Evalina Burger-Van der Walt, MD
Professor, Orthopedics

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Graduate School :
  • MMed, University of Pretoria (1993)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BMedSci, University of the Orange Free State (1980)
  • MB ChB, University of the Orange Free State (1984)
Internships:
  • 1 Military Hospital Voortrekkerhoogte (1987)
  • Vereeniging and Sebokeng Hospitals (Kopanong Hospital) (1985)
  • 1 Military Hospital Pretoria (1985)
Residency:
  • Pretoria Academic Hospital (University of Pretoria), Orthopedic Surgery (1993)
Languages: Afrikaans, English
Department: Orthopedics

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Orthopedics
  • Chair

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2015)
  • MORE Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2014)
  • Spine Surgeons to Know, Becker's Spine Review (2014)
  • Women Spine Surgeons to Know, Becker's Spine Review (2013)
  • Best Doctor for Executives, ColoradoBiz Magazine (2012)
    Named Best Spinal Surgery Doctor
  • Spine Surgeons to Know, Becker's Spine Review (2012)
  • Female Spine Surgeons to Know, Becker's Spine Review (2011)
  • Cambridge 2010 Edition of Who’s Who Executives and Professionals , Cambridge (2010)
  • Thomas Whitecloud Award for the best Basic Science paper, IMAST (2010)
  • Best Poster Award, NASS (2010)
    Correlation of Vertebral Strength Topography with Three-Dimensional Computed tomography structure.
  • Partners in Care Award, University of Colorado Hospital (2009)
  • ABC Traveling Fellow , SAOA (2000)
    Top 6 Orthopedic surgeons of the English Speaking World are invited to travel the world.
  • The G F Dommisse prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Research, University of Pretoria (1993)

Teaching

  • Professor (2006)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics
    Spine surgery

