Dr. John Oro, MD

Dr. John Oro, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
66 y/o

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After earning his medical degree and completing a surgical internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Oró obtained neurosurgical training at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center in Columbia, MO.He was in academic practice for 21 years at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center in Columbia. For 14 of those years, he served as Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and Director of the Neurological Surgery Training Program. Dr. Oró was recipient of multiple teaching awards at MU. He founded the MU Neurosurgical Research Laboratory and performed pioneering work on motor cortex stimulation. He also contributed to the early studies on magnetic stimulation of the motor cortex in humans. Dr. Oró has published more than 70 research articles and book chapters. To enhance educational opportunities, he created the Division of Neurosurgery Visiting Scholars Program for international neurosurgeons and served as Co-Director of the MU Spine Fellowship Program. Dr. Oró also served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Oró has a long interest in the treatment of the adult Chiari malformation & syringomyelia, At University of Missouri, he and Diane Muller, ND, RN, FNP-BC, established The Chiari Clinic. Moving to Denver, Colorado in 2005, Dr. Oró became Director of Neurosurgery at The Medical Center of Aurora and The Chiari Care Center. Dr. Oró has presented his work internationally and, together with Diane Muller, ND, RN, FNP-BC, has written a number of seminal papers on the disorder. Recently, he has narrowed his practice to the evaluation and treatment of persons with the Chiari I malformation and in 2017, together with Kimberly Sexton, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, established the Colorado Chiari Institute at The Medical Center of Aurora. Outside of work, Dr. Oró enjoys the outdoor lifestyle of Colorado with his wife and four sons.

Colorado Chiari Institute

1400 S Potomac St Ste 210

Aurora, CO 80012
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

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Care Philosophy

The mission of The Neurosurgery Center of Colorado is to provide comprehensive, patient-focused care of disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves through integrity, skill, and team work.
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Dr. Oro's Experience

Dr. Oro's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

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.


  • University Of Texas Medical Branch At Galveston
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • University Of Missouri Health Sciences Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • America's Top Surgeons, 2007-2010
  • Best Doctors in America, 1998
  • The Performance Award - The Neurosurgery Center of Colorado, 2006-2007
  • Best Doctor's in America: Central Region, 1996-1997
  • AOA Honor Medical Society, 2000
  • 5280 Magazine - Top Doctor's of Denver, 2010
  • America's Top Physicians, 2003-2005
  • Strathmore's Who's who, 2000
  • Guide to America's Top Physicians - America's Top Physician, 2004-2005
  • Whos Who in America, Millenium
  • Best Doctor's in America, 2001-2012
  • Dr Tom Watts Clinical Colleague Award - The Medical Center of Aurora, 2007
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Oro accepts 4 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Oro has admitting privileges

The Medical Center of Aurora
1501 S Potomac St
Aurora, CO 80012
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