Justin Paquette, MD specializes in all cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal disorders. He practices minimally invasive and neuronavigation assisted spine surgery, adult and pediatric spinal deformity, scoliosis and complex spinal reconstruction and revision surgeries. He frequently incorporates cutting edge motion preservation technology, artificial discs, other non-fusion surgeries and endoscopic spinal surgery. He is well experienced in spinal tumor management, spine trauma, complex spine reconstruction, including peripheral nerve decompression and reconstruction. He uses stem cell technology in all parts of his surgeries; He also is adapt at non-operative spine management such as spinal injections.
Dr. Paquette’s current research projects involve stem cell technology and applications, the effects of spinal fluid dynamics on the development of idiopathic scoliosis and biomechanical parameters of biological cervical plates as compared to standard anterior cervical plates. In addition, he has researched long term effects of adult deformity surgery and has written articles for several publications, including NeuroReport.
Past research has focused on the human frontal lobe, early detection of Huntington’s disease, and the use of various medications in the treatment of cerebral stroke. He consults with several companies creating advanced technology for use on spinal surgeries such as plates, screws, instrumentation and innovative devices for the use of spine stabilization and preservation of motion and stem cell technologies.
He serves as a traveling instructor for advanced surgical techniques and motion preservation technologies and has been a national speaker for current research and surgical techniques throughout the United States. He is currently developing surgically, connections and developments with multiple foreign countries. Dr. Paquette has also been interviewed for multiple medical television programs including shows on E! Entertainment, “The Doctor’s Show” and Lifetime Network.
He has spent time studying advanced spinal endoscopic approaches in Phoenix, Arizona and has had additional training in pediatric scoliosis surgery at Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami and Children’s Hospital at San Diego. Dr. Paquette received his bachelors of science in biology, psychology and cognitive science from Vassar College. He received his masters in neuroscience and neurology from the Boston University School of Medicine and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. After an internship in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University, he completed a residency in neurosurgery at Harvard and the Tufts–New England Medical Center. He subsequently completed a comprehensive complex spine surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He taught at Cedars for two years and has since developed his private practice where he has offices in several locations from Northern to Southern California. He currently runs a spine fellowship at Silver Lake Hospital of his practice in down town LA. Dr. Paquette and his staff continue to place patient outcomes and satisfaction as the most important goals.