Alan Thomas Villavicencio, M.D. received his medical degree from Harvard in 1995 and went on to complete a neurosurgical residency at Duke University Medical Center in 2001. He then finished an orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 2002 and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country with dual neurosurgery and orthopedic spine training.
He is board certified and the senior practicing partner in Boulder Neurosurgical Associates, a group of private practice neurosurgeons in Colorado. He specializes in complex spinal reconstructive surgery including scoliosis and other types of deformity as well as minimally invasive spine surgery. He treats almost all types of brain and spinal disorders, performing approximately 500 operative cases annually.
Dr. Villavicencio is the Founder and current Program Chairman for an annual regional neurosurgical symposium entitled Current Techniques in the Treatment of Cranial and Spinal Disorders. This symposium is currently in it’s 6th year and draws approximately 200 physicians and allied health care providers each year. Dr. Villavicencio is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board for the Justin Parker Neurological Institute, a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with an approximate annual budget of $250,000 whose principle purpose is to conduct clinical research and to disseminate this and other information to patients and the medical community.
Dr. Villavicencio's goal as a neurosurgeon is not just to stay at the forefront of neurosurgical care but to actually advance the field through the continued development and application of new and innovative surgical and non-surgical treatment options. He is one of the few neurosurgeons in the country dedicated to improving clinical outcomes and patient safety by promoting and implementing evidence-based medicine into clinical practice.
Dr. Villavicencio is Director of Research and Development for Boulder Neurosurgical Associates in addition to being the senior managing partner. He is also Director of Neurosurgery at Boulder Community and Longmont United Hospitals and Director of Surgery at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Colorado. Dr. Villavicencio has presented hundreds of abstracts at national and international neurosurgical meetings and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in leading neurosurgical journals and textbooks. He is also principle investigator for several ongoing FDA IDE (investigational device exemption) prospective randomized trials.
Dr. Villavicencio is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), The North American Spine Society (NASS), The Colorado Neurosurgical Society (CNS), The Colorado Medical Society (CMS) and the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves and the Section on Tumors.
Dr. Villavicencio is a devoted husband and father of two children, including a 3 year-old boy and a 2 year-old girl. He also operates a small organic farm in his free time with about 30 head of cattle, 75 chickens and 5 pigs. He is an avid athlete and runs a sub 3 hour marathon. He has competed in 32 marathons, 28 triathlons and 14 full Ironman events, including the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on several occasions.
As such, he has a particular interest in treating athletes and all other patients with the goal of utilizing less invasive techniques for a faster recovery back to peak physical condition.