Orthopedic surgeons join UCHealth Spine Center

January 28th, 2020

UCHealth Memorial is launching its newest service, complex spine reconstruction, in combination with University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty.

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Dr. Christina Goldstein, left, and Dr. Christopher Gallus recently joined the UCHealth Spine Center. UCHealth photo.

Two new orthopedic spine surgery experts will perform a wide variety of spine surgeries including decompression and decompression and fusion procedures for spine arthritis, spine deformity correction and management of spine infections and tumors. They use a variety of intraoperative techniques including surgical navigation and minimally invasive procedures. The UCHealth Spine Center is based at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North.

Dr. Christina Goldstein will serve as the medical director and is an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Christopher Gallus is a surgeon and assistant professor at the CU School of Medicine.

Dr. Goldstein comes to UCHealth from the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, part of University of Missouri Health Care. Since 2014, she served as an attending surgeon and assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She also served as director of spine research. She completed her bachelor’s and medical degrees at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She completed an orthopedic surgery residency training program at McMaster University and clinical fellowships in complex adult spine surgery at the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto.

Gallus comes to UCHealth from Centura Health where he served as a spine surgeon at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and for Centennial-based Precision Spine Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in medical science from Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a spine surgery fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

To reach the UCHealth Spine Center – Memorial Hospital North, call 719.364.0160.

About the author

Tom Hutton is a veteran communications professional who enjoys making complex subjects relatable to people from all walks of life. Prior to joining UCHealth in 2019, he taught and led public communications at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Previously, he led communications at the University of Kansas and was a reporter and manager for newspapers in Kansas, Iowa and California. In these roles, he earned recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the University of Colorado and various press associations.

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from KU and a master’s degree in public administration from CU. He enjoys college sports, vintage cars, cooking Kansas City-style barbeques, skiing and hiking.

He and his wife Julie have two daughters and a son.