Spine surgeon Dr. Evalina Burger named U of Colorado chair of orthopedics: 5 insights


Aurora-based University of Colorado School of Medicine tapped Evalina Burger, MD, to serve as its chair of orthopedics, effective Nov. 1.

Here are five insights:

1. An expert spine surgery, Dr. Burger joined CU School of Medicine in 2006. Dr. Burger succeeds Robert D'Ambrosia, MD, who joined CU School of Medicine in 2002.

2. Beyond her clinical work, Dr. Burger is an active investigator and educator working to find new metal-alloy compositions to improve orthopedic implants.

3. Dr. Burger is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters. She is on the editorial boards of scholarly journals and co-edited two textbooks on spine surgery.

4. Previously, Dr. Burger served as vice chair of clinical affairs within the medical school's orthopedics department. In this role, she led clinical service development and reorganized strategic business planning.

5. Dr. Burger is the first female orthopedic surgeon from South Africa. She earned her medical degree from the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa and went on to receive the American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship.

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