A fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeon, Dr. Jian Shen is a world-renowned leader in endoscopic spine surgery and disc regeneration.
Dr. Shen has extensive experience in treating a full spectrum of spine conditions, and has performed over 6,000 minimally invasive spine surgeries, including more than 5,000 endoscopic surgeries of the lumbar, cervical, and thoracic spine. In fact, Dr. Shen has performed more endoscopic spine surgeries than any other neurosurgeon in the Western Hemisphere. In recognition of his skill, Dr. Shen won the Parviz Kambin Award in 2019, the most prestigious award there is in endoscopic spine surgery.
In addition, Dr. Shen has earned more than 100 five-star patient reviews on Healthgrades.com, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
Dr. Shen earned his MD and PhD degrees from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, completed orthopedic surgery residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, and completed fellowship training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
Dr. Shen is a founding member of the International Society of Endoscopic Spine Surgery (ISESS), a member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society (MINS), the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), and the North American Spine Society (NASS).
Dr. Shen is very active in teaching endoscopic surgery and clinical research. He was a visiting professor at Medical University of South Carolina and Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has presented papers at multiple international meetings including the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques (WCMISST), SMISS Annual Meeting in 2012 through 2021, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society (MINS) Annual Meeting in 2013 through 2018, as well as the ISASS Annual Meeting in 2015 through 2020.
In addition, Dr. Shen won the prestigious “Parviz Kambin” Award in 2019, the “New York TOP Doctor“ Award 2019 through 2021, and the “Top Spine Surgeon of NY/NJ” Award 2019 through 2021.
Cornell University Medical College
New York, New York
Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences New York, New York
Ph.D. — Pharmacology
BA – Biology and Computer Sciences
Internship, General Surgery
Mayo Medical Center,
Physician/Scientist Research Fellowship
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Fellowship, Neurological and Orthopedic Spine Surgery
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, California
Shen J., Telfeian A., Bae J. “Endoscopic Approaches to Cervical Spine” in Benzel’s Spine Surgery 5th Edition (2021), in press.
Wiesler E, Shen J, and Papadonikolakis A. “Injuries of the Wrist and Hand” in Practical Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. (Eds Darren E. Johnson). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2006).
Shen J, Shaaya E, Bae J, Telfeian A. Endoscopic Spine Surgery of the Cervicothoracic Spine: A Review of Current Applications. In press
Shen J. et al Fully-endoscopic 360-degree Decompression Surgery for Thoracic Spinal Stenosis: Technique Note and Report of 8 Cases. Pain Physician2020; 23(6): E659-E663
Shen J. et al. Full endoscopic cervical spine surgery. J Spine Surgery 2020;6(2):383-390.
Telfeian, A., Shen J. et al. Transforaminal Endoscopic Solutions for ALIF Complications. World Neurosurg. 2020;S1878-8750(20)31589-8
Telfeian, A., Shen J., et al. Incidence and Implications of Incidental Durotomy in Transforaminal Endoscopic Spine Surgery: Case Series.World Neurosurgery2020, 134: e951
Shen J. Fully-Endoscopic Contralateral L5/S1 Revision Laminotomy and Inside- Out Foraminotomy in a Patient with Posterolateral Fusion Mass: Technical Note. J Spine 2019 S8:005
Shen J. Fully-endoscopic lumbar laminectomy and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion under local anesthesia/conscious sedation: a case series. World Neurosurgery 2019, 127:745.
Shen J. Fully endoscopic lumbar laminectomy for treatment of large dorsal ligamentum flavum cyst and severe spinal stenosis: Technical note. J Spine 2018, S7: 011.
Shen J. Fully-endoscopic bilateral cervical laminotomy with unilateral approach for cervical spinal stenosis and myelopathy: a case series. J Spine 2018, S7: 009.
Shen J. Fully endoscopic transforaminal discectomy under local anesthesia for thoracic disc herniations: a case series. J Spine 2018, S7: 013.
