John O’Toole, MD, MS, received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed residency in neurosurgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Chicago. He received his Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Graduate College at Rush University. O’Toole currently serves as Professor of Neurosurgery at Rush University in Chicago, IL. He specializes in spinal oncology (including spinal column and spinal cord tumors), minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spinal reconstruction and spinal radiosurgery.
O’Toole is the co-director of the Neuroscience Service Line and co-director of the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Spine Tumor Clinic, both at Rush University Medical Center. His research interests are clinical outcomes for spinal surgery, cost-effectiveness in spinal surgery, image-guided spinal surgery, evidence-based guideline developments, and development of new spinal surgical techniques and devices. He has authored more than 100 articles, book chapters and abstracts on these subjects. O’Toole is a member of many national committees for neurosurgical, spinal surgical and independent research organizations. He serves as an editor or reviewer for a number of prominent neurosurgical and spine surgery journals and publications.