UCHealth The Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus


  • UCHealth The Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
    12605 E. 16th Avenue, Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion, 1st floor
    Aurora, Colorado, 80045 - United States
    Phone: 720-608-9084
    Fax: 720-848-2019

About our Practice

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital specializes in treating your back and neck pain using proven therapies and the latest technologies.

Whether you need physical therapy, medication, spinal injections, surgery, or any combination of these treatments, our skilled spine and back doctors and staff focus on making you feel better, happier and healthier in the safest manner possible.

The Spine Center at the University of Colorado Hospital strives to be the leading spine center in the Rocky Mountain region through its high quality clinical care, innovative research and education of the next generation of physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. We perform spine surgery in Aurora, CO and spine surgery in Denver, CO.

University of Colorado Hospital’s nationally-recognized Spine Center offers expert care of simple and complex spinal disorders.  The Spine Centers’ unique patient-centered care is provided through a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach.  The team is led by internationally-recognized surgeons and physicians.  Services are provided through a compliment of physiatry, orthopedic spine and neurosurgery, physical therapy, musculoskeletal radiology, anesthesiology, integrative medicine, and world class nursing.   

The BlueCross BlueShield Association has named UCH the Colorado’s only Blue Distinction® Center+ for Spine Surgery.

Blue Distinction® Centers demonstrate overall quality measures for patient safety and outcome.   Blue Distinction® Center+ also meet cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare.  

The University Of Colorado School Of Medicine is one of just 18 centers to offer an ACGME accredited orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship. The Spine Center also houses an ACGME accredited spine and pain medicine fellowship, whose graduates work in academic institutions across the country.


  • Evaluation and non-surgical treatment coordinated by board certified spine specialists trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrist)
  • Surgical decision-making and management by spine surgeons in neurosurgery and orthopaedics
  • Spinal injections, including epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root blocks, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, hip joint injections, radiofrequency procedures and others
  • Electrodiagnostic evaluations (EMGs) performed by specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation physical/occupational therapy services are performed on-site
  • Pain psychology evaluation services are offered to all patients

Surgery a Last Resort

The entry point of the UCH Spine Center is an aggressive non-surgical physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) program.  Board-certified physiatrists, fellowship trained in spine and pain medicine, are the first to evaluate new patients. Then through collaboration with the multidisciplinary spine team the best course of action is identified for each patient. The team’s decisions are guided by years of data that identify the most appropriate course of action for each condition. This helps ensure that only those patients who absolutely need surgery, get surgery.

Patients who do need surgery see either an orthopaedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon with expertise in that patient’s particular condition. The seven orthopaedic spine and neurosurgeons at the UCH Spine Center perform more than 900 surgeries a year, ranging from simple micro-discectomies to complex procedures involving computer-assisted, three-dimensional surgical navigation.  As a tertiary referral center, many UCH Spine Center patients present with complex spinal conditions or significant medical comorbidities that can complicate their management.

The Spine Center surgeons have particular expertise in:

»» Spinal deformity, including scoliosis and adult deformities

»» Revision surgery

»» Minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery

»» Disc replacement and other motion preservation techniques

»» Complex reconstruction after trauma

»» Intradural spinal tumors

Access to Progressive Approaches

The Spine Center at UCH is the only one in the region offering a full array of complete endoscopic and endoscopic-assisted procedures – including transthoracic procedures and percutaneous endoscopy discectomy/decompression (PELD). 

Cooled radiofrequency ablation procedures for patients with chronic sacroiliac (SI) joint pain. The procedure is performed with a special probe that creates targeted lesions on specific nerve branches to the sacroiliac joint, disrupting pain signals to the brain.

Research driving the innovations of tomorrow

The Spine Center has an extremely active and dynamic clinical research program. Some of our current efforts include:

»» evaluating epidurals for spinal stenosis

»» physical therapy as a first-line option for patients with sciatica with weakness

»» new devices and materials for disc replacement

»» fusion to stabilize sacroiliac joints

Meet our Staff

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