Patient Care


Our physicians and providers work together using a collaborative approach to care. Our patient centered philosophy is to partner with the patient to develop the management plan that bests suits the patient values and focuses on developing individualized, comprehensive care plans for their surgical needs. 

The Division of Gastrointestinal, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery (GITES) offers the following clinical services:

Bariatrics (Surgical Weight Loss)

The Surgical Weight Loss Center includes two surgeons, nurse practitioner, three dieticians, nurse coordinator, patient navigator and scheduler, psychologist, physical therapist, personal trainer, and plastic surgeons. Volumes continue to grow, and to meet these needs, a third surgeon joined the team in August 2017.

Burn Surgery

The Burn Center at University of Colorado Hospital is the only burn center in the State of Colorado—and the entire Rocky Mountain region—to be verified by the American Burn Association. The Burn Center is the main referral to the surrounding regions including Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Cholecystectomy

Cholecystectomy, surgical removal of the gallbladder can be performed with a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) approach, using small incisions, a telescoping camera, and specialized instruments. The surgeon carefully dissects the gallbladder away from surrounding structures such as the bile ducts, intestines, blood vessels, and liver, and removes the gallbladder through a small incision at the belly button


Colorectal Surgery

Our surgeons are board-certified in General and Colorectal surgery and hold faculty appointments at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our mission is to provide clinical excellence, education, and advancement of medical knowledge in the field of Colorectal Surgery including the full spectrum of colorectal cancer treatment.

Endocrine

The Endocrine Surgery Section provides expertise and comprehensive care for thyroid nodules and cancer, thyrotoxicosis, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal neoplasms, pancreas neuroendocrine tumors, gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors, and multiple endocrine neoplasia.

Esophageal Cancer & Other Esophageal Conditions

Esophageal cancer operations are tailored to the specific type and location of the tumor. Common tumors of the esophagus are characterized as squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma and can occur in the upper, middle or lower part of the esophagus.

Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Wall Surgery

Patients with common GI diagnoses such as hiatal hernia, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), and complex hernias are treated by specialty surgeons in this section.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Many surgeries can now be performed using small incisions that can be closed with a few stitches. Using specialized techniques such as miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber optic lights and high definition monitors, surgeons can correct many problems without requiring the patient to undergo major surgery or large incisions.

Trauma Acute Care Surgery

The Section of Trauma Acute Care Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Burn Surgery provides modern, comprehensive care for patients who have been injured in an accident or have critical emergency surgical conditions. 

Ventral Hernia

A ventral hernia is a weakening or defect of the abdominal wall that occurs at a naturally weak spot such as the belly button, or at the site of a previous incision. The contents of the abdominal cavity, such as fat or intestines, can protrude through this defect and potentially cause problems.