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Joshua T. Wewel, MD
Atlanta Brain and Spine
Atlanta, GA
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About Joshua T. Wewel, MD

Dr. Joshua T. Wewel is a neurosurgeon with the Atlanta Brain and Spine Care team at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Wewel earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and during that time completed an honors thesis in small bowel transplant immunology.

Dr. Wewel completed neurosurgical training at Rush University Medical Center in 2018. Strong mentorship during residency promoted his interests in cervical, thoracic and lumbar deformity with heavy influence on minimally invasive techniques.

He then furthered his education, completing a fellowship in minimally invasive and complex spine at the Barrow Neurologic Institute, under the mentorship of Dr. Juan S. Uribe. The fellowship experience added additional armamentarium for complex spine and scoliosis correction, particularly as it relates to lateral lumbar approaches and interbody fusions.

Dr. Wewel is a member of numerous neurosurgical organizations, including the Congress of Neurologic Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Joint Section on the Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He is actively involved in regional and local neurosurgical establishments. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and presented at national and international meetings.

Dr. Wewel treats nearly all spinal pathologies, including:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Disc replacement
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis

…with a strong influence on minimally invasive strategies. He is adept at all spinal instrumentation techniques across the occipital, cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral, pelvic junctions.

Dr. Wewel provides care for patients at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, the renowned Shepherd Center for spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation. He enjoys spending time with his wife Marissa as they grow their family in Atlanta.



1. Frameless neuronavigation based only on 3D digital subtraction angiography using surface-based facial recognition. Stidd, D., Wewel JT, Ghods A, Munich S, Serici A, Keigher K, Theessen H, Moftakhar R, Lopes D.  Journal of Neurosurgery. 2014 Sep;12(3):745-50.


2.  Iatrogenic traumatic intracranial aneurysm after endoscopic sinus surgery. Wewel JT, Mangubat E, Munoz L. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2014 Dec;21(12):2072-6.


3.  Minimally invasive surgery for synchronous, same-level lumbar intradural-extramedullary neoplasm and acute disc herniation. Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Wewel JT, Fontes R, O’Toole JE. Neurosurg Focus. 2014 Sep;37 Suppl 2:Video 16.


4.  Neurosarcoidosis mimicking bilateral posterior fossa meningiomas. Tan LA, Kasliwal MK, Wewel JT, Harbhajanka A, Arvanitis L, Moftakhar R. Journal of Neurooncology. 2015 Nov;125(2):435-6.     


5.  Perioperative cost analysis of minimally-invasive versus open resection intradural-extrameduallary spinal cord tumors. Fontes R, Wewel JT, O’Toole JE. Neurosurgery. 2016 Apr;78(4):531-9.


6.  Spinal Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Presenting as Acute Paraparesis during Pregnancy: Management Strategy and Review of Literature. Kasliwal MK, Tan LA, Wewel JT, O’Toole JE. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2016 Jun;28:167-9.


7.  Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder (PTLD) of the Cervical Spine Mimicking an Epidural Abscess. Wewel JT, Harbhajanka A, Kasliwal MK, Ahuja SK., Loew JM, Fontes, RB. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2016 Jul;29:175-8.


8. Delayed Intracerebral Hemorrhage from a Pseudoaneurysm Following a Depressed Skull Fracture. Nazari P, Kasliwal MK, Wewel JT, Dua SG, Chen, M. Neurointervention. 2016 Mar;11(1):42-5.


9.  Novel Reconstruction of the Anterior Craniocervical Junction Using an Expandable Cage with Integrated fixation after Total C2 Spondylectomy for Chordoma. Wewel JT, Tan LA, Nunna RS, Kasliwal MK, O’Toole JE. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2016 Aug;30:157-60.


10.  Exuberant Heterotopic Ossification Following Anterior Cervical Fusion. Kasliwal MK, Wewel JT, Traynelis VC. Neurology India. 2016 May-Jun;64(3):571-2.


11. Coexistent Panspinal Subdural Abscess and Isolated Leptomeningeal Myeloma Relapse Presenting as Rapid-Onset Paraparesis. Journal of Emergency Medicine. Wewel JT, Kumar V, Kasliwal MK, Fontes RB. 2016 Dec;51(6):729-731.


12.  Intradural Benign Epithelioid Schwannoma of the Lumbar spine. Wewel JT, Mangubat EZ, Patil J, Kurian P, Sani S. Neurology India. 2016 Nov-Dec;64(6):1340-1341.


