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Jonathan N. Sembrano, MD
Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN

About Jonathan N. Sembrano, MD

Doctor Jonathan Sembrano is Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. His areas of special interest include pediatric and adult spinal deformity, minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal degenerative disorders, and cervical spine surgery.

Dr. Sembrano received his medical degree at the University of the Philippines, Manila. He completed his orthopedic residency and received appointment as Chief Orthopedic Resident at the Philippine General Hospital. Dr. Sembrano advanced his training and experience by completing five separate fellowship programs. He has received many awards and citations for academic and medical excellence.

  • Research Fellowship; Observership in Spine Surgery
    Kochi Medical School, Kochi University, Japan
  • Clinical Fellowship in Spine Surgery
    Twin Cities Spine Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics
    Shriners Hospitals for Children, Portland, OR
  • Clinical Fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Research Fellowship in Spine Surgery
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Sembrano is an active member of many prestigious societies. Included are the North American Spine Society, AO Spine North America, Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and Society of Lateral Access Surgery.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

Management of cervical esophageal injury after spinal surgery. Rueth N, Shaw D, Groth S, Stranberg S, D'Cunha J, Sembrano J, Maddaus M, Andrade R. Ann Thorac Surg 2010 Oct;90(4):1128-33.

Mobile and fixe-bearing (all-polyethylene tibial component) total knee arthroplasty designs: surgical technique. Luna JT, Sembrano JN, Gioe TJ. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Sep;92 Suppl 1 Pt 2:240-9.

Varus derotation osteotomy for the treatment of hip subluxation and dislocation in GMFCS level III to V patients with unilateral hip involvement. Follow-up to skeletal maturity. Canavese F, Emara K, Sembrano JN, Bialik V, Aiona MD, Sussman MD. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Jun;30(4):357-364.

An analysis of decision making and treatment in thoracolumbar metastases. Polly DW, Chou D, Sembrano JN, Ledonio CGT, Tomita K. Spine. 2009 Oct 15;34(22 Suppl):S118-27.

Mobile and fixed-bearing (all-polyethylene tibial component) total knee arthroplasty designs. A prospective randomized trial. Gioe TJ, Glynn J, Sembrano J, Suthers K, Santos ER, Singh J. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 Sep;91(9):2104-12.

A concomitant posterior approach improves fusion rates but not overall reoperation rates in multilevel cervical fusion for spondylosis. Sembrano JN, Mehbod AA, Garvey TA, Denis F, Perra JH, Schwender JD, Transfeldt EE, Winter RB, Wroblewski JM. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2009 May;22(3): 162-9.

How often is low back pain not coming from the back? Sembrano JN, Polly DW Jr. Spine. 2009 Jan 1;34(1):E27-32. * Cited by Medscape Orthopaedics, Feb 27, 2009. Website: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/587533_4

Acetabular cage survival and analysis of factors related to failure. Sembrano JN, Cheng EY. Clin Orthop and Relat Res. 2008 Jul; 466(7):1657-65. Epub 2008 Feb 26.

Other Publications

Meeting Redux: Recent spine podium presentations. SpineLine. 2010 May-June;11(3):26-28.

Research

O-arm Image Guided Pedicle Screw Insertion: Revision and Reoperation Rates in 2,495 Screws by Edward Rainier G. Santos MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, David W. Polly Jr. MD.
* Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Loews Hotel, Miami, FL (November 6, 2010).

Open vs Percutaneous Image Guided Lumbar Pedicle Screw Insertion: Accuracy and Reoperation Rates by Edward Rainier G. Santos MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, David W. Polly Jr. MD.
* Accepted for E-poster presentation at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Loews Hotel, Miami, FL (November 5-7, 2010).

Accuracy of Intraoperative O-arm Images in Determining Pedicle Screw Position by Edward Rainier G. Santos MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Carlos Castro MD, Charles Ledonio MD, Walter Truong MD and David W. Polly Jr. MD.
* E-poster presentation at the 17th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Canada (July 21-24, 2010).
* Presented by ERGS at the 25th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL (October 7, 2010).

Validation of Surgeon Perception of Navigated Pedicle Screw Position: A Cadaveric Study by Edward Rainier G. Santos MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Charles T. Ledonio MD, Carlos Castro MD, Walter Truong MD, David W. Polly Jr. MD.
* Presented by WHT at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN (May 8, 2009).
* Presented by ERGS at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA (March 9, 2010).
* Presented by ERGS at the 25th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL (October 8, 2010).

Intraoperative Feedback for Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Intervertebral Disc Volume Removal and Outcomes by Charles G.T. Ledonio MD, Alex Hednricks, Edward R.G. Santos MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, David J. Nuckley PhD and David W. Polly Jr. MD.
* Presented by CGTL at the 25th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL (October 7, 2010).

