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Gbolabo Sokunbi, MD

Spine Surgery

About Dr. Sokunbi

Dr. Gbolabo Sokunbi is a spine surgeon at HSS and an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. His areas of clinical interest include degenerative conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbo-sacral regions as well as deformity and traumatic spinal conditions. He employs a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to spine care across a broad age range from adolescents to the elderly. When appropriate, he utilizes cutting-edge, minimally invasive and motion preservation techniques while actively leveraging new technologies such as navigation and robotics.

Dr. Sokunbi has authored several peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as book chapters on various spine and orthopedic topics. He serves on the editorial review board of North American Spine Society Journal and Asian Spine Journal.

Dr. Sokunbi is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and also a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. In addition, he is an active member of several national orthopedic societies. He was previously Network Chairman (Interim) of Orthopedic Surgery and Section Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at St. Lukes Health Network, PA, and served as (adjunct) Clinical Professor of Orthopedic surgery at Temple University.

After graduating from Rutgers University/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, Dr. Sokunbi completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed his fellowship in spine surgery at HSS.


Special Expertise

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
Ankylosing spondylitis
Atlantoaxial subluxation (C1-C2)
Cervical arthritis / cervical spondylosis
Cervical radiculopathy
Cervical myelopathy
Congenital cervical spine anomalies
Craniovertebral junction
Disc herniation
Forestier's disease / DISH
High cervical spine disorders
Lumbar radiculopathy
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Motion preservation
Occipitocervical junction disorders
Pediatric (adolescent) spinal disorders
Rheumatoid cervical spine
Spinal deformity
Spinal stenosis


Anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF)
Atlantoaxial fusion (C1-C2)
Cervical corpectomy / cervical vertebrectomy
Cervical decompression
Cervical laminectomy
Cervical laminoplasty
Cervical foraminotomy
Cervical fusion
Lateral transpoas interbody fusion (LLIF / XLIF)
Lumbar laminectomy
Lumbar fusion
Minimally invasive cervical decompression
Minimally invasive cervical disk replacement
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
Occipitocervical / craniovertebral junction fusion
Pedicle subtraction osteotomy
Ponte osteotomy
Sacroiliac joint fusion
Scoliosis correction
Spinal osteotomy
Smith-Petersen osteotomy
Three column osteotomy
Vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty)
Vertebral column resection / vertebrectomy

Patient Stories


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Fellow
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Diplomate
North American Spine Society
J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society


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Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, 2006


Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2007


Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2011


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2012


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2013


North American Spine Society SpineLineTop 20 under 40, 2019
Physician Honoree Award SLHN 2016, 2017, 2018
Spine IEP award, 2012

State Licensure


English, Yoruba

For My Patients


Selected Books by Dr. Sokunbi

Rehman, S., Sokunbi, G.: Intramedullary Fixation of Forearm Fractures: Hand Clin. 2010 Aug;26(3):391-401, vii. Epub, 2010 Jun 11.

Selected Publications

Malige A, Morton PN, Carolan GF, Sokunbi G. The operative treatment of shoulder pain in patients with a concurrent diagnosis of cervical spondylosis and shoulder dysfunction. Journal of Spine Surgery. 2019 Jun;5(2):207.

Malige A, Yuh R, Yellapu V, Lands V, Woods B, Sokunbi G: Spine Pathology Refferal Patters: A Survey based study on Primary Care Physician Beliefs and Behaviours. Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery CIOS-19-108

McGowan SM, Ramski DE, Homcha B, Sokunbi G: Are CT scans overutilized in the workup of Vertebral Compression Fractures? Clinical Spine Journal 2019 May; 32(4): 166-169

Malige A, Sokunbi G: Spinal Cord Stimulators: A Comparison of the Trial Period vs Permanent Outcomes. Spine (Phila PA 1976) 2018 Oct 25

Cho W, Faloon M, Essig D, Sokunbi G, Ross T, Cunningham M, Boachie-Adjei O: Additional Risk Factors for Adding-On After Selective Thoracic Fusion in AIS: Implication of Lowest Instrumented Vertebra Angle and Lumbosacral Takeoff. Spine Clinical Deformity. 2018 Mar-Apr; 6(2): 164-169Kancherla, V, Sokunbi G, McGowan, S, Puccio, S: Patient reported outcomes from Sacroiliac Joint Fusion. Asian Spine Journal, 2017 Feb ;11 (1): 120-126

Faloon MJ, Essig D, Cho W, Sokunbi G, Ross T, Cunningham ME, Rawlins BA, Boachie-Adjei O: Unplanned Reoperations Affect Long-term Outcomes in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients Undergoing Long Fusions to the Sacrum. Spine Deform. 2015 Jul; 3(4): 367-371.

Sokunbi G. Cahill, P. Pumberger, M.: Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis – Surgical Outcomes. European Musculoskeletal Review, 2012;7(1):54-7

Sokunbi G, Nwodim, E, Ilyas, A: Healing of Tibia Gunshot Fractures: A radiographic analysis of gunshot fractures and non-penetrating fractures Temple University Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. 2009 Vol 4: 68-72

Sokunbi G, and Moorman, SJ: Changes in gravitational forces affect gene expression in developing organ systems at different developmental times. BMC Developmental Biology, 2005, 5;1

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

NMA spine case presentations (Virtual) Aug 01 2020.

Complex Case Presentation, NJ/PA Spine Summit Sept 06 2019.

Complex Case Presentation, NJ/PA Spine Summit Feb 09 2019.

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Grand Rounds, SLUHN June 18 2018.

Eastern Orthopedic Society Meeting Podium presentation: Are CT scans over-utilized in the management of acute compression fractures?. March 22 2018.


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of October 18, 2021, Dr. Sokunbi reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.