Ernest E. Braxton Jr. M.D.
Contact Phone: (970) 569-3240
Education: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery
Dr. Braxton is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, as well as brain tumors and neurotrauma. He first fell in love with the Rocky Mountains while studying at the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, he earned his MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Before joining Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, Dr. Braxton was the chief of neurosurgery at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). SAMMC is the Department of Defense’s largest medical treatment facility and has the highest acuity and volume of any hospital in the military health system. During his military service, he was the theater neurosurgeon in charge while deployed in Afghanistan where he contributed to the 96% survivability rate for incoming wounded.
Dr. Braxton is passionate about minimally invasive spine surgery because patients return to performance faster. He served as clinical professor of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSA) and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. When out of the OR, he is a champion for the prevention and management of brain injuries and concussions.
During his free time, Dr. Braxton enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as participating in outdoor activities, including skiing and biking.
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Fellow
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
San Antonio Military Medical Center, Chief of Neurosurgery
United States Air Force (Medical Corps), Lieutenant Colonel
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Air Force Training Ribbon
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
United States Air Force Commendation Medal