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Joseph Cheng, MD, MS

Professor of Neurosurgery and Frank H. Mayfield Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

Board Certifications & Licenses
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2007
Contact Information
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • 260 Stetson Street, Suite 2200
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
  • Office (513) 558-3556
  • Fax (513) 558-3361
  • Email joseph.cheng@uc.edu

Peer Reviewed Publications

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Chotai, Silky; Zuckerman, Scott L; Parker, Scott L; Wick, Joseph B; Stonko, David P; Hale, Andrew T; McGirt, Matthew J; Cheng, Joseph S; Devin, Clinton J 2017. Healthcare Resource Utilization and Patient-Reported Outcomes Following Elective Surgery for Intradural Extramedullary Spinal Tumors. Neurosurgery, 81 4, 613-619

Lakomkin, Nikita; Mistry, Akshitkumar M; Zuckerman, Scott L; Ladner, Travis; Kothari, Parth; Lee, Nathan John; Stannard, Blaine; Vasquez, Raul A; Cheng, Joseph S 2017. Utility of Intraoperative Monitoring in the Resection of Spinal Cord Tumors: An Analysis by Tumor Location and Anatomical Region. Spine, ,

Swartz, Karin R; Cheng, Joseph S 2017. Anticipated Changes in Spine Practice with Advancing Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services-Required Changes. Neurosurgery, 80 4S, S28-S33

Vasquez, Raul A; Chotai, Silky; Freeman, Thomas H; Kay, Harrison F; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J; Devin, Clinton J 2017. Impact of Discharge Disposition on 30-d Readmissions Following Elective Spine Surgery. Neurosurgery, ,

Archer, Kristin R; Devin, Clinton J; Vanston, Susan W; Koyama, Tatsuki; Phillips, Sharon E; George, Steven Z; McGirt, Matthew J; Spengler, Dan M; Aaronson, Oran S; Cheng, Joseph S; Wegener, Stephen T 2016. Cognitive-Behavioral-Based Physical Therapy for Patients With Chronic Pain Undergoing Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society, 17 1, 76-89

Bible, Jesse E; Shau, David N; Kay, Harrison F; Cheng, Joseph S; Aaronson, Oran S; Devin, Clinton J 2016. Are Low Patient Satisfaction Scores always Due to the Provider? Determinants of Patient Satisfaction Scores During Spine Clinic Visits. Spine, ,

Falavigna, Asdrubal; Scheverin, Nicolas; Righesso, Orlando; Teles, Alisson R; Gullo, Maria Carolina; Cheng, Joseph S; Riew, K Daniel 2016. Economic value of treating lumbar disc herniation in Brazil. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 24 4, 608-14

Kanter, Adam S; Gandhoke, Gurpreet S; Welch, William C; Arnold, Paul M; Cheng, Joseph S; Okonkwo, David O 2016. A prospective, multi-center clinical and radiographic outcomes evaluation of ChronOS strip for lumbar spine fusion. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, 25 , 36-40

Vasquez, Raul A; Chotai, Silky; Wick, Joseph B; Stonko, David P; Cheng, Joseph S; Bydon, Mohamad; Asher, Anthony L; McGirt, Matthew J; Devin, Clinton J 2016. The Profile of a Smoker and Its Impact on Outcomes After Cervical Spine Surgery. Neurosurgery, 63 Suppl 1 , 96-101

Zuckerman, Scott L; Chotai, Silky; Devin, Clinton J; Parker, Scott L; Stonko, David P; Wick, Joseph B; Hale, Andrew T; McGirt, Matthew J; Cheng, Joseph S 2016. Surgical Resection of Intradural Extramedullary Spinal Tumors: Patient Reported Outcomes and Minimum Clinically Important Difference. Spine, 41 24, 1925-1932

Falavigna, Asdrubal; Righesso, Orlando; Teles, Alisson Roberto; Conzati, Lucas Piccoli; Bossardi, Julia Bertholdo; da Silva, Pedro Guarise; Cheng, Joseph S 2015. Responsiveness of depression and its influence on surgical outcomes of lumbar degenerative diseases. European journal of orthopaedic surgery & traumatology : orthopedie traumatologie, 25 Suppl 1 , S35-41

McAbee, Joseph H; Ragel, Brian T; McCartney, Shirley; Jones, G Morgan; Michael, L Madison; DeCuypere, Michael; Cheng, Joseph S; Boop, Frederick A; Klimo, Paul 2015. Factors associated with career satisfaction and burnout among US neurosurgeons: results of a nationwide survey. Journal of neurosurgery, 123 1, 161-73

O'Lynnger, Thomas M; Zuckerman, Scott L; Morone, Peter J; Dewan, Michael C; Vasquez-Castellanos, Raul A; Cheng, Joseph S 2015. Trends for Spine Surgery for the Elderly: Implications for Access to Healthcare in North America. Neurosurgery, 77 Suppl 4 , S136-41

Patel, Mayur B; Humble, Stephen S; Cullinane, Daniel C; Day, Matthew A; Jawa, Randeep S; Devin, Clinton J; Delozier, Margaret S; Smith, Lou M; Smith, Miya A; Capella, Jeannette M; Long, Andrea M; Cheng, Joseph S; Leath, Taylor C; Falck-Ytter, Yngve; Haut, Elliott R; Como, John J 2015. Cervical spine collar clearance in the obtunded adult blunt trauma patient: a systematic review and practice management guideline from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, 78 2, 430-41

Simon, Scott D; Koyama, Tatsuki; Zacharia, Brad E; Schirmer, Clemens M; Cheng, Joseph S 2015. Impact of clinical trials on neurosurgical practice: an assessment of case volume. World neurosurgery, 83 4, 431-7

Whitmore, Robert G; Curran, Jill N; Ali, Zarina S; Mummaneni, Praveen V; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Heary, Robert F; Kaiser, Michael G; Asher, Anthony L; Malhotra, Neil R; Cheng, Joseph S; Hurlbert, John; Smith, Justin S; Magge, Subu N; Steinmetz, Michael P; Resnick, Daniel K; Ghogawala, Zoher 2015. Predictive value of 3-month lumbar discectomy outcomes in the NeuroPoint-SD Registry. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 23 4, 459-66

Adogwa, Owoicho; Huang, Mary I; Thompson, Paul M; Darlington, Timothy; Cheng, Joseph S; Gokaslan, Ziya L; Gottfried, Oren N; Bagley, Carlos A; Anderson, Greg D; Isaacs, Robert E 2014. No difference in postoperative complications, pain, and functional outcomes up to 2 years after incidental durotomy in lumbar spinal fusion: a prospective, multi-institutional, propensity-matched analysis of 1,741 patients. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 14 9, 1828-34

Adogwa, Owoicho; Karikari, Isaac O; Carr, Kevin R; Krucoff, Max; Ajay, Divya; Fatemi, Parastou; Perez, Edgar L; Cheng, Joseph S; Bagley, Carlos A; Isaacs, Robert E 2014. Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess in patients 50 years of age and older: a 15-year institutional perspective and review of the literature: clinical article. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 20 3, 344-9

Archer, Kristin R; Coronado, Rogelio A; Haug, Christine M; Vanston, Susan W; Devin, Clinton J; Fonnesbeck, Christopher J; Aaronson, Oran S; Cheng, Joseph S; Skolasky, Richard L; Riley, Lee H; Wegener, Stephen T 2014. A comparative effectiveness trial of postoperative management for lumbar spine surgery: changing behavior through physical therapy (CBPT) study protocol. BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 15 , 325

Asher, Anthony L; Speroff, Ted; Dittus, Robert S; Parker, Scott L; Davies, Jason M; Selden, Nathan; Nian, Hui; Glassman, Steven; Mummaneni, Praveen; Shaffrey, Christopher; Watridge, Clarence; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Mathew J 2014. The National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD): a collaborative North American outcomes registry to advance value-based spine care. Spine, 39 22 Suppl 1, S106-16

Clark, Aaron J; Garcia, Roxanna M; Keefe, Malla K; Koski, Tyler R; Rosner, Michael K; Smith, Justin S; Cheng, Joseph S; Shaffrey, Christopher I; McCormick, Paul C; Ames, Christopher P 2014. Results of the AANS membership survey of adult spinal deformity knowledge: impact of training, practice experience, and assessment of potential areas for improved education: Clinical article. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 21 4, 640-7

