Bradley K. Weiner, MD

Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Associate Member, Research Institute
Program Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Weiner is Professor, Vice Chairman, and Chief of Spinal Surgery within the Department of Orthopaedics at Houston Methodist Medical Center. He serves many institutional roles including Chair of Business Practices for the Research Institute and Medical Director of The Surgical Advanced Technology Laboratory that was established in 2011 and has garnered significant grant support exceeding $10M. Nationally he is a leader in microsurgery, ethics, evidence based orthopaedics, and nanotechnology-based surgical research; serves in leadership roles for orthopaedic and spine societies (North American Spine Society, American Orthopaedic Association, etc.); and is an Editor for the highest impact factor journals in his field. He has published over 230 papers, editorials, and book chapters; is currently completing two monographs; and has presented over 200 times nationally and internationally including keynote addresses and visiting professorships.

Description of Research

Dr. Weiner's research interests focus largely on the application of new technologies to orthopedic surgery and outcomes research. In his laboratory-based efforts, Dr. Weiner is now leading a collaborative effort to apply nanotechnologies to orthopedic and spinal pathologies.

Areas Of Expertise

Orthopedic surgery Spinal surgery Nanotechnology
Education & Training

, Summa Health System
, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

To the Editor: Re: Singh K, Fineberg S, et al. Prospective, randomized, controlled trial of silicate-substituted calcium phosphate versusrhBMP-2 in a minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion Retraction. Spine 41(6); p553
Weiner, BK & Vargo, PE 2016, Spine, vol 41, no. 17, pp. E1069. DOI:

Increased use of surgical energy promotes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization in rabbits following open ventral hernia mesh repair
Fernandez-Moure, JS, van Eps, JL, Peress, L, Cantu, C, Olsen, RJ, Jenkins, L, Cabrera, FJ, Tasciotti, E, Weiner, BK & Dunkin, BJ 2016, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, pp. 1-9. DOI:

Weiner, BK 2016, Spine. DOI:

Biomimetic collagenous scaffold to tune inflammation by targeting macrophages
Taraballi, F, Corradetti, B, Minardi, S, Powel, S, Cabrera, F, Van Eps, JL, Weiner, BK & Tasciotti, E 2016, Journal of Tissue Engineering, vol 7, pp. 2041731415624667. DOI:

IL-4 Release from a Biomimetic Scaffold for the Temporally Controlled Modulation of Macrophage Response
Minardi, S, Corradetti, B, Taraballi, F, Byun, JH, Cabrera, F, Liu, X, Ferrari, M, Weiner, BK & Tasciotti, E 2016, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, pp. 1-12. DOI:

Tissue Engineering: Biomimetic Concealing of PLGA Microspheres in a 3D Scaffold to Prevent Macrophage Uptake (Small 11/2016)
Minardi, S, Corradetti, B, Taraballi, F, Sandri, M, Martinez, JO, Powell, ST, Tampieri, A, Weiner, BK & Tasciotti, E 2016, Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), vol 12, no. 11, pp. 1394. DOI:

Ultrasound elastography assessment of bone/soft tissue interface
Parmar, BJ, Yang, X, Chaudhry, A, Shajudeen, PS, Nair, SP, Weiner, BK, Tasciotti, E, Krouskop, TA & Righetti, R 2016, Physics in Medicine and Biology, vol 61, no. 1, pp. 131-50. DOI:

Does the combination of erythropoietin and tapered oral corticosteroids improve recovery following iatrogenic nerve injury?
Bernstein, DT, Weiner, BK, Tasciotti, E & Mathis, KB 2016, Injury. DOI:

Chondroitin sulfate immobilized on a biomimetic scaffold modulates inflammation while driving chondrogenesis
Corradetti, B, Taraballi, F, Minardi, S, Van Eps, J, Cabrera, F, Francis, LW, Gazze, SA, Ferrari, M, Weiner, BK & Tasciotti, E 2016, Stem Cells Translational Medicine, vol 5, no. 5, pp. 670-682. DOI:

Platelet rich plasma enhances tissue incorporation of biologic mesh
Fernandez-Moure, JS, Van Eps, JL, Menn, ZK, Cabrera, FJ, Tasciotti, E, Weiner, BK & Ellsworth, WA 2015, Journal of Surgical Research, vol 199, no. 2, pp. 412-419. DOI:

Endplate changes following discectomy: natural history and associations between imaging and clinical data
Weiner, BK, Vilendecic, M, Ledic, D, Eustacchio, S, Varga, P, Gorensek, M, Fernandez-Moure, J & Hipp, JA 2015, European Spine Journal, vol 24, no. 11, pp. 2449-57. DOI:

Evaluation of the osteoinductive potential of a bio-inspired scaffold mimicking the osteogenic niche for bone augmentation
Minardi, S, Corradetti, B, Taraballi, F, Sandri, M, Van Eps, J, Cabrera, FJ, Weiner, BK, Tampieri, A & Tasciotti, E 2015, Biomaterials, vol 62, pp. 128-137. DOI:

Osteoprogenitor Cells from Bone Marrow and Cortical Bone: Understanding How the Environment Affects Their Fate
Corradetti, B, Taraballi, F, Powell, S, Sung, D, Minardi, S, Ferrari, M, Weiner, BK & Tasciotti, E 2015, Stem Cells and Development, vol 24, no. 9, pp. 1112-1123. DOI:

Enhanced osteogenic potential of mesenchymal stem cells from cortical bone: a comparative analysis
Fernandez-Moure, JS, Corradetti, B, Chan, P, Van Eps, JL, Janecek, T, Rameshwar, P, Weiner, BK & Tasciotti, E 2015, Stem Cell Research and Therapy, vol 6, pp. 203. DOI:

Soft tissue and whiplash injuries: The current evidence base
Burn, M, Fernandez-Moure, J, Tasciotti, E & Weiner, BK 2015, . in Cervical Spine Injuries: Epidemiology, Long-Term Outcomes and Complications. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 13-18.

Lumbar decompression
Weiner, BK & Zibis, A 2014, . in Operative Techniques in Spine Surgery. Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP), pp. 116-121.

Lumbar discectomy
Weiner, BK & Zibis, A 2014, . in Operative Techniques in Spine Surgery. Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP), pp. 108-115.

Multiscale patterning of a biomimetic scaffold integrated with composite microspheres
Minardi, S, Sandri, M, Martinez, JO, Yazdi, IK, Liu, X, Ferrari, M, Weiner, BK, Tampieri, A & Tasciotti, E 2014, Small. DOI:

Multistage porous silicon for cancer therapy
Fernandez-Moure, JS, Evangelopoulos, M, Scaria, S, Martinez, JO, Brown, BS, Coronel, AC, Chan, P, Weiner, B, Ferrari, M & Tasciotti, E 2014, . in Porous Silicon for Biomedical Applications. Elsevier, Ltd. pp. 374-402. DOI:

Cefazolin-loaded mesoporous silicon microparticles show sustained bactericidal effect against Staphylococcus aureus
Yazdi, IK, Murphy, MB, Loo, C, Liu, X, Ferrari, M, Weiner, BK & Tasciotti, E 2014, Tissue Antigens, vol 5, pp. 2041731414536573. DOI: