A CU Medicine provider.

I currently serve as the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. As an academic spine surgeon, it is my responsibility to stay involved in the latest spine care research findings, techniques, and technologies. As a clinician, I must also use the latest diagnostic technologies to first find the source of discomfort and disability in my patients. I then look to my training and experience to educate my patients on treatment options and together judge which might be the best treatment for each individual patient without increasing the risk of complications. We can thus choose the best technology together based on their condition and expectation from surgical treatment. Surgery, however, is a last resort to be chosen only if conservative measures fail to provide sufficient relief.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an engineer before earning both a Master’s of Arts and a Doctor of Medicine degree at Washington University in St. Louis. My orthopedic spine surgery training took place at the University of California (San Francisco), and my specialized fellowship training was at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.

When I am not working I enjoy traveling with my wife and two children.


Monday: 7am - 7pm
Tuesday: 7am - 7pm
Wednesday: 7am - 7pm
Thursday: 7am - 7pm
Friday: 7am - 7pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Monday: All day
Tuesday: All day
Wednesday: All day
Thursday: All day
Friday: All day
Saturday: All day
Sunday: All day
Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Qualifications and experience

Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Back Pain, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Neck Disorders and Injuries, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Scoliosis, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries, Symptoms and Manifestations - Pain, Spinal Deformity, Failed Prior Surgery, Spine - Sacroiliac Joint, Brain and Nervous System - Spine Diseases and Conditions, Spine - Spondylolysis, Spine - Spondylolisthesis, Spine - Slipped Disc, Spine - Scoliosis, Spine - Sciatica, Spine - Radiculopathy, Spine - Myelopathy, Spine - Lumbar spinal stenosis, Spine - Lumbar disc herniation, Spine - Degenerative Scoliosis, Spine - Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine - Cervical spinal stenosis, Spine - Cervical disc herniation, Spine, Infections, Bones, Joints and Muscles, Brain and Nervous System, Symptoms and Manifestations
Languages spoken
University of California (San Francisco) Program (1998)

St. John's Hospital Spine Fellowship (Cedars Sinai Program) (2003)

Medical School
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (1997)

Medical School
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (1997)

University of California (San Francisco) Program (2003)

University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (IL) (1991)

Research interest for patients

Currently, my research focus entails spinal non-fusion technologies, cervical and lumbar disc replacement, dynamic stabilization, alternative bone graft materials for fusion, minimally invasive surgical techniques and computer-assisted surgery. My basic science research includes the study of cell therapies, spinal biologics, spinal biomechanics, and the evaluation of pain. Additional research includes assessing the efficacy of marijuana based pain treatment.

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