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Paul Arnold


Primary Affiliation

Computational Imaging


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Clinical Sciences

Phone 383-6555


Address 2051 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Biography

    Paul Arnold is a professor of neurosurgery at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, as well as a chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Carle Neuroscience Institute. His medical interests consists of cervical spine trauma, complex spine surgery, and spine trauma.


    • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980
    • M.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, 1984
  • Honors
    • 2019: 435 Magazine “Best Doctors in Kansas City 2019” 
    • 2018: 435 Magazine “Best Doctors in Kansas City 2018” 
    • 2018: Co-author, CNS Best Poster(Pediatrics) 
    • 2017: 435 Magazine “Best Doctors in Kansas City 2017” 
    • 2016: KC Magazine “Best Doctors in Kansas City 2016” 
    • 2015: Co-author, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Annual Meeting Best Paper 
  • Research

    Medical interests:

    • Cervical spine trauma

    • Complex spine surgery

    • Spine trauma

    Dr. Arnold specializes in treating cervical spine trauma, complex spine surgery, and traumatic brain injury.

  • 2020

    • Alvarado, AM, Porto, GBF, Wessell, J, Buchholz, AL & Arnold, PM 2020, 'Venous Thromboprophylaxis in Spine Surgery', Global Spine Journal, vol. 10, no. 1_suppl, pp. 65S-70S. DOI: 10.1177/2192568219858307
    • Alvarado, AM, Schatmeyer, BA & Arnold, PM 2020, 'Cost-Effectiveness of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery', Global Spine Journal. DOI: 10.1177/2192568220964098
    • Arnold, PM & Whiting, MD 2020, 'Commentary: Conservative management of type II odontoid fractures in older people: A retrospective observational comparison of osseous union versus nonunion', Neurosurgery, vol. 87, no. 6, pp. E655-E656. DOI: 10.1093/neuros/nyaa296
    • Arnold, PM, Vaccaro, AR, Sasso, RC, Goulet, B, Fehlings, MG, Heary, RF, Janssen, ME & Kopjar, B 2020, 'Two-Year Clinical and Radiological Outcomes in Patients With Diabetes Undergoing Single-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion', Global Spine Journal. DOI: 10.1177/2192568220914880
    • Domino, JS, Smith, KA & Arnold, PM 2020, 'Clinical and radiologic outcomes of thoracolumbar fusions using intraoperative CT guidance and stereotactic navigation in a spinal trauma population: An analysis of 58 patients', Clinical spine surgery. DOI: 10.1097/BSD.0000000000001054


    • Arnold, PM, Anderson, PA, Chi, JH, Dailey, AT, Dhall, SS, Eichholz, KM, Harrop, JS, Hoh, DJ, Qureshi, S, Rabb, CH, Raksin, PB, Kaiser, MG & O'Toole, JE 2019, 'Congress of neurological surgeons systematic review and evidence-based guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of patients with thoracolumbar spine trauma: Pharmacological treatment', Clinical Neurosurgery, vol. 84, no. 1, pp. E36-E38. DOI: 10.1093/neuros/nyy371
    • Arnold, PM, Cheng, I, Harris, JA, Hussain, MM, Zhang, C, Karamian, B & Bucklen, BS 2019, 'Single-Level In Vitro Kinematic Comparison of Novel Inline Cervical Interbody Devices With Intervertebral Screw, Anchor, or Blade', Global Spine Journal, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 697-707. DOI: 10.1177/2192568219833055
    • Arnold, PM, Schwartz, TH, Rumalla, K & Smith, KA 2019, 'Readmission following surgical resection for intractable epilepsy: Nationwide rates, causes, predictors, and outcomes', Operative Neurosurgery, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 374-382. DOI: 10.1093/ons/opy099
    • Heary, RF, Anderson, PA & Arnold, PM 2019, 'Lumbar spinal stenosis', Neurosurgical focus, vol. 46, no. 5, E1. DOI: 10.3171/2019.2.FOCUS19151
    • Smith, KA, Russo, GS, Vaccaro, AR & Arnold, PM 2019, 'Scientific, clinical, regulatory, and economic aspects of choosing bone graft/biological options in spine surgery', Clinical Neurosurgery, vol. 84, no. 4, pp. 827-835. DOI: 10.1093/neuros/nyy322


