Denver's Top Spine Doctors

The Adult Spine Division of CU Orthopedics is a part of the Spine Center at the University of Colorado Hospital, with some of the top spine doctors in Denver and the surrounding areas. We provide comprehensive spine care to the citizens of the Rocky Mountain Region including neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery, physical and rehabilitation medicine, and alternative medicine therapies.

The CU Orthopedic Spine Division provides state-of-the-art surgical intervention from fellowship-trained orthopedic​ spine surgeons. Our surgeons are thoroughly trained and experienced in the treatment of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine.

Treatment of spine-related pain typically involves conservative measures such as rest, physical therapy, medications, therapeutic injections, and alternative therapies; however, when these fail, surgery may be indicated.

The University of Colorado is a tertiary care center that specializes in the spine from the basic disc herniation to disc replacement, and motion preservation to complex spine care, including treatment of patients who have had unsuccessful treatment elsewhere. 

We also see patients who have been told that their condition is too complex for surgical treatment or who have had previous failed surgery, and will provide surgical opinions. We see patients from across the nation, with easy access to our facility from Denver International Airport, as well as direct regional access from Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas.


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Spine Faculty

Christopher Kleck, MD

Evalina Burger, MD

Vikas Patel, MDChristopher Cain, MDChristopher Gallus, MDChristopher Gallus, MD
Christopher Kleck, MD
Chief of Orthopedic
Assistant Professor
Evalina Burger-Van
der Walt, MD
Chair & Professor
Vikas Patel, MD
Professor & Executive
Vice Chair Orthopedics
Christopher Cain, MD
Associate Professor

Christopher Gallus, MD
Assistant Professor
Christina Goldstein, MD
Associate Professor
Emily Lindley, PhDDavid Ou-Yang, MDSamuel Smith, MDSumeet Garg, MDNolan Wessell, MDPhilip York, MD
Emily Lindley, PhD
Assistant Professor
David Ou-Yang, MD
Assistant Professor
Samuel Smith, MD
Assistant Professor
Sumeet Garg, MD
Associate Professor
Nolan Wessell, MD
Assistant Professor
Philip York, MD
Assistant Professor
Emily Broeseker, FNPAmy Bond, NP, RNJordan Bull, PA-CMinnie Chau, InstructorSusan Estes, NPJill Fattor, PA
Emily Broeseker, FNP
Amy Bond, NP, RN
Jordan Bull, PA-C
Minnie Chau
Susan Estes, NP
Jill Fattor, PA
Amanda Ramirez, ANPCChad Schantz, ANPC
Amanda Ramirez, ANPC
Chad Schantz, ANPC
ResearchClinical Trials

Our surgeons are the forefront of Orthopedic research. We continue to advance the field of orthopedics in our discoveries of the newest treatment options and technological advances in orthopedic care. Here at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus, our surgeons have access to the most extensive research resources and world-class surgical facilities available in Colorado and the nation.

Here at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus we share our discoveries and teach our peers in the field as well as the next generation of orthopedic surgeons.

Learn more about our recent research in Spine Surgery.

A Clinical Study to Assess the Safety and Effectiveness of the Premia Spine TOPS TM System

This study is intended to demonstrate that TOPS, when used to treat patients as described below who are unresponsive to conservative therapy, is safe and effective for the proposed indication.”

Sponsor – Premia Spine Ltd.

Involved surgeons – Dr. Patel, Dr. Burger

Currently enrolling, study duration 3-5 years

Study Purpose: “The TOPS™ System (“TOPS or “TOPS System” or “Total Posterior Spine System”) is indicated for stabilization, but not fusion, of one affected vertebral level between L2 and L5, following decompression surgery to alleviate leg pain with or without back pain stemming from all three of the following (1) degenerative spondylolisthesis or retrolisthesis up to Grade I and (2) moderate to severe lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) and (3) thickening of the ligamentum flavum or scaring facet joint capsule. 

For more information, please contact:

Claire L. Cofer 


University of Colorado Hospital - Aurora


Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The University of Colorado Hospital 
Spine Center
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Broomfield Orthopedic Clinic


Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

875 W. 136th Avenue
Broomfield, CO 80023




Lone Tree Health Center 


Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

9548 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124

UCHealth Spine Center


Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

4110 Briargate Pkwy #100b
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Christopher Kleck, MD, Chief, Spine Surgery, Assistant Professor

Christopher Kleck, MD
Chief, Spine Surgery
Associate Professor 

CJ Kleck, MD

My greatest area of interest is the treatment of adult spine deformity. This includes many problems that cause issues with posture, including scoliosis and kyphosis. I am also interested in treating patients who have had previous surgery and continue to have issues.

I treat patients as I would like to be treated myself, or as I would want my family members treated. It is important that patients are informed and active in the decision making process, and I feel this is a critical part of my job. While I am a surgeon, I am interested in pursuing all non-surgical means to the treatment of various spine conditions before considering surgical options. When surgery is decided upon, I apply the fundamentals of my training and evolving technology to maximize benefit to patients.

I enjoy spending my spare time with my wife and two children.


Telehealth - Virtual Visits


From 3/16/2020 – 4/10/2020, The Spine Division and its 19 providers (10 Orthopedic Spine Surgeons and 9 PA/NPs) have completed 222 telehealth visits at UCH Anschutz alone. We are working alongside other disciplines, including Physical Medicine and Rehab, Anesthesia Pain, MSK radiology, and Neurosurgery, with a combined 750+ patient visits in that same time frame. We currently provide Telehealth care at Longspeak, Broomfield, UCH Anschutz, Lone Tree, and Memorial North. We have worked to develop a virtual physical exam, which allows us to provide even greater care. In case of urgent or emergent issues, providers staff the clinic for in-person visits every day of the week. While we look forward to seeing our patients in-person, we are leading Colorado in telehealth care.


Telemedicine, Telehealth, Spine, CU

Dr. Patel is one of the top surgeons in the country, I highly recommend Dr. Patel to anyone that has back problems.
Danny Casey, Dr. Vik Patel

Danny Casey

Thank you, Dr. Patel, Suzie, and to you're fine team of surgeons!
Larry Salmen-Granddaughter

Larry Salmen

Recent News

Orthopedic Telemedicine and The Virtual Physical Exam

Orthopedic Telemedicine and The Virtual Physical Exam

Presented by:

Nolan M Wessell, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Division of Spine Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Imputation methods successfully evaluate long-term outcomes after total disc replacement

At the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, Vikas V. Patel, MD , discussed a study that compared imputation methods for the evaluation of long-term outcomes after lumbar total disc replacement. 


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