Radiographic Comparison of Lateral Fusion (LLIF) vs. ALIF / TLIF / PSF: Analysis of Segmental Sagittal Contour Change by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Amit K. Sharma MD, Ryan D. Horazdovsky MD, Bieta Azmoudeh, Edward Rainier G. Santos and David W. Polly Jr. MD.
* Presented at the 3rd Annual Research Meeting of the Society of Lateral Access Surgery, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla, CA (April 10, 2010).
* Presented at the 17th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Canada (July 23, 2010).
* Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Loews Hotel, Miami, FL (November 7, 2010).

Do Lordotic Cages Provide Greater Segmental Sagittal Contour Change Than Non-lordotic Cages in Minimally-Invasive Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF)? by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Amit K. Sharma MD, Ryan D. Horazdovsky MD and Edward Rainier G. Santos MD.
* Presented by AKM at the 3rd Annual Research Meeting of the Society of Lateral Access Surgery, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla, CA (April 9, 2010).
* Poster presentation at the 2010 Meeting of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN (May 7, 2010).
* Accepted as E-poster presentation at the 17th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Canada (July 21-24, 2010).
* Accepted as E-poster presentation at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Loews Hotel, Miami, FL (November 5-7, 2010).

Intervertebral Disc Volume Measurement for Pre-Surgical Planning of Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Pilot Study by Charles Gerald T. Ledonio MD, David J. Nuckley PhD, David W. Polly Jr. MD, Edward Rainier G. Santos MD and Jonathan N. Sembrano MD.
* Poster presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN (May 8, 2009).

The Use of Intraoperative 3D CT Imaging for Pedicle Screw Placement in Patients With or Without Coronal Spinal Deformity by Charles Gerald T. Ledonio MD, David W. Polly Jr. MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD and Edward Rainier G. Santos MD.
* Poster presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN (May 8, 2009).
* Presented by DWP at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society, Moscone Center South, San Francisco, CA (November 12, 2009).

3-D Image-Based Computer Navigation Reduces Needle Malposition Rates in Balloon Kyphoplasty by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Charles T. Ledonio MD, Edward Rainier G. Santos MD, David J. Nuckley PhD and David W. Polly Jr. MD.
* Poster presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN (May 8, 2009).
* Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV (October 11, 2009).
* Accepted as E-poster presentation at the 17th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Canada (July 21-24, 2010).

What is the Best Iliac Screw Size and Trajectory? by Edward R.G. Santos MD, Benjamin Mueller MD PhD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD and David W. Polly, Jr. MD.
* Presented by BM at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN (May 9, 2008).
* E-poster presentation, 15th International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hongkong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hongkong, China (July 8-11, 2008).

Pedicle Screw Differential Design Biomechanical Analysis: Factorial Assessment of Screw Thread and Crest by Hitesh Mehta BSME MD, Charles T. Ledonio MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Edward Rainier G. Santos MD and David J. Nuckley PhD.
* Study performed for Medtronic 3-Dimensional Imaging System (O-arm) Guidance in Biopsy Procedures by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, David W. Polly, Jr. MD and Edward Y. Cheng MD.
* Presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN (May 9, 2008).

3-Dimensional O-arm Imaging in Kyphoplasty: Ensuring Success, Avoiding a Mess by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD and David W. Polly, Jr. MD.
* E-poster presentation, 15th International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hongkong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hongkong, China (July 8-11, 2008).

Intraoperative O-arm CT Scan Assessment of Pedicle Screw Position: Does It Prevent Unacceptable Screw Placement? by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Edward R.G. Santos MD, David W. Polly, Jr. MD and Charles T. Ledonio MD.
* Presented at the 15th International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hongkong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hongkong, China (July 9, 2008).
* Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 76th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (Feb 27, 2009).

New Generation Intraoperative 3-Dimensional Imaging (O-arm) in 100 Spine Surgeries: Does It Change the Surgical Procedure? by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, David W. Polly, Jr. MD, Edward R.G. Santos MD, David H. Strothman MD and H. Dennis Mollman MD.
* Rejected for publication in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine
* E-poster presentation, 15th International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hongkong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hongkong, China (July 8-11, 2008).

Diagnostic Sacroiliac Joint Injections: The Dilemma of Interpretation by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Megan K. Raverty and David W. Polly, Jr. MD.
* E-poster presentation, 15th International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hongkong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hongkong, China (July 8-11, 2008).
* Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 76th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (Feb 27, 2009).
* Rejected for publication in The Spine Journal

Intra-Articular Hip Pathology Diagnosed by MR Arthrography in Patients Presenting to a Spine Surgery Clinic with Low Back Pain by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Charles T. Ledonio MD and David W. Polly, Jr. MD.
* Poster presentation, Spineweek 2008, Geneva Palexpo Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland (May 26-31, 2008).
* E-poster presentation, North American Spine Society 23rd Annual Meeting, Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (October 14-18, 2008).

