Juan Uribe, M.D.

Assoc Professor, College Of Medicine Neurosurgery

College Of Medicine Neurosurgery

Director, Neurosurgery, Spine Section, University of South Florida

Director, Spinal Cord Trauma Committee, Tampa General Hospital

Director, Biomechanical Laboratory, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of South Florida

Director, Cahill Spine Institute, University of South Florida

Contact Info USF
2 Tampa General Circle, 7th Fl
Tampa, FL 33606

Academic Email: juribe@health.usf.edu


  • MD, Instituto De Ciencias De La Salud, 1988

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Neuroscience


  • North American Spine Society (Member, 2010 - Present)
  • Scoliosis Research Society (Member, 2010 - Present)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (Member, 2007 - Present)
  • Florida Medical Association (Member, 2007 - Present)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (Member, 2007 - Present)
  • Society of Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery (Member, 2007 - Present)
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery (Chairman of Trauma Study Group, 2007 - Present)
  • Sociedad Colombiana de Neurocirugia (Member, 2002 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Le, TV.Burkett, CJ.Deukmedjian, AR.Uribe, JS. Postoperative lumbar plexus injury after lumbar retroperitoneal transpsoas minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion. Spine. 38(1) : E13-20, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23073358
  • Youssef, JA.Orndorff, DO.Patty, CA.Scott, MA.Price, HL.Hamlin, LF.Williams, TL.Uribe, JS.Deviren, V. Current Status of Adult Spinal Deformity. Global spine journal. 3(1) : 51-62, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24436852
  • Ahmadian, A.Deukmedjian, AR.Abel, N.Dakwar, E.Uribe, JS. Analysis of lumbar plexopathies and nerve injury after lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach: diagnostic standardization. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 18(3) : 289-97, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23259543
  • Ahmadian, A.Abel, N.Uribe, JS. Functional recovery of severe obturator and femoral nerve injuries after lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas surgery. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. , 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23432325
  • Deukmedjian, AR.Ahmadian, A.Bach, K.Zouzias, A.Uribe, JS. Minimally invasive lateral approach for adult degenerative scoliosis: lessons learned. Neurosurgical focus. 35(2) : E4, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23905955
  • Burkett, CJ.Baaj, AA.Dakwar, E.Uribe, JS. Use of titanium expandable vertebral cages in cervical corpectomy. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 19(3) : 402-5, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22249008
  • Baaj, AA.Smith, DA.Vale, FL.Uribe, JS. Surgical approaches to thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 19(3) : 349-51, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22249019
  • Le, TV.Burkett, C.Ramos, E.Uribe, JS. Occipital condyle screw placement and occipitocervical instrumentation using three-dimensional image-guided navigation. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 19(5) : 757-60, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22356730
  • Le, TV.Vivas, AC.Baaj, AA.Vale, FL.Uribe, JS. Optimal Trajectory for the Occipital Condyle Screw. Journal of spinal disorders & techniques. , 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22425891
  • Le, TV.Baaj, AA.Dakwar, E.Burkett, CJ.Murray, G.Smith, DA.Uribe, JS. Subsidence of polyetheretherketone intervertebral cages in minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas lumbar interbody fusion. Spine. 37(14) : 1268-73, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22695245
  • Baaj, AA.Dakwar, E.Le, TV.Smith, DA.Ramos, E.Smith, WD.Uribe, JS. Complications of the mini-open anterolateral approach to the thoracolumbar spine. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 19(9) : 1265-7, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22766104
  • Le, TV.Vivas, AC.Dakwar, E.Baaj, AA.Uribe, JS. The effect of the retroperitoneal transpsoas minimally invasive lateral interbody fusion on segmental and regional lumbar lordosis. TheScientificWorldJournal. 2012: 516706, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22919332
  • Uribe, JS.Smith, DA.Dakwar, E.Baaj, AA.Mundis, GM.Turner, AW.Cornwall, GB.Akbarnia, BA. Lordosis restoration after anterior longitudinal ligament release and placement of lateral hyperlordotic interbody cages during the minimally invasive lateral transpsoas approach: a radiographic study in cadavers. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 17(5) : 476-85, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22938554
  • Deukmedjian, AR.Le, TV.Baaj, AA.Dakwar, E.Smith, DA.Uribe, JS. Anterior longitudinal ligament release using the minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach: a cadaveric feasibility study and report of 4 clinical cases. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 17(6) : 530-9, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23020211
  • Dakwar, E.Ahmadian, A.Uribe, JS. The anatomical relationship of the diaphragm to the thoracolumbar junction during the minimally invasive lateral extracoelomic (retropleural/retroperitoneal) approach. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 16(4) : 359-64, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22225484
