Dr. Nicholas Theodore, MD

Dr. Nicholas Theodore, MD

Neurological Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 54
Dr. Nicholas Theodore, MD is a neurological spine surgery specialist in Baltimore, MD and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from Georgetown Univ. School of Medicine in 1991 and specializes in neurological spine surgery, neurosurgery, and more.Read his story


Baltimore, MD 21287

Contact Information

(410) 955-4424

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • UnitedHealthCare

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more than 95% of peers
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Dr. Theodore's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Theodore "Nicholas Theodore is an American neurosurgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is known for his work in spinal trauma, robotics and personalized medicine. He is Director of the Neurosurgical Spine Program at Johns Hopkins and Co-Director of the Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Theodore graduated from Cornell University, where he was the recipient of a Cornell Tradition Academic Fellowship. He attended medical school at Georgetown University, where he graduated with honors. After completing his internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Dr. Theodore served as a Senior General Medical Officer with the United States Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan. Dr. Theodore completed his neurosurgical residency and a fellowship in spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute. After completing his residency in 2001, Dr. Theodore served as Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego, overseeing the largest neurosurgery complement in the Navy. In 2003, he joined the faculty at the Barrow Neurological Institute, and assumed the position of Director of Neurotrauma. In 2004 he was appointed Associate Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Barrow. The Neurosurgery Residency Program at Barrow is the largest in the United States, training four residents per academic year, for a total of 28 residents. In 2009, he became the Chief of the Spine Section at the Barrow Neurological Institute and was appointed the Volker K.H. Sonntag Chair in 2015. In 2016, he became the second Donlin M. Long Professor of Neurosurgery & Orthopaeidcs at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Theodore also holds a professorship in the Biomedical Engineering. His area of focus includes brain and spinal cord injury, minimally invasive surgery, robotics and personalized medicine."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Theodore "At Johns Hopkins, we put our patients first. We are committed to treating our patients with compassion and to providing innovative and sound medical options for the treatment of our patient's neurological conditions. As a patient at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, your health and well-being are important to us. The neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, hospital staff, neurological institute, and other members of our multidisciplinary team work together with one goal in mind - helping you get well."

3  Specialties

  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

28  Conditions Treated

  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Spine Deformities
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Spine Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

12  Procedures

  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Trauma Neurosurgery

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Maryland.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Weill Cornell Medical College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Georgetown Univ. School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • National Naval Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • National Naval Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Neurological Surgery Teacher of the Year award - St. Joseph's Academic Affairs, 2013
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2001
Media & Publications

Dr. Theodore has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Greek

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Theodore's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Theodore to family and friends
42 total reviews (9 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (42)

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Dr. Theodore's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (9)

I was referred to Dr. Theodore for a second opinion, and he disagreed with another neurosurgeon's review of my imaging, stating "the buck stops with me." Yes, he actually said that. He was very condescending, and clearly annoyed with my questions. This man undeniably thinks he is God. All of...more
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I was under the assumption my case had been reviewed, prior to flying out to Baltimore from Denver to be evaluated. Instead, once I got there I was told there is no clear cause of my pain and they'd like to monitor the lesions in my spine, recommended ESI's and nerve pain treatments, however denied...more
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Very unusual bedside manner: on one hand gregarious but speaks so rapidly it might as well be in Greek, not pausing to allow for questions from patient and family. Impossible to obtain an operative report from him or JH, leaving patient and family wonder what actually occurred during surgery and,...more
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I would highly recommend Dr. Theodore. Thank you Dr. T for all you've done!
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Met with Dr. Theodore and his team at Hopkins - he came highly recommended from a close family friend. Couldn't be happier with my care and his bedside manner.
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