Leadership

Emmett L. McGuire, MD, FACS

Program Director

Dr. McGuire program director for the Swedish Medical Center General Surgery Residency, is board-certified in general surgery and critical care medicine. Dr. McGuire received his medical degree from the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Hawaii. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Hawaii and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He also completed a fellowship in trauma at Gran/Riverside Methodist Hospital and a fellowship in critical care at the Ohio State University Medical Center.


Glenda Quan, MD, FACS*

Senior Associate Program Director

Dr. Glenda Quan was raised in California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in biology and English. She attended the University of California at Davis for medical school. She moved to Portland, Oregon, for surgical residency at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Dr. Quan is board certified in general surgery and neurocritical care. She lives in Greenwood Village with her husband and two daughters.


Faculty

Stephen Annest, MD; vascular surgeon

Dr. Stephen Annest was born and raised in the Seattle Washington area. Dr. Annest is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Annest attended the University of Washington for both undergraduate and medical school; he then moved to Albany, New York, where he completed surgical residency and a trauma fellowship at the Albany Medical Center. Dr. Annest completed his vascular fellowship in Dallas, Texas at Baylor Medical Center. He currently practices at the Vascular Institute of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Annest lives in the Denver metro area, is married and has 3 children and numerous grandchildren.


Kaysie Banton, MD; trauma surgeon*

Kaysie Banton, MD, is the Trauma Services Medical Director at Swedish Medical Center. She began her role as both a trauma surgeon and medical director at Swedish in March 2018. Dr. Banton completed her medical degree at the University of New Mexico. She went on to complete her residency in general surgery at the University of Minnesota. She furthered her training with a fellowship in surgical infectious disease and a fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Minnesota. She was the Acute Care Surgery Services Director at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, before joining Swedish. She has many publications and presentations in her experience, as well as teaching and curriculum development expertise.


Douglas Benson, MD; colorectal surgeon

Dr. Doug Benson is a native of Minnesota. He received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he performed research investigating the effects of blood transfusion on cancer outcomes. He completed fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery in 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He is board-certified in both general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.

As a colon and rectal surgeon in Lone Tree, Parker and Littleton, Colorado, Dr. Douglas Benson’s clinical interests are advanced minimally invasive colorectal surgery, robotic colorectal surgery, cancer of the rectum, colon, and anus, including familial and inherited colorectal cancer, surgical treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), pelvic pouch procedures for IBD, diverticulitis, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, colonoscopy, benign anorectal disorders, reoperative abdominal and pelvic surgery, and bowel incontinence.

Aside from his professional activities, Dr. Benson enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and black Labrador. They enjoy hiking, biking, and camping. He also has an interest in music and recreational activities like golf, tennis, and skiing.


Kenneth Blake, MD; colorectal surgeon

Dr. Ken Blake is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland. He is a board certified Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons.

He has served on a variety of local, state, and national committees throughout his career. He is the past president of the Arapahoe, Elbert, & Douglas County Medical Society. He is currently a member of the Public Relations Committee of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Division of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

As a colon and rectal surgeon in Lone Tree, Littleton and Parker, Colorado, Dr. Ken Blake has particular interests in the treatment of colon & rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis and benign ano-rectal conditions. He performs colonoscopies, anorectal surgery, and major laparoscopic bowel resections.


Andrea Boedecker, DO; general surgeon

Andrea Boedecker, DO, is a board certified general surgeon at North Denver Surgical Associates with a decade of experience in general surgery. Dr. Boedecker earned her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. She then completed a residency program at St James Hospital & Health Centers in Chicago, Illinois and an Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery fellowship at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Boedecker is also a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American Osteopathic Association. As a highly skilled general surgeon, Dr. Boedecker performs a wide range of surgeries and procedures that treat general pathological conditions. She is well versed at treating endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas), biliary, hepatic, gastrointestinal, colorectal, thoracic, breast, hernia, skin/soft tissue, and splenic disorders. Using the latest technology, Dr. Boedecker is able to treat complex conditions using minimally-invasive surgical techniques that yield reduced recovery times and shorter hospital stays, thus her patients are able to return to normal activities sooner. When Dr. Boedecker is not taking care of patients she enjoys spending her free time with family and participating in outdoor activities.


