Michael S. Shen, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Spine
★★★★★ ★★★★★
Surgical Treatment of Neck, Mid-Back & Lower Back Disorders; Minimally Invasive/Microscopic Surgery; Motion Preservation Technology; Disc Replacement
Fax: 303-344-1922

Originally from Colorado, Dr. Shen has always considered southern Denver his home. Growing up and going to Homestead Elementary, West Middle, and then Cherry Creek High, Dr. Shen never left Colorado until he sought his undergraduate work at the University of California at San Diego. There, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology. From the sunny, warm shores of southern California, he then found himself in the frigid cold of New England, where he attended medical school at Tufts University in Boston. It wasn’t until medical school that Dr. Shen found his interest and calling in Orthopedics. Once dedicated to becoming an orthopedist, he sought further training at some of the most prestigious orthopedics and spine programs in the United States. He completed his orthopedics residency at New York University (NYU)/Hospital for Joint Disease in New York City and continued his education in spine surgery, completing his spine fellowship at the Spine Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Los Angeles.

After traveling from coast to coast, Dr. Shen returned to Colorado, where he practiced for almost four years in northwest Denver before finally returning home to Southern Denver once again to serve the community in which he himself grew up by joining Advanced Orthopedics.

Dr. Shen is fellowship-trained and board-certified in Orthopedic Spine Surgery. He utilizes the most recent conservative methods and surgically the most up-to-date technology and techniques to treat all disorders of the neck, mid-back, and lower back. Dr. Shen has extensive experience with treating all disorders of the spine and has been fellowship-trained in the newest techniques and technology in orthopedic spine surgery. He has particular interests in minimally invasive surgery, microsurgery, and non-fusion/motion preservation technology, including artificial disc replacement, dynamic stabilization, and nuclear replacement.

Please review Dr. Shen’s list of credentials and contact our practice for more information or to make an appointment at (303) 344-9090.


  • Fellowship: Spine Surgery – The Spine Institute at Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, CA
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery – NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY
  • Medical School: Doctor of Medicine – Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Undergraduate School: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology – University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery – Step 2
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery – Step 1
  • USMLE – Step 3
  • USMLE – Step 2
  • USMLE – Step 1

Memberships & Organizations

  • North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Colorado Medical Society

Interests & Hobbies

  • Spending time with his family
  • Enjoying the outdoors


Dr. Shen's Reviews
Kefaye KefetewKefaye Kefetew
18:00 12 Jun 24
Dr. Shen was wonderful with my spine surgery. I recommend him 100 percent.
Michael EssMichael Ess
19:43 20 Apr 24
Almost a week post op and everything is going according to the plan that Dr Shen outlined. Ya gotta love it when a good plan goes according to plan! Excellent care, excellent staff. Dr Shen Is a great surgeon with a great staff.
Vicki OneillVicki Oneill
19:09 20 Apr 24
After my initial two visits to OCC, I did further research and decided to see an actual surgeon to avoid paying more copays and leaving again without a care plan. I decided to first address my back MRI and made an appointment with Dr. Shen. Night and day difference! Dr. Shen was prompt, polite, friendly, shook my hand, used my name and did some strength tests of my legs and back. He explained perfectly what could be happening and before I left he told me exactly what we were going to do about it AND explained why! I left with information about the recommended procedure and directions for follow up. The next day, I received a call letting me know next steps and by the end of the week the procedure was approved by insurance and scheduled! Thank you Dr. Shen for having compassion for me while I navigate my chronic pain after already having a multi ACDF and a Hip Arthroscopy. I felt well cared for and understood and I told him so!
Cory GiovaniniCory Giovanini
17:05 20 Apr 24
OMG…Dr Shen is Awesome!!! He takes his time in explaining specifically what my back issues are, why surgery is necessary and Always asks if I have questions! I would not hesitate to refer anyone with orthopedic issues to OCC and Dr. Shen!
Brant HowardBrant Howard
15:29 20 Apr 24
Steve CombsSteve Combs
03:11 27 Mar 24
Jill WernerJill Werner
20:41 26 Mar 24
Kenna ScottKenna Scott
20:08 26 Mar 24
Scott TurnerScott Turner
16:51 06 Mar 24
Sarah SweerSarah Sweer
21:35 05 Mar 24
Dr Shen did a great job going over my MRI in detail answering questions along the way providing recommendations, pros and cons of each. This allowed me to decide what would be the best course of action. Overall I felt like Dr Shen is an expert and very knowledgeable in this field.
03:58 10 Feb 24
My visit was very thorough, x-rays taken. Dr. Shen came in and went over my situation. Guide me in the right direction for treatment, without any surgery. Very honest and professional.
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