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NSA Presentation

Dr. Alan Villavicencio traveled to Canada for the Neurosurgical Society of America (NSA) annual meeting held in June. He gave a presentation on the “Safety and Short-Term Outcomes of a Paraspinous Tension Band System.” BNA and JPNI have been involved in an FDA clinical trial for LimiFlex™ Paraspinous Tension Band.  The LimiFlex™ Spinal Stabilization System is studied in conjunction with surgical decompression and is designed to provide segmental stabilization by restricting flexion. The device does not require pedicle screws to anchor to the spine. Instead, two dynamic rods are attached by screws to pedicle-sparing straps which encircle adjacent spinous processes. Patients are still being accepted into the study.

Grand Rounds

Dr. Sharad Rajpal was invited by his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Neurological Surgery to be the distinguished lecturer at Grand Rounds in June. Dr. Rajpal spoke about “Life After Residency: Finding a Suitable Job & Being Successful in Private Practice.”


Bike Helmet Safety

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates teamed up with the Boulder Community Health Trauma Outreach program to distribute bike helmets at two events on Saturday, June 8th

Volunteers from BCH and BNA distributed and fitted 106 bike helmets at the Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day, at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder. More than 86 helmets were distributed and fitted at the City of Lafayette bike rodeo.

A key component of the bike helmet event includes completing medical ID forms that are placed inside the helmets. These medical ID forms provide critical information and emergency contact information for first responders. For both events, 260 medical IDs were placed inside bike helmets.

Cheers to 15 Years: Good Samaritan 15th Celebration

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates was a proud sponsor of the Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation annual fundraising gala, Cheers to 15 Years. More than 200 people attended the celebration raising more than $100,000 for patient assistance programs at Good Samaritan Medical Center.

BNA Joins LPH Founders Society

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates became a member of the Longs Peak Hospital Foundation Founder’s Society, helping fund emergency services, the Intensive Care Unit and nursing scholarships.

Research Paper Published

Our physicians have collectively published their research in hundreds of peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international meetings.  Prospective Randomized Feasibility Study Comparing Manual vs. Automatic Position-Adaptive Spinal Cord Stimulation with Surgical Leads. Kara Beasley, DO, Christie Zakar, PA-C, Steven Hobbs, PhD, Vinod Kantha, Sigita Burneikiene, MD. Acta Neurochirurgica, The European Journal of Neurosurgery.

BCH Foundation Annual Gala

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates was a proud sponsor of the Boulder Community Health Foundation annual Spring Gala held earlier this month. The event raised more than $600,000 and proceeds from the gala benefited community mental health initiatives at Boulder Community Health.

Inspiration in Women’s Wellness Luncheon

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates was a proud sponsor of the Avista Adventist Hospital Foundation annual women’s wellness luncheon.


More than 550 participants were able to meet doctors, hear from the keynote speaker Shasta Nelson about the importance of meaningful relationships, gain some insight through breakout sessions and visit local retailers along the way. Dr. Kara Beasley kicked off the event by introducing the Monarch High School Acapella Group. In addition, a patient of Dr. Sharad Rajpal’s was featured in the video shown at the event.

Research Presented at AANS Annual Meeting

Dr. Sharad Rajpal was among the faculty at the AANS Annual Scientific meeting held in April in San Diego. Dr. Rajpal presented, “You are Never Too Old for Surgery: Spine Management in an Aging Population.” In addition, BNA&JPNI had three posters presented during the conference.

The Impact of Preventative Multimodal Analgesia on Postoperative Opioid Requirement and Pain Control in Patients Undergoing Lumbar Fusions. Sharad Rajpal, MD, Steven Hobbs PhD, E. Lee Nelson, MD, Alan T. Villavicencio, MD, Christopher Zielenski, PhD, PharmD, Vinod Kantha, BA, Sigita Burnekiene, MD.

The Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion with Cylindrical Threaded Implants Using Intraoperative Stereotactic Navigation. Sharad Rajpal, MD and Sigita Burnekiene, MD.World Neurosurgery. February 2019.

The Impact of BMI on Operating Room Time, Blood Loss, and Hospital Stay in Patients Undergoing Spinal Fusion. Alan Villavicencio, MD, E. Lee Nelson, MD, Sharad Rajpal, MD, Niketna Vivek, and Sigita Burneikiene, MD. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. Feb. 2019, Volume 179, Pages 19-22.

Spine-Tech Summit

Dr. Sharad Rajpal served as a faculty member and program advisor for the 2nd annual Spine-Tech Summit held in San Francisco. The Spine-Tech Summit is an educational forum for spine leader to share ideas on the evolution and impact of technologies like robotics and navigation.


Denver Channel 7 Features FDA Clinical Trial LimiFlex™

Dr. Alan Villavicencio demonstrates how the Limiflex™ Paraspinous Tension Band, a spinal stabilization system works. Denver Channel 7 news feature a story about the FDA clinical Trial being conduction by Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates and the Justin Parker Neurological Institute.  View Story.