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Jamal Shillingford, MD
Biography

Jamal was born and raised on the small island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He graduated as salutatorian from the St. Croix Country Day High School in 2004. After high school he traveled to Baltimore, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. With a major in Chemistry and a minor in music from the Peabody Conservatory, he went on to graduate from Johns Hopkins with the highest distinction. While at Johns Hopkins, he was awarded numerous honors including the Hodson Trust Success Scholarship, Jay Menon M.D. Memorial Scholarship, Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship, eight consecutive semesters of the Dean’s List and was inducted into numerous honor societies including the Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Jamal began his decade long tenure in New York city when he moved to attend the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) for his medical education. During medical school, he continued to excel academically and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a junior. In addition, he received the John F. Bohmfalk Scholarship and the Virgin Islands Medical Institute Scholarship in recognition of his scholarly achievements. He graduated in the top 2% of his class and received his medical degree in 2013.

Dr. Shillingford began his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the Columbia University Medical Center in 2013. He was active in numerous activities throughout residency including the World Spine Outreach Program, the J. Robert Gladden Society, and a collaboration between the New York City Ballet and the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center. As a member of the World Spine Outreach, in association with the Butterfly Foundation, he took an active role in providing advanced pediatric spinal surgical care and teaching to underserved areas around the world.

Under the guidance and mentorship of the influential Orthopedic Spine surgeons at the Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital, Jamal has managed to produce over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts in submission or accepted for publication, in addition to over 25 published abstracts, 10 book chapters, and over 50 academic presentations at some of the largest and most prestigious international conferences including the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), and Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). He is actively involved in the peer-review process for multiple scholarly orthopedic journals and is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), AOSpine North America, and North American Spine Society (NASS).

Jamal will continue his training in Neurological Surgery and Orthopedic Spine Surgery at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky. His fellowship decision was fueled in a large part by his mentors at the Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital, many of whom he has had the privilege of learning from both inside and outside of the operating room over the past five years. Jamal has made a lifelong commitment to providing the highest level of care to as many patients as possible and to remain at the forefront on a path toward the advancement of the field of spine surgery. He would like to thank his family, co-residents, and faculty mentors for the unwavering support over the last few years.

What is your favorite bone?
C1/Atlas
What's the best place you have traveled since your residency started?
St. Maarten
Where are you from?
St. Croix
Favorite restaurant in NYC?
Catch
Favorite activity outside of work?
Golf
Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?
Bob Marley
Best Pandora station for the OR?
Phil Collins
Favorite night float snack?
Wendy's chicken nuggets
What is your spirit animal?
Panther

 

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