Dr. Viktor Bartanusz smiling for his staff photo.



Viktor Bartanusz, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Personal Statement:

Dr. Viktor Bartanusz graduated with honors from the Comenius University Faculty of Medicine in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. He then completed a postgraduate research program at the Institute of Experimental Endocrinology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, where his studies concentrated on circumventricular organs and the blood-brain barrier. As a postgraduate research fellow in the neuroanatomy division of the Department of Morphology at the University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Bartanusz studied hypothalamic regulatory mechanisms of the stress response and regeneration of vasopressinergic neurons. He also participated in the neuroanatomy and neurohistology teaching program. The results of his work have been published in peer-reviewed articles.

After he obtained his PhD in pharmacology and neuroendocrine regulation, Dr. Bartanusz completed his neurosurgery residency training at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in Lausanne, Switzerland. He advanced his training by completing a fellowship in spinal surgery at the Schulthess Klinik Spine Center in Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Bartanusz served as an assistant professor at Shulthess Klinik until he joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2007. He worked diligently to enrich the university’s Complex Spine Surgery program and was promoted to the position of associate professor in 2011. His special clinical interests include the surgery of cranio-cervical junction and spinal cord tumors. His research is focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of spinal cord damage following trauma.

In 2015, Dr. Bartanusz left University Health and joined the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in Lausanne to develop their spine program as the head of their spine division. He returned to the university in 2018 so he could continue to provide his leadership and expert guidance to our spine and spine trauma programs.




1989 May Diploma of Medicine

1996 December PhD Diploma in Pharmacology and Neuroendocrine Regulations

1999 April First Degree Czech National Examination in General Surgery

2002 August European Association of Neurosurgical Societies Part 1 Examination

2002 November Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)

2004 April Swiss Neurosurgery Board Examination

2005 June Swiss Medical Association Neurosurgeon Certificate

2005 April USMLE Step 1 Exam

2005 June USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Exam

2006 January USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam

2006 March Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate

2006 June USMLE Step 3 Exam

2006 November Texas Medical Jurisprudence Examination

2007 June American College of Surgeons ATLS course, San Antonio, Texas

2009 June Department of Neurosurgery Faculty Teaching Award

2011 November Final Exam in Statistics for the Health Professions, New England

University, Maine

2015 June Diplôme d’étude en langue français (DELF): Niveau B2 du Cadre

européen commun de référence pour les langues


European Spine Society (EuroSpine)

International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS)

North American Spine Society (NASS)


1. Laudato AP, Bartanusz V: The role of surgery for low back pain associated with Modic changes on magnetic resonance imaging. [Quel est le rôle de la chirurgie pour les lombalgies avec des changements de type Modic à l’IRM ?]. Accepted : Rev Med

Suisse, 2017.

2. Hottinger A, Bartanusz V: Metastatic spinal cord compression. [Compressions médullaires d’origine tumorale]. Info@onkologie 6(02), 18-19, 2016.

3. Starnoni D, Yamgoué Y, Hottinger A, Bartanusz V: Multilevel severe radiculopathy from an extraneural glioblastoma cervical metastasis. Surgical Neurology

International 12(7) Suppl 40, S1028-29, 2016.

4. Maknojia A, Sprague SM, Riquelme M, Gu S, Reed P, Bartanusz V, Jiang J, Sayre N: Monoclonal antibody targeting connexin-43 hemichannel improves functional recovery and reduces secondary injury after traumatic spinal cord injury.

Neurosurgery 63 Suppl 1, 212-3, 2016.

5. Bartanusz V: Letter to the editor concerning “Surgery and survival outcomes of 30 patients with neurological deficit due to clear cell renal cell carcinoma spinal metastases” by Shuai Han et al. (Eur Spine J. 2015). European Spine Journal 25(6),

1960-1, 2016.

6. Son C, Tavakoli S, Bartanusz V: No publication bias in industry funded clinical trials of degenerative disease of the spine. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 25, 58-61,


7. Hawksworth S, Andrade N, Bartanusz V: Conservative Policy for Intraoperative Neuromonitoring in Spinal Surgery. Neurosurgery 62 Suppl 1:190-3, 2015.

8. Bartanusz V, Harris JA, Moldavsky M, Yiwei C, Bucklen B: Short Segment Spinal Instrumentation with Index Vertebra Pedicle Screw Placement for Pathologies

Involving the Anterior and Middle Vertebral Column is Equally Effective as Long Viktor Bartanusz, MD, PhD – Curriculum vitae

12 Segment Stabilization with Cage Reconstruction: A Biomechanical Study. Spine

40(22), 1729-36, 2015.

9. Bartanusz V, Ziu M, Jimenez DF, Crownover R, Langevin AM: Zoledronic acid therapy for recurrent giant cell tumor of the C2 vertebra in an adolescent. The Spine

Journal 15(8), 1886-7, 2015.

