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June 20, 2017
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June 20, 2017

Benjamin Bjerke, MD

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.

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Recent Publications

Bjerke B, Zuchelli DM, Nemani VM, Emerson RG, Kim HJ, Boachie-Adjei O. Prognosis of Significant Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Events in Severe Spinal Deformity Surgery. Spine Deformity 2017 Mar;5(2):117-123. PMID 28259263.

Bjerke B, Saiyed R, Cheung B, Uppstrom T, Shifflett G, Cunningham M. Does Adolescent Obesity Affect Surgical Presentation and Radiographic Outcome for Patients with AIS? Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics B. 2017 Jan;26(1):53-58, PMID 27336711.

Shifflett GD, Bjerke B, Nwachukwu BU, Kueper J, Burket J, Sama AA, Girardi FP, Cammisa FP, Hughes AP. Microbiologic Profile of Infections in Presumed Aseptic Spine Surgery. Mar 2016 European Spine Journal 2016 Dec;25(12):3902-3907. PMID 27026016.

Bjerke B, Cheung ZB, Shifflett GD, Iyer S, Derman PB, Cunningham ME. Do Current Recommendations for Upper Instrumented Vertebra Predict Shoulder Imbalance? An Attempted Validation of Level Selection for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. HSS J. 2015 Oct;11(3):216-22. PMID 26981056.

Bjerke B, Cheung ZB, Shifflett DG, Iyer S, Fabricant PD, Kim HJ. Maintenance of De-rotation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Measuring Post-Operative Axial Rotation by Pedicle Screw Position. HSS Journal, 2015. HSS J. 2016 Feb;12(1):18-25. PMID 26855623.

Shifflett GD, Bjerke B, Nwachukwu B, Girardi FP, Sama AA, Cammisa FP, Hughes AP. The Value of Intra-operative Gram Stain in Revision Spine Surgery. The Spine Journal, 2015 Jun: S1529-9430(15)00574-4. PMID 26070285.

Swarup I, Bjerke B, Cunningham M. Paraspinous Hemolymphangioma Associated with Adolescent Scoliosis. World J Clin Cases, 2015 Jun 16;3(6):514-8. PMID 26090372.

McLawhorn A, Bjerke B, Blevins J, Sculco P, Lee L, Jerabek S. Patient-Reported Allergies Are Associated with Poorer Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes After Lower Extremity Arthroplasty: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Arthroplasty, 2015 Jul;30(7):1132-6. PMID 25702595.

Nemani V, Kim H, Bjerke B, Yagi M, Sacramento-Dominguez C, Akoto H, Papadopoulos E, Perez-Grueso F, Pellise F, Nguyen J, Wulff I, Ayamga J, Mahmud R, Boachie-Adjei O, FOCOS Spine Study Group. Pre-Operative Halo-Gravity Traction for Severe Spinal Deformities at an SRS-GOP Site in West Africa: Protocols, Complications and Results. Spine, 2015, 40(3):153-161. PMID 25668334.

Bjerke B, Christ A, McLawhorn A, Sculco P, Jules-Elysée K, Sculco T. Periprosthetic Joint Infections Treated with Two-Stage Revision over 14 years: An Evolving Microbiology Profile. J Arthroplasty, 2014, 29(5), 877-82. PMID 24199997.

Bjerke B, Sculco P, McLawhorn A, Christ A, Gladnick B, Mayman D. The Increased Total Cost Associated with Post-operative Drains in Total Hip and Knee Replacement. J Arthroplasty, 2014, 29(5), 895-899. PMID 24360337.

Gladnick BP, Schreiber JJ, Ishmael CR, Bjerke B, Cunningham ME. Assessment of Vertebral Curves Using the Manual Post-It® Technique. J Spinal Disord Tech, 2013. PMID 24326239.

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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.