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Shay Bess, MD

Shay Bess, MD

Spine Surgery
Shay Bess, MD, is a Colorado native who was born at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and was an All-State and All-American athlete at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Dr. Bess, a faculty member of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), is honored to be one of only four experts appointed to represent the United States on an SRS task force to develop outcome measures for scoliosis surgery. In 2017, Dr. Bess presented original research on patient improvement and outcomes after scoliosis surgery at one of the most preeminent spine meeting for scoliosis research, surgery, outcomes and patient education in the world, hosted by SRS. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City, and medical doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University before going on to a fellowship in pediatric and adult spinal surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Bess practiced at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, treating pediatric and adult patients with scoliosis and spine problem, from 2008 - 2015 before being recruited to New York University Medical Center to be the Chief of the Scoliosis Service and Director of Spine Research. Dr. Bess returned to Colorado in August 2016 to be the Director of Surgical Quality and Resource Utilization for the spine services at Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center. Dr. Bess has devoted a large portion of his professional career to research efforts in hopes of improving treatment for patients with spine conditions. He is the president of the International Spine Study Group Foundation (ISSGF), which is a nonprofit, multi-center research foundation that investigates treatment outcomes for people with scoliosis and spine problems. Dr. Bess is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, Congress of Neurosurgeons, is faculty for the AO Spine Foundation and actively participates in pediatric and adult scoliosis research. Dr. Bess actively participates in medical mission work and is a surgeon for the Ethiopia Project, and other charity efforts that provide spine care for children in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Colombia. A dedicated caregiver, Dr. Bess believes that understanding patient treatment needs and goals is the most important aspect of care. By tailoring care to fit each individual's needs, he continually works to return patients to a healthy, active lifestyle.
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