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Benjamin T Bjerke, MD, MS
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
Reno Orthopaedic Clinic
Reno, NV
Dr. Bjerke is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Benjamin T Bjerke, MD, MS

Dr. Bjerke is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon in Reno, NV with Reno Orthopedic Clinic. He completed the combined Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Surgery Spine Fellowship with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is a specialist in cervical spine surgery and minimally-invasive lumbar surgery.

Dr. Bjerke attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for his medical degree, residency with top-ranked Cornell University’s Hospital for Special Surgery, and fellowship with world-renowned Mayo Clinic.

He has authored many publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Spine and The Spine Journal. Dr. Bjerke has presented his research at over 30 national and international meetings. His particular research interests include post-surgical spinal infections and osteopenia/osteoporosis, and he has used this knowledge to better treat his own patients with low bone density, and in avoiding infection after surgery.

Dr. Bjerke is committed to providing excellent care for bilingual patients, and speaks fluent professional Spanish. Dr. Bjerke se compromete a proporcionar cariño excelente para sus pacientes bilingües y habla con fluidez professional. He has operated in Ghana, West Africa as a volunteer surgeon on two surgical missions to treat severe spinal diseases. Dr. Bjerke also serves as a team physician for the US Ski Team and for local professional sports teams. 

He enjoys an active lifestyle and spending time with his family, and understands the importance that his patients place in getting back to spending time with family and doing the things they love. Every patient's goals and limitations are considered carefully when choosing a plan of care, whether or not that includes an operation. Above all, Dr. Bjerke treats his patients with the compassion and attention that he would offer his own family.

Dr. Bjerke is an active member of the academic community of spine surgeons. He is an active member of the North American Spine Society, Society of Lateral Access Surgery, American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is an editor for both The Bone & Joint Journal and Global Spine Journal.

Publications

Publications
1. Bjerke B, Saiyed R, Cheung B, Uppstrom T, Shifflett G, Cunningham M. Does Adolescent Obesity Affect Surgical Presentation and Radiographic Outcome for Patients with AIS? Accepted to Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics B 2016, PMID pending.

2. Shifflett GD, Bjerke-Kroll B, Nwachukwu BU, Kueper J, Burket J, Sama AA, Girardi FP, Cammisa FP, Hughes AP. Microbiologic Profile of Infections in Presumed Aseptic Spine Surgery. Mar 2016 Eur Spine J. Epub ahead of print. PMID 27026016.

3. Bjerke BT, Cheung ZB, Shifflett GD, Iyer S, Derman PB, Cunningham ME. Do Current Recommendations for Upper Instrumented Vertebra Predict Shoulder Imbalance? An Attempted Validation of Level Selection for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. HSS J. 2015 Oct;11(3):216-22. PMID 26981056.

4. Bjerke-Kroll B, Cheung ZB, Shifflett DG, Iyer S, Fabricant PD, Kim HJ. Maintenance of De-rotation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Measuring Post-Operative Axial Rotation by Pedicle Screw Position. HSS Journal, 2015. HSS J. 2016 Feb;12(1):18-25. PMID 26855623.

5. Shifflett GD, Bjerke-Kroll B, Nwachukwu B, Girardi FP, Sama AA, Cammisa FP, Hughes AP. The Value of Intra-operative Gram Stain in Revision Spine Surgery. The Spine Journal, 2015 Jun: S1529-9430(15)00574-4. PMID 26070285.

6. Swarup I, Bjerke-Kroll B, Cunningham M. Paraspinous Hemolymphangioma Associated with Adolescent Scoliosis. World J Clin Cases, 2015 Jun 16;3(6):514-8. PMID 26090372.

7. McLawhorn A, Bjerke-Kroll B, Blevins J, Sculco P, Lee L, Jerabek S. Patient-Reported Allergies Are Associated with Poorer Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes After Lower Extremity Arthroplasty: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Arthroplasty, 2015 Jul;30(7):1132-6. PMID 25702595.

