Specialties & Areas of Focus
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Regenerative Medicine
- Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Back Pain
- Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
- Joint Pain
- Neck Pain
- Sacroiliac dysfunction
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spinal Surgery Pain
- Spine compression fracture
- Cervical arthroplasty
- Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)
- Micro surgery of cervical and lumbar spine
- Minimally invasive spine surgery
- Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion
- Spine Surgery
- Stem-cell Therapy
Insurance Plans Accepted
- Cofinity - PPO Network
- Colorado Network - Commercial
- Colorado Purchasing Alliance - Colorado Purchasing Alliance
- CorVel Corporation - Workman's Compensation
- Coventry - Altius
- Coventry - Commercial
- Coventry - First Health with Workman's Compensation
- Coventry - First Health without Workman's Compensation
- Friday Health Plans - Commercial
- Friday Health Plans - NCIPA
- Midlands Choice - PPO
- MultiPlan Inc. - BEECH Street
- MultiPlan Inc. - PHCS PPO
- Poudre School District - Poudre School District PPO
- Prime Health Services - Prime Health Auto
- Prime Health Services - Prime Health Workman's Compensation
- Rocky Mountain Health Plan - Commercial
- Rocky Mountain Health Plan - Medicare HMO
- United Healthcare of Colorado - Colorado Medicare Advantage
Media & Testimonials
My name is Dr. John Crane and I am the director of robotic surgery at Banner McKee Medical center. About 6.5 years ago I went to bed on a Tuesday night, as usual, then awoke on Wednesday with uncontrollable pain in my low right back and down my right leg. I knew I had ruptured a disc, but I had to get on a plane for Sunnyvale, Ca. and teach a 2 day course in advanced robotic pelvic surgery. I couldn’t even get off the plane without a wheelchair. I managed to finish the course and return Friday night. An MRI on Saturday confirmed the rupture at L4 -L5.
Over the next 5 days I had 5 surgeries I had to do, as well as clinic. By that Wednesday, when I
Saw the doctor, I had already developed foot drop. He scheduled me for the next day. Immediately after the surgery the pain was completely relieved, however, over the next year I developed significant facet arthritis with low back pain. I couldn’t even put on my underwear without holding one hand on the counter. Making it through a day at work was a nightmare. I saw Dr. Donner for a stem Cell consult and was all in. He did the procedure right there. I felt very little pain during the procedure, but had a lot of back pain for about 2-3 days afterward. The pain dissipated to a large degree after that for about 3 days, then went back to baseline until 3 months out. All the sudden I would do something and not feel pain, like sneeze.
At 6 months out I can honestly say my pain is at least 80% better. It’s now been almost 2 years and it truly continues to get better. I’m working out 5 days a per week and can do almost anything. Stem cells has been amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone, and have.
Thanks to The staff, Luc Koldewyn, and Dr. Donner I have my life back.
John Crane MD
I had stem cell therapy done with Dr. Donner and his incredible team in January. Lucanus Koldewyn was the first person I met and he was absolutely incredible. He gave me all the information I needed to feel totally confident in getting this done. He answered all my questions and was so generous with his time and energy. Once I met Dr. Donner, I knew that I was fully confident putting all my trust in them. The day of my procedure, I was so comforted by the incredible treatment room. It felt more like a place I would want to go vacation, than a place where I would be getting stem cell. They explained the entire process and made it so comfortable for me. I went into the procedure totally confident in this team and in my decision to get it done. I have had continuous support from the entire team since my procedure. They truly care about our experience, and about the success of the treatment. I recommend Colorado Spine institute wholeheartedly. This is the team you want looking after you! Thank you everyone for taking such great care of me. I am eternally grateful!!
-Siri Lindley – 2001 ITU Triathlon World Champion
My left hip was causing so much pain that walking was about the only activity in which I could engage. I visited my local orthopedic surgeon and after an MRI and X rays his diagnosis was that the hip joint was pretty torn up and surgery was needed to correct it. Not happy with this diagnosis, I began searching for alternatives. Stem cell treatment was suggested but finding a local practitioner with spine cell credentials was daunting. There were chiropractors for diagnosis, partnering with nurse practitioners for the injection. I rejected this option for reasons obvious to me.
