Benjamin T. Bjerke, MD

Benjamin T. Bjerke, MD

Specialties:

Back, Neck, Spine

Fellowship:

Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Patient Reviews

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Verified Patient Rating: 5 (6 patient reviews and ratings)
“Perfect visit full evaluation and explained the results and next steps.”
– Wasim M.
Patient Rating:
5

Dr. Benjamin Bjerke is fellowship-trained in neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery and specializes in surgical procedures of the cervical spine as well as minimally invasive lumbar procedures. Dr. Bjerke has extensive training in advanced spine procedures and techniques from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and serves as a team physician for the US Ski Team. He is dedicated to providing his patients with compassionate, expert spine care.

Specialty

All NEUROSURGERY and ORTHOPEDIC SPINE SURGERY conditions treated:

  • Cervical spine: neck and arm pain
  • Lumbar spine: back and leg pain
  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis/spondylolisthesis
  • All other surgical conditions affecting the spine

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 surgical (MIS) techniques, computer-aided navigation, and motion-preserving operations.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Master’s Degree: UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Los Angeles, CA
  • Doctor of Medicine: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, New York, NY
  • Combined Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Distinctions and Recognition

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • AOSpine
  • Hospital for Special Surgery Alumni Association
  • Mayo Clinic Alumni Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • Reviewer, HSS Journal
  • Reviewer, The Bone & Joint Journal
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery

Dr. Bjerke is a reviewer for HHS Journal as well as The Bone & Joint Journal, and he has authored several publications in many peer-reviewed journals, including Spine and The Spine Journal. He 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 to help them avoid infection after surgery.

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Interests

Dr. Bjerke is committed to providing excellent care for bilingual patients and speaks fluent, professional Spanish. He has operated in Ghana, West Africa, as a volunteer surgeon on three surgical missions to treat severe spinal diseases. Dr. Bjerke also serves as team physician for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.

In his free time, Dr. Bjerke likes cycling, doing triathlons, rock climbing, and skiing. He enjoys his active lifestyle and spending time with his family, and therefore, he understands the importance that his patients place on getting back to spending time with their own families and doing the things they love.

Dr. Bjerke has completed three surgical missions as a volunteer surgeon with FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital in Ghana, Africa. During these missions, Dr. Bjerke operated on children with severe spinal deformities from many parts of Africa. During his most recent trip in July 2018, he coordinated a medical donation of more than $500,000 in spinal implants and medical supplies. “I have known FOCOS for about 5 years . . . The deformities and surgeries I am seeing here I wouldn’t have seen in an entire career in the United States. These levels of deformities are unparalleled, and such cases don’t come up in the United States, and so treating this here makes it easier for me to treat the cases back home.” To learn more about his surgical mission work, go to http://bit.ly/bjerkewithfocos. Photos from Dr. Bjerke's trips are below.

Click below to view photos from Dr. Bjerke’s past medical missions.

“Contrary to another surgeon's plan to access my spine through my belly, Dr. Ben inserted a disc through my left side. He cut the procedure time in half. Now 6 weeks later, I'm totally pain free, standing straight, and walking normally again. He's caring, attentive, accessible, and skillful. Plain fantastic!”
– Richard L.
Patient Rating:
5