicine1997
Alpha Omega AlphaYale School of Medicine1997
Farr Scholar Award for performance and leadershipYale School of Medicine1996
Student Research AwardYale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation1996
Brown Scholarship Award for Promise in Scientific ResearchTufts University1992
Highest departmental honors (Biology)Tufts University1992
Summa cum laudeTufts University1992
Phi Beta KappaTufts University1992
Paul A Warren Award in GeneticsTufts University1991

Professional Service

Yale University School of MedicineSenior Appointments and Promotions Committee2016 - 2017
North American Spine SocietyProgram Co-Chair for 2017 Annual Meeting2016 - Present
Lumbar Spine Research SocietyProgram Co-Chair for 2016 and 2017 Annual Meeting2016 - Present
American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsAdult Spine Evaluation Subcommittee2010 - 2016
Yale University School of MedicineMedical Student Thesis Committee Chairperson for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation2005 - Present

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