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Jonathan N Grauer, MD

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

Appointments

Biography

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

  • Fellow
    Thomas Jefferson University (2003)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2002)
  • Intern
    Yale New Haven Hospital (1998)
  • MD
    Yale University School of Medicine (1997)
  • BS
    Tufts University, Biology (1992)

Activities

  • Ondeck NT, Bohl DD, Bovonratwet P, Geddes BJ, Cui JJ, McLynn RP, Samuel AM, Grauer JN. Adverse events following Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A comparison of spine surgeons perceptions and reported data for rates and risk factors. Cervical Spine Research Society, Toronto, December 2016 (E-poster presentation
    Toronto, Canada 2016
  • Rihn JA, Bhat S, Harrop JS, Zoher G, Grauer JN, Hilibrand AS. Surgical versus nonsurgical treatment for cervical radiculopathy: a cost effectiveness study. North American Spine Society, Boston, October 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Samuel AM, Basques BA, Bohl DD, Daubs MD, Grauer JN. Comparison of perioperative adverse event rates after single-level transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion versus anterior/posterior fusion for spondylolytic spondylolisthesis: 30 day outcomes of 635 cases. North American Spine Society, Boston, October 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Basques B, Lukasiewicz AM, Samuel A, Webb M, Bohl DD, Ahn J, Singh K, Grauer JN. Missing data may invalidate sine surgery database studies. North American Spine Society, Boston, October 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Webb M, Samuel A, Lukasiewicz AM, Geddes BJ, Varthi AG, Grauer JN. Comparison of postoperative adverse events after single-level transformainal lumbar interbody fusion versus anterior/posterior fusion for lumbar spondylosis: 30-day outcomes of 1,274 patients. North American Spine Society, Boston, October 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Bovonratwet P, Webb ML, Ondeck NT, Cui JJ, McLynn RP, Kadimcherla P, Kim DH, Grauer JN. Management of degenerative spondylolisthesis: analysis of a questionnaire study, correlation with a national sample, and perioperative outcomes of treatment options. Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Scholar Day Retreat, New Haven, October (Poster presentation).
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Anandasivam NS, Ondeck NT, Samuel AM, Swallow MS, Fischer JM, Chung SH, Bohl DD, Grauer JN. Pediatric femoral shaft fractures: a study of associated injuries by mechanism of injury. American Orthopaedic Association, Seattle, June 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Seattle, United States 2016
  • Anandasivam NS, Ondeck NT, Samuel AM, Bohl DD, Swallow MS, Fischer JM, Chung SH, Grauer JN. Demographics and associated injuries of talus fractures: analysis of 9,604 patients. American Orthopaedic Association, Seattle, June 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Seattle, United States 2016
  • Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Samuel AM, Basques BA, Bohl DD, Daubs MD, Grauer JN. Comparison of perioperative adverse event rates after single-level transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion versus anterior/posterior fusion for spondylolytic spondylolisthesis: 30 day outcomes of 635 cases. Lumbar Spine Research Society, Chicago, April 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Chicago, United States 2016
  • Samuel AM, Fu MC, Anandasivam NS, Lukasiewicz AM, Webb ML, Kim HJ, Grauer JN. Operative time better predictor of perioperative outcomes after long posterior fusions for adult spinal deformity than other surgical variables. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Las Vegas, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Fu MC, Samuel AM, Sheha ED, Derman PD, Iyer S, Grauer JN, Kim HJ. Outpatient procedures reduce short-term complications in one- and two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: A propensity-adjusted analysis of 14,434 patients. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Las Vegas, April 2016 (Podium presentation
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Samuel AM, Toy JO, Fu MC, Lukasiewicz AM, Webb ML, Bohl DD, Basques BA, Albert TJ, Grauer JN. Most 30-day readmissions after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion are not due to surgical site-related issues: An analysis of 10,006 patients. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Las Vegas, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Samuel AM, Diaz-Collado PJ, Gala R, Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Basques BA, Bohl DD, Grauer JN. Thromboembolic events after traumatic lumbar vertebral fractures: an analysis of 80,558 patients. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Las Vegas, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Bohl DD, Ahn J, Massel D, Mayo B, Basques BA, Singh K, Grauer JN. Impact of operative time on adverse events following anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Las Vegas, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Fu MC, Samuel AM, Sheha ED, Derman PD, Iyer S, Grauer JN, Kim HJ. Outpatient procedures reduce short-term complications in one- and two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: A propensity-adjusted analysis of 14,434 patients. