Dr. Alan Villavicencio

Dr. Alan Villavicencio

Neurosurgeon at Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates

Meet Dr. Alan Villavicencio

Dr. Alan Villavicencio is a board certified, fellowship trained spine surgeon with Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates.

Dr. Villavicencio graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA in 1995, and went on to complete a neurosurgical residency at the renowned Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC in 2001. He then went on to do a specialty orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA in 2002 and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country with dual neurosurgery and orthopedic spine training.

Dr. Villavicencio At a Glance:

  • Dually trained in both neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery
  • Specializes in minimally invasive surgery
  • Performs complex spinal reconstruction surgery
  • Published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in leading journals and textbooks
  • Presented hundreds of abstracts at national and international neurosurgical meetings
  • Has been the principle investigator on many FDA and Non-FDA clinical studies and trials

Directions to our primary location in

Boulder, CO

How Dr. Alan Villavicencio Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon


  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain And Neck Pain
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Facet Disease
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Low Back Pain
  • Nerve Pain / Neuralgia
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy / Leg Pain
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tumors


  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (AxiaLIF)
  • Conservative / Non-Operative Treatment of Spinal Disease
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Discography
  • Foraminotomy
  • Injections and Blocks
  • Laminectomy
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nerve Testing
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
  • X-STOP®

What Patients are Saying About Dr. Alan Villavicencio

  • It has been six months since Dr. Villavicencio performed my lumbar and neck surgery. The change in my life has been dramatic. I am pain free and regaining strength and mobility. I am doing things, like touch the ground that I haven't been able to do for years. I am no longer making decisions based on falling risk. I am constantly being stopped by friends who are amazed at how much younger, taller (apparently I was hunching a lot with the pain) and the sparkle I have in my eye. I would have been thrilled with just a portion of the improvement the surgery has made in my life. The surgery Dr. Villavicencio and his staff performed have literally changed my life. I cannot recommend having this treatment enough!
    — Margaret O.
  • I have had the misfortune of requiring 2 back surgeries but the unbelievably good fortune to have had Dr. Villavicencio perform both those surgeries. Both were complete successes. In November 2010 my L3, L4 & L5 were fused to correct herniated discs, stenosis, arthritis and a congenitally narrow canal. On August 7, 2015 I had an L5/S1 micro discectomy due to bulging discs. In both instances I could barely walk prior to surgery and in both instances I fully recovered and was able to resume all my athletic pursuits without limitation. Dr. Villavicencio truly gave me my life back. Dr. Villavicencio's superior medical skills are unquestioned. He is the best at what he does. But what he did to help me heal goes beyond medical skills and I am forever grateful. Let me explain. In June and July of 2015 I had 2 epidurals to hopefully control the bulging discs. It didn't work. Sometime toward the end of July I called Dr. Villavicencio's office to make an appointment and casually mentioned that I thought I was probably going to need surgery again. I was told he was booked until I think it was early October. Gulp!!!! Dr. Villavicencio saw me on August 4, saw how bad I was, and operated on me on Friday, August 7. Fridays are always his day off and a long bike ride day but he came in to operate on me. What more can I say.
    — Stuart C.

Accolades for Dr. Alan Villavicencio

Professional Distinctions

  • Harvard Medical School - graduated with honors
  • Duke University Medical Center - neurological surgery residency
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - orthopedic spinal fellowship in minimally invasive and reconstructive spinal surgery
  • Assistant Clinical Professor - University of Colorado
  • Director of Surgery - Minimally Invasive Spine Institute
  • Director of Neurosurgery - Boulder Community Hospital
  • Director of Neurosurgery - Longmont United Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • Colorado Neurosurgical Society
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Society for Neuro-oncology
  • Boulder County Medical Society

Board Certifications

  • Board certified - neurological surgery

Spine-health Articles by Dr. Alan Villavicencio

Office Information for Dr. Alan Villavicencio

Boulder Community Foothills Hospital
4743 Arapahoe Avenue
Suite 202
Boulder, CO 80303
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Primary Location:

Boulder Community Foothills Hospital

4743 Arapahoe Avenue
Suite 202
Boulder, CO 80303


Monday: 8:00 - 5:00
Tuesday: 8:00 - 5:00
Wednesday: 8:00 - 5:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 5:00
Friday: 8:00 - 5:00

Boulder Neurosurgical Associates & Justin Parker Neurological Institute

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Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts Most Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Great West Healthcare
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare

Additional Locations

Longmont United Hospital
2030 Mountain View
Suite 500
Longmont, CO 80501
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Profile last updated: February 27, 2017. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.