10. Andrade N, Ashton CM, Wray NP, Brown C, Bartanusz V: Systematic review of observational studies reveals no association between low back pain and spondylolysis/isthmic spondylolisthesis: An established indication for lumbar fusion

revisited. European Spine Journal 24(6):1289-95, 2015.

11. Branch B, Tantiwongkosi B, Altmeyer W, Bartanusz V: Posterior fossa giant tumefactive perivascular spaces: 8-year follow up in an adolescent. Surgical

Neurology International 6(1): 2, 2015.

12. Bartanusz V, Andrade N: Re: Berg S, Tullberg T. Letter to the editor regarding Mannion, Brox, Fairbank. Comparison of spinal fusion and nonoperative treatment in patients with chronic low back pain: long-term follow-up of three randomized

controlled trials. The Spine Journal, 15(2): 379-80, 2015.

13. Hawksworth S, Andrade N, Son C, Bartanusz V, Jimenez FD: Julius Goodman Resident Award. A Conservative Policy of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring for Spinal

Surgery: Costs and Outcomes. Neurosurgery 61 Suppl 1, 203-4, 2014

14. Ziu M, Dengler B, Cordell D, Bartanusz V: Diagnosis and management of primary pyogenic spinal infections in intravenous recreational drug users. Neurosurg Focus

37(2): E3, 2014.

15. Bartanusz V, Corneille MG, Sordo S, Gildea M, Michalek JE, Nair PV, Stewart RM, Jezova D: Diurnal salivary cortisol measurement in acutely ill trauma patients in the surgical – neurosurgical intensive care unit. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 21,

2150-54, 2014.

16. Dengler BA, Jimenez DF, Bartanusz V: Reabsorption of calcified herniated nucleus pulposus in a 14-year-old boy. Journal of Pediatrics 164(2): 424.e1.2, 2014.

17. Dengler BA, Bartanusz V: Bilateral abducens nerve palsies after traumatic C1-C2 distraction injury: report of two cases. European

Spine Journal, suppl.2: 248-52,2014.

18. Ziu M, Fletcher L, Savage JG, Jimenez DF, Digicaylioglu M, Bartanusz V: Spatial and temporal expression levels of specific microRNAs in a spinal cord injury mouse

model and their relationship to the duration of compression. The Spine Journal

14(2): 353-60, 2014.

19. Bartanusz V, Savage JG, Belayev A: Spinal cord herniation or intradural arachnoid cyst? Letters to the Editor, The Spine Journal 14:385, 2014.

Viktor Bartanusz, MD, PhD – Curriculum vitae

20. Andrade N, Flynn JP, Bartanusz V: Twenty year-perspective of randomized controlled trials for surgery of chronic nonspecific low back pain: citation bias and tangential knowledge.

The Spine Journal 13(11): 1698-704. 2013.

21. McGinity M, Bartanusz V, Dengler B, Birnbaum L, Henry J: Pseudomyogenic

hemangioendothelioma (epithelioid sarcoma-like hemangioendothelioma, fibroma-like variant of epithelioid sarcoma) of the thoracic spine. European Spine Journal 22:

S506-S511, 2013.

22. Bartanusz V, Henry JM, Ziu M, Jimenez DF: Calcifying pseudoneoplasm of the antlanto-axial joint in a child. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 18:367-371, 2013.

23. Bartanusz V, Ziu M, Wood LE, Caron JL: Delayed posttraumatic spinal cord infarction in an adult following minor head injury: a case report. Journal of Medical

Case Reports, 6: 314, 2012.

24. Bartanusz V, Savage JG: Destructive Mycobacterium simiae infection of the lumbar spine and retroperitoneum in an immunocompetent adult. The Spine Journal 12: 534-

535, 2012.

25. Bartanusz V, Jezova D, Alajajian B, Digicaylioglu M: The blood-spinal cord barrier: morphology and clinical implications. Annals of Neurology 70: 194-206, 2011.

26. Bartanusz V, Muzumdar A, Hussain M, Moldavsky M, Khalil S: Spinal instrumentation following complete resection of the last lumbar vertebra:

An in vitro biomechanical study following L5 spondylectomy. Spine, 36, 1017-1021, 2011.

27. Grob D, Bartanusz V, Jeszenszky D, Kleinstuck F, Lattig F, O’Riordian D, Mannion

AF: A prospective, cohort study comparing translaminar screw fixation with transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and pedicle screw fixation for fusion of the degenerative lumbar spine. Journal of Bone Joint Surgery 91-B: 1347-53, 2009.

28. Lattig F, Grob D, Kleinstuck F, Porchet F, Jeszenszky D, Bartanusz V, O’Riordan D, Mannion AF: Ratings of global outcome at the first post-operative assessment after spinal surgery: how often do the surgeon and patient agree? European Spine

Journal, May 22, 2009.