Jamal Shillingford, MD


Dr. Jamal Shillingford is a minimally invasive degenerative and robotic spine specialist at California Orthopedics and Spine. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with the highest distinction in Chemistry and classical piano, he began a decade-long tenure in New York City, where he attended Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) for his medical education. He continued to excel academically and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a junior. In recognition of his scholarly achievements, he received the prestigious John F. Bohmfalk Scholarship and the Virgin Islands Medical Institute Scholarship. He graduated in the top 2% of his class and formally received his medical degree from Columbia University.

Dr. Shillingford then completed an Orthopedic Surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, where he served as the chief spine resident. As a member of World Spine Outreach, in association with the Butterfly Foundation, he took an active role in providing advanced pediatric spinal surgical care and teaching to underserved areas around the world.

Dr. Shillingford completed an orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky, which is highly regarded as one of the most esteemed spine fellowships in the country. His training encompassed all areas of the spine, including complex cervical and thoracolumbar deformity, scoliosis, trauma, oncology, infection, cervical/lumbar degenerative spine conditions, and motion preservation surgery, in addition to specific training in minimally invasive spine procedures utilizing both robotic guidance and navigation as well as lateral and oblique interbody techniques.

Dr. Shillingford has managed to produce over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts in addition to over 25 published abstracts, 10 book chapters, and over 50 academic presentations at some of the largest and most prestigious international spine conferences, including the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), and Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). He is actively involved in the peer-review process for multiple scholarly orthopedic journals and is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), AOSpine North America, and North American Spine Society (NASS). He remains active in clinical research and device innovation.

Dr. Shillingford has made a lifelong commitment to providing the highest level of care to as many patients as possible and remaining at the forefront of the advancement of the field of spine surgery. His primary goal is to educate patients and provide them with a full understanding of their diagnosis, including the evidence-based non-operative and operative treatments for the management of their specific condition. He believes that the relationship between a physician and patient is of utmost importance and remains a critical aspect in the joint effort toward accomplishing the desired outcome.

Dr. Shillingford’s CV

EMPLOYMENT
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
California Orthopedics & Spine

EDUCATION
Neurosurgical & Orthopaedic Spine Fellow
Norton Leatherman Spine Center (Louisville, KY)
Chairman: Steven D. Glassman, MD

Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery
Resident Clinic and Morbidity & Mortality at Columbia
University Medical Center (New York, NY)
Chairman: William N. Levine, MD

Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY)
Chairman: William N. Levine, MD

Internship in General Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY)
Director: Tracey Arnell, MD

M.D. Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York, NY)

B.S. Johns Hopkins University
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Music

St. Croix Country Day School (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands)

NATIONAL BOARD EXAMS
ABOS Examination, Part 1: 96th Percentile

MEDICAL LICENSURE
Kentucky: #51177
California: 1063855567

HONORS AND AWARDS
2018 Frank E. Stinchfield, MD Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University
2013 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
2008 – 2013 John F. Bohmfalk Scholarship, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
2008 – 2009 Virgin Islands Medical Institute Scholarship, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
2006 – 2008 National Society of Collegiate Scholars Inductee, Johns Hopkins University
2006 – 2008 Golden Key International Honour Society Inductee, Johns Hopkins University
2005 – 2008 Jay Menon M.D. Memorial Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University
2004 – 2007 Hodson Trust Success Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University
2004 – 2008 Renee’ Rodger’s Memorial Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
2004 – 2008 Maramus Foundation Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University
2004 – 2005 Cora Christine Medical Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University
2004 – 2008 Dean’s List (eight consecutive semesters), Johns Hopkins University
2004 – 2005 Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2018 – Present Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville
2017 – Present Reviewer for Spine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
2016 – 2018 Clinical Researcher, Columbia University
2011 – 2012 Research Fellow, Columbia University
2009 – 2010 Research Assistant, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
2006 – 2007 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins University

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Byram IR, Shillingford JN, Fink LA: Lesser Tuberosity Osteotomy with Cerclage Wire Repair for Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Surgical Technique. Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery. 13(4): 151-156, 2012.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN. Concurrent Surgery: A Resident’s Perspective. in-House. 2016. Available from: In-housestaff.org/concurrent-surgery-perspective-inside-operating-room-347

Shillingford, J., Laratta, J., Hardy, N., Saifi, C., Lombardi, J., Pugely, A.J., Lehman, R.A. and Riew, K.D., 2017. National outcomes following single-level cervical disc arthroplasty versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Journal of Spine Surgery, 3(4), p.641.

