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Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD

Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery ·  Male · Age 67

Dr. Bookwalter III

Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD is a minimally invasive neurological spine surgery specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and has been practicing for 41 years. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago / Stritch School of Medicine in 1976 and specializes in minimally invasive neurological spine surgery, neurosurgery, and more.


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(412) 661-5500

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Dr. Bookwalter III's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Spinal Stenosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bookwalter III treats Spinal Stenosis more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Bookwalter III treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bookwalter III treats Spine Disorders more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Bookwalter III treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Diseases
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Progressive Spinobulbar Muscular Atrophy
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Dysostosis, Anhalt Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Ryukyuan Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Scapuloperoneal
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type III
  • Spinal Tuberculosis
Low Back Pain
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bookwalter III treats Low Back Pain more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Bookwalter III treats this condition more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Bookwalter III's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Neck
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nerve Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Paracentesis
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

About Me

At Pittsburgh Spines the accolades we care most about are from our patients themselves:
"Dr. Bookwalter performed a double hemi laminectomy discotomy and I had great results. No problems for 5 years but recently I was getting back pain in the s...

Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1984
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1978
University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
Residency Hospital
1977
Methodist Hospital Of Indiana
Internship Hospital
1976
Loyola University of Chicago / Stritch School of Medicine
Medical School
1973
Butler University
Undergraduate School
1971
Wabash College
Undergraduate School
1984
1978
1977
1976
1973
1971

Awards

Dr. Bookwalter III's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Bookwalter III

3.9

Based on 38 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
2.6315789473684212%
(1)
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
26.31578947368421%
(10)

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He did my husband’s cervical surgery and was the most conscientious and caring doctor I’ve met in my 35 years as a practicing nurse. He not only performed the surgery well but the last results speak for themselves. Highly recommend
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Avoid this doctor! If his skills are as lacking as his character is he should retire immediately. He was dismissive and disrespectful to me. He kept repeating that there is nothing wrong with my back except normal age related changes. He actually said "I'll guarantee you that my MRI is worse than yours." I wanted guidance from a physician regarding the best treatment options for me. Instead I got brushed off and insulted. He should be ashamed of himself for treating anyone like this.
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I would like to give ZERO stars. His bedside manner is a ZERO. His staff is filled with rude and insensitive people. The “doctor” did not properly diagnose me. DO NOT GO HERE.
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Did not even open the envelope with disc. Thought he was a nice guy. Boy was I wrong! I just took it out of my purse and it was never opened! He must know something bad is going on with my husband neurologically and beating around the bush telling us it is just age. I will never send anyone to him. Try getting in to see a neurologist. It is impossible to get in. I had to beg to see one and still waited. In the meantime my husband is getting worse. Leg weakness and horrible back pain.
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Definitely UNLIKELY
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I had lived with back pain my whole adult life. It got so bad that I could no longer stand upright. A friend from work previously had back surgery and recommended I see Dr. Bookwalter. It was the best decision I ever made. It'll be 2 years since my surgery in February. I have been pain free from the moment I awoke from surgery. Dr. Bookwalter is the best!
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Not having my MRI or X-rays results on display to look at with me and then tell me you had no idea you ordered EMG testing and then never even read them when then were faxed to you a week prior, is in one word "unprofessional "! What a waste of my time! Will never recommend this doctor or GPOA to anyone!! This doctor is not only unprofessional but, also impersonable!
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Excellent caring doctor! Would not hesitate to recommend as I don't believe you will find anyone better!
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I wish I could give a 5 star review, my life would be terrific. However, back in February 08, Dr Bookwalter performed cervical spine surgery, fusion C6-7. I have been told this was/is a very simple operation. Needless to say, I had to have 2 additional surgeries to try to correct the damage done by the initial surgery. Would you believe, there was a piece of disc remaining lodged against my spinal cord! I am in pain 24/7; nerve damage is awful and next to impossible to get relief. STAY AWAY!!
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Dr Boolwalter's patience and calm demeanor make you feel comfortable being his patient. I had lower back issues and the Doc did as much as he could to help alleviate he issue. Still have pain but am fully functional! Excellent recommendation.
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Recently, Dr. Bookwalter performed a triple posterior cervical foramanotomy on me. I chose him through the recommendation of a friend who had known him personally and professionally for over 20 years. Another doctor wanted to do fusion on me, but Dr. Bookwalter did this minimally invasive surgery that has taken all of my pain totally away! He is easy to talk to, answers all your questions in plain language and is a terrific neurosurgeon! If you fear surgery, like I did, see him. He's the best!!
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26 years ago Dr. Bookwalter removed a spinal sheath tumor from brachial plexus that had grown into spinal column. Operation had 33% chance of paralysis 33% chance of death and 33% of a good outcome. Outcome was phenomenal! Patient was my deceased husband and because of Dr.Bookwalter my husband got to see his children grow to adulthood and get married. My husband would still be alive today if it wasn't for a different doctors medical error. Thank you Dr. Bookwalter for the extra time given!
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Dr. Bookwalter - simply put, is the BEST. I had a total disk replacement (c6-c7) as outpatient. I was in the recovery room within 2 hours - no neck brace or anything. It has now been 3 weeks - pain is gone and I am doing wonderfully. Dr. B explained everything and I had complete confidence in him. A note on above & beyond - My insurance company initially denied the claim. Dr. B did a peer-to-peer with the insurance company - they then approved the claim. Kudos to Dr. B !!!
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Dr Bookwalter is only the second Dr in my life that takes the time to explain in detail his findings and procedures at no rush
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