Jim A. Youssef, MD
Dr. Jim Youssef joined Durango Orthopedics in June 1997, and founded Spine Colorado.
Dr. Youssef is a board certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon, the highest level of training for a spine surgeon in the United States. He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, fracture care, complex spinal disorders and alternatives to bony fusion in spine surgery.
Dr. Youssef completed his undergraduate degree in Genetics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1986, and earned his medical degree in 1991 at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in 1992 and his residency in orthopedic surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 1996. His did his fellowship in spine surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in 1997.
In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Youssef oversees an active research department. He has participated in multiple IDE/FDA clinical trials and has published his research in over 25 peer-reviewed publications. Through his research activity, Dr. Youssef is involved in the newest surgical technologies, allowing him to offer his patients the most cutting-edge treatments available. Dr. Youssef is a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, American Orthopaedic Association, North American Spine Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society, Society of Lateral Access Surgery (President), Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (Founding Member) and other national spine and orthopaedic societies.
Dr. Youssef is an editor for several peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of several book chapters published in medical textbooks. He is a co-founder of the Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, a Continuing Medical Education conference attended by spine surgeons from around the world. He is frequently invited to lecture at conferences on spine health care across the United States, and teaches spine surgery techniques both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Youssef and his wife, Melissa, have 3 children. He is an active outdoor enthusiast who enjoys skiing, biking, running and surfing!