Publications

  • Ayers R, Patel V, Burger E, Cain C, Ou-Yang D, Wessell N, Kleck C. Corrosion of Titanium Spinal Explants Is Similar to That Observed in Oil Field Line Pipe Steel: Evidence of Microbial-Influenced Corrosion In Vivo. Orthopedics. 2020 Jan 1;43(1):62-67. PubMed PMID: 31958342
  • Anand N, Agrawal A, Burger EL, Ferrero E, Fogelson JL, Kaito T, LaGrone MO, Le Huec JC, Lee JH, Mudiyam R, Sasao Y, Sembrano JN, Trobisch PD, Yang SH. The Prevalence of the Use of MIS Techniques in the Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD) Amongst Members of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) in 2016. Spine Deform. 2019 Mar;7(2):319-324. PubMed PMID: 31981165
  • Kleck C, Calabrese D, Reeves BJ, Cain CMJ, Patel VV, Noshchenko A, Burger EL. Long-Term Treatment Effect and Predictability of Spinopelvic Alignment after Surgical Correction of Adult Spine Deformity (ASD) with Patient-Specific Spine Rods (PSSR). Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2019 Oct 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31651682
  • Hollenbeck JFM, Fattor JA, Patel V, Burger E, Rullkoetter PJ, Cain CMJ. Validation of Pre-operative Templating for Total Disc Replacement Surgery. Int J Spine Surg. 2019 Jan;13(1):84-91. PubMed PMID: 30805290
  • Anand N, Agrawal A, Burger EL, Ferrero E, Fogelson JL, Kaito T, LaGrone MO, Le Huec JC, Lee JH, Mudiyam R, Sasao Y, Sembrano JN, Trobisch PD, Yang SH. The Prevalence of the Use of MIS Techniques in the Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD) Amongst Members of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) in 2016. Spine Deform. 2019 Mar;7(2):319-324. PubMed PMID: 30660228
  • Solla F, Barrey CY, Burger E, Kleck CJ, Fière V. Patient-specific Rods for Surgical Correction of Sagittal Imbalance in Adults: Technical Aspects and Preliminary Results. Clin Spine Surg. 2019 Mar;32(2):80-86. PubMed PMID: 30256240
  • Schroeder N, Noschenko A, Burger E, Patel V, Cain C, Ou-Yang D, Kleck C. Pelvic Incidence Changes Between Flexion and Extension. Spine Deform. 2018 Nov - Dec;6(6):753-761. PubMed PMID: 30348355
  • Solla F, Barrey CY, Burger E, Kleck CJ, Fière V. Patient-specific Rods for Surgical Correction of Sagittal Imbalance in Adults: Technical Aspects and Preliminary Results. Clin Spine Surg. 2018 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30256240
  • Look N, Kleck CJ, Burger EL. Surgical Intervention for Cauda Equina Syndrome in the Second and Third Trimesters of Pregnancy: A Report of Three Cases. JBJS Case Connect. 2018 Jul-Sep;8(3):e68. PubMed PMID: 30211711
  • Bozzio AE, Johnson CR, Fattor JA, Kleck CJ, Patel VV, Burger EL, Noshchenko A, Cain CMJ. Stand-alone Anterior Lumbar Interbody, Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody, and Anterior/Posterior Fusion: Analysis of Fusion Outcomes and Costs. Orthopedics. 2018 Sep 1;41(5):e655-e662. PubMed PMID: 30011051
  • Kleck CJ, Illing D, Lindley EM, Noshchenko A, Patel VV, Barton C, Baldini T, Cain CMJ, Burger EL. Reply to Letter to Editor: Strain in Posterior Instrumentation Resulted by Different Combinations of Posterior and Anterior Devices for Long Spine Fusion Constructs. Spine Deform. 2018 May - Jun;6(3):335-340. PubMed PMID: 29735147
  • Kleck CJ, Burger EL. Development of Bilateral Facet Cysts Causing Recurrent Symptoms After Decompression and the Placement of an Intralaminar Implant: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connect. 2018 Jan-Mar;8(1):e11. PubMed PMID: 29489522
  • Kleck CJ, Johnson C, Akiyama M, Burger EL, Cain CJ, Patel VV. One-step Minimally Invasive Pedicle Screw Instrumentation Using O-Arm and Stealth Navigation. Clin Spine Surg. 2018 Jun;31(5):197-202. PubMed PMID: 29389770
  • Kleck CJ, Illing D, Lindley EM, Noshchenko A, Patel VV, Barton C, Baldini T, Cain CM, Burger EL. Strain in Posterior Instrumentation Resulted by Different Combinations of Posterior and Anterior Devices for Long Spine Fusion Constructs. Spine Deform. 2017 Jan;5(1):27-36. PubMed PMID: 28038691
  • Lindley EM, Barton C, Blount T, Burger EL, Cain CM, Seim HB 3rd, Turner AS, Patel VV. An analysis of spine fusion outcomes in sheep pre-clinical models. Eur Spine J. 2017 Jan;26(1):228-239. PubMed PMID: 27165183
  • Noshchenko A, Hoffecker L, Cain CMJ, Patel VV, Burger EL. Spinopelvic Parameters in Asymptomatic Subjects Without Spine Disease and Deformity: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis. Clin Spine Surg. 2017 Nov;30(9):392-403. PubMed PMID: 28368866
  • Kleck CJ, Illing D, Lindley EM, Noshchenko A, Patel VV, Barton C, Baldini T, Cain CMJ, Burger EL. Strain in Posterior Instrumentation Resulted by Different Combinations of Posterior and Anterior Devices for Long Spine Fusion Constructs. Spine Deform. 2017 Jan;5(1):27-36. PubMed PMID: 28038691
  • Lindley EM, Barton C, Blount T, Burger EL, Cain CM, Seim HB 3rd, Turner AS, Patel VV. An analysis of spine fusion outcomes in sheep pre-clinical models. Eur Spine J. 2017 Jan;26(1):228-239. PubMed PMID: 27165183
  • Noshchenko A, Lindley EM, Burger EL, Cain CM, Patel VV. What Is the Clinical Relevance of Radiographic Nonunion After Single-Level Lumbar Interbody Arthrodesis in Degenerative Disc Disease?: A Meta-Analysis of the YODA Project Database. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan;41(1):9-17. PubMed PMID: 26274529
  • Fattor JA, Hollenbeck JF, Laz PJ, Rullkoetter PJ, Burger EL, Patel VV, Cain CM. Patient-Specific Templating of Lumbar Total Disk Replacement to Restore Normal Anatomy and Function. Orthopedics. 2016 Mar-Apr;39(2):97-102. PubMed PMID: 27023417
  • Kleck CJ, Perry JM, Burger EL, Cain CM, Milligan K, Patel VV. Sacroiliac Joint Treatment Personalized to Individual Patient Anatomy Using 3-Dimensional Navigation. Orthopedics. 2016 Mar-Apr;39(2):89-94. PubMed PMID: 27023416
  • Kleck CJ, Cullilmore I, LaFleur M, Lindley E, Rentschler ME, Burger EL, Cain CM, Patel VV. A new 3-dimensional method for measuring precision in surgical navigation and methods to optimize navigation accuracy. Eur Spine J. 2016 Jun;25(6):1764-74. PubMed PMID: 26394858
  • Noshchenko A, Lindley EM, Burger EL, Cain CM, Patel VV. What Is the Clinical Relevance of Radiographic Nonunion After Single-Level Lumbar Interbody Arthrodesis in Degenerative Disc Disease?: A Meta-Analysis of the YODA Project Database. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan;41(1):9-17. PubMed PMID: 26274529
  • Lindley EM, Milligan K, Farmer R, Burger EL, Patel VV. Patient-Controlled Transdermal Fentanyl Versus Intravenous Morphine Pump After Spine Surgery. Orthopedics. 2015 Sep;38(9):e819-24. PubMed PMID: 26375541
  • Branting NC, Flug JA, Jesse MK, Lowry PA, Strickland CD, Burger EL. Discography with epidural contrast extravasation along an exiting nerve root. Spine J. 2015 Apr 1;15(4):782. PubMed PMID: 25459748
  • Polly DW, Cher DJ, Wine KD, Whang PG, Frank CJ, Harvey CF, Lockstadt H, Glaser JA, Limoni RP, Sembrano JN. Randomized Controlled Trial of Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Using Triangular Titanium Implants vs Nonsurgical Management for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: 12-Month Outcomes. Neurosurgery. 2015 Nov;77(5):674-90; discussion 690-1. PubMed PMID: 26291338
  • Noshchenko A, Hoffecker L, Lindley EM, Burger EL, Cain CM, Patel VV, Bradford AP. Predictors of spine deformity progression in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A systematic review with meta-analysis. World J Orthop. 2015 Aug 18;6(7):537-58. PubMed PMID: 26301183
  • Kleck CJ, Cullilmore I, LaFleur M, Lindley E, Rentschler ME, Burger EL, Cain CM, Patel VV. A new 3-dimensional method for measuring precision in surgical navigation and methods to optimize navigation accuracy. Eur Spine J. 2015 Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26394858
  • Barton C, Noshchenko A, Patel V, Cain C, Kleck C, Burger E. Risk factors for rod fracture after posterior correction of adult spinal deformity with osteotomy: a retrospective case-series. Scoliosis. 2015;10:30. PubMed PMID: 26543498
  • Branting NC, Flug JA, Jesse MK, Lowry PA, Strickland CD, Burger EL. Discography with epidural contrast extravasation along an exiting nerve root. Spine J. 2014 Nov 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25459748
  • Noshchenko A, Hoffecker L, Lindley EM, Burger EL, Cain CM, Patel VV. Perioperative and long-term clinical outcomes for bone morphogenetic protein versus iliac crest bone graft for lumbar fusion in degenerative disk disease: systematic review with meta-analysis. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2014 May;27(3):117-35. PubMed PMID: 24945290
  • Noshchenko A, Hoffecker L, Lindley EM, Burger EL, Cain CM, Patel VV. Long Term Treatment Effects of Lumbar Arthrodeses in Degenerative Disc Disease: A Systematic Review with Meta Analysis. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2014 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24901878
  • Paietta RC, Burger EL, Ferguson VL. Mineralization and collagen orientation throughout aging at the vertebral endplate in the human lumbar spine. J Struct Biol. 2013 Nov;184(2):310-20. PubMed PMID: 23999190
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Professional Memberships