Laratta, Joseph L, Shillingford, Jamal N, Nathan Hardy, Ronald A Lehman, Lawrence G Lenke, and K Daniel Riew. 2017. “A Dose-Response Curve for a Gram-Negative Spinal Implant Infection Model in Rabbits.” Spine 42 (21). United States: E1225–30. doi:10.1097/BRS.0000000000002205.

Laratta, Joseph L, Shillingford, Jamal N, Nathan Hardy, Joseph M Lombardi, Comron Saifi, Alexander Romanov, Lawrence G Lenke, Ronald A Lehman, and K Daniel Riew. 2017. “Intrawound Tobramycin Powder Eradicates Surgical Wound Contamination: An In Vivo Rabbit Study.” Spine 42 (24). United States: E1393–97. doi:10.1097/BRS.0000000000002187

Laratta, Joseph L, Shillingford, Jamal N, Joseph M Lombardi, John D Mueller, Hemant Reddy, Comron Saifi, Charla R Fischer, Steven C Ludwig, Lawrence G Lenke, and Ronald A Lehman. 2017. “Utilization of Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty Procedures throughout the United States over a Recent Decade: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.” Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong) 3 (3). China: 364–70. doi:10.21037/jss.2017.08.02.

Laratta, J.L., Shillingford, J.N., Saifi, C. and Riew, K.D., 2017. Cervical Disc Arthroplasty: A Comprehensive Review of Single-Level, Multilevel, and Hybrid Procedures. Global Spine Journal, p.2192568217701095.

Saifi, Comron, Jonahtan Bernhard, Shillingford, Jamal N, Petros Petridis, Samuel Robinson, X Edward Guo, Mark Weidenbaum, et al. 2017. “Tissue Engineered Bone Differentiated From Human Adipose Derived Stem Cells Inhibit Posterolateral Fusion in an Athymic Rat Model.” Spine, August. United States. doi:10.1097/BRS.0000000000002384.

Laratta, Joseph L, Samuel Cohen-Tanugi, Shillingford, Jamal N, Joseph M Lombardi, Lawrence G Lenke, K Daniel Riew, Ronald A Lehman, and Steven C Ludwig. 2017. “Defining the ‘Critical Elements’ for the Most Common Procedures in Spine Surgery: A Consensus of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Surgeons.” Spine, September. United States. doi:10.1097/BRS.0000000000002416.

Laratta, Joseph L, James D Lin, Shillingford, Jamal N, Nathan E Hardy, Hemant Reddy, and Ronald A Lehman. 2017. “Obstructed Spinopelvic Fixation in the Setting of a Triangular Titanium Sacroiliac Fusion Implant: A Case Description.” Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong) 3 (4). China: 732–35. doi:10.21037/jss.2017.11.11.

Laratta, J.L., Ha, A., Shillingford, J.N., Makhni, M.C., Lombardi, J.M., Thuet, E., Lehman, R.A. and Lenke, L.G., 2017. Neuromonitoring in Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Multimodality Approach. Global Spine Journal, p.2192568217706970

Saifi, Comron, Joseph L Laratta, Petros Petridis, Shillingford, Jamal N, Ronald A Lehman, and Lawrence G Lenke. 2017. “Vertebral Column Resection for Rigid Spinal Deformity.” Global Spine Journal 7 (3). England: 280–90. doi:10.1177/2192568217699203.

Saifi, C., Cazzulino, A., Park, C., Laratta, J., Louie, P.K., Shillingford, J.N., Lehman Jr, R., An, H. and Phillips, F., 2017. National Trends for Primary and Revision Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty Throughout the United States. Global Spine Journal, p.2192568217726980.

Laratta, J.L., Reddy, H., Lombardi, J.M., Shillingford, J.N., Saifi, C., Fischer, C.R., Lehman Jr, R.A. and Lenke, L.G., 2017. Utilization of Interspinous Devices Throughout the United States Over a Recent Decade: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Global Spine Journal, p.2192568217731336.

Lin JD, Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Tan L, Fischer CR, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. Efficacy and safety of high-dose tranexamic acid protocol in adult spinal deformity – analysis of 100 consecutive cases. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A1.

Saifi C, Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Hardy N, Pugely A, Phillips F, Lehman RA, An H, Lenke LG. National trends for spinal deformity surgery throughout the United States. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A5.

