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Dr. Antonacci continues to pursue new avenues for treating and preventing spinal disorders, and is frequently published for his groundbreaking findings in the leading medical journals and other publications.


Many of the best professional research associations, medical centers, universities and other charitable resources have bestowed grants on Dr. Antonacci’s research projects, enabling him to remain at the forefront of spinal studies, including new treatments and trials.


  1. Hwang, S. W. , Samdani, A.F., Tantorski, M., Cahill, P., Nydick, J., Fine, A., Betz, R.R., Antonacci, M.D., Cervical Sagittal Plane Decompensation after Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: An Effect Imparted by Postoperative Thoracic Hypokyphosis. J Neurosurg Spine 15:491 – 496, 2011.
  2. Olsen, T., Tigyer, L, and Antonacci, M.D. Management of Cervicothoracic Spinal Lipomatosis and Rapidly Progressive Neurologic Symptoms. ORTHOPAEDICS, Vol 29, No. 8, 727-730., August 2006.
  3. Nothias JM, Mitsui T., Shumsky J.S., Fischer I., Antonacci, M.D., Murray M., Combined Effects of Neurotrophin Secreting Transplants, Exercise and Serotonergic Drug Challenge Improve Function in Spinal Rats. Neurorehabil Neural Repair, 19(4):296-312, 2005.
  4. Lonner B., Scharf, K., B.A., Antonacci, M.D., Goldstein, Y., RPA-C, Panagopoulos, G., Ph.D. SPINE, The Learning Curve Associated With Thoroscopic Spinal Instrumentation. Spine, 30(24):2835-40,2005.
  5. Antonacci, M.D., Essential Concepts in Spinal Deformity. Trauma/ Spinal Cord Injury. Editors: Errico, Lonner. Elsevier. Submitted for publication.
  6. Frisch, R. and Antonacci, M.D. Spinal Cord Injury Repair Strategies: Topics in Spinal Cord Injury. Functional Assessments and Outcomes After SCI, Editor, David Apple. Thomas Land Publishers, Inc., 10:4, 2005.
  7. Frisch, R. and Antonacci, M.D., Surgery of the Pediatric Spine: Section VIII. Pediatric Spinal Trauma and Surgical Management. Ch. 39: Injury Modulation and Spinal Cord Regeneration. Editors Daniel Kim, Randy Betz. 2005.
  8. Antonacci, M.D., and Murray, M., Spinal Cord / Nerve Regeneration. In: The Cervical Spine, 4th ed. (eds: Charles R. Clark et al.). Lippincott-Raven, 2004.
  9. Antonacci, M.D.: Spinal Cord Injury – The Cure. Staying Connected. Spinal Cord Injury Program Alumni, Shriners Hospital Alumni Magazine, July 2002.
  10. Antonacci, M.D., Rutz, K., Mody, D.R., Weilbacher, D.G., and Heggeness, M.H.: A Histologic Study of Fractured Human Vertebral Bodies. Journal of Spinal Disorders, 15(2):118-126, 2002.
  11. Antonacci, M.D., and Eismont, F.J.: Osteomyelitis-Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine, in Spine Surgery: Master Cases. Ed(s).: Vaccaro, A., and Albert, T., 2000.
  12. Antonacci, M.D., and Eismont, F.J.: Neurologic Complications Following Lumbar Spine Surgery, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 9:137-145, 2001.
  13. Antonacci, M.D., Kohl, H.W., and Esses, S.I.: Low Back Pain, American Council on Exercise: Clinical Exercise Specialist Manual. Chapter 21, pg 339-347, 1999.
  14. Antonacci, M.D., Mody, D.R., and Heggeness, M.H.: Innervation of the Human Vertebral Body: A Histologic Study. Journal of Spinal Disorders, 11(6): 526-531, 1998.
  15. Antonacci, M.D., Hanson, D.S., and Heggeness, M.H.: Regional Variation in Vertebral Bone Density and Trabecular Architecture are Influenced by Osteoarthritic Change and Osteoporosis. SPINE Vol. 22, No 20, Oct. 15, pg 2393-2400.
  16. Antonacci, M.D., Hanson, D.S., and Heggeness, M.H.: Pitfalls in the Measurement of Bone Mineral Density by Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. SPINE Vol. 21, No. 1, January 1, pg. 87-90, 1996.
  17. Massotti, M., Schlichting, J.L., Antonacci, M.D., Giusti, P., Memo, M., Costa, E., and Guidotti, A.: GABAA Receptor Heterogeneity in Rat Central Nervous System: Studies with Clonazepam and Other Benzodiazepine Ligands. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 256: 1154-1160, 1991.
  18. Guidotti, A., Antonacci, M.D., Giusti, P., Massotti, M., Memo, M. and Schlichting, J.L.: The Differences in The Pharmacological Profiles of Various Benzodiazepine Recognition Site Ligands May Be Associated With GABAA Receptor Structural Diversity. In: G. Biggio and E. Costa (eds.): GABA and Benzodiazepine Receptor Subtypes (Advances in Biochemical Psychopharmacology 46:), Raven Press, New York, pp 73-87, 1990.
  19. Antonacci, M.D., and Calvano, S.E.: Enhanced RIA001 and Replicate RIA001. In: BCTIC Computer Code Collection. MED 76. Vanderbilt Medical Center Department of Radiology and Radiological Science for the Department of Energy, 1984.

Publications in Preparation

  1. Antonacci, M.D., Hanson, D.S., Mody, D.R. and Heggeness, M.H.: A Histologic Study of the Vertebral Endplate.
  2. Antonacci, M.D., Mody, D.R., and Heggeness, M.H.: Histology of Osteophyte Formations in Human Vertebral Bone.
  3. Antonacci, M.D., Jean-Manuel Nothias, Catherine Humphreys, Alan Tessler, M.D., Itzhak Fisher, Ph.D., and Marion Murray, Ph.D.: Axonal Regeneration Using Transplants of Genetically Engineered Fibroblasts in Spinal Cord Injury.
  4. Riley, L., Antonacci, M.D., and Eismont, F.J.: Treatment of Post-irradiated Spinal Infections.
  5. Antonacci, M.D., Jean-Manuel Nothias, Tom Parks, Chris Cawley, Marion Murray, Ph.D. Transplants of Unmodified Human Bone Marrow Stromal Cells in a Collagen Matrix Support Brainstem-Spinal Axonal Regeneration Across Complete Spinal Cord Transections.

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