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New Clinical Studies

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates will be participating the “Pharmacogenomic Test Assessment for Medication Management in the Advancement of Personalized Medicine (RADAR PGX)” clinical study.  This pharmacogenomic study will test BNA patients and provide information on how they metabolize medications based on their genome, and may suggest a list of alternative medications, that should work better.  Subjects need to be at least 25 years old and have a history of at least one adverse drug-related event with the last 24 months or report an inadequate therapeutic effect associated with a prescribed drug during their lifetime. This study is a national registry that will enroll 300,000 subjects. If you would like more information, please e-mail us at 

JPNI and BNA are participating in a vaccine research study for adults undergoing elective spinal surgery (STRIVE).  The research study is to evaluate an investigational vaccine against Staphylococcus aureus (staph) infections.  This research study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine when administered to adults undergoing an elective spinal fusion surgical procedure.  The purpose of the STRIVE study is to investigate whether a single vaccination can prevent staph infections after spinal surgery.If you would like more information, please e-mail us at 

Community Events

On June 10th, Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA) teamed up with the Trauma Department of Boulder Community Health (BCH) to hand out bike helmets to more than 500 participants at Valmont Bike Park’s Fourth Annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event. Started by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), this international and community favorite event featured family-friendly biking activities. Special thanks to BNA’s Mike Kiley (center), Joan DePuy (left) and Josh Rubinsky (right) from BCH for performing all the helmet fittings!

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates was a sponsor at the MASH Bash at Good Samaritan Medical Center honor the former President & CEO, Dave Hamm.  donations supported future projects at the hospital that enhance our ability to provide medical excellence and compassionate care in our growing community.

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates sponsored the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation Annual Spring Gala. The BCH Foundation raised over $550,000 in support of establishing a mental health endowment for our community.

 Dr. Sharad Rajpal Recognized by Patients

Dr. Rajpal received recognition from the Avista Adventist Hospital Foundation as part of the health Angel program.  The Foundation received several gifts from grateful patients honoring Dr. Rajpal. They all spoke highly of the level of care they received and expressed deep gratitude for the treatment that he provided.


National Conference Presentations

Dr. Alan Villavicencio presented “Prediction of Clinical Outcomes after Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusions Based on Preoperative Opioid Use,” at the Annual Meeting of the Neurosurgical Society of America in Jacksonville, FL held in April.

In addition, he also presented, “Prediction Based on Preoperative Opioid Use of Clinical Outcomes after Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion” at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles, CA.


Dr. Sharad Rajpal presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2017 Spine Summit in March.  His lecture was titled, “Prediction of Clinical Outcomes after Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusions Based on Preoperative Opioid Use, Timing of Surgery and Symptom Resolution in Patients Undergoing Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease and Radiculopathy, and Neuromodulators and Pre-emptive Analgesia.”

In addition, Dr. Rajpal presented, “You Are never Too Old for Surgery:  Spine Managment in an Aging Population,” at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons held in Los Angeles.  Dr. Rajpal specifical address treatment options for degenerative stenosis/spondylolisthesis.


Dr. Beasley Named Top 34 Trailblazing Female Spine Surgeons

beasley-background3-9x5-120rgbKara Beasley, DO was featured in Becker’s Spine Review as the top 34 trailblazing female spine surgeons to know.  The article published on October 3, 2016 features 34 female surgeons from around the country and Dr. Beasley was highlighted for her research experience including that she is the principal investigator for a study comparing manual and automatic position-adaptive spinal cord stimulation with surgical leads. They also featured Dr. Beasley’s participation in the osteopathic professional community and in 2010 she was awarded a scientific writing award from the American College of Osteopathic surgeons.

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 Dr. Rajpal First in the World to Use the Stealth-Midas Drill System

rajpal-medtronic-drillBoulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates surgeon, Dr. Sharad Rajpal, was the first in the world to operate using the Stealth-Midas™ Drill System developed by Medtronic.  The surgery was held at Boulder Community Health in conjunction with the O-arm™ Stealth Navigation System.  The Stealth-Midas™ Drill System consists of drill hand-pieces with an optical navigation tracker that enables precise drilling, burring and/or the removal of bone during surgical procedures.   “I consider this to be a huge milestone in my pursuit of using advanced technologies in spine surgery to help provide the best care for my patients. I am proud to be a part of these ongoing development teams, which strive to improve patient outcomes in complex cases.”

Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

dr-v-portrait-in-suitThe North American Spine Society (NASS) assembled a group of experts in the field to develop evidence-based clinical guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis.

Dr. Alan Villavencio was among the contributing authors in developing the guidelines that were published in The Spine Journal. The published article features evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis.

The guideline is intended to reflect contemporary treatment concepts for symptomatic degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. The NASS guideline on this topic is the only guideline on degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis included in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC).

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BNA is a Proud Sponsor of the North Boulder Little League (NBLL)

baseball-with-bannerFor more than 50 years, NBLL has delivered a fun, safe and competitive environment in which children aged 5-14 can play baseball. NBLL baseball provides unique opportunities for boys and girls to learn values such as sportsmanship and teamwork while simultaneously developing skills and passion for baseball and physical fitness. Recently, NBLL has added incredible achievements to its resume as well, with stirring multi-age victories at the district, state and interstate regional levels.

Protect Before You Pedal!

img_1084Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates teamed up with Boulder Community Hospital Trauma Center to hand out and fit bike helmets for the 5th Anniversary Celebration of Valmont Bike Park held on Saturday, June 11th. Mike Kiley, BNA Physician Assistant, was on hand to help along with Joan Depuy and Josh Rubinsky from BCH. More than 25 helmets were given out along with medical ID stickers that are placed inside the helmet.