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Las Vegas, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Webb M, Lukasiewicz A, Samuel A, Save A, Geddes B, Diaz-Collado P, Grauer JN. Of 12,567 lumbar discectomies, 2.5% of patients readmitted within 30 days: postoperative pain is the most common reason for readmission. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Las Vegas, April 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Webb M, Samuel A, Lukasiewicz A, Geddes B, Sace A, Diaz-Collado P, Grauer JN. Of 5,267 lumbar posterior fusions, 4.6% of patients readmitted within 30 Days: surgical site issues the most common reasons for readmission.  International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, Las Vegas, April 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Las Vegas, United States 2016
  • Basques BA, Samuel AM, Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Ahn J, Bohl DD, Singh K, Grauer JN. Missing data may invalidate spine surgery database studies.  Lumbar Spine Research Society, Chicago, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Chicago, United States 2016
  • Ondeck NT, Anandasivam NS, Samuel AM, Bohl DD, Grauer JN. Demographics, mechanisms of injury and concurrent injuries associated with lumbar spine injuries: a study of 82,223 patients. Lumbar Spine Research Society, Chicago, April 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Chicago, United States 2016
  • Samuel AM, Fu MC, Anandasivam NS, Lukasiewicz AM, Webb ML, Kim HJ, Grauer JN. Surgical timing, and not surgical invasiveness, is predictive of perioperative outcomes after long posterior fusions for adult spinal deformity: A need for speed? Lumbar Spine Research Society, Chicago, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Chicago, United States 2016
  • Bovonratwet P, Webb ML, Ondeck NT, Grauer JN. Publication rate of abstracts presented at LSRS meetings is similar or greater than that of other spine meetings. Lumbar Spine Research Society, Chicago, April 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Chicago, United States 2016
  • Basques BA, Samuel AM, Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Ahn J, Bohl DD, Singh K, Grauer JN. Missing data may invalidate spine surgery database studies. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, March 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • Bohl DD, Samuel AM, Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Basques BA, Levine BR, Grauer JN. Timing of complications following total joint arthroplasty. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, March 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • Basques BA, Fischer J, Samuel AM, Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Bohl DD, Grauer JN. Missing data significantly affects results from total joint arthroplasty database studies.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, March 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • Samuel AM, Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Bohl DD, Basques BA, Russo GS, Rathi VK, Grauer JN. Large disparities in industry payments to orthopaedic surgeons seen in Sunshine Act data. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, March 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • Samuel AM, Lukasiewicz AM, Webb ML, Bohl DD, Basques BA, Varthi AG, Leslie MP, Grauer JN. Do we really understand the patient populations in national databases when doing trauma research? American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, March 2016 (Poster presentation).
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • Samuel AM, Rathi VK, Grauer JN, Ross JS. Post-market changes to orthopaedic devices cleared via the FDA premarket approval supplement pathway. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, March 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • Basques BA, Samuel AM, Webb ML, Lukasiewicz AM, Ahn J, Bohl DD, Singh K, Grauer JN. Missing data may invalidate spine surgery database studies.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, March 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Orlando, United States 2016
  • Bohl DD, Samuel AM, Lukasiewicz AM, Webb ML, Basques BA, Della Valle CJ, Levine BR, Grauer JN. Which adverse events are associated with revision versus primary total joint arthroplasty? American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, March 2016 (Podium presentation).
    Orlando, United States 2016

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Multiple awards to support students performing research in Grauer laboratoryYale School of Medicine2021
Top poster in spine categoryAmerican Orthopaedic Association2021
Top poster in adult reconstruction hip categoryAmerican Orthopaedic Association2020
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award nomineeYale School of Medicine2020
Top poster in shoulder and elbow categoryAmerican Orthopedic Association2019
Best Paper AwardAssociation of Bone and Joint Surgeons Annual Meeting2018
Sparq Center for Innovation AwardYale New Haven Health2018
MINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training)Yale University2018
Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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

OrganizationRoleDate
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

Departments & Organizations