Meet Dr. Luke

Timothy Luke, M.D.

Timothy Luke, M.D.’s Training and Education:

  • Dr. Luke completed his Laser Spine Fellowship Training in Tampa, Florida in 2009.
  • He finished his Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine in Bronx, New York in 2004.
  • In 2003, he completed his Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Research Fellowship in Greenwich, Connecticut.
  • He completed his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery in Bronx, New York in 2001.
  • He graduated from University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1996.

Dr. Luke’s Experience:

  • Timothy Luke, M.D. brought his skills and talents to the Minimally Invasive Spine team and patients as the head surgeon in 2019. He has multiple journal publications and has presented at national and international meetings. His work received the Richard Caspari Award for best paper at the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He has been honored as one of the Top Orthopedists multiple years and was honored to receive the Top Doctors in Phoenix in 2018. Dr. Luke’s passion for living life to its fullest led him to choose Orthopedic Surgery as his life’s work. He brings that same passion and determination to making sure each patient receives the best medical care and support so that they can experience their own passions. When Dr. Luke is not enjoying taking care of patients, he most enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
  • Dr. Luke’s surgical focus is spinal decompression: laminectomy, laminotomy, discectomy, foraminotomy, transforaminal foraminotomy, and facet ablations of the lumbar, cervical, and thoracic spine. Stabilization procedures include lumbar Coflex implants and cervical posterior fusion (DTRAX) implants. Dr. Luke also performs arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgeries.
  • Prior to joining Minimally Invasive Spine, Dr. Luke performed surgeries at Laser Spine Institute in Scottsdale for almost 11 years; he completed over 7,500 outpatient minimally invasive spine surgeries.
  • In 2008, Dr. Luke worked at NorthBay Healthcare in Fairfield, CA in general orthopedics with an emphasis on Sports Medicine and then transitioned to Laser Spine Institute.
  • Dr. Luke managed his own practice (Luke Orthopedics and Sports Medicine) while also covering the local Junior College and High School athletics from 2006-2008 in Fairfield, CA.
  • From 2005-2006, Dr. Luke practiced in orthopedic surgery at NorthBay Healthcare in the area of general orthopedics, also with emphasis on sports medicine.
  • In 2004, Dr. Luke worked as an Attending Surgeon in the department of Orthopedic Surgery for 6 months at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.

Timothy Luke, M.D.

Pain Screening Quiz

Pain presents itself in many different ways, at different times and in many cases is triggered by specific activities. Minimally Invasive Spine AZ will be happy to answer your questions in conjunction with a personal phone call follow up with one of our doctors. Please answer the questions as accurately as possible.

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Bulging Disc

A bulging disc is quite common, and usually remains undetected until the disc bulge comes in contact with adjacent nerves leading to pain and other symptoms.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is not truly a disease, but more of a chain of events that naturally occur as we age. There is no avoiding degenerative disc disease, but you may slow its progress.

Disc Tear

As the outer shell of your disc begins to toughen or dry up, a painful crack or tear could happen. Learn what a disc tear is, and how you can recover from it.

Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet Joint Syndrome refers to the degeneration of the arthritic changes that occur in your facet joints. Age and daily wear and tear are the most common culprits.

Foraminal Stenosis

Foraminal Stenosis describes the narrowing of the foramen. As the foramen narrows, exiting nerves can become compressed causing pain and other symptoms.