8. Nemani V, Kim H, Bjerke-Kroll B, Yagi M, Sacramento-Dominguez C, Akoto H, Papadopoulos E, Perez-Grueso F, Pellise F, Nguyen J, Wulff I, Ayamga J, Mahmud R, Boachie-Adjei O, FOCOS Spine Study Group. Pre-Operative Halo-Gravity Traction for Severe Spinal Deformities at an SRS-GOP Site in West Africa: Protocols, Complications and Results. Spine, 2015, 40(3):153-161. PMID 25668334.

9. Bjerke-Kroll B, Christ A, McLawhorn A, Sculco P, Jules-Elysée K, Sculco T. Periprosthetic Joint Infections Treated with Two-Stage Revision over 14 years: An Evolving Microbiology Profile. J Arthroplasty, 2014, 29(5), 877-82. PMID 24199997.

10. Bjerke-Kroll B, Sculco P, McLawhorn A, Christ A, Gladnick B, Mayman D. The Increased Total Cost Associated with Post-operative Drains in Total Hip and Knee Replacement. J Arthroplasty, 2014, 29(5), 895-899. PMID 24360337.

11. Gladnick BP, Schreiber JJ, Ishmael CR, Bjerke-Kroll B, Cunningham ME. Assessment of Vertebral Curves Using the Manual Post-It® Technique. J Spinal Disord Tech, 2013. PMID 24326239.

12. Bjerke-Kroll B, Widmann R. Limb Lengthening for the Congenital Short Femur. Grand Rounds from HSS, 2013, 4(1): 2-5.

13. Greiwe R, Bjerke-Kroll B, Ahmad C. Medial Collateral Ligament Reconstruction. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics, 2009, 19(4):243-250.

14. Simon J, Bjerke-Kroll B, Fischbach RL. Doctor, will you turn off my LVAD? Hastings Center Report 2008, 38(1):14-15.

15. Thasana N, Bjerke-Kroll B, Ruchirawat S. A facile synthesis of telisatin A via microwave-promoted annulation and Reformatsky reaction. Synlett, 2008, 4:505-508.

16. Toulokhonova I, Bjerke-Kroll B, West R. Synthesis and photophysical properties of novel fluorescent silicones. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2003, 686:101.

Presentations
1. Long W, Lampe L, Kueper J, Bjerke-Kroll B, Nguyen J, Girardi P, Sama A, Cammisa F, Hughes A. Are Preoperative MRI Findings Predictors for Revision Surgery? Podium Presentation: 2016 LSRS Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

2. Bjerke-Kroll B, Saiyed R, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Sheha E, Cunningham M. Post-surgical Predictors of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Podium Presentation: 2015 Annual NASS Meeting, Chicago, IL.

3. Bjerke-Kroll B, Saiyed R, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Uppstrom T, Cunningham M. Does Adolescent Obesity Affect Surgical Presentation and Radiographic Outcome for Patients with AIS? Poster Presentation: 2015 Annual NASS Meeting, Chicago, IL.

4. Nemani V, Bjerke-Kroll B, Kim H, Akoto H, Wulff I, Mahmud R, Ayamga J, Yirerong T, Boachie-Adjei O, FOCOS Spine Research Group. Pre-operative Halo Gravity Traction, Posterior Column Osteotomies, and Rib Resections – Are Three-Column Osteotomies Always Needed for Severe Rigid Deformities? A Prospective Analysis. Poster Presentation: 2015 Annual NASS Meeting, Chicago, IL.

5. Bjerke B, Saiyed R, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Sheha E, Cunningham M. Post-surgical Predictors of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Podium Presentation: 2015 SRS Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

6. Bjerke B, Saiyed R, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Stepan J, Cunningham M. Increased Lumbar Lordosis is Associated with Less Spontaneous Lumbar Correction after Selective Thoracic Fusion of Lenke 1C and 2C Curves. Poster Presentation: 2015 International Turkish Spine Congress Meeting, Izmir, Turkey.

7. Bjerke B, Saiyed R, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Sheha E, Cunningham M. Post-surgical Predictors of PJK Following Arthrodesis for AIS. Poster Presentation: 2015 International Turkish Spine Congress Meeting, Izmir, Turkey.

