Dr. Robert Bess, MD

Dr. Robert Bess, MD

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
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50 y/o
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Dr. Robert Bess, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Denver, CO and has been practicing for 20 years. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

Denver International Spine Center

1601 E 19th Ave Ste 6250

Denver, CO 80218
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Insurance Accepted

  • 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

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Colorado
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Bess' Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bess treats Spine Deformities more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Bess treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Occult Spinal Dysraphism
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Split Spinal Cord Malformation
Scoliosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bess treats Scoliosis more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Bess treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bess treats Spine Disorders more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Bess treats this condition more than 99% 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

Dr. Bess' conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Back Tumor
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Failed Back Surgery Revision
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hernia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Lupus
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pediatric Spine Deformities
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Scoliosis Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection

About Me

Biography

"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 U...

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

Washington University School of Medicine
Fellowship Hospital
Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland
Residency Hospital
Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internship Hospital
1999
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Medical School
1999

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

Dr. Bess' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Bess

4.6

Based on 32 reviews

5 Stars
84.375%
(27)
4 Stars
6.25%
(2)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
3.125%
(1)
1 Star
6.25%
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Great Doctor! Dr. Bess has a great Bedside Manner and is a very caring Doctor.
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Dr. Bess is the man in Denver. Last year I was seriously injured after being on the receiving end of a high speed MVA and my new vehicles safety features failed. I had numerous torn discs and vertebrate touching my spinal cord. Luckily my neurologist refered me to Dr Bess’ group! Every single medical doctor that I see asserts they would personally see Dr. Bess should they require a neurosurgeon. Not only is he highly competent and well respected but is incredibly kind. You’re in the best hands!
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I found the practice at Denver International Spine Center (DISC) to be very professional beginning with setting the appointment, checking me in upon arrival, and answering all my questions. Dr. Bess himself was attentive to my needs, providing a diagnosis and recommended next steps in a way that I fully understood. Overall, a very positive "5-Star" visit.
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I have had years of dealing with orthopedic doctors, and he was the first one that listened and had a game plan. He is a great surgeon, and a great listener.
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This was my first appointment and was made to feel completely welcome.
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Dr. Bess listened to my problem and was very proactive in finding a path for solutions. He waisted no time in scheduling needed tests and scheduling a follow up appointment.
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Dr. Bess is my hero. He identified a massive herniated disc when he diagnosed scoliosis. My extensive “S” shaped spine had to be straightened for there to be a good long term outcome. For 2 1/2 month’s the pain had incapacitated me. Dr. Bess was so kind, reassuring and confident as I decided on this scary surgery. Thanks to his incredible skill, I am now pain free while living my life with a straight spine. I give thanks everyday for Dr. Bess and his life-changing surgery. He’s the best!
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Very knowledgeable and skilled. Supporting staff, including PA and MA are also very thorough.
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Great Doctor!!!!
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He is very compassionate. He is willing to work through complex problems. Both him and his staff have gone the extra mile to help me. I am always treated with respect. He even has a sense of humor.
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Dr. Bess is prompt for appointments and thorough in his explanation of the problem and the course of action he recommends. He is congenial and welcomes questions to which he gives thorough answers.
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You won't find a better doctor, period. Dr. Bess temporarily took a position at a prestigious New York hospital and I was ready to fly out to Manhattan to see him, but when I called to get the NY number, I was delighted to learn that he had returned to Denver (his hometown). He's simply an exceptional doctor in every way. My only concern is that as time goes by, it may become increasingly difficult to get in to see him.
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I was always treated with respect. Every question I asked was answered completely. The girls in the office are very professional and very friendly. The office and exam rooms are very clean. My surgery experience was also wonderful. I was checked on everyday by the office. Great place, thank you all so much!!
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Doctor Bess is a very nice doctor. He is really helpful.
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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.
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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.
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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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Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Kaiser Permanente
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Oxford Health Plans
Freedom Plan
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
Oxford Liberty

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