Jocelyn Burke, MD; gastrointestinal endoscopic & minimally invasive surgeon

Dr. Jocelyn Burke is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. She is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Foregut Society, and the Association of Women Surgeons. She graduated from Pomona College with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience in 2002. She received her M.D. from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2009 after completing the Dartmouth-Brown Joint Medical Program.

During her time in medical school, Jocelyn spent a year working in Santiago, Dominican Republic at the Hospital Regional Universitario José María Cabral y Baez as the local coordinator of a medical exchange program and as an assistant in the Clinica de Enfermedades de Inmunología (Clinic for Immunologic Illnesses), helping with resident education and medical care of HIV/AIDS patients. She completed her internship and residency in general surgery from 2009-2016 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, during which she spent 2 years in a basic and clinical science research fellowship. She completed a Fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Surgical Critical Care at Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL in 2017. She then finished a Fellowship in Advanced Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California in 2018.


Anthony Canfield, MD; general surgeon & minimally invasive surgeon

Dr. Canfield is board certified in general surgery and is the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery and Wound Care at Presbyterian St Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Canfield attended the University of Utah where he graduated with a degree in biology. Dr. Canfield attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for medical school; he then moved to El Paso, TX, where he completed surgical residency and laparoscopic training at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Dr. Canfield’s outside interests include hunting, snowboarding, running, golfing, bicycling, hiking and flying. Dr. Canfield lives in the Denver metro area and has 3 children.


Winston Chan, MD; pediatric surgeon

Dr. Chan graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1988. He works in Spokane, Washington and specializes in pediatric surgery. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Mount Carmel Hospital and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital. He holds an MBA. Dr Chan has served as the section chief of pediatric surgery at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital since 2010. He has given many presentations, taught ATLS and PALS and has published many articles. Dr. Chan is one of three pediatric surgeons on the faculty of the Swedish Medical Center General Surgery Residency.


Michael Firstenberg, MD; cardiothoracic surgeon

Dr. Michael Firstenberg was raised in northeast Ohio and graduated from the University of Chicago. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where he trained in general surgery, conducted research and completed advanced training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He completed his formal cardiothoracic training at the Ohio State University where he was on the faculty for seven years as an Assistant Professor of Surgery specializing in adult cardiac surgery with special interests in treating temporary mechanical circulatory support, complex coronary artery, valvular and aortic problems.


Brandon Garland, MD; general & vascular surgeon

Dr. Brandon "Ty Garland is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Garland was raised in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Garland attended Dartmouth College and graduated with a degree in biochemistry. After graduation he moved to Jackson, Wyoming to pursue a career in wilderness medicine where he worked with Teton Country Search and Rescue and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS. Dr. Garland then attended the University Of Washington School Of Medicine for medical school and for vascular surgical residency. He currently practices as a vascular and endovascular surgeon at the Vascular Institute of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Garland’s interests include mountaineering with search and rescue, and he is an accomplished classical pianist and photographer.


Ryan Griffith, MD; general surgeon

Dr. Ryan Griffith is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Griffith is from Rapid City, South Dakota. He attended the University of South Dakota for both undergraduate and medical school. Dr. Griffith began his general surgery training with an internship at the University of California San Francisco and then completed his general surgery residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Dr. Griffith currently practices at Advanced Laparoscopic and General Surgery in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Griffith is also a classically trained musician. He is married to a physician, and in their spare time together they enjoy traveling, hiking, skiing, and the fine arts.


Laura Hafertepen, MD; breast surgeon

Laura Hafertepen, DO, is a breast surgeon practicing at Swedish and the Centrum Surgery Center in Colorado. She completed her degree is osteopathic medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Calfornia. Her general surgery residency was completed at the University of California San Francisco Fresno. She has received many honors and awards in her career and has many professional affiliations and publications/presentations in her experience. She speaks Spanish and is interested in outdoor activities, cooking and baking in her free time.


