Specialties: Cervical Spine Surgery & Minimally—Invasive Lumbar Procedures
Fellowships: Combined Neurosurgery & Orthopedic Spine Surgery—Mayo Clinic
Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Board Eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Bjerke has completed a combined Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship with world-renowned Mayo Clinic. He offers the most modern and comprehensive approach to spinal care, with a focus on patient safety and individualized medicine.
He is a specialist in cervical spine surgery and minimally-invasive lumbar procedures.
Dr. Bjerke applies a “conservative first-approach” to his patients, and only offers surgical intervention with proven evidence-based techniques when necessary. This means providing the most minimally-invasive and safest procedures for each patient. Dr. Bjerke is proficient with the most modern advancements in total spine care, including minimally-invasive (“MIS”) techniques, computer-aided navigation, and motion-preserving operations.
He has authored several publications in many peer-reviewed journals, including Spine and The Spine Journal. Dr. Bjerke has presented his research at over 30 national and international meetings. His particular research interests include post-surgical spinal infections and osteopenia/osteoporosis, and he has used this knowledge to better treat his own patients with low bone density, and in avoiding infection after surgery.
Dr. Bjerke is committed to providing excellent care for bilingual patients, and speaks fluent professional Spanish. Dr. Bjerke se compromete a proporcionar cariño excelente para sus pacientes bilingües y habla con fluidez professional. He has operated in Ghana, West Africa as a volunteer surgeon on two surgical missions to treat severe spinal diseases. Dr. Bjerke also serves as a team physician for the US Ski Team and for local professional sports teams.
He enjoys an active lifestyle and spending time with his family, and understands the importance that his patients place in getting back to spending time with family and doing the things they love. Every patient’s goals and limitations are considered carefully when choosing a plan of care, whether or not that includes an operation. Above all, Dr. Bjerke treats his patients with the compassion and attention that he would offer his own family.
The Reno Orthopedic Clinic’s Spine Team will provide the thoughtful spine health care you are searching for. We cover many facets including non-surgical or surgical solutions, bringing all aspects of diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation together in one location. You will find our facility to be a place where all services are integrated into one setting – all designed to provide the best care available under one roof. Our highly trained physicians will tailor your experience to address your specific spine health needs with their state-of-the-art knowledge. At the ROC, patients come first, and we strive to provide ethical and empathetic care every day.