I have been practicing for over 22 years, and I believe one vital component to care is providing the patient with detail-oriented medical information which allows for an informed decision about their care and any potential surgery that may be needed. This involves spending time explaining not only the details of the diagnostic workup, but also the logistical and technical components of the surgery, from simple to complex. Patients should also be well informed of outcomes if no surgery is performed and what to expect on a long- and short-term basis. I strive to perform clean, technically efficient surgery because, I believe, this translates into better outcomes, shorter hospital lengths of stay and quicker return to preoperative baseline levels of activity. Lastly, I try to make humility and humor important adjuncts to my patient care. If I can do this, I feel it makes patients more comfortable not only in the preoperative setting but in the postoperative environment as well. I know patients have many options and opinions available to them, but if I am ultimately chosen as their surgeon then I see it as an honor to provide their care.
I am a native of Colorado and have been fortunate to complete all of my training here as well. My wife of over 25 years is originally from Houston, Texas, and we have one son who is on the verge of graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Not wanting anything to do with medicine, he is a finance major. Being in Colorado for so long, I grew up skiing and I have actively cycled since I was in college. This is the one activity I still pursue vigorously to stay healthy and keep a clear mind. Lastly, I love animals and believe you can never have too many pets—although my wife would not agree, so we have a limit of three.
Qualifications and experience
- Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Digestive System - Gastroenterology (Stomach, Bowel, General GI Problems), Digestive System - Gastroesophageal Reflux, Digestive System - Hernia, Surgery - Laparoscopic Surgery, Surgery - Robotic Surgery, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
- Languages spoken
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1998)
Doctor of Medicine
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1991)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Specialty Year American Board of Surgery General Surgery 1998
- Clinical interest for patients
I have over 20 years of experience with foregut surgery focusing on GERD and hiatal hernias. This has resulted in a lot of operative experience with larger, more complex para-esophageal hernia repairs and redo operations. Robotic surgery has also expanded rapidly into my general surgery practice as well which has enhanced my approach to not only foregut surgery but also a wide array of abdominal operations (colon and bowel resections, gastric and biliary surgery, splenectomy) and hernia repairs (incisional, inguinal/femoral, para-stomal).
- Research interest for patients
I completed two years of cardiac surgery-related research while I was a resident at the University of Colorado (1994-1996), but have not actively pursued any research interests since, focusing mainly on developing a clinical surgery practice.
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