  • Deukmedjian, AR.Dakwar, E.Ahmadian, A.Smith, DA.Uribe, JS. Early outcomes of minimally invasive anterior longitudinal ligament release for correction of sagittal imbalance in patients with adult spinal deformity. TheScientificWorldJournal. 2012: 789698, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23304089
  • Le, TV.Smith, DA.Greenberg, MS.Dakwar, E.Baaj, AA.Uribe, JS. Complications of lateral plating in the minimally invasive lateral transpsoas approach. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 16(3) : 302-7, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22176426
  • Uribe, JS.Smith, WD.Pimenta, L.Härtl, R.Dakwar, E.Modhia, UM.Pollock, GA.Nagineni, V.Smith, R.Christian, G.Oliveira, L.Marchi, L.Deviren, V. Minimally invasive lateral approach for symptomatic thoracic disc herniation: initial multicenter clinical experience. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 16(3) : 264-79, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22176427
  • Deukmedjian, AR.Le, TV.Dakwar, E.Martinez, CR.Uribe, JS. Movement of abdominal structures on magnetic resonance imaging during positioning changes related to lateral lumbar spine surgery: a morphometric study: Clinical article. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 16(6) : 615-23, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22462569
  • Baaj, AA.Gantwerker, BR.Theodore, N.Uribe, JS.Vale, FL.Crawford, NR.Sonntag, VK. Radiographic Assessment of Thoracolumbar Fractures based on Axial Zones. Journal of spinal disorders & techniques. , 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22456686
  • Uribe, JS.Ramos-Zapata, E.Vale, FL. Condyle screws. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 14(1) : 139-40; author reply 140-1, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21166489
  • Uribe, JS.Dakwar, E.Cardona, RF.Vale, FL. Minimally invasive lateral retropleural thoracolumbar approach: cadaveric feasibility study and report of 4 clinical cases. Neurosurgery. 68(1 Suppl Operative) : 32-9; discussion 39, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21206309
  • Baaj, AA.Reyes, PM.Yaqoobi, AS.Uribe, JS.Vale, FL.Theodore, N.Sonntag, VK.Crawford, NR. Biomechanical advantage of the index-level pedicle screw in unstable thoracolumbar junction fractures. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 14(2) : 192-7, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21214311
  • Dakwar, E.Vale, FL.Uribe, JS. Trajectory of the main sensory and motor branches of the lumbar plexus outside the psoas muscle related to the lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 14(2) : 290-5, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21214318
  • Dakwar, E.Rifkin, SI.Volcan, IJ.Goodrich, JA.Uribe, JS. Rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure following minimally invasive spine surgery. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 14(6) : 785-8, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21417696
  • Baaj, AA.Downes, K.Vaccaro, AR.Uribe, JS.Vale, FL. Trends in the treatment of lumbar spine fractures in the United States: a socioeconomics perspective. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. , 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21740124
  • Le, TV.Dakwar, E.Hann, S.Effio, E.Baaj, AA.Martinez, C.Vale, FL.Uribe, JS. Computed tomography-based morphometric analysis of the human occipital condyle for occipital condyle-cervical fusion. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. , 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21639701
  • Le, TV.Baaj, AA.Deukmedjian, A.Uribe, JS.Vale, FL. Chance fractures in the pediatric population. Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics. 8(2) : 189-97, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21806362
  • Dakwar, E.Smith, WD.Malone, KT.Uribe, JS. Minimally invasive lateral extracavitary resection of foraminal neurofibromas. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 18(11) : 1510-2, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21868229
  • Dakwar, E.Le, TV.Baaj, AA.Le, AX.Smith, WD.Akbarnia, BA.Uribe, JS. Abdominal wall paresis as a complication of minimally invasive lateral transpsoas interbody fusion. Neurosurgical focus. 31(4) : E18, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21961862
  • Uribe, JS.Arredondo, N.Dakwar, E.Vale, FL. Defining the safe working zones using the minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach: an anatomical study. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 13(2) : 260-6, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20672964
  • Baaj, AA.Uribe, JS.Nichols, TA.Theodore, N.Crawford, NR.Sonntag, VK.Vale, FL. Health care burden of cervical spine fractures in the United States: analysis of a nationwide database over a 10-year period. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 13(1) : 61-6, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20594019
  • Sangala, JR.Nichols, T.Uribe, JS.Melton, M.Vale, FL. Sternal cancellous bone graft harvest for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with interbody cage devices. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. 112(6) : 470-3, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20382471
  • Uribe, JS.Ramos, E.Youssef, AS.Levine, N.Turner, AW.Johnson, WM.Vale, FL. Craniocervical fixation with occipital condyle screws: biomechanical analysis of a novel technique. Spine. 35(9) : 931-8, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20375778
