Striving for Innovation and Excellence … Even for the Most Challenging Cases
“By its very nature, neurosurgery is challenging. The challenges are what drew me to the specialty. Another reason is these patients need resolution. Often the resolution is relief from longstanding suffering. In many cases, life is in the balance. For me, caring for these patients is the very essence of medicine and has fueled my pursuit of excellence. I perform outpatient procedures that many surgeons still perform as several hour long open surgeries that require several days of hospitalization. My colleagues and I provide care for patients throughout the region, not only in Colorado, but in other states and countries such as Montana, Wyoming, Texas, California, Florida and Canada. The level and quality of care provided by Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates is comparable to the best centers in the world. Personally, I stop at nothing to help patients get their lives back.”
Dr. Villavicencio graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA in 1995, and went on to complete a neurosurgical residency at the renowned Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC in 2001. He then went on to do a specialty orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA in 2002 and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country with dual neurosurgery and orthopedic spine training.
Board-Certified Spine and Brain Surgeon
Dr. Villavicencio is board certified and the senior managing partner at Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates. He specializes in all types of spine surgery, from minimally invasive to complex spinal reconstruction surgery, including treatment of scoliosis and other types of spinal deformity. Dr. Villavicencio also treats brain disorders, including all types of brain tumors and performs up to 500 operative cases each year.
Dr. Villavicencio is the Director of Research and Development for Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates (BNA) and Director of Surgery at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Lafayette, Colorado, which he helped found.
Honors and Accomplishments
Dr. Villavicencio’s goal as a neurosurgeon is not just to stay at the forefront of neurosurgical care, but to advance the field through continued development and application of innovative nonsurgical and surgical treatment options. He is among the few neurosurgeons in the country dedicated to improving clinical outcomes and patient safety by promoting and implementing evidence-based medicine into clinical practice.
Dr. Villavicencio is the founder and current program chairman for the Justin Parker Neurological Institute’s (JPNI) annual neurosurgical symposium entitled Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders. This symposium began in 2003, is held each fall and draws more than 200 physicians and allied health care providers. Dr. Villavicencio is also the founder and chairman of the board for the Justin Parker Neurological Institute (JPNI), a fully accredited, nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) scientific research organization, primarily focusing on brain and spine conditions. The Institute’s principle purpose is to conduct and disseminate clinical research and education to patients and the medical community.
Dr. Villavicencio has presented hundreds of abstracts at national and international neurosurgical meetings. In addition, he has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in leading neurosurgical journals and textbooks. Dr. Villavicencio also is the principal investigator for several ongoing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) prospective randomized trials.
He is a member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), North American Spine Society (NASS), Colorado Neurosurgical Society (CNS), Boulder County Medical Society (BCMS), Colorado Medical Society (CMS), AANS/CNS Section on Tumors and Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.
Dr. Villavicencio is a contributing author on Spine-health.com where he has written patient education content about spinal conditions and treatments. His last two pieces are: Cauda Equina Syndrome and more recently, 3 Reasons Why Staying Active Benefits the Neck.
Dr. Villavicencio is a devoted husband and father of two children, a boy, and a girl. In his free time, he operates a small organic farm that includes about 30 head of cattle, 75 chickens, and five pigs. He is an avid athlete and runs a sub-three-hour marathon. He has competed in approximately 40 marathons, 50 triathlons and 20 full Ironman events, including the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on several occasions. He has a great interest in using his skills and experience in non-operative treatment and minimally invasive surgery to help fellow athletes and other patients, including the elderly, to recover quickly and attain peak physical condition.