Nitin Agarwal, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery

Director of Neurotrauma


  • Spinal deformity surgery
  • Cervical deformity and disc disease
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Degenerative scoliosis 
  • Reconstructive spine surgery
  • Artificial disc Replacement
  • Brain and spine trauma
  • Sports medicine

Specialized Procedures

  • Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Virtual Reality, Extended Reality, and Navigation-Assisted Complex Spine and Scoliosis Surgery
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF, OLIF, DLIF, LLIF)
  • Awake Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Multimodal Neuromonitoring

I care for my patients akin to how I care for my family – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Dr. Agarwal


BS, Biology, The College of New Jersey
Ewing, New Jersey

MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School,
Newark, New Jersey


Intern, Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Resident, Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chief Resident, Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Fellowship: Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Surgery, AO Spine/ CAST Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2021-2022

Enfolded Fellowship: Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2019-2020

Enfolded Fellowship: Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2018-2020

Research focus

Research concentrations as principal investigator or primary author have been dedicated to four main areas: neurotrauma outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury and acute spinal cord injury, spine outcomes, socioeconomic research, and patient education. Prior research support has been directed primarily at studies improving outcomes and at the development of neurotrauma biomarkers. These investigations have supported the unmet need to identify biomarkers to better predict prognosis after neurotrauma and tailored interventions to augment neurological recovery. 

Improving outcomes following spine surgery is another component of my efforts to blend my clinical practice and research endeavors. As the principial investigator for these studies, I have sought to critically analyze perioperative surgical and patient risks factors to improve outcomes. The importance of these discoveries has been recognized by my national academic specialty organizations with honors and awards as aforementioned. To this end, these studies have allowed for better preoperative planning and patient optimization for surgical intervention. 

A subset of my research interests includes examining socioeconomic policies that impact neurosurgical practice and the delivery of quality care to patients. These investigations stem from my involvement in organized neurosurgery societies whose mission statements center around these issues. 

My early investigations addressed deficiencies in patient education materials for neurosurgical patients. For these studies, I served as the principal investigator or senior author. The culmination of this work resulted in a foundation award to further improve patient education and engagement through multimedia.

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PubMed – National Institutes of Health (NIH)>>

Honors and leadership roles

Hospital appointments

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis Children’s Hospital