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General Surgery Residency at Swedish Medical Center, Denver

Dr. Ronald Ellis, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist in Englewood, Colorado. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Colorado. He is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center, Porter Adventist Hospital, and Littleton Adventist Hospital. Hegraduated from medical school from Loma Linda School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency from Loma Linda School of Medicine. He also completed training at Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in anesthesiology.

Dr. Philip Fidler earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1994, and completed his general surgery residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn (Downstate). He completed a trauma surgery and surgical critical care fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine/Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT, as well as a burn surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fidler’s practice focuses on burn surgery and critical care at Swedish Medical Center.

Jonathan Hughes, DO,graduated from the Western Universityof Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2000. He works in Lone Tree, CO and 6 other locations and specializes in anesthesiology. Dr. Hughes is affiliated with Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital, Porter Adventist Hospital, Rocky Mountain Hospital For Children, Sky Ridge Medical Center,Swedish Medical Center and The Medical Center of Aurora.

Dr. Kortz is a general surgeon and performs all general surgical procedures. He has specific interest, specialty training and expertise in breast surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, endocrine surgery (thyroid and parathyroid), complex surgical problems of the liver and pancreas (hepatobiliary), and surgical oncology (the surgical management of cancer). He has more than 25 years of surgical experience.

Dr. Kortz is a native of Colorado. He attended the University of Vermont, graduating magna cum laude. In 1982, he graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School with honors in surgery. He received his general surgery training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He has been selected at 5280 Magazine’s Top Doctors on 13 separate occasions, most recently in 2012. His personal interests include hiking, camping and skiing.

Dr. Kurian completed his medical schooling in Bangalore Medical College, India in 2001. After this he completed a general surgery residency in the United Kingdom, where he is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He moved to Philadelphia, USA to continue his general surgery training in Abington Memorial Hospital. He graduated from his training program in 2011. He has completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery of the esophagus and stomach and advanced flexible endoscopy.

He is interested in the incision-less endoscopic management of surgical disorders. His research interests are in benign esophageal motility disorders, gastroesophageal reflux and esophageal cancer. He has written extensively on POEM, which is a new incision-less surgical endoscopic procedure for patients with swallowing problems and gastroesophageal reflux disease. He is also involved in research directed towards improvements in surgical education of minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery.

When not practicing medicine Dr. Kurian enjoys spending time with his young son and wife. He also enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling.

Dr. Luciano Lemos Filho is an internist in Denver, Colorado. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He specializes in internal medicine, infectious disease and critical care medicine. He is affiliated with National Jewish Health and Swedish Medical Center.

Dr. Morgan is from Arcadia, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Morgan completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Additional fellowship training in Orthopaedic Traumatology was completed at the Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Morgan started his professional practice in Orthopaedic Trauma at Denver Health Medical Center in 1998. During his tenure at Denver Health, he became the Associate Director of the Department of Orthopaedics and Program Director for the Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Morgan’s excellence in Patient Care, Education and Research resulted in being awarded the academic rank of Professor at the School of Medicine. Dr. Morgan left Denver Health and the University of Colorado to join Swedish Medical Center to advance the Orthopaedic Trauma care mission in December of 2010. Dr. Morgan continues to be active in clinical and biomechanical research as it pertains to fracture care. He is a Diplomat to The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Morgan recently joined HCA-HealthOne Clinic Services and opened MOTUS, Mountain Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons at Swedish. Dr. Morgan is also a physician for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, Mountain States Circuit Finals and Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Morgan is primarily interested in the orthopaedic care of the multiply injured patient. He specializes in fractures of the acetabulum, pelvis, and in periarticular fractures of the upper and lower extremities. He has a special interest in minimally invasive fracture fixation, utilizing techniques to minimize trauma to the surrounding soft tissue envelope in the course of fracture surgery. His practice also entails the evaluation and management of complications related to fracture care including nonunions, malunions, and infection. In addition to trauma care Dr Morgan maintains an elective practice in total joint replacement of the hip. He utilizes an anterior approach that minimizes trauma to the muscles and allows the patient full unrestricted function immediately following surgery.

Dr. Murphy was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he completed his medical training and general surgery residency at Dalhousie University. He did is plastic surgery residency in Boston at the Lahey Clinic, a multi-specialty surgical clinic affiliated with Harvard University. After his plastic surgery residency, Dr. Murphy returned to Canada, where he completed two years in private practice before moving to Denver in October 1994. He has been featured in the Denver Business Journal and his colleagues voted him as a Denver Top Doctor for Cosmetic Surgery in 5280 magazine.

