Welcome to Colorado Chiari Institute

Colorado Chiari Institute (CCI), at The Medical Center of Aurora, combines the art and science of medicine to diagnose and treat those suffering from Chiari 1 Malformation (CM-I) (pronounced kee-ar’-ee), Syringomyelia, Non-Chiari Syringomyelia and Tethered Spinal Cord. The Institute is dedicated to the evaluation, care and treatment of patients that have been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation and related conditions. Our team offers medical expertise and advanced technology, and we concentrate on educating not only patients, but also their families, about these rare neurological disorders.

At Colorado Chiari Institute in Aurora, Colorado, located at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains, just minutes from Denver International Airport our team of experts handle all aspects of care from evaluation and diagnosis, to treatment. The CCI team closely consults with referring physicians throughout the course of treatment to ensure that the patient receives appropriate follow-up after their Chiari decompression surgery, or other treatment plans.

We encourage our patients to be active participants in their care and treatment planning. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care to help heal body and mind, throughout your journey with Chiari malformation. View our referral process and to schedule a visit.

Colorado Chiari Institute
1400 South Potomac Street, Suite 210
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: (303) 695-2663
Fax: (303) 695-2665

Colorado Chiari Institute Welcomes Colin Buchanan, MD

Colorado Chiari Institute (CCI) at The Medical Center of Aurora is pleased to announce that neurosurgeon Colin C. Buchanan, MD, has returned to our team of highly specialized providers.

Dr. Buchanan is a board-certified, fellowship-trained neurosurgeon with unique expertise in the management of complex spinal disorders, minimally invasive surgery (MIS), and treatment and management of Chiari conditions. Dr. Buchanan has more than a decade of relevant experience and is recognized as an expert in his own right, serving as the neurosurgery trauma liaison and the medical director of neurosurgery at The Medical Center of Aurora.

The addition of Dr. Buchanan comes as CCI neurosurgeon James Stephen, MD, relocates out of state, transitioning off our team. We thank Dr. Stephen and wish him all the best in his new venture outside of Colorado.

During this time, Colorado Chiari Institute will continue to serve new and existing patients with the same high level of care. All of Dr. Stephen’s patients, both surgical and non-surgical, are invited and encouraged to continue their care with Dr. Buchanan.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Buchanan, please contact us at (303) 695-2663.

How one Colorado woman's Chiari malformation diagnosis isn't holding her back

Vertigo originally sent Hannah Jane to the ER, but it took two years for her to get a diagnosis of a Chiari malformation. Read how after surgery at the Colorado Chiari Institute, Hannah is now helping spread awareness about the disorder.

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