Christopher Roark, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine (2005)
Graduate School :
  • MS, University of Minnesota (2014)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Kansas (KS) (2000)
  • Hennepin County Medical Center Program (2006)
  • University of Minnesota Medical School Program, Chief Resident, Neurological Surgery (2011)
  • University of Michigan Program, Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (2015)
  • University of Michigan Program, Neurovascular Surgery (2015)
Department: Neurosurgery

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor
  • Inpatient Medical Director


  • Vranic JE, Harker P, Stapleton CJ, Regenhardt RW, Dmytriw AA, Alotaibi NM, Gupta R, Leslie-Mazwi TM, Koch MJ, Raymond SB, Mascitelli JR, Patterson TT, Seinfeld J, White A, Case D, Roark C, Gandhi CD, Al-Mufti F, Cooper J, Patel AB. Determinants of intracranial aneurysm retreatment following embolization with a single flow-diverting stent. Neuroradiol J. 2021 Nov 7;:19714009211049086. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34747246
  • Roark C, Wilson MP, Kubes S, Mayer D, Wiley LK. Assessing the utility and accuracy of ICD10-CM non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage codes for intracranial aneurysm research. Learn Health Syst. 2021 Oct;5(4):e10257. PubMed PMID: 34667877
  • Pollard R, Thaker A, Johnson P, Roark C. Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in an Intravenous Drug User With Multiple Needle Fragments in the Neck Arteries. Neurohospitalist. 2021 Jul;11(3):272-274. PubMed PMID: 34163558
  • Morel BC, Barry M, Hoffman JE, Seinfeld J, Folzenlogen Z, Roark C, Case DE. Direct Carotid Artery Puncture for Thrombectomy in Pediatric Stroke. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2021 Jun;32(6):921-923. PubMed PMID: 33677118
  • White AC, Folzenlogen ZA, Harland TA, Case DE, Roark CD, Kumpe DA, Seinfeld J. Intraosseous Cannulation of a Calvarial Diploic Vein for Embolization of a Symptomatic Dural Arteriovenous Fistula: A Technical Case Report. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2019 Jun 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31245820
  • Franko LR, Hollon T, Linzey J, Roark C, Rajajee V, Sheehan K, Teig M, Hervey-Jumper S, Heth J, Orringer D, Williamson CA. Clinical Factors Associated With ICU-Specific Care Following Supratentoral Brain Tumor Resection and Validation of a Risk Prediction Score. Crit Care Med. 2018 Aug;46(8):1302-1308. PubMed PMID: 29742589
  • White AC, Kumpe DA, Roark CD, Case DE, Seinfeld J. Patterns, Predictors, and Outcomes of Postprocedure Delayed Hemorrhage Following Flow Diversion for Intracranial Aneurysm Treatment. World Neurosurg. 2018 Jul;115:e97-e104. PubMed PMID: 29626682
  • Franko LR, Sheehan KM, Roark CD, Joseph JR, Burke JF, Rajajee V, Williamson CA. A propensity score analysis of the impact of surgical intervention on unexpected 30-day readmission following admission for subdural hematoma. J Neurosurg. 2018 Oct;129(4):1008-1016. PubMed PMID: 29271714
  • Futchko J, Starr J, Lau D, Leach MR, Roark C, Pandey AS, Thompson BG. Influence of smoking on aneurysm recurrence after endovascular treatment of cerebrovascular aneurysms. J Neurosurg. 2018 Apr;128(4):992-998. PubMed PMID: 28644100
  • Roark C, Vadlamudi V, Chaudhary N, Gemmete JJ, Seinfeld J, Thompson BG, Pandey AS. ABC/2 Method Does not Accurately Predict Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation Volume. Neurosurgery. 2018 Feb 1;82(2):220-225. PubMed PMID: 28605551
  • Griauzde J, Ravindra VM, Chaudhary N, Gemmete JJ, Mazur MD, Roark CD, Couldwell WT, Park MS, Taussky P, Pandey AS. Use of the Pipeline embolization device in the treatment of iatrogenic intracranial vascular injuries: a bi-institutional experience. Neurosurg Focus. 2017 Jun;42(6):E9. PubMed PMID: 28565993
  • Kumpe DA, Seinfeld J, Huang X, Mei Q, Case DE, Roark CD, Subramanian PS, Lind KE, Pelak VS, Bennett JL. Dural sinus stenting for idiopathic intracranial hypertension: factors associated with hemodynamic failure and management with extended stenting. J Neurointerv Surg. 2017 Sep;9(9):867-874. PubMed PMID: 27935482
  • Case D, Kumpe D, Cava L, Neumann R, White A, Roark C, Seinfeld J. Ruptured Distal Posterior Inferior Cerebellar Artery (PICA) Aneurysms Associated with Cerebellar Arterial Venous Malformations (AVMs): A Case Series and Review of the Literature Demonstrating the Need for Angiographic Evaluation and Feasibility of Endovascular Treatment. World Neurosurg. 2017 Jan;97:751.e7-751.e13. PubMed PMID: 27793767
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Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Neruological Surgeons (AANS), Fellow
  • Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS), Member
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), Member
  • AANS/CNS joint CV Section, Member
  • Colorado Medical Society, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
12401 E 17th Ave
Leprino Building, 3rd floor
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Denver Health Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Neurosurgery, Board Certification
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System - General Neurosurgery
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Brain and Nervous System - Neurovascular Conditions
  • Brain and Nervous System - Stroke
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System - Brain Tumors
  • Radiology - Neuroradiology
  • Radiology
Clinical Interests
Dr. Roark has extensive training in all modalities of treatment for the full spectrum of cerebrovascular disease. This includes, but is not limited to, ischemic stroke, intra- and extra-cranial stenosis, cerebral aneurysms, and vascular malformations.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, skiing, fly fishing, and spending time with my family

Public Speaking
Anticoagulation in the neurosurgical patient

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine (2005)
Graduate Schools:
  • MS, University of Minnesota (2014)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Kansas (KS) (2000)
  • Hennepin County Medical Center Program (2006)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Minnesota Medical School Program, Chief Resident, Neurological Surgery (2011)
  • University of Michigan Program, Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (2015)
  • University of Michigan Program, Neurovascular Surgery (2015)
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Department: Neurosurgery
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CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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