Dr. Robert Bess, MD

Dr. Robert Bess, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
48 y/o
13 reviews

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Shay Bess, MD, is a Colorado native who was born at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and was an All-State and...Read more

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Patient Reviews (3)
Golden, CO |
I had an awful experience at his office. I made an appointment to get his opinion on the best course of action to take with my spondylioisthesis. I was shuffled off to his PA. I never saw him. Extremely frustrating after making the 30 minute trek to his office and arranging childcare in order to do so.
Denver, CO |
I have been a patient of Dr. Bess's for a number of years. My surgeries were complicated and extremely successful. I knew they would be, never a doubt. Personally, I wouldn't let anyone else near my spine.
Denver, CO |
Dr. Bess operated on my daughter 3 years ago for scoliosis, she is now 16 years old. He did a FANTASTIC job! I can't say enough good things about Dr. Bess. From our first appointment, meeting Dr. Bess, after the surgery, all of our follow-up appointments, Dr. Bess has been the most wonderful, truly caring and professional doctor. I am very happy he is back in Denver. Her scare and recovery was fantastic.
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Shay Bess, MD, is a Colorado native who was born at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and was an All-State and All-American athlete at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City, and medical doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University before going on to a fellowship in pediatric and adult spinal surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr Bess practiced at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, treating pediatric and adult patients with scoliosis and spine problems, from 2008-2015 before being recruited to New York University Medical Center to be the Chief of the Scoliosis Service and Director of Spine Research. Dr. Bess returned to Colorado in August 2016 to be the Director of Surgical Quality and Resource Utilization for the spine services at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.

Dr. Bess has devoted a large portion of his professional career to research efforts in hopes of improving treatment for patients with spine conditions. He is the president of the International Spine Study Group Foundation (ISSGF), which is a nonprofit, multi-center research foundation that investigates treatment outcomes for people with scoliosis and spine problems.

Dr. Bess is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, Congress of Neurosurgeons, is faculty for the AO Spine Foundation and actively participates in pediatric and adult scoliosis research.  Dr. Bess actively participates in medical mission work and is a surgeon for the Ethiopia Project, and other charity efforts that provide spine care for children in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Colombia.

A dedicated caregiver, Dr. Bess believes that understanding patient treatment needs and goals is the most important aspect of care. By tailoring care to fit each individual's needs, he continually works to return patients to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Dr. Bess' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Back Tumor
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Spine Deformities
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis


  • Medical School
    John Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1999

  • Internship Hospital
    Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Residency Hospital
    Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Washington University School of Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatrics

Procedures Performed

  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Failed Back Surgery Revision
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Scoliosis Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection