Awards & Grants


Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA) Received the Highest Ratings in the Denver Metro Area for the Services Provided at Boulder Community Hospital

CareChex Medical Quality Rating Systems provides the most statistically accurate ratings of hospital quality. The ratings are based on a comprehensive evaluation of the three major components of medical quality – the process of care, outcomes of care and patient satisfaction. The information for the CareChex analysis comes from publicly available databases and includes virtually all general, acute-care, non-federal U.S. hospitals.BNA and affiliated staff were evaluated for doctor and nurse communication, staff responsiveness, hospital environment, post-discharge information and overall outcomes. Patient care was rated based on inpatient quality, patient safety, pain control, patient satisfaction, complication rates and other factors. In addition to placing BNA surgeons at the top of the field in the Boulder-Denver area, these ratings also put BNA in the top 10% of hospitals in the country by a national rating service. Click this link to see the quality ratings and full list of hospitals in the Denver-Aurora-Boulder area.

BNA Among Best Poster Presentations for NASS & JSSR at the Spine Across the Sea Conference in 2012

Villavicencio AT, Serxner BJ, Babuska J, Nelson EL, Mason A, Rajpal S, Busch E, Ashton A, Burneikiene S. The Duration of Symptoms and Clinical Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) for Degenerative Disc Disease and Radiculopathy. Spine Across the Sea, July 29 – August 2, 2012, Kauai, Hawaii.

Dr. Sharad Rajpal Wins Outstanding Paper from Award at NASS 2010

The Spine Journal & NASS Outstanding Paper Award Selection Committee has chosen the paper Cannabinoid Subtype-2 Receptors Modulate the Antihyperalgesic Effect of WIN 55,212-2 in Rats with Neuropathic SCI Pain by Resnick DK, Ahmed MM, Rajpal S, Patel A, Sweeney C, Miranpuri GS, Tilghman J, Gerovac T. to receive the 2010 Outstanding Paper Award for Basic Science. The paper was presented and award granted at the NASS 25th Annual Meeting, October 5-9, 2010 in Orlando, FL.

BNA Research Receives Best Paper Award at NASS in 2009

BNA performed a landmark, prospective randomized double-blinded clinical study, which demonstrated that maintaining consistent segmental sagittal alignment or increasing segmental lordosis during ACDF improves clinical outcomes. The study was presented at the North American Spine Society’s 24th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Award Announcement

BrainLab National Award for Best Community Neurosurgeon Paper, AANS 76th Annual Meeting, 2008

Patterns of CyberKnife Treatment Failure for Primary and Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme

Award Announcement

Award for the Best Intracranial Research Topic, CyberKnife Users Meeting, 2006

Dr. Villavicencio (second on the right) answering questions after the presentation at the CyberKnife Users meeting on CyberKnife Radiosurgery for Idiopathic Trigeminal Neuralgia.


  • Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation Research Grant (Denver, CO)
  • The CyberKnife Society (San Jose, CA) – 3 grants
  • Justin Parker Neurosurgical Research Fund (Boulder, CO)
  • CMA Microdialysis (Sona, Sweden)
  • NOVA Biomedical (Waltham, MA)
  • Medtronic Navigation (Louisville, CO)
  • Medtronic Neuromodulation (Louisville, CO)