Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD

Dr. John Bookwalter III, MD

Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery  ·  
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Age 67
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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 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.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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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

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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Bookwalter III

3.9

Based on 38 reviews

5 Stars
71.05263157894737%
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4 Stars
2.6315789473684212%
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2 Stars
0%
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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Definitely UNLIKELY
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