Dr. Nicholas Theodore is the Donlin M. Long Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Until June 2016, he was the Volker K. H. Sonntag Endowed Chair and Chief of the Spine Section in the Division of Neurological Surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. During this time he was also the team neurosurgeon for the Arizona Cardinals as well as a consultant to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes.
He graduated from Cornell University, where he was the recipient of a Cornell Tradition Academic Fellowship. He attended medical school at Georgetown University, where he graduated with honors. After completing his internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Dr. Theodore served as a Senior General Medical Officer with the United States Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Theodore completed his neurosurgical residency and fellowship in spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute. After completing his residency in 2001, Dr. Theodore served as Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego, overseeing the largest neurosurgery complement in the Navy. In 2003 he rejoined the faculty at Barrow Neurological Institute and remained there until he was recruited to become the Director of the Neurosurgical Spine Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
He is the author of over 200 scientific publications and the recipient of many research awards including the Mayfield and Tasker Awards as well as being awarded a prestigious RO-1 grant by the National Institutes of Health. He was recently awarded a DOD grant for the study of a novel therapy for acute spinal cord injury.
Dr. Theodore’s area of focus includes brain and spinal cord injury, minimally invasive surgery, and robotics. In 2014 he sold Excelsius Surgical, a robotics company that he co-founded with Dr. Neil Crawford to Globus Medical. The device received FDA clearance in August 2017 and is now in clinical use. Dr. Theodore is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. He has been heavily involved in injury prevention and worked on the development of Barrow Brainbook, a statewide concussion education program in Arizona. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at ThinkFirst, an international injury prevention organization.