8. Bjerke B, Saiyed R, Cheung Z, Cunningham M. Does Adolescent Obesity Affect Surgical Presrntation and Radiographic Outcome for Patients with AIS? Poster Presentation: 2015 International Turkish Spine Congress Meeting, Izmir, Turkey.

9. Shifflett G, Bjerke B, Nwachukwu B, Kueper J, Sama A, Girardi F, Cammisa F, Hughes A. Who is Being Cultured in Revision Spinal Surgery? Poster Presentation: 2015 International Turkish Spine Congress Meeting, Izmir, Turkey.

10. Bjerke-Kroll B, Zuchelli D, Nemani V, Emerson R, Boachie-Adjei O. Prognosis of Significant Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Events in Severe Spinal Deformity Surgery. Podium Presentation: 2015 Annual AAOS Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

11. Bjerke-Kroll B, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Iyer S, Derman P, Liu J, Cunningham M. Do Upper Instrumented Vertebra Selection Recommendations Predict Shoulder Imbalance? Poster and Podium Presentations: 2015 Annual AAOS Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. Highest rated accepted poster in the Spine classification.

12. Bjerke-Kroll B, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Iyer S, Derman P, Liu J, Cunningham M. Do Upper Instrumented Vertebra Selection Recommendations Predict Shoulder Imbalance? Poster Presentation: 2015 Annual ORS Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

13. Shifflett G, Bjerke-Kroll B, Nwachukwu B, Kueper J, Sama A, Girardi F, Cammisa F, Hughes A. Microbiologic Profile of Infections in Presumed Aseptic Revision Spine Surgery. Podium Presentation: 2015 Annual AAOS Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

14. Shifflett G, Nwachukwu B, Bjerke-Kroll B, Burket J, Sama A, Girardi F, Cammisa F, Hughes A. The Utility of Intra-operative Gram Stain in Revision Spine Surgery. Podium Presentation: 2015 Annual AAOS Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

15. Nemani V, Kim H, Mina C, Bjerke-Kroll B, Derman P, Ross T, Cunningham M, Rawlins B, Boachie-Adjei O. Post-operative Blood Salvage and Autotransfusion for Adult Spinal Deformity: A Randomized Control Trial. Podium Presentation: 2015 Annual AAOS Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

16. Bjerke-Kroll B, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Iyer S, Derman P, Kim H. A Novel Measurement of Postoperative Rotation in AIS: Technique Description and Series of 178 patients at Minimum One-Year Followup. Poster Presentation: 2015 NASS Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Snowbird, UT.

17. Bjerke-Kroll B, Gladnick B, Shifflett G, Iyer S, Gausden E, Cunningham M. Manual Vertebral Curve Assessment Using a Novel Post-It® Technique. Poster Presentation: 2015 NASS Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Snowbird, UT.

18. Bjerke-Kroll B, Zuchelli D, Nemani V, Emerson R, Ayamga A, Kim H, Wulff I, Boachie-Adjei O. Prognosis for Intraoperative Spinal Cord Injury in Severe Spinal Deformity Surgery. Poster Presentation: 2015 NASS Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Snowbird, UT.

19. Shifflett G, Bjerke-Kroll B, Nemani V, Nguyen J, Huang R. Postoperative Pain Following Posterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft Harvesting in Spine Surgery: A Randomized Trial. Poster Presentation: 2015 NASS Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Snowbird, UT.

20. Bjerke-Kroll B, Zuchelli D, Nemani V, Ayamga J, Emerson R, Boachie-Adjei O. Characterization of Significant Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Events in Severe Spinal Deformity Surgery. Poster Presentation: 2014 Annual NASS Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

21. Bjerke-Kroll B, Zuchelli D, Nemani V, Emerson R, Ayamga J, Boachie-Adjei O, FOCOS Research Associates. A Prospective Study of a Decision-making Algorithm for Significant Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Events in Severe Spinal Deformity Surgery. Podium Presentation: 2014 Annual SRS Meeting, Anchorage, AK.

