Newsweek TOP 15 Neurosurgeon 2011 and 2012

Steven J. Beer, MD, FAANS

Board certified neurological surgeon

Dr. Beer specializes in treating brain and spinal tumors, peripheral nerve disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuropathy, herniated disks in the back and neck, spinal fractures and spondylolisthesis. He specializes in the conservative and operative management of brain and spinal disorders. He emphasizes the importance of careful conservative care for his patients to achieve the best outcomes.

Dr. Beer was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and attended college at Cornell, where he received his BSS in Biology and Chemistry in 1988. At Cornell, he did research in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry where he was focused on the relationship between epidermal growth factor and cancer. His thesis was on the isolation, purification and monoclonal antibody preparation to epidermal growth factor.

While at Cornell, Dr. Beer worked in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Iowa where he participated in research on brain tumors. He was named the Stueland Research Fellow in the University of Iowa's Division of Neurological Surgery from 1986 to 1987. He was also a research assistant in the Division of Neurological Surgery in the University of Iowa's Department of Surgery from 1990 to 1994.

Dr. Beer received his Medical Doctorate in 1992 from the University of Iowa. He spent summers and vacations working as First Surgical Assistant in Neurological Surgery at Mercy Hospital in both Mason City, IA, as well as in Paducah, KY, between 1989 and 1991. He was then awarded residency in the Neurosurgery program at the University of Iowa which he completed in 1998.

He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Iowa from 1995 to 1997. He was a teaching assistant in Neuroanatomy from 1996 to 1997 at University of Iowa's College of Medicine and subsequently taught Neuroanatomy at the University of Wyoming Medicine program from 2001 until recently.

Dr. Beer has held appointments as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center's School of Medicine in Denver. From 2003 to 2006 he was on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Cheyenne office of the University of Wyoming's Family Residency Program in Neurosurgery. Dr. Beer is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.  Dr. Beer was featured as a leader in the field of spinal surgery in Becker’s Spine Review in 2015.

Dr. Beer has participated in the development of multiple different tools and implants which have been and are currently employed in spinal surgery worldwide. He has been featured as a Super Surgeon on the Discovery Channel and he has received accolades from News Week as well as Ladies' Home Journal. He has devoted countless hours of time for Charities including the development of the “Brain Bike” which ultimately benefited the Christopher Reeve’s Foundation for research related to spinal cord injuries. Dr. Beer has lectured and taught internationally.

Dr. Beer moved to Wyoming in 2001 where he opened Wyoming Spine and Neurosurgery Associates with Dr. George Guidry. He moved to Wyoming as a result of his love for anything related to being outdoors. He, with his children and spouse, love to ski, mountain bike, hike and explore the beautiful world around where they now call home. He spends most of his free time building things as he is an avid wood and metal worker.


Dr. Beer is a highly credentialed neurosurgeon and is a member of the following medical organizations:

  • Diplomat American Board of Neurological Surgeons
  • Diplomat North American Spine Society
  • AANS section of Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve
  • Fellow American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Diplomat Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons


Dr. Beer holds the following degrees:

  • BSS in Biology & Chemistry from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, 1988
  • Medical Doctorate from the University of Iowa, 1992

Medical Licenses

  • Iowa Medical License: 1992-present
  • Wyoming Medical License: 2001-present
  • Nebraska Medical License: 2001-present
  • Colorado Medical License: 2011 - present
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery Certification, 2004-2024