Children's Hospital Colorado
Vikas Patel, MD

Vikas Patel, MD

Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Specialties:
Orthopaedic Surgery
Conditions:
Scoliosis, Spine Injuries, Scoliosis, Neck Disorders and Injuries, Fractures
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specialties:

Orthopaedic Surgery

conditions:

Scoliosis, Spine Injuries, Scoliosis, Neck Disorders and Injuries, Fractures, Back Pain, Spine Diseases and Conditions, Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis, Myelopathy, Radiculopathy, Slipped Disc, Sciatica, Degenerative Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical spinal stenosis, Lumbar spinal stenosis, Cervical disc herniation, Lumbar disc herniation, Pain

Meet Vikas Patel, MD

I currently serve as the Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at the University of Colorado. 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 St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.

Get to know his background

Minimally invasive spine surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine with a conservative-first approach and motion preservation whenever possible. I also treat complex spine problems including failed back and neck surgery and conditions which patients may have been told can't be treated.

Undergraduate 1991

University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Medical School 1997

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Internship 1998

University of California (San Francisco) Program

Fellowship 2003

St. John's Hospital Spine Fellowship (Cedars Sinai Program), Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine

Residency 2003

University of California (San Francisco) Program, Orthopedic Surgery

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 stem cell therapies, spinal biologics, spinal biomechanics, and the evaluation of pain. Additional research includes assessing the efficacy of marijuana based pain treatment.
For Referring Providers:
Spinal non-fusion technologies, cervical and lumbar disc replacement, dynamic stabilization, alternative bone graft materials for fusion, minimally invasive surgical techniques, computer-assisted surgery, stem cell therapies, spinal biologics, spinal biomechanics, and the evaluation of pain. Additional research includes assessing the efficacy of marijuana based pain treatment.

Chief of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery


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