How Often is Low Back Pain Not Coming From the Back? by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, David W. Polly, Jr. MD and Charles T. Ledonio MD.
* Presented by DWP at the 1st Lumbar Spine Research Society Meeting, Conrad Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL (April 24-25, 2008).
* E-poster presentation, 15th International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hongkong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hongkong, China (July 8-11, 2008).
* Accepted for publication in Spine July 31, 2008.

Vertebral Osteomyelitis with Profound Neurologic Deficit: Successful Treatment with rhBMP-2 and Titanium Cage Device by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD and David W. Polly, Jr. MD.
* Rejected for publication in Spine

The Outcome of Primary and Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty Using Acetabular Reconstructive Cages by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD and Edward Y. Cheng MD.
* Presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Orthopaedic Society, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN (May 11, 2007).
* Published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2008 Jul;466(7):1657-65. Epub 2008 Feb 26.

Mobile- and Fixed-Bearing (All-Poly Tibia) Designs in TKA: A Randomized Prospective Comparison by Terence J. Gioe MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Jason Glynn MD, Edward R. G. Santos MD, and Kathleen Suthers MS.
* Presented by TJG at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Diego, CA (Feb. 15, 2007).
* Presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, Boca Raton Resort and Club, Boca Raton, FL (April 14, 2007).
* Published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am 2009 Sep;91(9):2104-12.

Long-term Outcome in Cerebral Palsy Patients With Unilateral Hip Dysplasia Managed by Proximal Femoral Osteotomy by Khaled Emara MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, V. Bialik MD, Michael D. Aiona MD, and Michael D. Sussman MD.
* Poster presentation, European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS)/International Federation of Pediatric Orthopaedic Societies (IFPOS) Combined Meeting, Sorrento, Italy (April 11-14, 2007).

Postoperative Deep Spinal Wound Infections: Treatment with Vacuum-Assisted Closure by Avraam Ploumis MD, Amir Mehbod MD, Thomas Dressel MD, Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Manuel Pinto MD, and Ensor Transfeldt MD.
* Best Clinical Paper, Presented by AP at the Greek Orthopaedic Association Meeting (Spine Section), Killini, Patra, Greece (June 1-4, 2006).

A Concomitant Posterior Approach Improves Fusion Rates But Not Overall Reoperation Rates in Multilevel Cervical Fusion for Spondylosis by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Amir A. Mehbod MD, Timothy A. Garvey MD, Jill M. Wroblewski MD.
* Presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cervical Spine Society, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA (December 1, 2005).
* Presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, Monterey CA (September 15, 2006).
* Published in Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques, May 2009.

Delayed Union of a Segmental Femoral Shaft Fracture with a Previously Unrecognized Ipsilateral Intracapsular Neck Fracture: Treatment with Exchange Nailing, Cancellous Bone Grafting, Screw Fixation, and Vascularized Iliac Crest Bone Grafting by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD and Samuel Arsenio M. Grozman MD
* 2nd Place, 7th Philippine Hip and Knee Society (PHKS) Case Presentation Contest, Discovery Suites, Pasig City, Metro Manila. (October 24, 2003).

A Review of Outcomes of Treatment for Open Tibial Shaft Fractures at the Philippine General Hospital by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Norberto A. Meriales MD, and Liberato Antonio C. Leagogo, Jr. MD.
* 3rd Place, Analytical Category, 19th Annual Residents' Research Forum (November 15, 2002), UP-PGH Department of Orthopedics
* Published, Philippine Journal of Orthopaedics, Volume XXII No. 2, December 2003.

Anatomic Variations of the First Dorsal Compartment of the Wrist Among Filipinos: A Cadaveric Study by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD, Ida S. Tacata MD, and Leslie M. Reyes MD.
* 2nd Place, Descriptive Category, 18th Annual Residents' Research Forum (November 2001), UP-PGH Department of Orthopedics.

A Radiographic Analysis of the Distal Radio-Ulnar Joint in the Galeazzi Fracture-Dislocation: A Cadaveric Study by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD and Mario B. Geronilla MD.
* Presented at the 17th Annual Residents' Research Forum (November 2000), UP-PGH Department of Orthopedics.

Successful Separation of Ischiopagus Tetrapus Conjoined Twins: A Case Report by Jonathan N. Sembrano MD and Juanito S. Javier MD.
* 1st Place, 2nd Annual Case Presentation Contest (October 1999), UP-PGH Department of Orthopedics.

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