Dr. Thomas Puschak, MD

Dr. Thomas Puschak, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 50
Dr. Thomas Puschak, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Golden, CO and has been practicing for 25 years. He graduated from Indiana University School Of Medicine in 1993 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery.Read his story

660 Golden Ridge Rd Ste 250

Golden, CO 80401

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Back Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 92% of peers

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Dr. Puschak's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Puschak "Thomas J. Puschak, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of adult spinal disorders. He received his undergraduate degree with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Indiana University Medical Center. After residency, he completed fellowship training in adult spinal surgery under the direction of Henry H. Bohlman, MD at University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Puschak specializes in a full range of adult spinal disorders. His clinical interests include degenerative diseases of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, cervical myelopathy, cervical instability from rheumatoid arthritis, spinal tumors, infections, spinal trauma, sports-related spinal injuries, minimally invasive surgical techniques and disc replacement surgeries. "I believe in building a caring relationship of trust and respect with all of my patients. This is done through thoughtful interaction and time devoted to educating patients about their condition and options. I take pride not only in helping my patients, but also in helping them to understand their condition and the rationale behind the treatment options." In his free time, Dr. Puschak enjoys playing ice hockey, bicycling and skiing."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Puschak "To practice high quality orthopedic care for my patients. The philosophy is the patient drives the practice. The employees are team members who are mutually accountable and pursue our goal of high quality care in a team approach."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

68  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


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16  Procedures

  • 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
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment

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.


  • Wabash College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Indiana University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Indiana University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Indiana Heart Hospital The
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Walther Cancer Institute Scholarship, 1992
  • Wabash National Honor Scholar, 1985-89
  • Donald Macchia Pharmacology Award, 1991
  • Magna Cum Laude,
  • E.B. Rinker Scholarship, 1992
Media & Publications
  • Pseudarthrosis Following Anterior Cervical Fusion: Treatment Options and Results, 1999
  • REcommended Treatment Protocol in the Setting of a Septic Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty,
  • Fixation in the Occiput, 2004
  • Posterior C1-C2 Transarticular Screws., 2003
  • Use of Artificial Disc Replacement in Degenerative Conditions of the Cervical Spine, 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Puschak's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Puschak to family and friends
43 total reviews (17 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (43)

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  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Puschak's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (17)

Dr. Puschak is an outstanding spine surgeon. From the moment I met with him before my spine surgery, I knew I was being treated by a highly skilled, seasoned professional. I was fortunate to have been in his care.
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Dr. Puschak is an excellent surgeon. He has great bedside manners. I always look forward to office visits, because he takes the time to listen, and cares about my well being.
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Dr Puschak has great bedside manner. He’s just upfront and honest and makes your visit to the office much more enjoyable!! I would give him a big thumbs up
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He is the best ortho surgeon I have ever had. I left. Colorado Springs to go up and see him. He literally saved my life 4 years ago. I have been pain free the day after surgery and ever since!
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Dr. Puschak listened intently to the slew of problems I was experiencing and provided me with a detailed plan on how he was going to help me through them. I look forward to my follow-up visits and ultimately a full recovery.
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