Dr. Nemecheck is board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and serves as the Medical Director of Head and Neck Oncology at Porter Adventist Hospital. He is fellowship-trained in advanced head and neck oncologic surgery. His other clinical interests include advanced cutaneous malignancies and reconstruction, HPV-related head and neck cancers, and tumors of the skull base and paranasal sinuses. He also commonly treats tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands as well as salivary neoplasms.

Dr. Nemechek earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine where he also completed training in Otolaryngology and General Surgery. He completed his fellowship in advanced head and neck oncologic surgery at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Jeremy Nussbaumer is an anesthesiologist in Englewood, Colorado and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Littleton Adventist Hospital, Porter Adventist Hospital and Swedish Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and completed residency at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Benjamin Rubin was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. His interest in neuroscience and neurosurgery began in college while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. While he was there he majored in Psychology and minored in Biochemistry. After college he stayed in Boulder and began working in a neuroendocrine laboratory studying the neurobiology of stress responses.

From there, he moved to Chicago to attend the Chicago Medical School where he earned his medical degree. His interest in Neurosurgery was solidified during his trauma rotations in Chicago and a subsequent rotation at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. After medical school he was accepted into a rigorous and outstanding residency program at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital in New York, NY.

Dr. Rubin now works as a neurosurgeon at the Colorado Brain and Spine Institute. His neurosurgical interests include:

Cranial: Skull base tumors, Brain Aneurysms, Vascular Malformations of the Brain, Brain Tumors, Epilepsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Hydrocephalus, Reconstructive Cranioplasty

Spine: Spinal Stenosis, Disc herniation, Nerve compression, Spinal Metastatic Disease, Deformity Correction, Complex Spine Reconstruction

Dr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Cincinnati. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1990. Dr. Smith completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He subsequently completed a one year Fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the University of Pittsburgh. He passed his oral boards in Orthopaedic Surgery and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1998. He performed additional fellowships for limb salvage in Lecco, Italy and Kurgan, Russia. After developing a high volume trauma service at Denver Health Medical Center he became Director of the Department in 2002 until 2009. He served on the Governor appointed State Trauma Board as the representative for Level 1 Trauma Surgeons in Colorado. Dr. Smith joined Geisinger Health Systems as the Director of Orthopaedic Trauma and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery in June 2009. He returned to Colorado in June 2011 to join his long time practice partner and research collaborator, Steven Morgan MD with the Mountain Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons at Swedish Medical Center (MOTUS).

Dr. Smith’s practice consists of 95% Orthopaedic Trauma. His primary clinical focus centers on the Orthopaedic care of the multiply injured patient, unstable pelvic fractures, acetabular fractures, nonunions, infection and periarticular fracture management. Dr. Smith is active in research and regularly teaches at local, national and international levels. He is a participating member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Association, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, American Association for Surgery and Trauma and an AO Professor. He also serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals and continues to train and mentor clinician researchers from around the world.

Dr. Peter Syre has always been interested in the neurosciences and studied it extensively. He has also always found a need to volunteer and served in the Peace Corps in South America before beginning medical school. With this background, while in medical school he became fascinated with the intricacies of the nervous system and the complex bioengineering involved in the anatomy of the brain and the spine. The precise nature of neurosurgery is a very rewarding practice. Dr. Syre completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania where he pursued further fellowship training in the treatment of spinal disorders. He has a great interest in spinal scoliosis, spinal trauma, and tumors of the spine in addition to the breadth of neurosurgical diseases. He believes that the key to exemplary neurosurgical treatment is patient centered care where each treatment is individualized and each patient is treated as a person, not a disease. With this mindset, patients can have the best outcomes possible and both he and his patients can accomplish their ultimate goal, regaining their life.

His neurosurgical interests include:

Cranial: Brain tumors, brain metastases, trigeminal neuralgia, gamma knife radiosurgery

Spine: Spinal tumors, spinal deformities, spinal trauma, spinal pain, minimally invasive spine, complex spinal instrumentation, spinal cord stimulation, spinal radiculopathy and stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, spondylithesis

Other: Special interest in neurotrauma, peripheral nerve disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve decompression, pain syndromes