Dr. Todd VanderHeiden, MD

Dr. Todd VanderHeiden, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Dr. Todd VanderHeiden, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Westminster, CO and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center in 2004 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

8510 Bryant St Ste 120

Westminster, CO 80031

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Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
more than 72% of peers
Low Back Pain
more than 67% of peers
Back Pain
more than 67% of peers

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Dr. VanderHeiden's bio

This content was provided by Dr. VanderHeiden "Dr. Todd F. VanderHeiden M.D. is an ABOS board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal disorders. He is a native of Colorado and has remained in the area for his entire life. As such, Dr. VanderHeiden feels a special calling to serve his community. He places the highest value on patient care and promises to give everything in his power to see that his patients have good results. He genuinely cares for his patients like family members and gives all of his focus and attention to their outcomes. From an early age in Parker, Colorado, Dr. VanderHeiden balanced an intense combination of academics and athletics. A college basketball injury resulted in debilitating nerve-pain and caused prolonged suffering until Dr. VanderHeiden underwent spinal surgery. The surgery gave Dr. VanderHeiden his life back. All thanks to his surgeon, he was able to refocus his efforts on studying, working, and training while simultaneously reclaiming his ability to enjoy life. He was even able to return to body-building, golfing, and skiing. His experience with spinal surgery had a significant impact on his decision to pursue a career in surgery. He was given extra motivation to apply to medical school by his boss at a biotechnology company who had undergone a massive life-changing spine surgery with an excellent result. This motivation synergized with the mentoring from his father who also urged him to pursue the life of a physician. After his acceptance to C.U. School of Medicine, Dr. VanderHeiden quickly found a niche within orthopedic surgery. It was a natural fit for him and so his training continued at C.U. for his Residency. Then, as the Chief-Resident, Dr. VanderHeiden chose to seek further training in the subspecialty field of spinal surgery. His attraction to this field was based upon his conclusion that spinal surgery is the most interesting, challenging, and intense area of orthopedics. Thus, he matriculated to Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center in 2009 where he completed an intense year-long Fellowship exclusively in spinal surgery. After Fellowship, Dr. VanderHeiden accepted a position at Denver Health Medical Center where he spent the next seven years. His exceptional skills and leadership qualities allowed him to quickly assume the roles of Associated Director of Orthopedics and Chief of Spinal Surgery. Not only was he nominated for Clinician of the Year several times, but he was a key leader at that institution. During his tenure there, he was also appointed as an Assistant Professor at C.U. In this position, he was recognized for his excellence in spinal surgery, teaching, and advocacy. These achievements, along with his scholarly activities, allowed him to be promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. He has also authored numerous scientific articles and book-chapters on the subject of spinal trauma. As a professor, his enjoyment of teaching and mentoring young surgeons was also recognized at C.U. with the prestigious "Colonel Allan Bucknell Excellence in Resident Teaching Award." Despite his achievements in academic medicine, Dr. VanderHeiden always knew that his greatest rewards came from treating patients and impacting their families. Realizing this, Dr. VanderHeiden chose to join Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center where he could have the greatest impact on the greatest number of patients. Dr. VanderHeiden's favorite sports include big-mountain and helicopter skiing, hiking Colorado 14ers, longboard skate-boarding, and trampoline parks. It is not unusual to catch Dr. VanderHeiden hiking, zip lining, or even cliff jumping with his family. He and his wife, Theresa, have two daughters, Alice and Matilda, and two dogs, Peanut Butter and Jelly. They feel very blessed to be part of the Panorama Family and hope that patients get to experience a piece of that when they receive their care at Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center."


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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

64  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Finger


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6  Procedures

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.


  • University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. VanderHeiden has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. VanderHeiden's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. VanderHeiden to family and friends
4 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (4)

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Dr. VanderHeiden's Performance

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  • 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 (2)

I've had the honor & the pleasure of working w/ Dr. VanderHeiden several years ago & I can attest to the high level of care he provides to his patients; He truly has genuine concern for their well-being & their outcomes. As one of the staff members in clinic, I also witnessed his meticulous...more
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I had 3 cervical discs rebuilt by Dr. Vanderheiden and I am ecstatic with the results. I am essentially pain free in my neck and shoulders after years of suffering. He will not promise to fix you, but will set up the conditions that will allow your body to repair/recover as it is able. I could not...more
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