Vladimir Sinkov, M.D. is fellowship-trained in Adult Spine Surgery. After starting his practice in 2010, he further specialized in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery techniques. He currently trains other spine surgeons all over the United States on Minimally Invasive and Robotic Spine Surgery and has also been involved in training physician assistants, orthopedic technologists, medical students, and others. Dr. Sinkov has published several studies and articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, surgical textbook chapters, and online publications. He currently serves on the board of editors for the Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants and reviews articles for The European Spine Journal. Dr. Sinkov has been involved in the design, development, and testing of multiple spine surgery instruments and devices including the spine surgery robot ExcelsiusGPS®. Dr. Sinkov gives multiple talks and presentations on various topics in spine surgery at national and international conferences, physician courses, and to the general public.
Dr. Sinkov was born and raised in Pavlovskii Posad, Russia. He came to the United States at the age of 16 to complete his last year of high school in Olathe, Kansas. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry with Honors from The University of Kansas. Dr. Sinkov went on to obtain his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then trained as an orthopedic surgeon at the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and further specialized in spine surgery by completing The Maryland Spine Fellowship in Towson, Maryland with world-renowned Dr. Paul McAfee. Dr. Sinkov now brings his expertise and experience to Sinkov Spine Center, focusing on operative and non-operative management of adult spine injuries and disorders, with emphasis on high quality, individualized patient care and minimally invasive and motion-preserving surgical techniques.
Degrees | Certifications
Board certified by American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
University of Kansas – BS with honors
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – MD
Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD – Orthopedic Surgery Residency
The Maryland Spine Fellowship, Towson, Maryland – Reconstructive Spine Surgery Fellowship
Associations | Affiliations
North American Spine Society
Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
International Society for Advancements in Spine Surgery
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
Awards | Publications
Sinkov, Vladimir MD; Klare, Christian MD; McAuliffe, Kame PA-C. Spine Roundtable: Sacroiliac Joint Pain, JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants: April-June 2022 - Volume 10 - Issue 2 - e22.00010.
Sinkov V, Lockey SD, Cunningham BW. Single Position Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion With Posterior Instrumentation Utilizing Computer Navigation and Robotic Assistance: Retrospective case review and surgical technique considerations. Global Spine Journal. 2022;12(2_suppl):75S-81S.
Vladimir Sinkov, MD; Jessica D. Bianculli, MS, PA-C; C. Travis Palmer, PA-C; Kame G. McAuliffe, PA-C; Dagan Cloutier, PA-C. Spine Roundtable: Bone Health Management and Spine Surgery. JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants. 8(4):e20.00032, October-December 2020.
Vladimir Sinkov, MD; Jason DaCruz, PA-C; Jessica D. Bianculli, MS, PA-C; Dagan Cloutier, PA-C. Spine Roundtable: Nonoperative Treatments for Nonradicular Lower Back Pain. JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants. 8(2):e0043, April-June 2020.
C. Travis Palmer, PA-C, Vladimir Sinkov, MD, Jason DaCruz, PA-C, Jessica D. Bianculli, MS, PA-C. Spine Roundtable: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for Lumbar Interbody Fusion. JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants. 7(2):0035, April-June 2019.
DaCruz, Jay; Palmer, Travis; Bianculli, Jessica, D.; O’Donoghue, Erin; Sinkov, Vladimir; Cloutier, Dagan. Spine Roundtable: A Discussion on Cervical Myelopathy. JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants. 6(1):e9, January-March 2018.
J.A. Yu-Yahiro, C.B. Ruff, B.G. Parks, V. Sinkov, I. Merchenthaler. S-Equol Prevents Loss of Bone Strength in Rat Osteoporosis Model. The Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice. 2014, April.
Sinkov, Vladimir A. Cervical Total Disc Replacement. JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants. 1(2):7-10, Fall 2013.
Vladimir Sinkov, P. Justin Tortolani. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Spine. 4th ed. Chapter 24. Whiplash-Associated Disorders. 273-282. Chicago, AAOS, 2012.
Vladimir Sinkov, Paul McAfee. Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management. Edward Benzel ed. 3rd edition. Chapter 161: Lumbar Total Disc Arthroplasty. 1529-1534. New York, Churchill Livingstone, 2012.
Vladimir Sinkov, Paul McAfee. Porous Coated Motion Cervical Disc Replacement System. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 25(2):127-132, June 2010.
Florian Gruber, M.D.; Vladimir Sinkov, M.D.; Su-Young Bae, M.D.; Brent G. Parks, M.Sc.; Lew C. Schon, M.D. Crossed Screws Versus Dorsomedial Locking Plate with Compression Screw for First Metatarsocuneiform Arthrodesis: A Cadaver Study. Foot Ankle Int. 2008 Sep;29(9):927-30 Cymet TC, Sinkov V. Does long-distance running cause osteoarthritis? J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2006 Jun;106(6):342-5.
Buchowski JM, Kebaish KM, Sinkov V, Cohen DB, Sieber AN, Kostuik JP. Functional and radiographic outcome of sacroiliac arthrodesis for the disorders of the sacroiliac joint. Spine J. 2005 Sep-Oct;5(5):520-8; discussion 529.
Sinkov VA, Andres BM, Wheeless CR, Frassica FJ. Internet-based learning. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2004;421(4):99-106.
Sinkov V, Cymet T. Osteoarthritis: understanding the pathophysiology, genetics, and treatments. J Natl Med Assoc. 2003 Jun;95(6):475-82. Review.