  • American Medical Association (AMA), Member
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Member
  • AO – Spine North America , Faculty
  • International College of Surgeons (ICS), Member
  • J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society (JRGOS), Member
  • SICOT North America, President
  • Twentieth Century Orthopedic Association, Member
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Member
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS), Member
  • International Society for Advanced Spine Surgery (ISASS), Member
  • Orthopedic Research Society, Member
  • American Orthopaedic Association, Member
  • Lamplighters Orthopaedic Association, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-1980

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (1993)
  • Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certification (2016)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Back Pain
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Neck Disorders and Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures
  • Surgery
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
Clinical Interests
I specialize in the treatment of most spinal diseases in adults. I am particularly interested in complex spinal surgery, adult deformity and scoliosis.

Care Philosophy
Our group is committed to providing the highest quality professional and ethical care to all patients through integration of comprehensive education and exceptional musculoskeletal research.

Personal Interests
I enjoy music and hunting.

Volunteer Activities
I am committed to the education of future medical professionals. I am very active in mentorship of medical students, orthopaedic surgery residents and spine fellows at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, as well as providing them many research opportunities. I also serve on the parent council at the University of Denver.

Public Speaking
Yes
The aging spine Adult deformity Woman in Spine surgery

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MMed, University of Pretoria (1993)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BMedSci, University of the Orange Free State (1980)
  • MB ChB, University of the Orange Free State (1984)
Internships:
  • 1 Military Hospital Voortrekkerhoogte (1987)
  • Vereeniging and Sebokeng Hospitals (Kopanong Hospital) (1985)
  • 1 Military Hospital Pretoria (1985)
Residency Programs:
  • Pretoria Academic Hospital (University of Pretoria), Orthopedic Surgery (1993)
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Languages: Afrikaans, English
Department: Orthopedics
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