Dr. Bookwalter received his medical degree from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, in Chicago, Illinois. He did a surgical internship at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Bookwalter began his neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan, and completed it at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bookwalter was then on the full-time faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. In 1986, he returned to the private practice of neurosurgery with Oakland Neurosurgical Associates. He then joined the Department of Neurosurgery at UPMC in 2008. Now, he is delighted to have joined Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates.
Dr. Bookwalter focuses on spine and peripheral nerve problems. In 1994, he authored an article on what was at the time the largest series of outpatient microdiscectomies in Spine. He has been regularly performing minimally invasive procedures from that time forward. Dr. Bookwalter has the largest experience of cervical artificial disc surgery in the Western Pennsylvania area. He also has extensive experience with motion preservation strategies in the spine. Additionally, he has developed significant experience in spinal and peripheral nerve tumors.
Dr. Bookwalter has more than 15 years of experience performing combined surgeries with GPOA spine surgeon Dr. Jon Levy. This fusion is beneficial for Pittsburghers because it is a unique pairing of expertise in neurosurgery and spine surgery that is not seen elsewhere in the region. According to an article published in Becker’s Spine Review, a study done at the University of California San Francisco revealed that having two attending spine surgeons in the operating room during a complex, high-risk procedure can produce better outcomes for the patients, such as fewer complications, less blood loss, shorter surgeries, and shorter hospital stays.
University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh