Dr. Jenkins is the co-director of the neurosurgery spine program and spinal oncology program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has a special interest in treating patients with minimally invasive surgery, spinal insatiability, trauma and spinal cord injury. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Jenkins is a member of the Congress of Neurosurgery, Society for Neuro-Oncology and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. During his career, he has patented the “Implanted Spinal Radiation Shield” and “Dynamically Reactive Flexible Ridig Spinal Support System.” He is a neurosurgery member of the NLF Retired Player’s Spine Treatment Program and the rapid response team for the New York Jets. He earned his medical degree at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency in neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Hospital. His additional training includes a fellowship in spine and neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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  1. Dr Jenkins, I’ve been diagnosed with flat back syndrome and wondering if you do this surgery. Also, how many have you done along with your success rate. I’m 68 years old and I have been in a good amount of pain daily and have difficulty walking. What hospital do you work out of?

    Thank you…

    Pauline R Barrick

    • I work at Mount Sinai, and have had to treat “flat back” syndrome several times. However, it is not always “flat back”, there may be other problems, so a thorough evaluation should be done first. I or one of my colleagues would be happy to help. Please contact me at 212-241-8175 to schedule either an in-person evaluation or to provide a remote consultations (but these are not covered by insurance).

  2. hello i have been told have bertoltti sysdrome ive been seen by micheal steinmtez in cleveland whom has said he can do nothing for me because it has completely fused… also i have been told my right hip is 2 inches higher because of this… im in pain all the time with no releaf i cant walk more then 25 ft before it feels like a rubber band tightening to pint my leg wont move…im 48 and have been hurting and getting worse since i was im my 30s im in ohio do y do treatments for this closer to Ohio if not i dont have a problem traveling but i dont want to drive 8 to 9 hrs one way to be told i cant get help… i have copies of xrays n mri in last yr and Cleveland has a ct scan stinmetiz had done… thank u for taking time to read this

    • Sorry it took so long to respond to this. In summary, the details of the radiology and your clinical symptoms do matter. I have seen patients with unilateral complete fusion who have had pain on both sides (leg pain on the opposite side and back/SI region pain on the same side). In addition, some patients who look like they have a complete fusion even on CT may not be actually fused, so it can still be a pain generator.

      Please let us know if you wish to contact us for a telephone or in-person consultation.

  3. Dr. Jenkins, I’d like to get more info. (published in Spine, etc.) about your work with Bertolotti’s Syndrome and reducing the offending transverse process off the Ala area where it’s irritating the nerve. (with Minimally Invasive Approach you said you invented). My pain specialist has accomplished your diagnostic injection with lidocaine at the Ala, WORKED BEAUTIFULLY for about 24hrs of course. Neurosurgeons here have no idea how to deal with it. Altho they say they’ll be happy to try, or they say it’s inconsequential. Your back is not something to fool around with, I’m sure you agree. I’d be very happy to receive any info. or links to your published material on this subject, and thank you for your time. Sherry RN ASN CNOR CRNFA,AACS,LNC,PC

    • We are writing up our series of over 50 patients and more than 70 surgical procedures for the treatment of Bertolotti’s syndrome. I have presented at International meetings, and your experience suggests that you likely have the clinical syndrom of Bertolotti’s (as opposed to a benign and painless lumbosacral transitional vertebra), and the short duration of the benefit is typical for the condition. Please reach out to my office and we’ll be happy to share with you what we have so far, until we have peer-reviewed accepted publications.

  4. My son who lives s 32 years has been suffering from painful Bertolotti Syndrome. He has several orthopaedic surgeons in Toronto but never took his case seriously. We live in Toronto, Canada. Since we can not find the right doctor in Toronto, we have no option but to look for a doctor specializing in Bertolotti Syndrome. He is getting worse and it is affecting his normal daily activities especially his work. We would like to come to your office for diagnosis.
    Thank you.

    • We would be happy to help any way we can. I am actually operating on someone from Canada tomorrow for the same condition. Please reach out to my office, but we’ll try to reach out to you as well.

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