Mummaneni, Praveen V; Whitmore, Robert G; Curran, Jill N; Ziewacz, John E; Wadhwa, Rishi; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Asher, Anthony L; Heary, Robert F; Cheng, Joseph S; Hurlbert, R John; Douglas, Andrea F; Smith, Justin S; Malhotra, Neil R; Dante, Stephen J; Magge, Subu N; Kaiser, Michael G; Abbed, Khalid M; Resnick, Daniel K; Ghogawala, Zoher 2014. Cost-effectiveness of lumbar discectomy and single-level fusion for spondylolisthesis: experience with the NeuroPoint-SD registry. Neurosurgical focus, 36 6, E3

Zuckerman, Scott L; Forbes, Jonathan A; Mistry, Akshitkumar M; Krishnamoorthi, Harish; Weaver, Sheena; Mathews, Letha; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J 2014. Electrophysiologic deterioration in surgery for thoracic disc herniation: impact of mean arterial pressures on surgical outcome. 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, 23 11, 2279-90

Adogwa, Owoicho; Carr, Ricardo K; Kudyba, Katherine; Karikari, Isaac; Bagley, Carlos A; Gokaslan, Ziya L; Theodore, Nicholas; Cheng, Joseph S 2013. Revision lumbar surgery in elderly patients with symptomatic pseudarthrosis, adjacent-segment disease, or same-level recurrent stenosis. Part 1. Two-year outcomes and clinical efficacy: clinical article. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 18 2, 139-46

Adogwa, Owoicho; Owens, Ryan; Karikari, Isaac; Agarwal, Vijay; Gottfried, Oren N; Bagley, Carlos A; Isaacs, Robert E; Cheng, Joseph S 2013. Revision lumbar surgery in elderly patients with symptomatic pseudarthrosis, adjacent-segment disease, or same-level recurrent stenosis. Part 2. A cost-effectiveness analysis: clinical article. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 18 2, 147-53

Adogwa, Owoicho; Parker, Scott L; Shau, David N; Mendenhall, Stephen K; Bydon, Ali; Cheng, Joseph S; Asher, Anthony L; McGirt, Matthew J 2013. Preoperative Zung depression scale predicts patient satisfaction independent of the extent of improvement after revision lumbar surgery. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 13 5, 501-6

Archer, Kristin R; Motzny, Nicole; Abraham, Christine M; Yaffe, Donna; Seebach, Caryn L; Devin, Clinton J; Spengler, Dan M; McGirt, Matthew J; Aaronson, Oran S; Cheng, Joseph S; Wegener, Stephen T 2013. Cognitive-behavioral-based physical therapy to improve surgical spine outcomes: a case series. Physical therapy, 93 8, 1130-9

Cheng, Joseph S; Carr, Christopher B; Wong, Cyrus; Sharma, Adrija; Mahfouz, Mohamed R; Komistek, Richard D 2013. Altered spinal motion in low back pain associated with lumbar strain and spondylosis. Evidence-based spine-care journal, 4 1, 6-12

Cheng, Joseph S; Vohra, Kern P; Wong, Cyrus C; McGirt, Matthew J 2013. The future of the use of spine surgery. Neurosurgery, 60 Suppl 1 , 34-40

Ghogawala, Zoher; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Asher, Anthony L; Heary, Robert F; Logvinenko, Tanya; Malhotra, Neil R; Dante, Stephen J; Hurlbert, R John; Douglas, Andrea F; Magge, Subu N; Mummaneni, Praveen V; Cheng, Joseph S; Smith, Justin S; Kaiser, Michael G; Abbed, Khalid M; Sciubba, Daniel M; Resnick, Daniel K 2013. The efficacy of lumbar discectomy and single-level fusion for spondylolisthesis: results from the NeuroPoint-SD registry: clinical article. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 19 5, 555-63

Johnson, J Michael; Mahfouz, Mohamed; Battaglia, Nicholas V; Sharma, Adrija; Cheng, Joseph S; Komistek, Richard D 2013. Clinical and statistical correlation of various lumbar pathological conditions. Journal of biomechanics, 46 4, 683-8

