Engaging patients in high-quality, compassionate health care

Aaron Stern, PA-C


About Aaron Stern

A Colorado native, Aaron was born and raised in Thornton, Colo. He knew he wanted to become a Physician Assistant (PA) several years ago while working as a medical assistant with the Boulder Medical Center (BMC) orthopedics team. “I found my passion for helping patients recover from injuries and marveled at the improvement they experienced under the care of our providers and the difference it made in their lives.”

After leaving Boulder Medical Center to complete his physician assistant education, Aaron has returned to the BMC Physiatry Department, where he and Elise Itano, MD, specialize in non-operative spine and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

His care philosophy combines a patient-focused approach with genuine care for their well-being and the use of up-to-date information and current practices. “I am inspired when educating patients on their condition and working with them on an effective treatment plan,” he says. This and a patient’s perseverance can create excellent outcomes.”

In his spare time, Aaron enjoys playing football, softball, hiking, “spending time with my beautiful fiancée,” time with family and friends, watching football and movies, and attending church.


Specialty Areas

Specializing in Interventional Spine Care & Non-surgical Orthopedics

When you experience an injury involving your spine, bones, muscles, or joints, a board-certified physiatrist can be a practical first step toward evaluating and treating these conditions. Aaron Stern, PA-C is trained to pinpoint problems and provide non-operative interventions and treatments. Aaron and Physiatrist Elise Itano, MD, provide an orthopedics and sports medicine focus to help patients relieve pain, enhance performance, and regain function without surgery. Aaron also refers to and works closely with our orthopedics team when surgical options may be appropriate.

Spine Care

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Compression Fractures
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Radicular Pain

Musculoskeletal Care

Shoulder Pain

  • Arthritis (glenohumeral joint and AC joints)
  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Rotator Cuff tears
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Labral Tears
  • Subacromial Bursitis

Hip Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle/Tendon Strains
  • Piriformis Pain
  • Labral Tears
  • Greater trochanteric bursitis

Knee Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle/Tendon Strains
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Meniscus tears
  • Bursitis

Tennis Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Plantar’s Fasciitis
Achilles Tendonitis

Education and Certifications

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Physician Assistant License
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Certified