22. Nemani V, Kim H, Bjerke-Kroll B, Yagi M, Sacramento-Dominguez, M, Akoto H, Gupta M, Hess W, Papadopoulos E, Pérez-Grueso F, Pellise F, Wright B, Wulff I, Ayamga J, Mahmud R, Boachie-Adjei B. Pre-Operative Halo-Gravity Traction for Severe Spinal Deformities at an SRS-GOP Site in West Africa: Protocols, Complications and Results. 2014 Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting. Podium Presentation: 2014 Annual SRS Meeting, Anchorage, AK.

23. Boachie-Adjei O, Bjerke-Kroll B, Zuchelli D, Nemani V, Ayamga J, Emerson R, FOCOS Research associates. Prognosis for Intraoperative Spinal Cord Injury in Severe Spinal Deformity Surgery in the Developing World. Podium Presentation: 2014 IMAST International Meeting, Valencia, Spain.

24. Zuchelli D, Bjerke-Kroll B, Nemani V, Emerson R, Ayamga J, Boachie-Adjei O, FOCOS Research Associates. Characterization of Significant Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Events in Severe Spinal Deformity Surgery. Podium Presentation: 2014 IMAST International Meeting, Valencia, Spain.

25. Bjerke-Kroll B; Shifflett G; Iyer S; Fabricant P; Cheung Z; Derman P; Kim H. A Novel Measurement of Post-operative Axial Plane Rotation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Using Plain Radiographs. Podium Presentation: 2014 IMAST International Meeting, Valencia, Spain.

26. Bjerke-Kroll B, Cheung Z, Shifflett S, Iyer S, Derman P, Cunningham C. Shoulder Imbalance at Minimum One-Year Follow-up in 172 Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Attempted Validation of Prior Recommendations for Upper Instrumented Vertebra Selection. Poster Presentation: 2014 IMAST International Meeting, Valencia, Spain.

27. Bjerke-Kroll B, Zuchelli D, Nemani V, Ayamga J, Boachie Adjei O, Emerson R. Characterization of Significant Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Events in Severe Spinal Deformity Surgery. Poster Presentation. 2014 NASS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

28. Nemani V, Bjerke-Kroll B, Yagi M, Sacramento-Dominguez C, Akoto H, Gupta M, Hess F, Papaddpoulos E, Perez rueso F, Pel F, Boachie O. Pre-Operative Halo-Gravity Traction for Severe Spinal Deformities at an SRS-GOP Site in West Africa: Protocols, Complications, and Results. Poster Presentation. 2014 NASS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

29. Bjerke-Kroll B, Cheung Z, Shifflett G, Iyer S, Fabricant P, Kim HJ. A Novel Measurement of Post-operative Axial Plane Rotation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Using Plain Radiographs. Poster Presentation: 2014 NASS Summer Meeting, Amelia Island, FL.

30. Gladnick BP, Schreiber JJ, Ishmael CR, Bjerke-Kroll B, Cunningham ME. Assessment of Vertebral Curves Using the Manual Post-It® Technique. Poster Presentation: 2014 NASS Summer Meeting, Amelia Island, FL.

31. Bjerke-Kroll B, Christ A, McLawhorn A, Sculco P, Marcello D, Brause B, Jules-Elysée K, Sculco T. Periprosthetic Joint Infections Treated with Two-Stage Revision over 14 years: An Evolving Microbiology Profile. Podium Presentation: 2014 AAOS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

32. Bjerke-Kroll B, Christ A, McLawhorn A, Sculco P, Marcello D, Brause B, Jules-Elysée K, Sculco T. Periprosthetic Joint Infections Treated with Two-Stage Revision over 14 years: An Evolving Microbiology Profile. Poster Presentation: 2013 AAHKS Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

33. Gardner T, Bjerke-Kroll B, Bigliani L, Ahmad C, Levine W. The Simian Shoulder as an Animal Model of the Human Shoulder. Poster Presentation: Orthopaedic Research Society 2008 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

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