Dr. Thomas Puschak, MD

Dr. Thomas Puschak, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 50
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Dr. Thomas Puschak, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Golden, CO. He is 50 years old and has been practicing for 24 years. Read his story

660 Golden Ridge Rd Ste 250

Golden, CO 80401

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

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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."


  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

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

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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  • 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
based on 37 total reviews (11 with comments)
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 (11)
in Englewood |
He's awesome. He spends all the time you need, lays out all your options and does not push for surgery before other options...it's completely your choice/decision. I would trust him with my life!
in Arvada CO |
This was the first time meeting Dr Puschak and it was only for a brief office visit. Far to little time to be able to give a very accurate appraisal. Overall first impressions were positive!
in Littleton, CO |
Give the great, Dr. Puschak an X-ray or MRI and he will probably already know what is wrong and what needs to be done to fix it. Surgical skills are truly amazing! Definitely helped, I feel with my quick recovery time.
Englewood, CO |
He saw my daughter who is autistic and dislikes male doctors. He was so good with her, patient, and kind. She cooperated with him, which is not common for her. He explained everything to her perfectly! I wish he was her primary doctor! He is conservative and ordered PT. Did not go right to surgery. I think he’s a fantastic doctor.
Lone Tree, CO |
Thanks Dr Puschak and staff for the excellent communications I received regarding the pending surgical procedures that you outlined.
in Centennial, CO |
Dr. Puschak is very caring and knowledgeable. He listens when you talk and takes time with you to make sure you understand all your options and the consequences of those options. He did a great job on my spine fusion.
in Aurora, CO |
Dr. Puschak was great. My sciatic pain of four months had subsided greatly following an L5S1 micro discectomy surgery. I'm able to walk after a week of surgery and hit a few warm up of tennis balls after 4 weeks. Thanks, Doc!
in Englewood, CO |
Dr Puschak is an amazing spinal surgeon. I have been seeing him for about 12 years now. First, he does not rish to a surgical solution, but suggests other options beforehand. He presents all options and then let's you decide which option(s) to try. And, he spends as much time with his patients as they need, which sometimes means a wait. I recently had him straighten my scoliosis curve, which meant fusing T10 - S1 and i would not have trusted anyone else to perform such a complicated surgery!
in Wheat Ridge, CO |
If you have cervical spine problems, Dr. Thomas Puschak is the MAN. SMART,informative, efficient in his use of time/words. Dr. Puschak pulled 5 discs out of the front of my neck, flipped me over, and fused the back of my neck in a 10-hour surgery-that makes for "one tired puppy"-him, not me. I think this man enjoys helping people. There is a sense of humility about him;perhaps he doesn't realize how truly good he is. In any case, Dr. Puschak, please accept my deepest thanks for helping me.
Very good
Dr. Puschak is amazing! I am not sure just how many surgeons could have dealt with my emergency situation like he did. I would recommend him to anyone!
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  • Aetna
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