13. Massive epistaxis resulting from radiation-induced carotid artery pseudoaneurysm. Nazari P, Tan LA, Wewel JT, Moftakhar R, Kasliwal MK. Neurology India. 2017 Mar-Apr;65(2):380-382.


14. Deep brain stimulation with a pre-existing cochlear implant: Surgical technique and outcome. Eddelman D, Wewel J, Wiet RM, Metman LV, Sani S. Surgical Neurology International. pr 5;8:47. doi: 10.4103/sni.sni_412_16. eCollection 2017.


15.  Cranial nerve contrast using nerve-specific fluorophores improved by paired-agent imaging with indocyanine green as a control agent. Torres V, Vuong V, Wilson T, Wewel JT, Byrne RW, Tichauer K.  Journal of Biomedical Optics 2017 Sept;(22)9.


16. Idiopathic thoracic transdural intravertebral spinal cord herniation. Turel MK, Wewel JT, Kerolus MG, O’Toole JE. J Craniovertebr Junction. 2017 Jul-Sep;8(3):288-290.


17.  Analysis of cost and 30-day Outcomes in Single-Level Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Less Invasive, Stand-Alone Lateral Transpsoas Interbody Fusion. Hartman C, Hemphill C, Godzik J, Walker CT, Wewel JT, Turner JD, Uribe JS. World Neurosurg. 2019 Feb;122:e1037-e1040.


18.  Fusion rate following Three-and Four-level ACDF using allograft and segmental instrumentation: A Radiographic Study. Wewel JT, Kasliwal MK, Adogwa O, Deutsch H, O’Toole JE, Traynelis VC. J Clin Neurosci. 2019 Jan 25.


19.  The utilization of minimally invasive surgery techniques for treatment of spinal deformity. Wewel JT, Godzik J, Uribe JS. J Spine Surg 2019;5(Suppl 1):S84-S90.


20.  Prediction of Optic Chiasm Fixation Based on Cranial Metrics. Straus D, Byrne N, Wewel J, Munich S, Dasgupta M, Kocak M, Tchalukov K, Eddelman D, Byrne R. (2019). J Neurol Surg B. 80. 10.1055/s-0039-1679464.


21. Commentary: Surgical treatment of flat back syndrome with anterior hyperlordotic cages. Operative Neurosurgery. 2019 Aug 12. Wewel JT, Uribe JS.


22.  Perioperative complications with multi-level anterior and posterior cervical decompression and fusion. Wewel JT, Brahimaj BC, Kasliwal MK, Traynelis VC. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 2019 Sep 20:1-6.


23. Placement of guide-wireless sharp percutaneous pedicle screws utilizing CT-navigation and sentinel fluoroscopy: 2-Dimensional Operative Video. Martirosyan NL, Wewel JT, Uribe JS. Operative Neurosurgery. 2019 Dec 26. pii: opz361. doi: 10.1093/ons/opz361.


24. Retropleural Thoracic Approach. Wewel JT, Uribe JS. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2020 Jan;31(1)43-48.


25. Timing of lateral lumbar interbody subsidence: a review of exclusive intra-operative subsidence. Wewel JT, Hartman C, Uribe JU. World Neurosurgery. 2020 Jan 26.


26. Minimally invasive anterior longitudinal ligament release for anterior column realignment. Godzik, J, Wewel, JT, Turner, J, Uribe, JS. Global Spine Journal. In press.


27. Multistage hybrid approach to management of significant sagittal malalignment. Godzik, J. Walker CT, Xu D, Hartman C, Wewel JT, Uribe JS. Operative Neurosurgery. In press.

28. Complete anterior-posterior minimally invasive thoracoscopic robotic-assisted and posterior tubular approach for resection of thoracic dumbbell tumor. Wewel JT, Kasliwal MK, Chmielewski GW, O’Toole JE. Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine. In press.


29. Part 1. Radiographic predictors of indirect neural decompression in minimally invasive transpsoas lateral interbody fusion. Walker CT, Xu DS, Cole TS, Alhilali L, Godzik J, Wewel J, Morgan C, Zhou J, Farber SH, Whiting AC, Martirosyan N, Turner JD, Uribe JS. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Under review.


30. Part 2. Clinical correlates of indirect neural decompression in minimally invasive transpsoas lateral interbody fusion. Walker CT, Xu DS, Estrada S, Giraldo J, Godzik J, Alhilali L, Cole TS, Whiting AC, Martirosyan N, Wewel J, Turner JD, Uribe JS. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Under review.


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