Weber M, Shen J, Deviren V. Graft Subsidence and Revision Rates Following Anterior Cervical Corpectomy: A Clinical Study Comparing Different Interbody Cages. Clinical Spine Surgery 2017, 30: 1239-1245
Joseph A. Sclafani, Kamshad Raiszadeh, Dan Laich, Jian Shen, Matthew Bennett, Robert Blok, Kevin Liang, Choll W. Kim MD. Outcome Measures of an Intracanal, Endoscopic Transforaminal Decompression Technique: Initial Findings from the MIS Prospective Registry. International journal of spine surgery, 2015
Clapp J, Shen J, Crosby NE, Smith BP, Koman LA. Treatment of equinocavovarus fixation device. Foot Ankle Surg 2009, 15: 109-113.
Ruch DS, Shen J, Kriggs E, Chloros GD, and Papadonikolakis A. Release of the medial collateral ligament to improve flexion in post-traumatic elbow stiffness. J Bone Joint Surg. Br. 2008, 90: 614-18.
Seyler TM, Smith BP, Markers DR, Ma J, Shen J, Smith TL, Mont MA, Kolaski K, and Koman LA. Botulinum neurotoxin as a therapeutic modality in orthopaedic surgery: over 20 years of experience. J Bone Joint Surg. Am. 2008, 90, supl 4: 134-45.
Shen J, Ma J, Garrett JP, Lee CA, Li Z, Elsaidi GA, Ritting A, Hick J, Tan KH, Smith TL, Smith BP, Koman LA.Gene expression of myogenic regulatory factors, nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits, and GAP-43 in skeletal muscle following denervation in a rat model. J Orthopaedic Research 2007, 25: 1498-505.
Ma J, Shen J, Smith BP, Ritting A, Smith TL, and Koman LA. Bioprotection of Tendon Repair: Adjunctive Use of Botulinum Toxin A in Achilles Tendon Repair in the Rat. J Bone Joint Surg. Am. 2007, 89: 2241-9.
Shen J, Ma J, Lee C, Smith BP, Smith TL, Tan KH, Koman LA. How muscles recover from paresis and atrophy after intramuscular injection of botulinum toxin A: Study in juvenile rats. J Orthopaedic Research 2006, 24:1128-35.
Shen J, Ma J, Lee CA, Elsaidi GA, Smith TL, Walker FO, Tan KH, Koman LA, Smith BP. Gene expression of nAChR, SNAP-25 and GAP-43 in Skeletal Muscles following Botulinum Toxin A Injection. A study in Rats. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 2005, 23: 302-309.
Shen J, Ma J, Elsaidi GA, Lee, CA, Smith TL, Tan KH, Koman LA, Smith BP. Gene Expression of Muscle Regulatory Proteins Following Intramuscular Injection of Botulinum Toxin A (BoNT-A) in Juvenile Rats. Neuroscience Letter 2005, 381:207-210.
Shen J, Papadonikolakis A, Garrett JP, Davis SM, and Ruch DS. Ulnar Positive Variance as a Predicator of DRUJ Ligament Disruption J Hand Surg Am 2005, 30A: 1172-1177.
Papadonikolakis A, Shen J, Garrett JP, Davis SM, and Ruch DS. The effect of increasing distraction on digital motion following external fixation of the wrist. J Hand Surg Am 2005, 30: 773-779.
Shen J, Li C, Gudas LJ. Regulation of the laminin beta 1 (LAMB1), retinoic acid receptor beta, and bone morphogenetic protein 2 genes in mutant F9 teratocarcinoma cell lines partially deficient in cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase activity. Cell Growth Differ 1997, 8: 1297-304.