    • Arnold, PM, Sasso, RC, Janssen, ME, Fehlings, MG, Heary, RF, Vaccaro, AR & Kopjar, B 2018, 'I-Factor™ Bone Graft vs autograft in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: 2-year follow-up of the randomized single-blinded food and drug administration investigational device exemption study', Clinical Neurosurgery, vol. 83, no. 3, pp. 377-384. DOI: 10.1093/neuros/nyx432
    • Heary, RF, Anderson, PA & Arnold, PM 2018, 'Spondylolisthesis', Neurosurgical focus, vol. 44, no. 1, E1. DOI: 10.3171/2017.10.FOCUS17652
    • Jack, MM, Gattozzi, DA & Arnold, PM 2018, 'Multiple intraparenchymal cystic brain metastases - a rare manifestation of metastatic adenocarcinoma of the prostate', Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management, vol. 14, pp. 53-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.inat.2018.04.008
    • Kopjar, B, Bohm, PE, Arnold, JH, Fehlings, MG, Tetreault, LA & Arnold, PM 2018, 'Outcomes of surgical decompression in patients with very severe degenerative cervical myelopathy', Spine, vol. 43, no. 16, pp. 1102-1109. DOI: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002602
    • Kumar, A, Alvarado, A, Shah, K & Arnold, PM 2018, 'Necessity of Repeat Computed Tomography Imaging in Isolated Mild Traumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage', World Neurosurgery, vol. 113, pp. 399-403. DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.02.010
    • Rumalla, K, Letchuman, V, Smith, KA & Arnold, PM 2018, 'Hydrocephalus in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: National Incidence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes in 124,444 Hospitalized Patients', Pediatric Neurology, vol. 80, pp. 70-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2017.11.015
    • Rumalla, K, Smith, KA & Arnold, PM 2018, 'Cervical total disc replacement and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: Reoperation rates, complications, and hospital resource utilization in 72 688 patients in the United States', Clinical Neurosurgery, vol. 82, no. 4, pp. 441-452. DOI: 10.1093/neuros/nyx289
    • Rumalla, K, Smith, KA, Follett, KA, Nazzaro, JM & Arnold, PM 2018, 'Rates, causes, risk factors, and outcomes of readmission following deep brain stimulation for movement disorders: Analysis of the U.S. Nationwide Readmissions Database', Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, vol. 171, pp. 129-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2018.06.013
    • Rumalla, K, Smith, KA, Letchuman, V, Gandham, M, Kombathula, R & Arnold, PM 2018, 'Nationwide incidence and risk factors for posttraumatic seizures in children with traumatic brain injury', Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 684-693. DOI: 10.3171/2018.6.PEDS1813


    • Arnold, PM 2017, 'Use of anterior lumbar discectomy and interbody fusion in the management of recurrent lumbar disc herniation and cauda equina syndrome', Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 349-350. DOI: 10.3171/2017.2.SPINE1721
    • Arnold, PM, Harrop, JS, Merli, G, Tetreault, LG, Kwon, BK, Casha, S, Palmieri, K, Wilson, JR, Fehlings, MG, Holmer, HK & Norvell, DC 2017, 'Efficacy, Safety, and Timing of Anticoagulant Thromboprophylaxis for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients With Acute Spinal Cord Injury: A Systematic Review', Global Spine Journal, vol. 7, no. 3_supplement, pp. 138S-150S. DOI: 10.1177/2192568217703665
    • Bohm, PE, Fehlings, MG, Kopjar, B, Tetreault, LA, Vaccaro, AR, Anderson, KK & Arnold, PM 2017, 'Psychometric properties of the 30-m walking test in patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy: results from two prospective multicenter cohort studies', Spine Journal, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 211-217. DOI: 10.1016/j.spinee.2016.08.033
    • Overley, SC, Cho, SK, Mehta, AI & Arnold, PM 2017, 'Navigation and robotics in spinal surgery: Where are we now?', Clinical Neurosurgery, vol. 80, no. 3, pp. S86-S99. DOI: 10.1093/neuros/nyw077
    • Rumalla, K, Smith, KA & Arnold, PM 2017, 'Immunoglobulin G4-related epidural inflammatory pseudotumor presenting with pulmonary complications and spinal cord compression: Case report', Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 688-693. DOI: 10.3171/2016.11.SPINE16924
    • Rumalla, K, Smith, KA & Arnold, PM 2017, 'National rates, causes, risk factors, and outcomes associated with 30-day and 90-day readmissions following degenerative posterior cervical spine surgery utilizing the nationwide readmissions database', Neurosurgery, vol. 81, no. 5, pp. 740-751. DOI: 10.1093/neuros/nyx063