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Sarpong N, Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Fischer CR. Visual loss following spine surgery: what have we seen within the scoliosis research society (SRS) morbidity and mortality database? Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A7.

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Sarpong N, Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Fischer CR. Instrumentation complication rates following spine surgery: a report from the scoliosis research society (SRS) morbidity and mortality database. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A8.

Laratta JL, Hardy N, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Pugely A, An H, Phillips F, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. National trends in the utilization of intraoperative neuromonitoring throughout the United States. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A8.

Lombardi JM, Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Weidenbaum M, Lehman RA, Fischer CR. An analysis of robotic assisted pedicle screw placement. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A10.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Hardy N, Lombardi JM, Saifi CS, Romanov A, Fischer CR, Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Riew KD. Intrawound tobramycin powder eradicates surgical wound contamination: an in vivo rabbit study. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A12.

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Mueller J, Fischer CR, Lehman RA. Safety and outcomes following anterior versus posterior lumbar interbody fusion procedures. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A26.

Laratta JL, Hardy N, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Lin JD, Saifi C, Pugely A, Fischer CR, Lenke LG, Lehman RA. National trends in the utilization of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty procedures throughout the United States. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A35.

Saifi C, Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Bernhard J, Petridis P, Robinson S, Weidenbaum M, Lehman RA, Vunjak-Novakovic G, Lenke LG. Tissue engineered bone graft with hypertrophic chondrocytes prevents fusion in an athymic rat model. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Apr;42(4):A37.

Pugely AJ, Bedard NA, Shillingford JN, Saifi CS, Laratta JL, Riew KD, Lehman RA. Opioid use trends following cervical spine surgery. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Feb;42(2):A37.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Gum JL, Glassman SD, Lenke LG, Lehman RA. Hospital readmission following spinal laminectomy procedures throughout the United States. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S137.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Riew KD. Tobramycin powder eradicates spinal wound contamination: an in vivo rabbit model. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S177.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Saifi C, Lombardi JM, Owens RK, Carreon LY, Glassman SD, Lenke LG, Lehman RA. Outpatient spinal fusion: the new frontier. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S217.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Carreon LY, Glassman SD, Lenke LG, Lehman RA. Hospital readmission following spinal fusion throughout the United States. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S217.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Saifi C, Lombardi JM, Dimar JR, Glassman SD, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. The rise and fall of bone morphogenetic protein. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S232.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Saifi C, Lombardi JM, Crawford CH, Glassman SD, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. The unprecedented increase in neuromonitoring utilization over a recent decade. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S232.

Laratta JL, Kaushal NK, Shillingford JN, Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Lehman RA, Glassman SD, Lenke LG. Pediatric spinal fusion procedures have massively increased throughout the United States over a recent decade. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S233.

Lin JD, Tan LA, Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Kim YJ, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. The sacral laminar slope is an anatomic landmark for freehand S2AI screw insertion. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S262.

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Saifi C, Lombardi JM, Djurasovic M, Glassman SD, Lenke LG, Lehman RA. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty utilization trends throughout the United States. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S263.

Saifi C, Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Cazzulino AS, Lehman RA, Phillips FM, An HS. Declining trends in primary and revision laminectomy surgeries in the United States from 2006-2014. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S269.

Saifi C, Cazzulino AS, Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Lehman RA, Ludwig SC, Phillips FM, An HS. Rapid increase in the rates of vertebral fracture repair surgeries in the United States from 2006-2014. Spine J. 2017 Oct;17(10S):S271.

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Lin JD, Saifi C, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. The Role of Pelvic Parameters on S1 Alar-Iliac (S2AI) Screw Trajectory. Neurosurg Focus. 2018 Apr;44(4):RF30. DOI: 10.3171/2018.4.FOC.LSRSabstracts

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Atanda AA, Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Reddy H, Lenke LG, Lehman RA. The National Impact of Spinal Laminectomy Readmissions throughout the United States. 2018 Apr;44(4):RF25. DOI: 10.3171/2018.4.FOC.LSRSabstracts

Laratta JL, Kaushal N, Shillingford JN, Ries Z, Lombardi JM, Saifi C, Reddy H, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. Massive Increase in Pediatric Spinal Fusions throughout the United States over a Recent Decade. 2018 Apr;44(4):RF19. DOI: 10.3171/2018.4.FOC.LSRSabstracts

Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Shillingford JN, Gvozdyev B, Kim YJ. Deep Spinal Infection Eradicated by Implants Coated with Antibiotic Cement. 2018 Apr;44(4):A8. DOI: 10.3171/2018.4.FOC.LSRSabstracts

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Lee TA, Sarpong N, Lin JD, Fischer CR, Lehman RA, Kim YJ, Lenke LG. Free Hand S2 Alar-Iliac Screws in Adult Spinal Deformity: A Safe and Effective Technique. JBJS. 2018 Feb 21;100(4):334-42.

