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Nicholas B. Abt, M.D.


Dr. Nicholas Abt grew up in South Florida and attended the University of Florida, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in microbiology and cell science. Valedictorian and commencement speaker of his graduating class, Dr. Abt’s thesis focused on how to identify glioblastoma mulitforme circulating tumor cells. Subsequently, he attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Abt's primary research interests include head and neck cancer epidemiology, surgical oncology outcomes, surgical quality improvement, and tissue bioengineering.

For more information on Dr. Abt, check out his Harvard Catalyst website and Google Scholar page.


Undergraduate School
University of Florida (Microbiology and Cell Science)

Medical School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


The modified frailty index predicts clavien-dindo level 4 critical care complications in major head and neck cancer operations. Abt NB, Gourin CG, Richmon JD, Koch WM, Eisele DW, Agrawal N. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 May 12. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2016.0707.
PMID: 27258927

Does resident participation influence otolaryngology morbidity and mortality? An examination of 27,018 operations. Abt NB, Reh DD, Eisele DW, Francis HW, Gourin CG. Laryngoscope. 2016 Mar 24. doi: 10.1002/lary.25973.
PMID: 27010505

Deep-wound and organ-space infection after surgery for degenerative spine disease: an analysis from 2006 to 2012. De la Garza-Ramos R, Abt NB, Kerezoudis P, McCutcheon BA, Bydon A, Gokaslan Z, Bydon M. Neurol Res. 2016 Feb. 38(2):117-23. doi: 10.1080/01616412.2016.1138669.
PMID: 27118607

Thirty day postoperative outcomes following anterior lumbar interbody fusion using the national surgical quality improvement program database. Abt NB, De la Garza-Ramos R, Olorundare IO, McCutcheon BA, Bydon A, Fogelson J, Nassr A, Bydon M. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2016 Apr. 143:126-31. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2016.02.024.
PMID: 26937864

Intratympanic iodine contrast injection diffuses across the round window membrane allowing for perilymphatic CT volume acquisition imaging. Abt NB, Lehar M, Guajardo CT, Penninger RT, Ward BK, Pearl MS, Carey JP. Otol Neurotol. 2016 Apr. 37(4):403-7. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000974.
PMID: 26859543

Provider volume and short-term outcomes following surgery for spinal metastases. De la Garza-Ramos R, Abt NB, Kerezoudis P, Krauss W, Bydon M. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Feb. 24:43-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.08.008. Epub 2015 Sep 26.
PMID: 26412253

The impact of age on short-term outcomes following lumbar fusion: An analysis of 1,395 patients stratified by decade cohorts. Bydon M*, Abt NB*, De la Garza-Ramos R, Olorundare IO, McGovern K, Sciubba DM, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon A. Neurosurgery. 2015 Sep. 77(3):347-54. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000852.
PMID: 26200912
*co-first author

Primary colonic adenocarcinoma diagnosed with cutaneous shave biopsy. Abt NB, Sampah ME, Boonyasai RT, Pahwa AK. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Jul 6. pii: bcr2015210046. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-210046.
PMID: 26150637

Nerve regeneration in vascularized composite allotransplantation: Current strategies and future directions. Arun A, Abt NB, Tuffaha S, Brandacher G, Barone AL. Plast Aesthet Res. 2015 Jun 18. 2(4):226-35. doi: 10.4103/2347-9264.158853.

Clinical and surgical outcomes after lumbar laminectomy: An analysis of 500 patients. Bydon M, Macki M, Abt NB, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Witham TF, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon A. Surg Neurol Int. 2015 May 7. 6(Suppl 4):S190-3. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.156578.
PMID: 26005583

Instrumented fusion in the setting of primary spinal infection. De la Garza-Ramos R, Bydon M, Macki M, Abt NB, Rhee J, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon A. J Neurosurg Sci. 2015 Apr 15.
PMID: 25875732

