Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD

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Age 44
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Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD
Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Austin, TX. He is 44 years old and has been practicing for 17 years. Dr. Kuhns is affiliated with University Medical Center at Brackenridge, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Seton Medical Center Austin, Arise Austin Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lakeway, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center and St. David's Medical Center.

100 Medical Pkwy # 100

Austin, TX 78738

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Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD

Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • American Enterprise Group
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Bakery & Confectionary Union Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
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Care Philosophy

I typically recommend a very conservative approach using surgery as a very last resort. We often try activity modification, pain modulation, PT and sometimes injections. If surgery is needed, our first choice is motion preservation surgery utilizing procedures such as microdecompression, laminotomy, laminoplasty or disc replacement. In those cases where fusion is needed we utilize state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques if possible providing patients and easier and faster recovery.
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Dr. Kuhns' Experience

Dr. Kuhns' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Achondroplasia
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epilepsy
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphosis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Meningiomas
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Stroke
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neurostimulation
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

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.


  • University Of California At San Diego
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of California At Los Angeles
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • University Of California At Los Angeles
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University Of California At Los Angeles
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Washington University, St Louis
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Kuhns' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kuhns to family and friends
based on 43 total reviews (14 with comments)
Dr. Kuhns' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (14)
in Copperas Cove |
Dr. Kuhns has performed two surgeries on me, both with remarkable skill, astonishing healing time and with very minimal scaring. He is both professional and compassionate with his patients and their family members. His office staff is courteous and friendly. Never had an issue with getting appointments, long waiting times while at the office or getting answers to my questions.. I have no hesitation in recommending him to those who need an excellent orthopedic surgeon.
Dripping Springs, TX |
Dr. Kuhns did a thorough review of my medical history. He then made the appropriate referrals to give him the best medical information needed to determine how he would proceed on my case. Based on these findings we will then determine what our next steps will be. This is how medicine is supposed to be practiced - involving the patient in their care. I recommend him to anyone wanting a good physician to care for them.
in Lakeway, TX |
Very knowledgeable and really spends the time needed to diagnose problems. He did my wife's surgery and it went very well. I am now seeing him for degenerated discs and he took a very reasonable, noninvasive approach to the problem. Definitely recommend him to anyone needing spinal care.
in Austin, TX |
This doctor is exceptional. Not only is he a highly qualified, incredibly skilled professional, he is a compassionate caring healer. He is a champion for his patients. He works tirelessly to ensure the best medical outcome for his patients.
Georgetown, TX |
I was referred to Dr. Kuhns (who is another "exceptional neurosurgeon")! For 15 years I had REFUSED to have needed "complex spinal surgery" following an MVA. However, since becoming his patient...I have TOLD EVERYONE ABOUT HIS "EXCEPTIONAL PRACTICE and RARE EXPERTISE," along with the most THOROUGH and EXAM, from which Dr. Kuhns was READILY ABLE to (not ONLY) discern the extent of damage--which other doctors missed--but was quite KNOWLEDGEABLE in knowing how to deal with the problem!
in Austin, TX |
One of the best experience and result I have had with an operation and I have had 5 previous for other problems. Everyone was so considerate and efficient with results I consider a miracle. Back pain gone. Post-op visit was comforting for expected recovery but cautioned to limit activity and strain on the back and plan for the therapy in 3 weeks.
in Austin, TX |
Dr. Kuhns provided fusion surgery for my lower back. Pre-operative evaluation was outstanding. He was open, honest and frank. I was confident and comfortable with my decision to move forward. The procedure and recovery went as he predicted. 3 months out and I'm doing great. Pain is gone and mobility is outstanding. His office runs on-time and his staff is very professional. My time is valuable, too. He and his office respected that. A wonderful experience. Highly recommend!
in Georgetown, TX |
Dr. Kuhns was a God send. I was having severe pain and couldn't walk. He saw my pain & did surgery that other Drs wouldn't do. I am 3 months into recovery and can walk !!! I have severe scoliosis & had sciatic pain. He did a fusion & I'm as good as my old self. I am walking. Not bad for an 81 yr old. God bless Dr. Craig Kuhns & his fabulous staff. Thank you to Elizabeth too. Wonderful people. I thank God for Dr. Kuhns. He's a great Dr and a good man. And, excellent office folks too. Thank you !
in Austin, Texas |
One of the best doctors I have been to in my 69 years. Very direct, professional, knowledgeable, kind and caring. Told me I needed surgery, it was scheduled and happened. It was successful, the care was excellent by Dr. Kuhns, his staff and the hospital. I would and will recommend Dr. Kuhns. Thank you, Sandra Carothers
in Austin, TX |
I was referred to Dr. Kuhns by my pain specialist. I appreciated the in-depth approach to define the problem before proceeding with treatment. I did have surgery, but was in and out in four days. The pre and post-op experiences were what you hope for: Short waits; time taken to explained scans and xrays followed by choices. Kuhns' approach helped isolate a secondary problem which narrowed the scope so to lay out a plan. Kuhns is methodical, efficient, effective, approachable. I refer him.
in Austin, TX |
very caring, through, takes time to listen and explain, very cautious about performing surgery even though he is a surgeon. Thanks to his effort I got epidural injection same day from another doctor to get relieve from extreme pain i was having. its worth the drive to see him at lakeway
in Austin, TX |
Dr. Kuhns was really a terrific doctor. He was also very responsive to needs after surgery and cared about the family.
in Spicewood, TX |
I highly recommend Dr. Kuhns. He is a very gifted surgeon who exudes compassion for his patients. I literally entrusted my life into his talented hands when he performed a 71/2 hour surgery on my spine. He corrected my scoliosis and many other spine/nerve related problems. After enduring many years of pain, I can tell you I have no regrets in trusting Dr. Kuhns! I am very pleased with the results and so grateful to Dr. Kuhns.
in Warsaw, MO |
My husband fell and broke his neck severally 4 years ago. We were blessed to have Dr. Kuhns, then living in the Midwest, as the surgeon. My husband is able to lead a normal life now. Six months ago we found Dr. Kuhns again, but in Austin, Tx. My husband had to have discs placed in his spine due to arthritis and Dr. Kuhns was the ONLY doctor we felt comfortable doing the surgery. My husband is doing wonderfully and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Kuhns and his expertise.
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Dr. Kuhns accepts 19 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • American Enterprise Group
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    Blue Preferred Plus POS
    Blue Preferred Select
  • Assurant Health
  • Bakery & Confectionary Union Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • HealthLink
    HealthLink PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Wells Fargo Insurance

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Hospitals where Dr. Kuhns has admitting privileges

St. David's Medical Center
919 E 32nd St
Austin, TX 78705
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Arise Austin Medical Center
3003 Bee Caves Rd
Austin, TX 78746
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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lakeway
100 Medical Pkwy
Lakeway, TX 78738
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University Medical Center at Brackenridge
601 E 15th St
Austin, TX 78701
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Seton Medical Center Austin
1201 W 38th St
Austin, TX 78705
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St. David's Round Rock Medical Center
2400 Round Rock Ave
Round Rock, TX 78681
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Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
4900 Mueller Blvd
Austin, TX 78723
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