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Dr. Rajpal Speaking at National Conference

Dr. Sharad Rajpal will be presenting at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves 2017 Spine Summit in March.  He will be presenting: 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.

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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.”

Save the Date for the 6th Annual Nurse Meeting!

On Saturday, January 21 2017,  the Justin  Parker Neurological Institute and Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, will host the 6th Annual Nursing Education Meeting:  Hot Topics 2017.  The meeting will be held at the Omni Interlocken Hotel from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  Registration will be available soon and is $55.00.  Registration includes materials, lunch and offers up to  3.3 credit hours.  Agenda and speakers will be posted soon!  For more information or to be added to the e-mail distribution list contact

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.