Dr. Cathleen Van Buskirk, MD

Dr. Cathleen Van Buskirk, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
55 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Cathleen Van Buskirk, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Boulder, CO and has been practicing for 27 years. She specializes in orthopedic spine surgery.

Alpine Spine Center

4745 Arapahoe Ave

Boulder, CO 80303
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Insurance Accepted

  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 94% of peers
very high
more than 91% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 88% of peers

Dr. Van Buskirk's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

51  Conditions Treated

  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


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13  Procedures

  • Decompression
  • Degenerative Disc surgery
  • Disc Surgery
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Medical College of Wisconsin
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • University Of Nm School Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Van Buskirk has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Van Buskirk's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Van Buskirk to family and friends
77 total reviews (41 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (77)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Van Buskirk's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (41)

Dr. VanBuskirk is the best spinal doctor out there! I have been going to her for 19 years!!She has saved me four times...including a fusion. I have and would recommend her to anyone having back problems! Her office staff is outstanding also. Dr. VanBuskirk is the BEST!!
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Dr. Van Buskirk has done 2 separate neck fusions on me 5 years apart unrelated to one another. She has been more than professional and both surgeries went exactly as planned. She is always on time, checks in with you and fixed my issues with both surgeries. The first one 5 years ago I had...more
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Dr. Van Buskirk has performed two successful herniation surgeries on me and I couldn't be more pleased with her performance. She is extremely knowledgeable, puts the patient and their family at ease, and creates her surgical plan by actually listing to the patient. She is a wonderful surgeon and I...more
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Dr. Van Buskirk is phenomenal. A family member who had surgery performed by Dr. Van Buskirk more than 10 years ago referred me. In an ~15 minute office exam she was able to not only diagnose my herniated disc, but gave the specific disc and even the location on the disc without the benefit of an...more
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Dr Van Buskirk was phenomenal. I have suffered from neck pain for over 20 years. I severely herniated a disk and that is when Dr Van Buskirk was recommended. She has an incredible bedside manner, full of compassion and empathy. She took as much time as I needed to explain the treatment plans and...more
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