Dr. Timothy Birney, MD

Dr. Timothy Birney, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 61
Dr. Timothy Birney, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Denver, CO and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1983 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and neurological spine surgery.

1830 Franklin St Ste 450

Denver, CO 80218

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Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 96% of peers
Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
very high
more than 95% of peers

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This content was provided by Dr. Birney "As a Christian orthopedic spinal surgeon and general orthopedist, ideally I intend to care for all my patients as I would a family member or friend. Practically speaking, however, we all 'fall short of the mark'; I simply try to do the best I can in any given circumstance. The treatment of spinal disorders can be quite challenging. Sometimes no clear-cut diagnosis can be determined, or treatment measures are limited and only palliative. Fortunately, on the other hand, there are many conditions that can be effectively treated with a high level of success. Accordingly, I tend to be conservative in my approach, reserving surgical options for necessary indications with good outcomes, and emphasize patient understanding, acceptance and self-motivation in their care."
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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

46  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Hand Conditions
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Vascular Disease
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19  Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lumbar Decompression Therapy
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation Procedures
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

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.


  • Dartmouth College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Exempla St. Joseph Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Buffalo General Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society, 1983
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Timothy Birney, MD
I recently had an L3 to Sacrum decompression performed by Dr. Birney. The surgery and the post-op results have been excellent. I have found Dr. Birney to be a very good listener and am very comfortable with talking to him about my surgery and my recovery. I have no qualms about recommending him...Read More
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Jim H in Evergreen, CO – Apr 01, 2016
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Dr. Birney did surgery on my back and did great, Now I have to have surgery again , But it is for a injury I had , What he done made me feel pain free for year;s, The reason he doing it this time is that he is very knowledgeable at what he dose, I would recommend him highly to any one,
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