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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.”

Davis Phinney Foundation Car-B-Q

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates was a proud sponsor of the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Car-B-Q.  Tebo’s Garage opened its doors for participants to enjoy a private collection of more than 400 noteworthy vehicles. Ticket sales supported the Davis Phinney Foundation’s mission of helping people with Parkinson’s live well today.

Hitting the Links for a Good Cause

Dr. Tripp Nanney, Dr. Andrew Bauer, Jen Tierney and Anthony Mirante participated in the inaugural Good Sam Golf Jam.  The event, hosted by the Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation, raised nearly $60K for Cardiovascular Services at Good Samaritan Medical Center.


Girls Night Out at Platte Valley Medical Center

Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates was a proud sponsor of Platte Valley Medical Center’s Annual Girls Out Night Event.  More than 700 participants interacted with a variety of health education activities while enjoying food and entertainment.


Educate, empower and energize was the theme of the Parkinson Association of the Rockies e3 conference. Dr. Kara Beasley was on hand to talk with those affected by Parkinson’s about the benefits of deep brain stimulation surgery to control Parkinson tremors.

Helmet Give Away at Bike Event

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!

MASH Bash Benefits Hospital Foundation

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.


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.

Dr. Kara Beasley Joins Davis Phinney Foundation Board of Directors

The Davis Phinney Foundation (DPF) invests in initiatives to support, inform and inspire people living with Parkinson’s disease to live well today. The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded in 2004 by Olympic medal-winner and bicycle racer, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40. Today, Davis is both a role model in the cycling community and an inspiration to the estimated 1.5 million Americans and estimated 10 million worldwide who are currently living with the disease.

Dr. Rajpal Featured in Platte Valley Medical Center Fall 2012 Magazine Article “Peace of Mind for Your Back and Neck Pain”

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Dr. Beasley Discusses Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor

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Dr. Alan Villavicencio Spoke at the 10th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Drive ASC Conference

Dr. Alan Villavicencio was invited to speak at the 2012 Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Drive ASC conference held in Chicago.  During his presentation, entitled “Minimally Invasive Outpatient Lumbar Fusions — A Study on Clinical Outcomes in the ASC,” Dr. Villavicencio discussed his experience performing spine surgery in an ASC and outcomes data collected over several years.

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Boulder County Business Report Features Dr. Rajpal and Dr. Villavicencio

The Boulder County Business Report published an article on new surgical techniques, rehabilitation regimes to reduce pain and recovery time.  The article featured BNA doctors, Sharad Rajpal, MD and Alan Villavicencio, MD.

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Dr. Alan Villavicencio Authors Chapter in the Book “Image-Guided Radiation Therapy. A Clinical Perspective.”

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Deep Brain Stimulation Offers Life-Changing Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

The Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation newsletter featured an article on Dr. Lee Nelson and the benefits of deep brain stimulation surgery for treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

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Dr. Villavicencio Presented at the NASS

During the 2011 NASS 26th Annual meeting in Chicago, Dr. Villavicencio presented “Higher Patient Expectations Before Surgery May Be Related to Improved Clinical Outcomes.”


BNA Physicians Featured on Colorado and Company

Dr. Alan Villavicencio and Dr. Sharad Rajpal appeared on the Channel 9 Colorado and Company show on October 20, 2010 to discuss minimally invasive treatments currently available for back pain and compression fractures of the spine.

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ORTHO Supersite Featured BNA Paper Presented at the 24th Annual NASS Meeting  “Alignment More Important than Graft Type for Anterior Cervical Fusion Success”

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BNA Physicians Discuss Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Procedure

Drs. Lee Nelson and Alan  Villavicencio talk about the options for chronic and neuropathic pain.

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BNA Physicians Discuss the Advantages of CO2 Laser Scalpel for Spine and Brain Surgery


Dr. Villavicencio Was  Featured in an Article Published by the Denver Daily News

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Dr. Lee Nelson Featured in Scientific American Article  “Will a Bendable Laser Scalpel Make a Cut?”

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The Boulder Daily Camera Featured BNA Physicians in an Article “How to Fix a Painful Spine”

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Dr. Villavicencio Featured in an Article by Boulder Community Health “I was Terrified when They Said I’d Need Brain Surgery. I was Relieved when Dr. Villavicencio Said I Might Not”

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Presentation by Sigita Burneikiene, MD at the Euro Spine Meeting in Geneva Featured in ORTHO Supersite “Less Blood Loss, Shorter Hospital Stays Seen with Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Fusion”

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Star-Spangled Barn: American Flag Will Return as Restoration Nears Completion

The Boulder Daily Camera feature an Article on Dr. Alan Villavicencio who purchased and is restoring the old Cito barn in Niwot.

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Flag-Painted Barn to Get New Owner, Face Lift

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Dr. Villavicenco Featured in Denver Post Article “Brushing Up on Patriotism”

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