Dr. John W. Bookwalter III, MD

Dr. John W. Bookwalter III, MD

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Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery | Male | 65 years old

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Care Philosophy

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.Read more

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Dr. William Bookwalter is the principle surgeon and founder of Pittsburgh Spines. His is board certified in Neurological Surgery from...Read more

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Dr. Bookwalter III Says:

Thank you so much for leaving a review for us to learn from. Public forums like this allow us to improve our practice and gather true, honest feedback from patients like you. 

Dr. Bookwalter III's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (6)
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 Mount Pleasant, PA |
This gentleman is the best in his field. I had visited an Orthopedic Surgeon in Latrobe. That Doctor sent me to a pain clinic for an epidural. That didn't work. A friend at work recommended I see Dr. Bookwalter. I did ... thank God. Dr. Bookwalter immediately diagnosed my problem as stemming from a severely herniated disc and stenosis in the L2-L3 area. He did not push surgery, however. That was my choice. I had surgery on the 19th and walked out the same day, pain free. He's the best.
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 says...

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.

Dr. Bookwalter III's Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Bookwalter III says...

Dr. Bookwalter focuses on spine and peripheral nerve problems. In 1994, he authored an article on what was at the time the largest series of outpatient microdiscectomies in Spine. He has been regularly performing minimally invasive procedures from that time forward. Dr. Bookwalter has the largest experience of cervical artificial disc surgery in the Western Pennsylvania area. He also has extensive experience with motion preservation strategies in the spine. Additionally, he has developed significant experience in spinal and peripheral nerve tumors.

Dr. Bookwalter III says...

Over the years we have become very focused on minimally invasive spinal procedures. This is a list of our preferred treatments:

Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement

Lumbar Microdiscectomy

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

Cervical Fusion (as a last resort)

Dr. Bookwalter III says...

Thank you so much for leaving a review for us to learn from. Public forums like this allow us to improve our practice and gather true, honest feedback from patients like you. 

Dr. Bookwalter III's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Board Certifications

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Back Pain
  • Broken Neck
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Joint Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis

Education

  • Medical School
    Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1976

  • Internship Hospital
    Methodist Hospital Of Indiana

    Completed in 1977

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor

    Completed in 1978

    University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Completed in 1984

  • Undergraduate School
    Butler University

    Graduated in 1973

    Wabash College

    Graduated in 1971

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

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

Procedures Performed

  • 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