Michael Drewek, MD
Michael J Drewek, MD is a neurosurgeon who specializes in the spine. He graduated from the University of Chicago with honors and a degree in Biological Sciences in June of 1988. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, and then completed a residency in Neurosurgery from Vanderbilt University. While in school he received several awards for his scholarly endeavors and medical research.
As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Drewek has seven years of training specifically around the spine and the brain. Throughout his training, he worked closely with orthopedic surgeons at Vanderbilt University and developed a special interest in neurosurgery of the spine. Dr. Drewek worked in Colorado at Intermountain Neurosurgery for 16 years prior to joining Panorama Orthopedics and Spine Center in September of 2015.
Dr. Drewek knew he wanted to be a doctor from the time he was 5 years old. Initially he thought he would be a heart surgeon and spent summers reading library books on the heart and heart surgery. When he began medical school, he found he was fascinated by the nervous system – the way that it worked and the things it was capable of. With the help of two mentors in medical school he began his journey to become a neurosurgeon.
Today, Dr Drewek focuses his practice on the spine and treats cervical, thoracic and lumbar disk injuries with either fusion or diskectomy techniques. in addition to performing laminectomies and spinal fusions Dr Drewek’s neurosurgical training and experience allows him to expand the scope of spinal surgery at panorama to include surgery of spinal nerves,chiari malformations and syringomyelia (fluid in the spinal cord).He is very focused on integrating stealth navigation into his surgical procedures – using 3D intra-operative imaging to guide him in the operating room. He feels strongly that the navigational systems that are available today can help improve the quality and accuracy of the surgeon and ultimately is safer for the patient.
Dr. Drewek views every patient as an individual and aims to get to know them so that he can understand their story. That helps him tailor a custom treatment plan to meet the patient’s specific goals and lifestyle. Dr. Drewek has a strong faith-based background and he brings that with him into the operating room and his practice. “When patients request, I will pray with them prior to surgery and I always ask God for his guidance and healing when I go into the operating room.”
When Dr. Drewek is not working he is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying everything Colorado has to offer – skiing, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Having grown up in Wisconsin, he still has a home there and enjoys the water and the ability to sail and windsurf on lake Michigan in the summer. He is also an adventurous cook who enjoys experimenting with new recipes and grilling. Most importantly, he adds, “I am blessed with a great family – My wife, Cynthia, and two amazing teenagers Austin and Paige.”
Dr. Drewek is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and is a member of the North American Spine Society.