Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD

Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
57 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Denver, CO and has been practicing for 28 years. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery, 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
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Meritain Health
  • Planned Administration Inc
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Kuklo performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 93% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 87% of peers
more than 87% of peers

Dr. Kuklo's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Kuklo's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kuklo "Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD, brings more than 25 years of medical expertise in his role as a principal spine surgeon and Co-Director at the Denver International Spine Center at Presbyterian / St. Luke's Medical Center. Dr. Kuklo graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point before graduating with honors from the U.S. Army Ranger School and serving in the 82nd Airborne Division. He eventually retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps after more than 20 years of service.He received his medical doctorate at the University of Connecticut before completing a transitional internship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After his medical internship, Dr. Kuklo earned his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center while serving as a general practitioner at the Pentagon. Turning his attention back to medicine, he returned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. for a residency in orthopedic surgery. He chose afterward to complete a fellowship in pediatric and adult spine surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After his fellowship, Dr. Kuklo served as residency director of Orthopedic Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and then faculty at Washington University in St. Louis before joining a Denver-based spine surgery practice where he served as a spine surgeon specializing in diverse spinal conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.Dr. Kuklo is a specialist in complex spine problems and is an expert in the use of minimally invasive surgery techniques to return his patients to a healthy life. He is an expert in degenerative spine disorders including complex scoliosis deformities and revision failed spine surgery. His range of spine surgery and research includes a focus on soldiers and athletes, degenerative spinal conditions, spine tumors and infections, and trauma. He also uses comprehensive and cutting edge technologies including artificial disc replacement and minimally invasive spine surgery to help treat his patients which are common practices at the Denver International Spine Center.Dr. Kuklo has lectured extensively on treatment options for various spinal conditions. He has also served in a wide range of academic positions and authored more than 150 manuscripts and chapters. This work has led to multiple teaching and research awards. His experience in a vast array of spinal conditions and commitment to comprehensive patient care augment his expertise as a surgeon and caregiver. In his free time, Dr. Kuklo is an avid sportsman and enjoys living an active lifestyle with his wife Gwen and their children."
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3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

73  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • 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 Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
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19  Procedures

Background Check

1 Malpractice Claim
  • Settlement : 2014
    Nature of Complaint: Mediator, Arbitrator, or Court: Christopher Miller, Kennedy Childs PC
    State: 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.


  • University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Washington University School of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Kuklo has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Kuklo has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kuklo's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kuklo to family and friends
49 total reviews (16 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (49)

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Dr. Kuklo's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (16)

Dr. Kuklo was engaging, professional and down to earth. I found him to be a very good listener and he did not try to overwhelm me with his technical expertise. The man obviously knows his business, because he helped me almost immediately without any invasive surgery. Thank you to Dr. Kuklo and...more
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Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We take pride in serving the Denver community and appreciate the kind words!

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Dr Kuklo is an amazing surgeon who makes the complex simple. After being involved in a traumatic accident, Dr Kuklo let the team of surgeons who put me back together. He told me at the time the repair would last about a decade and told me about the symptoms I could expect at the end of the...more
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Thank you for the kind words, Gary!

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DR. Kuklo is a great doctor. Answered any and all questions that I had. Surgery went smoothly. Highly recommend!
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Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We take pride in serving the community and appreciate the kind words!

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Dr.Kuklo is the ONLY surgeon on this planet that I will perform surgery on my spine. He replace my disc at c5-6. After waking up from surgery I could feel again in my right arm. Three years later, I still have the use of my arm. No more pain, tingling, or numbness. I highly recommend Dr.K. He is a...more
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Thank you for your review, Elizabeth! We value our outstanding team members at DISC and will pass along the compliment!

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Dr. Kuklo is the best doctor I have ever had, but also the kindest. My L4 was completely gone due to cancer. I live in a small community in the 4 corner area. If I had not been referred to Dr. Kuklo, I do not think I would be up and walking now. I went up to Denver for a consultation. He saw how...more
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