McGirt, Matthew J; Speroff, Theodore; Godil, Saniya Siraj; Cheng, Joseph S; Selden, Nathan R; Asher, Anthony L 2013. Outcome science in practice: an overview and initial experience at the Vanderbilt Spine Center. Neurosurgical focus, 34 1, E7

Mehta, Ankit I; Adogwa, Owoicho; Karikari, Isaac O; Thompson, Paul; Verla, Terence; Null, Ulysses T; Friedman, Allan H; Cheng, Joseph S; Bagley, Carlos A; Isaacs, Robert E 2013. Anatomical location dictating major surgical complications for intradural extramedullary spinal tumors: a 10-year single-institutional experience. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 19 6, 701-7

Adogwa, Owoicho; Parker, Scott L; Shau, David N; Mendenhall, Stephen K; Aaronson, Oran S; Cheng, Joseph S; Devin, Clinton J; McGirt, Matthew J 2012. Preoperative Zung Depression Scale predicts outcome after revision lumbar surgery for adjacent segment disease, recurrent stenosis, and pseudarthrosis. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 12 3, 179-85

Adogwa, Owoicho; Parker, Scott L; Shau, David N; Mendenhall, Stephen K; Aaronson, Oran; Cheng, Joseph S; Devin, Clinton J; McGirt, Matthew J 2012. Cost per quality-adjusted life year gained of revision neural decompression and instrumented fusion for same-level recurrent lumbar stenosis: defining the value of surgical intervention. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 16 2, 135-40

Adogwa, Owoicho; Parker, Scott L; Shau, David N; Mendenhall, Stephen K; Devin, Clinton J; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J 2012. Cost per quality-adjusted life year gained of laminectomy and extension of instrumented fusion for adjacent-segment disease: defining the value of surgical intervention. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 16 2, 141-6

Forbes, Jonathan A; Awad, Ahmed J; Zuckerman, Scott; Carr, Kevin; Cheng, Joseph S 2012. Association between biomechanical parameters and concussion in helmeted collisions in American football: a review of the literature. Neurosurgical focus, 33 6, E10: 1-6

Parker, Scott L; Adogwa, Owoicho; Mendenhall, Stephen K; Shau, David N; Anderson, William N; Cheng, Joseph S; Devin, Clinton J; McGirt, Matthew J 2012. Determination of minimum clinically important difference (MCID) in pain, disability, and quality of life after revision fusion for symptomatic pseudoarthrosis. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 12 12, 1122-8

Parker, Scott L; Mendenhall, Stephen K; Shau, David; Adogwa, Owoicho; Cheng, Joseph S; Anderson, William N; Devin, Clinton J; McGirt, Matthew J 2012. Determination of minimum clinically important difference in pain, disability, and quality of life after extension of fusion for adjacent-segment disease. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 16 1, 61-7

Adogwa, Owoicho; Parker, Scott L; Davis, Brandon J; Aaronson, Oran; Devin, Clinton; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J 2011. Cost-effectiveness of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for Grade I degenerative spondylolisthesis. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 15 2, 138-43

Chaichana, Kaisorn L; Mukherjee, Debraj; Adogwa, Owoicho; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J 2011. Correlation of preoperative depression and somatic perception scales with postoperative disability and quality of life after lumbar discectomy. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 14 2, 261-7

Chaichana, Kaisorn L; Parker, Scott L; Mukherjee, Debraj; Cheng, Joseph S; Gokaslan, Ziya L; McGirt, Matthew J 2011. Assessment of the extent of surgical resection as a predictor of survival in patients with primary osseous spinal neoplasms. Clinical neurosurgery, 58 , 117-21

Chan, Kevin C; Cheng, Joe S; Fan, Shujuan; Zhou, Iris Y; Wu, Ed X 2011. In vivo manganese-enhanced MRI and diffusion tensor imaging of developing and impaired visual brains. Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference, 2011 , 7005-8

Cheng, Joseph S; Lee, Michael J; Massicotte, Eric; Ashman, Bryan; Gruenberg, Marcelo; Pilcher, Leslie E; Skelly, Andrea C 2011. Clinical guidelines and payer policies on fusion for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Spine, 36 21 Suppl, S144-63

