Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD

Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD

Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 66
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Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD is a minimally invasive neurological spine surgery specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and has been practicing for 40 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.Read his story

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
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Top Care Areas


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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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Dr. Bookwalter III's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Bookwalter III "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."

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 Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nerve Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • 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
  • Paracentesis
  • 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

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Bookwalter III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bookwalter III to family and friends
based on 34 total reviews (10 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (34)

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Dr. Bookwalter III's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes
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Patient Comments (10)

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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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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