Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD

Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD

Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 66
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Dr. William Bookwalter is the principle surgeon and founder of Pittsburgh Spines. His is board certified in Neurological Surgery from the American Board of Neurological Surgery. With over 20 years of experience his professional resume is distinguished and well recognized across the globe. His skills allow utilization of the absolute latest techniques and the use of cutting edge medical equipment to maximize mobility and minimize recovery time.

5000 McKnight Rd Ste 202

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Contact Information

(412) 661-5500

Insurance Accepted

  • Advantra
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Health Net
  • 6 More

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Low Back Pain
more than 90% of peers
Back Pain
more than 88% of peers
Spine Disorders
more than 85% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Bookwalter III "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 same area. His staff got me in right away and ordered an MRI. After reviewing the results I was prescribed a care plan. Excellent."

"This physician was willing to listen to my questions and concerns and address them. It was obvious he had exceptional knowledge in his area, and I trusted his advice/decision-making process. I plan to stay with him for my particular health problem in the future."

Pittsburgh Spines is Dr. Bookwalter's dream of a practice where patients can spend ample time with their doctor, have all their questions answered, and be treated with dignity and respect at every single interaction."


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

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • 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
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Joint Pain
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nerve Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Pennsylvania.

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.


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

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Bookwalter III has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Bookwalter III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bookwalter III to family and friends
based on 33 total reviews (9 with comments)
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Dr. Bookwalter III's Performance
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  • 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 (9)
in Mount Pleasant, PA |
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!
Vandergrift, PA |
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!
Saxonburg, PA |
Excellent caring doctor! Would not hesitate to recommend as I don't believe you will find anyone better!
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!!
in Murrysville, PA |
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.
in Linesville |
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!!
in Butler, PA |
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!
in Pittsburgh, PA |
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 !!!
in Everett, PA |
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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Dr. Bookwalter III accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Advantra
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Health Net
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  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • TriWest Champus
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