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Our Approach


Alpine Spine Surgery is dedicated to the evaluation and management of disorders and injuries to the adult cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. In addition Dr. Van Buskirk has advanced specialized training in scoliosis reconstructive surgery. Located in two convenient locations, downtown Boulder and Lafayette, Alpine Spine Center offers comprehensive spine care in a private and personalized setting. We strive to deliver individualized, multi-disciplinary care to our patients from the time of the initial evaluation and diagnosis, to treatment and recovery.

When possible, the most conservative, non-surgical approach is utilized. This may involve physical therapy and rehabilitation, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, or other nonsurgical treatment methods. We will review with all of our patients on an individual basis the absolute indications for spine surgery with a thorough explanation using anatomic models as well as radiographic studies. When surgery is needed, Alpine Spine Center utilizes established, safe and effective treatment methods, employing the latest techniques and advanced technologies to minimize the invasiveness of surgery.

Most of our procedures, patients are back in the comforts of their own home, the very same day!




Cathleen S. Van Buskirk, M.D.

Board Certification:
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certified By the American Board of Spine Surgery

Hospital Affiliations:
Boulder Community Hospital
1100 Balsam Avenue Boulder, CO 80304

Minimally Invasive Spine Institute
300 Exempla Circle, Suite 130 Lafayette, CO 80026

North Suburban Medical Center
9191 Grant Street Thornton, CO 80229

Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital
200 Exempla Circle Lafayette, CO80026


Spine Surgery - Completed highly acclaimed training program at Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Richard Balderson - Chairman Philadelphia, PA

Pediatric Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Trained with one of the world's most renowned pediatric spine surgeons, Dr. Jean Dubousset St. Vincent De Paul Hospital Paris, France 75005

Professional Society Memberships:
Scoliosis Research Society

North American Spine Society

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr. Van Buskirk has written and published several book chapters on various topics in spine surgery.
Additionally she has given numerous presentations at the local, national and international level.
She is strongly commited to learning new techniques, advancing spine surgery, and dedicated to staying current of the latest advances in research in spine surgery through continued medical education.

Click here to read an article about Dr. Cathleen Van Buskirk from Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review.