J. Brad Bellotte, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Chief, Neurosurgery, UPMC Hamot

J. Brad Bellotte, MD, is chief of neurosurgery at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. He joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurosurgery as a clinical assistant professor in July of 2011. Dr. Bellotte is a leading expert in complex spine surgery, including minimally invasive surgeries.

He earned his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine, and completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Community Clinic Site

201 State Street
8th Floor
Erie, PA 16550

Specialized Areas of Interest

Complex spine surgery; brain surgery.

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Hamot

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Pennsylvania State Neurosurgical Society

Education & Training

  • MD, West Virginia University, 1999
  • Residency, Neurosurgery, Allegheny General Hospital, 2005

Honors & Awards

  • Orthopedic Teaching Award, UPMC Hamot, 2011-12

Selected Publications

Yu AK, Siegfried CM, Chew B, Hobbs J, Sabersky A, Jho DJ, Cook DJ, Bellotte JB, Whiting DM, Cheng BC. Biomechanics of Posterior Dynamic Fusion Systems in the Lumbar Spine: Implications For Stabilization with Improved Arthrodesis. J Spinal Disord Tech [Epub ahead of print], 2012.

Oh MY, Ortega J, Bellotte JB, Whiting DM, Aló K. Peripheral nerve stimulation for the treatment of occipital neuralgia and transformed migraine using a c1-2-3 subcutaneous paddle style electrode: a technical report. Neuromodulation 7(2):103-12, 2004.

Sekula RF Jr, Oh MY, Bellotte JB, Wilberger JE. Brachial plexopathy due to chondrolipoangioma. Case report and review of the literature. J Neurosurg 97(5):1226-8, 2002.

A complete list of Dr. Bellotte's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Media Appearances

Bicycle helmet best defense against brain injury in an accident
July 18, 2021

Smoking can worsen spinal problems
November 4, 2018

UPMC Videos

Spinal Surgery at UPMC Hamot
Dr. Bellotte discusses the benefits of minimally invasive spinal surgery versus more traditional surgical options.