Kristen Jones, MD, FAANS

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Kristen Jones

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Office Phone 612-624-6666

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Claire Graham

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Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

MD, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans

Residency in Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota

Fellowship in Neurosurgery/Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota

BS, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN


Dr. Jones received her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed her neurosurgery residency at the University of Minnesota. She then completed a unique year-long Complex Spine Fellowship in spinal deformity surgery, working at the U under internationally-renowned spinal deformity surgeon, David Polly, MD, in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery.

Her training in both orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgery enables her to treat every issue dealing with the spine in both children and adults. Jones specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, scoliosis, complex spinal deformity, spine tumors, and trauma. “I am grateful for my unique training that enables me to take care of the most difficult, complex spine problems in an environment that’s well equipped to give our patients the best outcomes,” she said.

In addition, Jones is conducting an ongoing clinical trial. “My research focuses on developing a nationwide simulator curriculum for training residents and interns on placement of spine instrumentation prior to performing a procedure,” she explained. Jones is working with Orthopaedic Surgery colleagues, David Polly, MD, and Jonathan Sembrano, MD, on the study.

A downtown Minneapolis resident, when Jones has spare time you can find her outdoors, biking or hiking. She is an experienced triathlete and a longtime equestrian who enjoys showing her horse in national jumping competitions.

Patient stories

U of M surgical team removes tumor, reconstructs spine, and helps relieve debilitating pain for young patient

Complex spine patient struggled to have people believe her – until she came to the U of M


Complex spine, spinal deformity, scoliosis, trauma, minimally invasive spine surgery, spine tumors

Awards & Recognition

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors, Rising Stars, 2017, 2018
  • Top Doctor, International Association of HealthCare Professionals, 2017-2018
  • Department of Neurosurgery Resident Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Stuart Rowe Resident Research Award, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2009
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2006
  • Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, 2006

Professional Associations

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Association of American Neurological Surgeons
  • Candidate Member, Scoliosis Research Society


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Jones is currently focusing her research on creating a national simulator-based curriculum for residents and interns on placement of surgical instrumentation prior to performing a procedure.

Research Funding Grants

  • 2015 University of Minnesota Sim-Portal Simulation Research Award, “Protocol-Based Simulation Training for CT-Based Navigated Placement of Spinal Instrumentation in Resident Education,” Primary Investigator Kristen Jones MD
  • 2016 Industry research partnership with Medtronic, Inc., “Protocol-Based Simulation Training for CT-Based Navigated Placement of Spinal Instrumentation in Resident Education,” University of Minnesota Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, Primary Investigator Kristen Jones MD, Co-Investigator David Polly MD.



  1. Hubbard ME, Hunt MA, Jones KE, Polly DW. Thoracic spinal cord impingement by an arachnoid web at the level of a hemivertebra: case report. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 27 (6):638-642, 2017. PMID 28885124
  2. Jones KE, Butler EK, Barrack T, et al. Tranexamic Acid Reduced the Percent of Total Blood Volume Lost During Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery. International Journal of Spine Surgery. 2017;11:27. doi:10.14444/4027.
  3. Berkowitz O, Jones K, Lunsford LD, Kondziolka D. Determining the elements of procedural quality. Journal of Neurosurgery 119 (2): 373-380, 2013. PMID 23394334
  4. Medberry CJ, Crapo PM, Siu BF, Carruthers CA, Wolf MT, Nagarkar S, Agrawal V, Jones KE, Kelly J, Johnson SA, Velankar S, Watkins SC, Badylak SF. Hydrogels derived from central nervous system extracellular matrix. Biomaterials 34 (4), 1033-1040, 2013. PMID 23158935
  5. Crapo PM, Medberry CJ, Reing JE, Tottey S, van der Merwe Y, Jones KE,Badylak SF. Biologic scaffolds composed of central nervous system extracellular matrix. Biomaterials 33 (13): 3539-3547, 2012. PMID 22341938
  6. Jones KE, Puccio AM, Harshman KJ, Falcione B, Benedict N, Jankowitz BT, Stippler M, Sauber-Schatz EK, Fabio A, Darby JM, Okonkwo DO. Levetiracetam versus phenytoin for seizure prophylaxis in severe traumatic brain injury. Neurosurgical Focus 25 (4): E3 (1-5), 2008. PMID 18828701

Internet Publications

  1. Jones KE, Haines SJ. “Microvascular Decompression for Hemifacial Spasm: Definitive Cure for Disabling Disease.” Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, invited review, 2013.

Chapters in Books

  1. Jones KE, Larson NA, Polly DP. Pediatric and Adult Scoliosis. In: Ellenbogen R, ed. Principles of Neurologic Surgery. 4th ed. Elsevier, Publication in process
  2. Vasquez C, Jones KE, Hunt MA, Haines S. Antibiotic Usage in Neurosurgery. In: Winn H, ed, Youmans and Winn Neurological Surgery. 7th ed, Elsevier, publication in process
  3. Jones KE, Ledonio C, Polly DP. SI Joint Fusion: Indications and Techniques. In: Wolfla CE and Resnick DK, eds. Neurosurgical Operative Atlas: Spine and Peripheral Nerves. 3rd ed. New York, Thieme, Publication in process
  4. Jones KE and Polly DP. Myth and Reality of Sacroiliac Joint Pathology. In: AO Spine Masters Series: Volume 8, Chapter 5. New York: Thieme, Publication in process
  5. Jones KE, Morgan RA, Polly DP. Indications and Techniques for Sacral-Pelvic Fixation in Adult Spinal Deformity. In: Lenke LG, Cheung K, Gomes Vialle LR, eds. Adult Spinal Deformities- AO Spine Masters Series: Volume 4. New York: Thieme, 2015.


Invited Oral Presentations at National Professional Meetings, Conferences

  1. Extracellular matrix hydrogel implantation for neural repair in acute stroke. Jones KE. 9th Symposium on Regenerative Medicine, Napa, CA, April 28, 2016
  2. From lab bench to bedside: trends and advances in CNS regenerative research. Jones KE. 18th Annual Regenerative Medicine Workshop, Hilton Head, SC, March 2014
  3. The role of macrophage polarization in severe traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Jones KE. McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Symposium, Nemacolin, PA, March 2012
  4. Potential for optic nerve regeneration after crush injury using extracellular matrix-derived hydrogel implantation. Crapo PM and Jones KE. McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Symposium, Nemacolin, PA, March 2012
  5. MaXcess Corpectomy. Kanter AS, Madhok R, Jones KE, Okonkwo DO. Society of Lateral Access Surgery Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2010
  6. Levetiracetam monotherapy for seizure prophylaxis in severe traumatic brain injury. Jones KE. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, October 2008.

Invited Oral Presentations at Local and Regional Professional Meetings, Conferences

  1. Jones KE. Back pain: Evidence-based evaluation and treatment. Presented at Annual Updates in Neuroscience for primary Care, Bloomington, MN March 24, 2018.



  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics


Clinics and Surgery Center;University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital;University of Minnesota Medical Center

Clinical Interests

Complex spinal deformity; scoliosis; spine tumors; spine trauma; minimally invasive spine surgery