Brenton Pennicooke, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery

Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Deformity (Cervical or Thoracolumbar)
  • Spinal Tumors/Spinal Oncology
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Spinal Trauma

Call 314-362-3577 for Patient Appointments


I am committed to providing exceptional care tailored to each patient to achieve optimal outcomes and improvements in quality-of-life.”

Dr. Pennicooke

Education

BA, Biology with Departmental Honors
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
2004-2007

MS, Molecular and Cellular Biology
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
2007-2008

MD, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
2008-2012

Residency

Resident, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Departments of Neurosurgery
New York, NY
2012 – 2019

Fellowship

Spine Research Fellow
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center & Cornell University
Departments of Neurological Surgery & Biomedical Engineering
New York, NY & Ithaca, NY
2015 – 2016

Predictive Analytics/Machine Learning Research Fellow
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center & Cornell Tech
Departments of Neurological Surgery & Operations Research and Information Engineering
New York, NY
2018 – 2019

Clinical Instructor & Complex Spinal Reconstruction and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Clinical Fellow
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of California-San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
2019 –2020


Research focus

Dr. Pennicooke is a spine fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who completed a post-residency fellowship in complex spinal reconstruction and minimally invasive spine surgery under the guidance of both neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. His diverse training gives him a unique insight into treating a wide range of spinal diseases from significant spinal deformity/malalignment to herniated discs. Dr. Pennicooke is an expert in utilizing artificial intelligence, advanced machine learning, and causal inference to analyze patient-outcome data. His research endeavors to extensively understand the nuances of spinal disease, develop personalized patient treatment regimens, and build novel clinical support tools.


Honors & leadership roles

  • Washington University School of Medicine Faculty Diversity Scholar
  • Chairman of Housestaff Quality Council, New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Best Oral Presentation at World Forum for Spine Research Award
  • Weill Cornell Dept of Neurosurgery Michael Apuzzo Outstanding Research Writing Award
  • Joint Spine Section Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award
  • Weill Cornell Dept of Neurosurgery Bronson Ray Resident Research Day Award
  • AO Spine Foundation Spine Fellowship Best Posters Distinction
  • Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Award
  • Johns Hopkins University Dean of Student Life Achievement Award
  • Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Director’s Award

Hospital appointments

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital