Chris Cain, MD
Associate Professor, Orthopedics

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Adelaide, Australia (1985)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • MBBS, University of Adelaide (Australia) (1985)
  • PhD, University of Adelaide (Australia) (1993)
Internship:
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital (1985)
Residency:
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, East Melbourne, Australia, Orthopedic Surgery (1993)
Fellowships:
  • Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (1994)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor, Orthopedics
  • Associate Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • Marquis, Who's Who in the World 24th Edition (2007)
  • President's Award, Australian Medical Association (2003)

Research Interests

I have been, and remain involved in the development of new techniques and implants to improve patient outcomes. This process involves the critical evaluation of manufacturing, biomechanical and clinical parameters. We are all made differently, different sizes, shapes and abilities, yet implants often come in a limited range of sizes with fixes or limited mechanical characteristics. In light of this I am involved in developing a process using CT and MRI images and a computer model to evaluate individual patients anatomy to assess their suitability for disk replacement surgery. This is to ensure the mechanics of implants used to preserve motion match both the mechanics and anatomy of the patient. Initial work has been undertaken to help assess which patients are suitable for this sort of surgery, but my lead to improvements in the design and function of these implants.

Teaching

  • University of Colorado (2010)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics
    Spine Surgery

Publications

  • 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
  • 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
  • Hollenbeck JFM, Cain CM, Fattor JA, Rullkoetter PJ, Laz PJ. Statistical shape modeling characterizes three-dimensional shape and alignment variability in the lumbar spine. J Biomech. 2018 Mar 1;69:146-155. PubMed PMID: 29402403
  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Medical Association, Member
  • Australian Spine Society, Member
  • North American Spine Society, Member
  • AOSpine Asia Pacific, Member
  • AOSpine North America, 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

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery (1993, 2020)
  • Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (1994, 2020)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Board Certification (1993)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System - Spine Diseases and Conditions
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Spine
  • Spine - Cervical disc herniation
  • Spine - Cervical Myelopathy
  • Spine - Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spine - Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Spine - Lumbar disc herniation
  • Spine - Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Myelopathy
  • Spine - Radiculopathy
  • Spine - Sciatica
  • Spine - Scoliosis
  • Spine - Slipped Disc
  • Spine - Spinal tumors
  • Spine - Spondylolisthesis
  • Spine - Spondylolysis
Clinical Interests
My practice covers all aspects of spinal disease, including the management of adult degenerative disease of the cervical and lumbar spine, adult and pediatric deformity, spine trauma and tumors. My principle interest are, anterior lumbar surgery and the management of complex spinal deformity and reconstruction. While I am not a proponent of operating through tubes I employ surgical techniques to minimize the damage done to structures and tissues while maximizing the chance of achieving surgical success. I have expertise in the indications for, and the surgical management of neck and back pain, spinal trauma, spinal instability, neural compromise and tumors.

Care Philosophy
I treat and advise patient’s as I would want a member of my family treated. While many surgeons claim they do this, the reality is a lot of medicine is market driven and some clinicians recommend treatments thinking that if they don't provide the treatment someone else will. I believe the practice of medicine to be a privilege and a service to the community, not a business. The practice of spine surgery is a combination of science and art, as such it is important patients understand the nature of their problem and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of any treatment proposed, surgical or non surgical. There can be no guarantees, and no surgery is performed without causing some harm or being associated with some risks. As such it is a matter of balancing the risks agains the potential benefits, and I will only offer surgery when I believe the benefits clearly outweigh the risks, where there is a good chance surgical intervention will achieve our goals, both yours and mine.

Personal Interests
My principle interest are degenerative conditions affecting the cervical and lumbar spine, anterior lumbar surgery and the management of complex spinal deformity and reconstruction.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Adelaide, Australia (1985)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • MBBS, University of Adelaide (Australia) (1985)
  • PhD, University of Adelaide (Australia) (1993)
Internships:
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital (1985)
Residency Programs:
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, East Melbourne, Australia, Orthopedic Surgery (1993)
Fellowships:
  • Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (1994)
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Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics
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