Dr. Walter Birkenhagen, MD

Dr. Walter Birkenhagen, MD

Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 75
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Dr. Walter Birkenhagen, MD is a surgery doctor who practices in Pocatello, ID. He is 75 years old and has been practicing for 48 years. Read his story

1151 Hospital Way Ste D

Pocatello, ID 83201

Contact Information

(208) 239-8008

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Choice Health
  • 12 More

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Dr. Birkenhagen's Experience

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  • Specializes in Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Birkenhagen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Birkenhagen "Bingham Memorial Hospital is pleased to introduce W. Kurt Birkenhagen, MD. For almost 34 years, Dr. Birkenhagen has been one of the most trusted and respected surgeons in the eastern Idaho area. Dr. Birkenhagen received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, after which he completed medical school at the Temple University School of Medicine. Following a rotating internship in the United States Army as well as three years of active duty service -- including one year in Vietnam – Dr. Birkenhagen completed his surgical residency at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco. He has been a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1987, as well as serving as a delegate to the Southwest Surgical Society and state president of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Birkenhagen has also been a member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery since 2001. For 25 years, Dr. Birkenhagen served as the District Surgeon for the Union Pacific Railroad, covering the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, providing much-needed medical attention to railroad workers all across the northwest. As a specialist in thoracic and vascular surgery, Dr. Birkenhagen enjoys solving patients' problems and focusing on conditions like Berrett's esophagus, a condition marked by a breakdown in the lining of the esophagus that can sometimes lead to cancer. "I'm excited about working with a non-profit community hospital that is focused on delivering quality patient care at an affordable price," Dr. Birkenhagen says. "Not only does Bingham Memorial have state-of-the-art equipment and a knowledgeable staff, it has the warm, down-to-earth feeling I have come to establish with my patients over the many years I have practiced in Pocatello.""


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Birkenhagen "I believe that all patients should be treated as I would treat my family. Understanding care and respect are very important in my practice. Also, we practice with the very latest in technology and training. Therefore, our patients receive the very best care in Southeast Idaho."


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  • Surgery
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Anal Fissure
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Lump
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Lipomas
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Ventral Hernia


  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Colectomy
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Idaho.

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.


  • Rutgers University / New Brunswick Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1965
  • Temple University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1969
  • Letterman Genl Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • St Marys Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1977

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Birkenhagen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
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Dr. Birkenhagen accepts 21 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
    Blue Cross of Idaho PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • ODS Health Plan
  • PacificSource
    Preferred PSN
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Traditional Participating Plan
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • Union Pacific Railroad Employee Health Systems
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Birkenhagen has admitting privileges

Bingham Memorial Hospital
98 Poplar St
Blackfoot, ID 83221
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