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Surgeon smashed gender barriers, crossed continents

Dr. Evalina Burger

AURORA, Colorado | March 6, 2015

The blue-gray Greenwood Village home looks much like the others on the street, but the two flags keeping guard above the front door offer a hint that there may be more to this particular dwelling than the exterior otherwise suggests. The stars and stripes hold one flank, the banner of South Africa the other, its stark green, yellow, and black supplementing the red, white, and blue on both.

And indeed, once inside, one finds a kind of museum, with two dozen or so animal trophies on the walls – many African antelope, but also alligator, American bison, black bear, and even sword and sailfish. Atop the grand piano in the entryway, the hoof of an African buffalo supports an ornamental tray holding a turquoise elephant and a pair of psychedelic tortoises. On opposite walls above the piano hangs the Queen of Saturn's embroidered, sequined black train and matching headdress rimmed with ostrich feathers, from the 1990 New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. The swooping headdress is so enormous that wires suspend it to spare the spine of its wearer.

Those who have met Evalina Burger, MD, know her Afrikaans accent, but that's little more than a verbal signature. The story of how the University of Colorado School of Medicine orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist came to Colorado is as rich and variegated as the interior of the home she inhabits.

Keep reading for the rest of her story »

For more information, contact:
University of Colorado Department of Orthopedics
Anschutz Medical Campus, Academic Office 1
12631 E. 17th Avenue, Mailstop B202, Aurora, CO 80045  |  |  303.724.1030