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About Sonjay Joseph Fonn DO

In 2009 I founded Midwest Neurosurgeons and opened Midwest Surgery Center in 2012.  Opening the surgery center has been a dream of mine for years as it allows me the opportunity to provide surgeries for my patients in an outpatient setting.  As an outpatient ambulatory surgery center that specializes in neurosurgery, I am able to give our patients the quality of care they have come to expect from Midwest Neurosurgeons and myself.  I have always prided myself in helping my patients get back to their lives as quickly as possible; the Midwest Surgery Center helps me accomplish that goal.

Chart & Stethoscope

Special Training

Stryker ® Radiofrequency Ablation Training Program. June 2009, NJ.


Synthes ® Pro-Disc L Training Program. November 2008, TX.


Aesculap ® Thoracolumbar Fractures. October 2008, CO.


C1-C2 Screw Placement Preceptorship with Dr. Riew. October 2008, MO.


ANS ® PAWS Lab in Spinal Cord Stimulation. September 2008, MO.


Medtronic ® X-Stop Training Program. July 2008, TN.

Synthes ® Pro-Disc C Training Program. June 2008, NY.

Kyphon ® Balloon Kyphoplasty Training Program. May 2008, FL.


Proctorship in Vertebroplasty - Case Observance and Practice. February 2008, LA.


Symposium on Spinal Surgery & Case Review - Theory, Patient Selection, Instrumentation, Technique, and Current Trends. July 2007, HI.


Abbott Spine ® cadaveric "PathFinder Minimally Invasive Pedicle Fixation System" and "Cadence and TraXis Minimally Invasive Interbody Spacer Systems" course. October 2005, OH.


Residency - Neurosurgery (Chief), 2005-2007
Grandview Medical Center, Dayton OH​

Residency - Neurosurgery, 2002-2005 St. Barnabas & Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY/NJ

Internship - Traditional Rotating Internship, 2001-2002
Christ Hospital, Jersey City NJ

Medical Degree - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 1997-2001 Kansas City Univ. of Medicine & Biosciences, Kansas City MO

Undergraduate - Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, Magna cum Laude, 1995-1997 Canisius College, Buffalo NY

Sabbatical and Military Experience, 1992-1995

Postgraduate - Cell & Molecular Biology, 1991-1992
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY

Postgraduate - Master of Science in Microbiology, 1989-1991 University of Bombay, Bombay India

Honors & Awards

Graduated Magna cum Laude 1997, Canisius College.


Dean's Honor List 1995, 1996 and 1997, Canisius College.

Dr. James P. Jordan '22 Memorial Scholarship 1995 & 1996, Canisius College.

Authur L. Rohmer Pre-Medical Scholarship 1995 & 1996, Canisius College.

Fr. Baker's Scholarship 1995 & 1996, Canisius College.


National Merit Scholarship in Microbiology 1989 University Of Bombay.


Fr. Dreckman's Third Chemistry Scholarship 1985, 1986 & 1987 St. Xavier's.

Areas of Interest

  • Craniotomy/Craniectomy

    • Cranial, intracranial and extracranial lesions including trans-sphenoidal

    • Trauma - skull fracture, hemorrhage, CSF leak

    • Arteriovenous malformations

    • Shunting procedures for CSF

  • Spine

    • Minimally invasive spine procedures

    • Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease and other diseases of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine

    • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty

    • Pain management procedures - facet block, transforaminal epidural steroid injection, selective nerve root block

    • Implantation of nerve stimulating device and drug delivery systems

    • Discography, Myelography, and Cisternography

  • Peripheral nerve surgery

    • Decompression, neurolysis, anastomosis, and biopsy

  • Gamma Knife

    • Tumors, trigeminal neuralgia and AVM's


  • Specialist (E4) - US Army, Fort Knox, Kentucky

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