María José Cavagnaro, MD

María José Cavagnaro earned her medical degree at 23 years old from The University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. During her medical school career, Dr. Cavagnaro distinguished herself by achieving excellence in academics. After completing medical school in Argentina, Dr. Cavagnaro completed six years of neurosurgery residency at the Hospital Fernandez, Buenos Aires.

Dr. Cavagnaro also completed a research fellowship in Skull base Anatomy at Weill Cornell University, with part of her own dissections published in a peer-review journal. She joined the University of Arizona - Department of Neurological Surgery as a research fellow in February of 2021, where she participated on more than 50 publications, presentations, and abstracts. In July 2022, Dr. Cavagnaro started her Spine Clinical Fellowship at the University at Buffalo, where she fueled her interest of becoming a complex spine surgeon.

Dr. Cavagnaro like the rest of her family has a passion for soccer. Her uncle is a professional soccer coach, and she likes to play with friends and watch the games of her team, Velez Sarsfield, as well as the Argentina national team. She also loves biking for exercising, commuting, or explore places.



SPINE CLINICAL FELLOW  07/2022-06/2023 
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

CHIEF RESIDENT  06/2019-10/2020 
Hospital Dr. A. Juan Fernández, Buenos Aires, Argentina

NEUROSURGERY RESIDENT • 06/2014-06/2019 •
Hospital Dr. A. Juan Fernández, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Honors & Awards:

Author of the awarded abstract in The Inaugural Arizona Spine Research Symposium. Management of L5 burst fractures: Systematic Review and Proposed Management Algorithm [Oral Presentation]. The Inaugural Arizona Spine Research Symposium/Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Author of the awarded “Dr. Manuel Balado” Neurosurgery Argentinian Annual meeting: “Trans labyrinthine Approach and Vestibular Rehabilitation: Efficacy in the Treatment of

Co-Author of the awarded “Junior Neuroraquis 2017” “Lateral approach for the cervical root block guided by CT” Vega MB MD, Cavagnaro MJ, MD, Ziraldo M MD, Ernst J, MD, Teyssandier M, MD.

Co-Author of the award “Dr. José Benaim” Neuropinamar 2016 “Intraventricular Multiple Cerebral Hydatidosis” Ziraldo M MD, Vega MB, MD, Ernst, JMD, Cavagnaro MJ, MD, Guevara M, MD, Gardella J, MD.

Co-Author of the Charles Kuntz Scholar Award on behalf of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Is the routine use of systemic antibiotics after spine surgery warranted? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Spine Section February 2022. Las Vegas, USA.


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