The impact of resident participation on morbidity and mortality in neurosurgical procedures: An analysis of 16,098 patients. Bydon M*, Abt NB*, De la Garza-Ramos R, Macki M, Witham TF, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon A, Huang J. J Neurosurg. 2015 Apr. 122(4):955-61. doi: 10.3171/2014.11.JNS14890. Epub 2015 Jan 9.
PMID: 25574567
*co-first author

The impact of obesity on short- and long-term outcomes following lumbar fusion. De la Garza-Ramos R, Bydon M, Abt N, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Bydon A, Gokaslan ZL, Rabin B, Witham TF. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jan 1. 40(1):56-61. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000655.
PMID: 25526589

Durotomy is associated with pseudoarthrosis following lumbar fusion. Bydon M, De la Garza-Ramos R, Abt NB, Macki M, Sciubba DM, Wolinsky JP, Bydon A, Gokaslan ZL, Witham TF. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Mar. 22(3):544-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2014.08.023. Epub 2014 Dec 17.
PMID: 25532509

Concurrent neoadjuvant chemotherapy is an independent risk factor of stroke, all-cause morbidity, and mortality in patients undergoing brain tumor resection. Abt NB, Bydon M, De la Garza-Ramos R, McGovern K, Olivi A, Huang J, Bydon A. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Nov. 21(11):1895-900. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2014.05.010.
PMID: 25065847

The cost-effectiveness of interbody fusions versus posterolateral fusions in 137 patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis. Bydon M, Macki M, Abt NB, Witham TF, Wolinsky JP, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon A, Sciubba DM. Spine J. 2015 Mar 1. 15(3):492-8. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.10.007. Epub 2014 Oct 13.
PMID: 25463402

Preoperative anemia increases postoperative morbidity in elective cranial neurosurgery. Bydon M*, Abt NB*, Macki M, Brem H, Huang J, Bydon A, Tamargo RJ. Surg Neurol Int. Oct 31 2014. 5(1):156. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.143754.
PMID: 25422784
*co-first author

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy and short-term morbidity in patients undergoing mastectomy with and without breast reconstruction. Abt NB, Flores JM, Baltodano PA, Sarhane KA, Abreu FM, Cooney CM, Manahan MA, Stearns V, Makary MA, Rosson GD. JAMA Surg. 2014 Oct 1. 149(10):1068-76. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2014.1076.
PMID: 25133469

The impact of smoking on complication and pseudoarthrosis rates following single and two-level posterolateral fusion of the lumbar spine. Bydon M, De la Garza-Ramos R, Abt NB, Gokaslan ZL, Wolinsky JP, Sciubba DM, Bydon A, Witham TF. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 1. 39(21):1765-70. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000527.
PMID: 25054650

The fusion of craniofacial reconstruction and microsurgery: A functional and aesthetic approach. Broyles JM, Abt NB, Shridharani SM, Rodriguez ED, Dorafshar AH. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct. 134(4):760-9. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000564.
PMID: 25357035

Gold fiducials are a unique marker for localization in the thoracic spine: a cost comparison with percutaneous vertebroplasty. Macki M, Bydon M, McGovern K, Abt N, De la Garza-Ramos R, Naff N, Bydon A. Neurol Res. 2014 Oct. 36(10):925-7. doi: 10.1179/1743132814Y.0000000413. Epub 2014 Jun 25.
PMID: 24963696

Trends in medicare payments to physicians and implantable medical device manufacturers. Bydon M, De la Garza-Ramos R, Abt NB, Gokaslan ZL, Bydon A. Orthopedics. Jul 2014. 37(7):441-443. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20140626-02.
PMID: 24992050

Idiopathic acquired hemophilia a with undetectable factor VIII inhibitor. Abt NB, Streiff MB, Gocke CB, Kickler TS, Lanzkron SM. Case Rep Hematol. 2014. 2014:484563. doi: 10.1155/2014/484563. Epub 2014 May 14.
PMID: 24955264

Bioprosthetic tissue matrices in complex abdominal wall reconstruction. Broyles JM, Abt NB, Sacks JM, Butler CE. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. 2014 Jan 6. 1(9):e91. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000036.
PMID: 25289285