Dr. Donner had treated my spine issues in the past. He has deep medical knowledge, skill of a top rated surgeon and state-of- the art medical equipment. I was aware that Dr. Donner also was performing spine cell treatments, called to schedule a consultation and was instructed to send MRI and X rays. Dr. Donner contacted me with the news that I was a good candidate for the spine cell treatment and could likely avoid surgery. I flew from the West Coast for a consultation and had the procedure done the same day.
The procedure was a smooth as anything could be. Dr. Donner and his Stem Cell Specialist Luc are a seamless team. Spine cells were taken from my right hip, treated and injected by Dr. Donner precisely where they were needed in my left hip joint using his skill and the latest imaging equipment. The results were amazing. All of the pain was gone within a week. My post- treatment instructions were to give my hip a rest so it could heal. It did and within a month I could resume all of my prior activities including two that I really missed—cycling and running. Given that I am 78 years old I could not have hoped for more. It has been two years now and I am still going strong. No problems with that hip—ever. I am running and riding and in the gym practically every day.
Michael Moore, PhD, Accounting Professor, LMU
Health and wellness are a top priority for me. Being injured is not an option in my profession but thanks to regenerative stem cell treatment my knee and back feel strong and am now able to train pain-free. I highly recommend the team at Elite if you’re looking at a solution for body pain.
-Brandon Girtz, Bellator Professional MMA
Bio & Education
Dual Board Certified and Fellowship Trained in Spinal and Orthopedic Surgery Dr. E. Jeffrey Donner specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spine pain involving the entire spine, including the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacroiliac areas as well as all extremities and joints. He has 30 years of experience performing thousands of spinal and orthopedic surgeries including using many innovative surgical techniques to help patients suffering from disabling pain.He has performed successful surgery on patients from nearly half of the states in the United States.
Dr. Donner is a member of numerous societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the Spinal Arthroplasty Society, the International Spinal Intervention Society, and the International College of Surgeons. He has recently taken on the role of program champion for the American Orthopedic Association fragility fracture quality improvement program called “Own the Bone.” He is the former president of the Larimer County Medical Society and the president-elect of the Northern Colorado Medical Society. Dr. Donner has presented at multiple national and international spinal symposiums on the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of spinal problems. He has published articles in several scientific journals and has authored chapters on a variety of spinal issues including the diagnosis and treatment of disabling whiplash injuries, diagnosis and treatment of cervicogenic headaches, and innovative minimally invasive surgical techniques for treating chronic sacroiliac dysfunction and pain.
He has extensive interest and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic disabling sacroiliac (SI) joint pain. He continues to find ways and technology to successfully diagnose and treat these patients. He founded SI-Technology, a spinal implant development company that develops innovative technology to diagnose and treat patients with chronic SI joint pain. The company’s headquarters is at the Innosphere, the Fort Collins biomedical incubator, which is supported by the state of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the City of Fort Collins. They have been issued multiple national and international patents and are in the process of obtaining FDA clearance for effective minimally invasive sacroiliac stabilization and fusion technology. They also have multiple other spine-related technology and development.
He has also been co-investigator in numerous FDA IDE trials for the evaluation of cervical and lumbar motion-preservation (artificial disc replacement) technology. He continues to study and institute new and less invasive techniques and technology to help his patients return to active improved lifestyles with less pain. This not only includes surgical treatment but also in-office pain management procedures such as epidural steroid injections and regenerative medicine in the form of platelet rich plasma and stem cell technology.
Dr. Donner has been practicing medicine in northern Colorado for more than 25 years. He created the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in 2014, where he continues to serve the community with experience, innovative technology, and commitment to solving every patient’s spinal problems. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in the management of spinal disorders with a spine fellowship completed at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He has a unique qualification in that he was recently re-certified through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery via the spine specialist pathway but also through a very intensive certification with the American Board of Spine Surgery in 2014. He is the only spinal surgeon north of the Denver metro area to have dual board certification, which further defines his commitment to the spinal field and ability to understand and treat complex spinal problems.
Fellowship - Presbyterian Medical Center6/90
Residency - Temple University Hospital6/99
Medical School - Temple University School of Medicine6/82