  • Dakwar, E.Cardona, RF.Smith, DA.Uribe, JS. Early outcomes and safety of the minimally invasive, lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approach for adult degenerative scoliosis. Neurosurgical focus. 28(3) : E8, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20192668
  • Youssef, AS.Uribe, JS.Ramos, E.Janjua, R.Thomas, LB.van Loveren, H. Interfascial technique for vertebral artery exposure in the suboccipital triangle: the road map. Neurosurgery. 67(2 Suppl Operative) : 355-61, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21099558
  • Uribe, JS.Dakwar, E.Le, TV.Christian, G.Serrano, S.Smith, WD. Minimally invasive surgery treatment for thoracic spine tumor removal: a mini-open, lateral approach. Spine. 35(26 Suppl) : S347-54, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21160399
  • Uribe, JS.Vale, FL.Dakwar, E. Electromyographic monitoring and its anatomical implications in minimally invasive spine surgery. Spine. 35(26 Suppl) : S368-74, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21160402
  • Uribe, JS.Kolla, J.Omar, H.Dakwar, E.Abel, N.Mangar, D.Camporesi, E. Brachial plexus injury following spinal surgery. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 13(4) : 552-8, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20887154
  • McAfee, PC.Phillips, FM.Andersson, G.Buvenenadran, A.Kim, CW.Lauryssen, C.Isaacs, RE.Youssef, JA.Brodke, DS.Cappuccino, A.Akbarnia, BA.Mundis, GM.Smith, WD.Uribe, JS.Garfin, S.Allen, RT.Rodgers, WB.Pimenta, L.Taylor, W. Minimally invasive spine surgery. Spine. 35(26 Suppl) : S271-3, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21160389
  • Smith, WD.Dakwar, E.Le, TV.Christian, G.Serrano, S.Uribe, JS. Minimally invasive surgery for traumatic spinal pathologies: a mini-open, lateral approach in the thoracic and lumbar spine. Spine. 35(26 Suppl) : S338-46, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21160398
  • Uribe, JS.Ramos, E.Baaj, A.Youssef, AS.Vale, FL. Occipital cervical stabilization using occipital condyles for cranial fixation: technical case report. Neurosurgery. 65(6) : E1216-7; discussion E1217, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19934947
  • Dakwar, E.Uribe, JS.Padhya, TA.Vale, FL. Management of delayed esophageal perforations after anterior cervical spinal surgery. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 11(3) : 320-5, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19769513
  • Baaj, AA.Uribe, JS.Vale, FL.Preul, MC.Crawford, NR. History of cervical disc arthroplasty. Neurosurgical focus. 27(3) : E10, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19722812
  • Baaj, AA.Uribe, JS.Vale, FL. Open reduction and internal fixation of a lumbar Chance fracture in a child using Songer cable and lamina plates. Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics. 3(2) : 129-31, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19278312
  • Uribe, JS.Sangala, JR.Duckworth, EA.Vale, FL. Comparison between anterior cervical discectomy fusion and cervical corpectomy fusion using titanium cages for reconstruction: analysis of outcome and long-term follow-up. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society. 18(5) : 654-62, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19214597
  • Sangala, JR.Uribe, JS.Park, P.Martinez, C.Vale, FL. Nerve root prolapse into a spinal arachnoid cyst--an unusual cause of radiculopathy. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. 111(5) : 460-4, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19185984
  • Uribe, JS.Vale, FL. Limited access inferior temporal gyrus approach to mesial basal temporal lobe tumors. Journal of neurosurgery. 110(1) : 137-46, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18950264
  • Sangala, JR.Dakwar, E.Uribe, J.Vale, F. Nonsurgical management of ankylosing spondylitis. Neurosurgical focus. 24(1) : E5, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18290743
  • Inamasu, J.Guiot, BH.Uribe, JS. Flexion-distraction injury of the L1 vertebra treated with short-segment posterior fixation and Optimesh. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 15(2) : 214-8, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18068985
  • Dakwar, E.Reddy, J.Vale, FL.Uribe, JS. A review of the pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis. Neurosurgical focus. 24(1) : E2, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18290740
  • Uribe, JS.Ramos, E.Vale, F. Feasibility of occipital condyle screw placement for occipitocervical fixation: a cadaveric study and description of a novel technique. Journal of spinal disorders & techniques. 21(8) : 540-6, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19057245
  • Uribe, J.Green, BA.Vanni, S.Moza, K.Guest, JD.Levi, AD. Acute traumatic central cord syndrome--experience using surgical decompression with open-door expansile cervical laminoplasty. Surgical neurology. 63(6) : 505-10; discussion 510, 2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15936364
  • Uribe, J.Moza, K.Jimenez, O.Green, B.Levi, AD. Delayed postoperative spinal epidural hematomas. Spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society. 3(2) : 125-129, 2003. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14589226


  • Best Research Abstract (Annual SOLAS Meeting - 2011)
  • Plantinum Annual Research Award (University of South Florida - 2010)