Bryan Bolinger, DO

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Bolinger received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. During his undergraduate years, he also participated in clinical and bench research at the Brain Trauma Research Center and the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. Dr. Bolinger obtained his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and completed his neurosurgical residency through the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Consortium of Hospitals in 2013.

Dr. Bolinger returned to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2013 to complete fellowship training in complex spine surgery under the direction of Adam Kanter, MDDavid Okonkwo, MD, PhD, and Peter Gerszten, MD. Board certified in neurosurgery, and after years of practice in Pennsylvania, Dr. Bolinger joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery in April of 2020 as a clinical assistant professor.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Minimally invasive spine surgery; lateral access spine surgery; artificial disc technology; spinal cord stimulation; spinal cord injury; spine trauma; traumatic brain injury.

Board Certifications

American Osteopathic Board of Surgery – Neurosurgical Discipline

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Carlisle
UPMC Community Osteopathic
UPMC Hanover
UPMC Harrisburg
UPMC Lititz
UPMC Memorial
UPMC West Shore
UPMC Williamsport

Professional Organization Membership

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
American Osteopathic Association
North American Spine Society

Education & Training

  • BS, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2007
  • Neurosurgical Residency, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2013
  • Fellowship, Complex Spine Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2014

Honors & Awards

  • AANS/CNS Cahill Fellowship Award, 2013

Selected Publications

Bolinger B, Gandehoke G, Kanter A. Transient Quadriparesis and athletic injuries of the cervical spine. In: Youmans JR, (7thed) Neurological Surgery WB Saunders Co., Philadelphia, PA pp. 2534-7, 2017.

Tempel Z, Gandhoke G, Bolinger B, Khattar N, Parry P, Chang Y, Okonkwo D, Kanter A. The influence of pelvic incidence and lumbar lordosis mismatch on development of symptomatic adjacent segment disease following single-level transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. Neurosurgery 80(6):880-6, 2017.

Hamilton DK, Kanter AS, Bolinger BD, Mundis GM Jr, Nguyen S, Mummaneni PV, Anand N, Fessler RG, Passias PG, Park P, La Marca F, Uribe JS, Wang MY, Akbarnia BA, Shaffrey CI, Okonkwo DO; International Spine Study Group (ISSG). Reoperation rates in minimally invasive, hybrid and open surgical treatment for adult spinal deformity with minimum 2-year follow-up. Eur Spine J 25(8):2605-11, 2016.

Toms MC, Gasteiger M, Lal S, Bolinger BD, Toms SA. One and a half syndrome complicating resection of fourth ventricular neurenteric cyst. Clin Surg 1:1-4, 2016.

Tempel ZJ, Gandhoke GS, Bolinger BD, Okonkwo DO, Kanter AS. Vertebral body fracture following stand-alone lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF): report of two events out of 712 levels. Eur Spine J 24 Suppl 3:409-13, 2015.

Amir Ahmadian, Konrad Bach, Bryan Bolinger, Gregory M. Malham, David O. Okonkwo, Adam S. Kanter, and Juan S. Uribe. Stand-alone minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion: Multicenter clinical outcomes. J Clin Neurosci 22(4):740-6, 2014.

Bolinger B, Shartz M, Marion D. Bedside fluoroscopic flexion and extension cervical spine radiographs for clearance of the cervical spine in comatose trauma patients. J Trauma 56(1):132-6, 2004.

Wagner AK, Willard LA, Kline AE, Wenger MK, Bolinger BD, Ren D, Zafonte RD, Dixon CE. Evaluation of estrous cycle stage and gender on behavioral outcome after experimental traumatic brain injury. Brain Res 13; 998(1):113-21, 2004.

Kline AE, Massucci JL, Dixon CE, Zafonte RD, Bolinger BD. The therapeutic efficacy conferred by the 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist 8-Hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8- OHDPAT) after experimental traumatic brain injury is not mediated by concomitant hypothermia. J Neurotrauma 21(2):175-85, 2004.

Kline AE, Bolinger BD, Kochanek PM, Carlos TM, Yan HQ, Jenkins LW, Marion DW, Dixon CE. Acute systemic administration of interleukin-10 suppresses the beneficial effects of moderate hypothermia following traumatic brain injury in rats. Brain Res 24; 937(1-2):22-31, 2002.