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Neurosurgical Interests:

Cranial: Brain Trauma, Brain Tumors, Hydrocephalus, Trigeminal Neuralgia
Spine: Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Adult Spinal Deformity, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Tumors, Motion Preserving Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spinal trauma

Fellowship Trained: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio – Spine Surgery Fellowship

Residency: UCLA Health System, Los Angeles, CA – Neurological Surgery Residency

Internship: UCLA Health System, Los Angeles, CA – General Surgery Internship

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan

Bachelors/Masters: Denison University, Granville, OH - B. S., Biochemistry, cum laude

Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2019

Professional Appointments:

Neurosurgery Trauma Liaison - The Medical Center of Aurora, 2015 to present
Neuroscience Service Line Chair - The Medical Center of Aurora, 2017 to present
Medical Director of Neurosurgery - The Medical Center of Aurora, 2017 to present


North American Spine Society
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Fellow of American Association of Neurological Surgeons


Physician iCare Award, The Medical Center of Aurora, 2017
Alpha Omega Alpha 2007
Dorothy and Charles Pokriefka. Sr. Award 2005
Woodland Essay Competition in Chemistry, First Prize, 2003
Merck & Co. Award for Student Planning a Career in Medicine, 2003

Colin C. Buchanan

Quick Contact:

Office Phone: (303) 783-8844
Fax: (303) 783-2002
Medical Assistant Direct Line: (720) 390-3336

Philosophy of Care: I am committed to achieving the best functional results for my patients. I have a conservative and comprehensive approach to spine care. This means maximizing non-operative treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, spinal injections, and other pain management strategies. In some cases, however, there is a clear benefit to considering surgical intervention sooner as opposed to a last resort. Ultimately, I advocate that patients select a treatment plan guided by my experience to maximize quality of life.

About the Doctor: Colin C. Buchanan, MD is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who specializes in the management of complex spinal disorders and minimally invasive surgery (MIS). He is currently the Neurosurgery Trauma Liaison and Medical Director of Neurosurgery at The Medical Center of Aurora.

Dr. Buchanan received his undergraduate degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After medical school, Dr. Buchanan completed a general surgery internship followed by neurosurgery residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. During his residency, he received extensive training in the treatment of brain and pituitary tumors, functional neurosurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery, and traumatic brain injury. After residency, he completed a one-year fellowship in spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic where he received training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery from world-renowned experts.

 Dr. Buchanan has conducted research on health care quality improvement. He is dedicated to continued research and advanced techniques in spine surgery, including neuronavigation. He has additional interests in neurosurgical education and has participated as an instructor at the annual Cleveland Spine Review course. He is a fellow of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and the North American Spine Society (NASS).

 Dr. Buchanan is committed to achieving the best functional results for his patients. He uses both surgical and non-surgical treatment approaches to address disorders of the spine and brain. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son. His recreational pursuits include alpine skiing, golf, and cycling.