Shen J. Cervical endoscopic surgery. Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Global Forum, Las Vegas, 2019
Shen J. Current status of endoscopic spine surgery. Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting, Mackinac Island, MI, 2018
Shen J. Multi-level lumbar laminectomy: microscopic tubular approach vs fully-endoscopic approach. Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Global Forum, Las Vegas, 2018
Shen J. Fully-endoscopic bilateral cervical laminotomy with unilateral approach for cervical spinal stenosis and myelopathy. Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Global Forum, Las Vegas, 2018
Shen J. A new posterolateral endoscopic approach for patients with high iliac crest: a report of 12 cases. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL, 2017
Shen J. Percutaneous endoscopic decompression for treatment of lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis. International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL, 2017
Shen J. Endoscopic Spine Surgery. Neurosurgery Grand Round, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City, 2016
Shen J. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: the current status. Neurosurgery and neuroscience grand round, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 2016
Shen J. Comparison of results between percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy and posterior microendoscopic discectomy for lumbar disc herniation: a report of over 1000 cases and up to 4 years followup. Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Global Forum, Las Vegas, 2016
Shen J. Minimally Invasive Bilateral Cervical Laminotomy with a Unilateral Approach for Cervical Spinal Stenosis. International Society for Advancement of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2015
Shen J. Clinical outcomes of microendoscopic decompressive laminotomy/foraminotomy for lumbar degenerative scoliosis. Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Global Forum, Las Vegas, 2015
Shen J. Retrospective comparison of robotic guidance vs. image guidance in single-level, minimally invasive TLIFs. Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Global Forum, Las Vegas, 2015
Shen J. Minimally Invasive Bilateral Cervical Laminotomy with a Unilateral Approach for Cervical Spinal Stenosis. Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Global Forum, Miami, 2014
Shen J. Minimally Invasive Deformity Surgery. Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting, Detroit, 2014
Shen J: Minimally Invasive Surgical Management of Severe Flat Back Syndrome. The III WCMISST-World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques, Praia Do Forte, Brazil, 2012
Shen J, Thuillier D, Pekmezci M, Tay B, Hu S, Berven, Burch S, MD, Deviren V. Revision Surgery Pseudoarthrosis: a clinical study comparing patients with initial diagnosis of spondylolisthesis vs. degenerative Disc Disease. 7thAnnual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, Park City, Utah, 2011
Shen J, Weber M, Chou D, Ames C, Tay B, Deviren V. Graft Subsidence Following Anterior Cervical Corpectomy: A clinical study comparing different grafts. 7th Annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, Park City, Utah, 2011
Shen J, Ma J, Smith TL, Tan KH, Smith BP, Koman LA. Muscle Functional Recovery Following Botulinum Toxin A Injection: a Study in Juvenile Rats. Cambridge, Maryland, 2005.
Shen J, Ma J, Smith TL, Smith BP, Koman LA. Recovery after Peripheral Nerve Repair: Influence of IGF-1 in an Aging Rat Model. Eastern Orthopaedic Association Conference, Cambridge, Maryland, 2005.
Shen J, Ma J, Elsaidi GA, Smith TL, Smith BP, Koman LA. Chemoprotection of Tendon Repair: Adjunctive Use of Botulinum Toxin A in Achilles Tendon Repair in Rats. Oscar Miller Day Symposium, Charlotte, 2004.
Shen J, Ma J, Elsaidi GA, Smith TL, Tan KH, Smith BP, Koman LA. Neuromuscular Junction Remodeling and Recovery Following Botulinum Toxin A Injection in Juvenile Rats. AACPDM, Los Angeles, 2004.
Shen J, Smith BP, Ginn A, Koman LA. Correction of Joint and Soft Tissue Contractures in The Upper Extremity: the Role of Monolateral and Multiplanar-geared Fixation Devices. The 9th Congress of IFSSH, Budapest, 2004.
Shen J, Ma J, Elsaidi GA, Smith TL, Smith BP, Koman LA. Gene Expression following peripheral nerve injury in the neuromuscular junction, dorsal root ganglion, and spinal cord: an analysis of GAP-43. The 9th Congress of IFSSH, Budapest, 2004
Lee C.A, Ma J, Shen J, Walker F.O, Deal N, Shilt JS. Limb Lengthening Effects on Nerve Recovery and Gene Expression. POSNA Annual Meeting, St. Louis, 2004.