Dr. Wilson Ray is Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Spine in the Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University.  He is fellowship-trained in both peripheral nerve and spinal oncology.  He is the co-director of the Center for Spinal Cord Injury and is the principal investigator on multiple clinical trials studying spinal cord injury, cervical myelopathy and lumbar degenerative conditions.

His clinical interest include spinal cord injuries (SCI), nerve transfers for SCI, peripheral nerve injuries and brachial plexus injuries, tumors, cervical myelopathy and minimally invasive techniques in treating degenerative lumbar spine conditions.

The Department of Defense has awarded Washington University and Dr. Ray a multi-million dollar grant to conduct a multi-site study entitled: Nerve Transfers to Improve Upper Extremity Function and Quality of Life in Tetraplegic Patients.  Seven sites across the US and Canada will recruit participants who have experienced a traumatic cervical spinal cord injury in the past three years.  Participants will undergo a nerve transfer surgery that has the potential to improve hand/arm function, allowing the patient to be more independent in their daily living.

Read more about Dr. Ray’s clinical practice and research interests.