Makhni MC, Shillingford JN, Laratta J, Hyun SJ, Kim YJ. Restoration of Sagittal Balance in Spinal Deformity Surgery. J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2018 Mar;61(2):167-179. doi: 10.3340/jkns.2017.0404.013. Epub 2018 Feb 28. Review. PMID: 29526959

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Mueller JD, Cerpa M, Reddy HP, Saifi C, Fischer CR, Lehman Jr RA. Complications following single-level interbody fusion procedures: an ACS-NSQIP study. J Spine Surg 2018;4(1):17-27. doi: 10.21037/jss.2018.03.19

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Lombardi J, Tuchman A, Park P, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. Human versus Robot: A Propensity-Matched Analysis of the Accuracy of Free Hand versus Robotic Guidance for Placement of S2 Alar-Iliac Screws. SPINE 2018 Apr; doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002694. [Epub ahead of print]

Laratta, Joseph L, Shillingford, Jamal N, Joseph M Lombardi, Rami G Alrabaa, Barlas Benkli, Charla Fischer, Lawrence G Lenke, and Ronald A Lehman. 2018. “Accuracy of S2 Alar-Iliac Screw Placement Under Robotic Guidance.” Spine Deformity 6 (2). United States: 130–36. doi:10.1016/j.jspd.2017.08.009.

Lin, James D, Lawrence G Lenke, Shillingford, Jamal N, Joseph L Laratta, Lee A Tan, Charla R Fischer, Mark A Weller, and Ronald A Jr. Lehman. 2018. “Safety of a High-Dose Tranexamic Acid Protocol in Complex Adult Spinal Deformity: Analysis of 100 Consecutive Cases.” Spine Deformity 6 (2). United States: 189–94. doi:10.1016/j.jspd.2017.08.007.

Laratta JL, Lombardi JM, Shillingford JN, Grosso M, Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Levine WN, Riew KD. The optimal management of tethered surgical drains: a cadaveric study. J Acad Orthop (In Press).

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Swindell H, Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Fischer CR. Visual Loss Following Spine Surgery: What Have We Seen Within the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Morbidity and Mortality Database?. SPINE (In Press).

Pugely AJ, Bedard NA, Kalakoti P, Hendrickson NR, Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Saifi C, Lehman RA, Riew KD. Opioid utilization following cervical spine surgery: trends and factors associated with long-term use. The Spine Journal (In Press)

Shillingford JN, Laratta JL, Hemant R, Saifi C, Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Fischer CR. Postoperative Surgical Site Infection after Spine Surgery: An Update from the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Morbidity and Mortality Database. Spine Deformity (In Press).

Laratta JL, Lombardi J, Shillingford JN, Hardy N, Gvozdyev B, Kim YJ. Permanent Implantation of Antibiotic Cement Over Exposed Instrumentation Eradicates Deep Spinal Infection. Journal of Spine Surgery (In Press).

Lin JD, Wei C, Shillingford JN, Beauchamp E, Tan L, Kim YJ, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. A More Ventral Starting Point for Thoracic Pedicle Screws Results in Higher Maximal Insertional Arc and More Medial and Safe Screw Angulation. JNS (In Press).

Lin JD, Tan L, Wei C, Shillingford JN, Laratta J, Lombardi J, Kim YJ, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. The Posterior Superior Iliac Spine and Sacral Laminar Slope are Key Anatomic Landmarks for Freehand S2AI Screw Placement. JNS (In Press).

Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Ha A, Lombardi JM, Reddy H, Saifi CS, Lehman RA, Lenke LG. Utilization of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring throughout the United States over a Recent Decade: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. J Spine Surg (In Press).

Lombardi JM, Laratta JL, Shillingford JN, Trofa DP, Lehman RA. Physical examination of the athlete’s lumbar spine. Accepted to Am J Orthop (Belle Meade, NJ).