Mukherjee, Debraj; Chaichana, Kaisorn L; Adogwa, Owoicho; Gokaslan, Ziya; Aaronson, Oran; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J 2011. Association of extent of local tumor invasion and survival in patients with malignant primary osseous spinal neoplasms from the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER) database. World neurosurgery, 76 6, 580-5

Mukherjee, Debraj; Chaichana, Kaisorn L; Gokaslan, Ziya L; Aaronson, Oran; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J 2011. Survival of patients with malignant primary osseous spinal neoplasms: results from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database from 1973 to 2003. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 14 2, 143-50

Parker, Scott L; Adogwa, Owoicho; Paul, Alexandra R; Anderson, William N; Aaronson, Oran; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J 2011. Utility of minimum clinically important difference in assessing pain, disability, and health state after transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 14 5, 598-604

Parker, Scott L; Fulchiero, Erin C; Davis, Brandon J; Adogwa, Owoicho; Aaronson, Oran S; Cheng, Joseph S; Devin, Clinton J; McGirt, Matthew J 2011. Cost-effectiveness of multilevel hemilaminectomy for lumbar stenosis-associated radiculopathy. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 11 8, 705-11

Cheng, Joseph S; Arnold, Paul M; Anderson, Paul A; Fischer, Dena; Dettori, Joseph R 2010. Anticoagulation risk in spine surgery. Spine, 35 9 Suppl, S117-24

Cheng, Joseph S; Lebow, Richard L; Schmidt, Meic H; Spooner, John 2008. Rod derotation techniques for thoracolumbar spinal deformity. Neurosurgery, 63 3 Suppl, 149-56

Liu, Fei; Cheng, Joseph S; Komistek, Richard D; Mahfouz, Mohamed R 2008. Normal, fused, and degenerative cervical spines: a comparative study of three-dimensional in vivo kinetics. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 90 Suppl 4 , 85-9

Cheng, Joseph S; Liu, Fei; Komistek, Richard D; Mahfouz, Mohamed R; Sharma, Adrija; Glaser, Diana 2007. Comparison of cervical spine kinematics using a fluoroscopic model for adjacent segment degeneration. Invited submission from the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, March 2007. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 7 5, 509-13

Diaz, Jose J; Cullinane, Daniel C; Altman, Daniel T; Bokhari, Faran; Cheng, Joseph S; Como, John; Gunter, Oliver; Holevar, Michele; Jerome, Rebecca; Kurek, Stanley J; Lorenzo, Manuel; Mejia, Vicente; Miglietta, Maurizio; O'Neill, Patrick J; Rhee, Peter; Sing, Ronald; Streib, Erik; Vaslef, Steven 2007. Practice management guidelines for the screening of thoracolumbar spine fracture. The Journal of trauma, 63 3, 709-18

Oberer, Daniel M; Aaronson, Oran S; Cheng, Joseph S 2007. Quadriparesis due to the delayed formation of a compressive epidural cerebrospinal fluid collection following suboccipital craniectomy with duraplasty for Chiari malformation Type I. Case report. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 7 4, 450-3

Cheng, Joseph S; Song, John K 2003. Anatomy of the sacrum. Neurosurgical focus, 15 2, E3

Cheng, Joseph S; Cusick, Joseph F; Ho, Khang-Cheng; Ulmer, John L 2002. Lateral supratentorial endodermal cyst: case report and review of literature. Neurosurgery, 51 2, 493-9; discussion 49

Cheng, Joseph S; Nash, John; Meyer, Glenn A 2002. Chiari type I malformation revisited: diagnosis and treatment. The neurologist, 8 6, 357-62

Nash, John; Cheng, Joseph S; Meyer, Glenn A; Remler, Bernd F 2002. Chiari type I malformation: overview of diagnosis and treatment. WMJ : official publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, 101 8, 35-40

Cheng, J S; Kalant, N 1968. Independence of growth hormone effects on nitrogen retention and free fatty acid mobilization. Canadian journal of biochemistry, 46 10, 1269-72

Parker, Scott L; Mendenhall, Stephen K; Shau, David N; Zuckerman, Scott L; Godil, Saniya S; Cheng, Joseph S; McGirt, Matthew J . Minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for degenerative spondylolisthesis: comparative effectiveness and cost-utility analysis. World neurosurgery, 82 1-2, 230-8