Dr. J. Alex Sielatycki

J. Alex Sielatycki, M.D.

Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. J. Alex Sielatycki is a board-certified and fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon whose practice focuses on motion-preservation procedures for the neck and lumbar spine. Dr. Sielatycki has extensive training and experience in the treatment of spinal conditions such as stenosis, spondylolisthesis, disc herniations, radiculopathy, spinal deformity, disc degeneration, spinal fractures and other painful spine conditions. He also has extensive experience in cervical disc replacement, and is heavily involved with the development of lumbar total joint replacement as an alternative to lumbar fusion.

Dr. Sielatycki was drawn to the field of spinal surgery by his appreciation of the complexity and intricacy of treating spinal problems. He also enjoys the field of spinal surgery because of the tremendous opportunities for innovation and improvement to better serve the lives of his patients who are experiencing back and spine problems. “My primary interest is in spinal motion preservation procedures, such as cervical disc replacement and lumbar joint replacement, to avoid fusions whenever possible,” he said.

Dr. Sielatycki joined Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute (SOSI) in 2022. He is committed to research in his field and has authored multiple research publications, presented at numerous international research meetings and written a long list of textbook chapters related to spine conditions. He received several research grants and multiple awards and honors for both his research and his academic achievements.

Dr. Sielatycki completed medical school at Penn State University College of Medicine and a residency at Vanderbilt University Medical School. He completed an adult and pediatric comprehensive spine fellowship at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, where he studied under world-renowned expert surgeons in scoliosis and spinal deformity, cervical spine surgery and degenerative spine conditions. During his residency at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Sielatycki trained with the late SOSI surgeon Dr. Clint Devin, who he credited with shaping his decision to become a spine surgeon. “Dr. Devin was quite influential in persuading me to pursue a career in spine surgery. I always enjoyed working with him and he was a tremendous mentor and friend to me.”

Dr. Sielatycki practices at SOSI locations in Steamboat Springs, Winter Park (Granby) and Craig, Colorado. He also provides medical outreach care to the underserved populations in Meeker, Colorado, and in Rock Springs, Lander and Douglas, Wyoming. Dr. Sielatycki enjoys skiing, biking, fishing, and spending time with his family. He and his wife Karen have three children; Elizabeth, Anna, and Caleb.

Spinal Disc Replacement

- an alternative to spinal disc fusion


Education Background


Utah State University
Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance, Summa Cum Laude Minor in Chemisty

Medical School

Penn State University College of Medicine


Adult and Pediatric Comprehensive Spine Fellowship
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center


Orthopaedic Surgery  - Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Awards and Honors

  • Thomas Whitecloud Aware for best clinical research presentation
  • Edwards P. Schwentker Outstanding Orthopaedic Student Award
  • Howard E. Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Science Research
  • Irwin L. Baird Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Penn State College of Medicine Medical Student Research Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Ruth S. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. C. McCollister and Nancy L. Everts Scholarship
  • Utah State University Dean’s Scholarship

Research Publications

  • A Novel Lumbar Total Joint Replacement May be an Improvement Over Fusion for Degenerative Lumbar Conditions: A Comparative Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcomes at One Year. The Spine Journal.
  • Surgeons Lack of Agreement on Determining Properative Radiographic and Clinical Shoulder Balance in Adolescent and Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients. European Spine Journal.
  • Loading of the Lumbar Spine During Transition from Standing to Sitting: Effect of Fusion versus Motion Preservation at L4-5 and L5-S1. The Spine Journal.
  • Seated Lateral X-ray is a Better Stress Radiograph of the Lumbar Spine Compared to Standing Flexion. Global Spine Journal.
  • A novel MRI-based classification of spinal cord shape and CSF presence at the curve apex to assess risk of intraoperative neuromonitoring data loss with thoracic spinal deformity correction. Spine deformity.
  • Improvements in Neck Pain and Disability Following C1-C2 Posterior Cervical Instrumentation and Fusion for Atlanto-Axial Osteoarthritis. World Neurosurgery.
  • The Amount of Relative Curve Correction is More Important than Upper Instrumented Vertebra Selection for Ensuring Postoperative Shoulder Balance in Lenke Type 1 and Type 2 AIS. Spine.
  • The “Kickstand Rod” Technique for Correction of Coronal Imbalance in Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity: Initial Case Series. J Neurosurg Spine.

Get Back to Feeling Your Best


Steamboat Surgery Center
Steamboat Surgery Center
705 Marketplace Plaza,
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Steamboat Surgery Center is an ambulatory surgery center in the heart of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This medical facility came to existence through its founding partners Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. Its bold leadership, commitment to quality, and cost-effective care. This center is managed by Surgical Care Affiliates.

Steamboat Surgery Center specializes in outpatient surgical procedures:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Pain Management
  • Spine Surgery

SOSI - Craig, Colorado

Memorial Regional Health
Medical Office Building
750 Hospital Loop,
Craig, CO 81625

(970) 826-2450

Doctors at this location:

The Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute physicians are proud to partner with Memorial Regional Health to provide services in Craig.

We outpatient clinic appointments, follow-up appointments, consultation, and second opinions at the Memorial Regional Health Medical Office Building.

For Appointments and scheduling please call our main office at SOSI:
(970) 879-6663.

SOSI - Fraser, Colorado

Fraser Medical Building
45 County Road 804, #201
Fraser, CO 80442

(970) 364-2070

Doctors at this location:

The doctors at SOSI have been providing Orthopaedic services in Grand County for over 25-years. We have outpatient clinic appointments available weekly. Appointments are made through our main office at SOSI by calling (970) 879-6663.

We offer a full range of services including appointments, follow-ups, second opinions; and imaging studies including X-rays, Ultrasound, CT-scans, and MRI.

For any questions on our services and to schedule an appointment or surgery please call (970) 879-6663.

SOSI - Rock Springs, Wyoming

Steamboat Orthopaedic and Spine Institute
4401 College Dr,
Rock Springs, WY 82901

(307) 448-3220

Doctors at this location:

The doctors at SOSI have been providing orthopaedic services in Rock Springs for years. We have outpatient clinic appointments available weekly.

We offer a full range of services including appointments, follow-ups, second opinions; and imaging studies including X-rays, Ultrasound, CT-scans, and MRI.

For any questions on our services and to schedule an appointment or surgery please call (970) 879-6663.