Jennifer Hanna, MD; cardiothoracic surgeon

Jennifer Hanna, MD, MBA, is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery Associates. She graduated as valedictorian of the School of Public Health at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion and disease prevention studies. She attended Duke University School of Medicine on a Dean’s scholarship and earned her medical degree in 2009. Dr. Hanna also received a Master’s degree in business administration at the Duke Fuqua School of Business. She completed her residency in general surgery in 2016 and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery joint training in 2018, both at Duke University Medical Center.

She specializes in both cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic surgery, as well as lung cancer care and esophageal cancer care. Dr. Hanna is highly-trained in a number of minimally-invasive, technologically-advanced surgical procedures, including adult congenital heart surgery, aortic valve repair and replacement, atrial fibrillation convergent procedure, Mitral valve repair and replacement, MitraClip trans-catheter mitral valve repair and coronary artery bypass grafting, among others. She is a member of multiple medical organizations and widely published in medical journals.


Sarah Hill, MD; pediatric surgeon

Sarah Hill, MD

Dr. Sarah Hill is a general surgeon in Spokane, Washington and is affiliated with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital. She received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6 and 10 years. She is one of 31 doctors at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital who specializes in general surgery. She was a pediatric surgery clinical fellow at the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, in Georgia. She is board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery. She is a member of the American Pediatric Association and the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group. Dr. Hill is one of three pediatric surgeons on the faculty of the Swedish Medical Center General Surgery Residency.


Omid Jazaeri, MD, RPVI, FACS

Omid Jazaeri, MD

Omid Jazaeri, MD, RPVI, FACS, a board-certified general and vascular surgeon, practices at the Medical Center of Aurora. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery, Radiology and Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine. He founded and served as the Program Director for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Jazaeri completed his fellowship training in vascular and endovascular surgery at Harbor UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles County working with pioneers in the endovascular treatment of aortic diseases. He is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery as well as numerous regional and national organizations. Dr. Jazaeri was awarded the Society for Vascular Surgery E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship for his work in advanced imaging pertaining to patients with vascular disorders. He is a member of the Colorado Medical Board and was also named a 5280 Top Doc by his peers in 5280 Magazine in 2017 and 2018.


Burt Katubig, MD; trauma surgeon*

Burt B Katubig, MD is a trauma/critical care/acute care general surgeon based out of Swedish Medical Center since 1997. He completed his general surgery and trauma residency at Cook County Hospital/University of Illinois in 1996. He then completed a fellowship in surgical critical care/trauma at St Louis University Hospital in 1997. He Moved to Colorado after graduating from St. Louis University Hospital. During his time at Swedish Medical Center, he has served as the surgical director of the ICU, trauma medical director, director of ethics committee and is currently director of the trauma outreach program. He also served as medical director at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado from 2004-2016. He is certified as an ATLS instructor and course director. He is currently a member on the state/regional trauma committee and has presented at multiple hospital, regional, local and neighboring state conferences regarding trauma critical care topics.


Bryan Kramer, MD; vascular surgeon

Dr. Kramer completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University and his medical degree at Albany College in 1995. He completed residency in general surgery at the University of Cincinnati in 2000 and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital in 2002. Prior to moving to Denver, he was a member of the Vascular Group, PLLC and an assistant professor of Surgery at Albany Medical Center, supervising and training medical students, surgery residents and vascular surgery fellow. Dr. Kramer is board-certified in both general and vascular surgery and has been practicing exclusively vascular surgery since 2000. He performs all types of venous and arterial surgery, specializing in open repair of complex abdominal aortic aneurysms. He also has extensive experience in the technique of eversion carotid endarterectomy under local/regional anesthesia.


Luciano Lemos, MD; medical intensive care specialist

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.


Jenifer Marks, MD; thoracic surgeon

Jenifer Marks, MD, is a thoracic surgeon at the Medical Center of Aurora. She received her medical school training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, in general surgery. She went on to fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in thoracic surgery. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Her areas of expertise include: achalasia, Barrett’s esophagus, chest wall tumors, empyema, esophageal cancer, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, hyperhidrosis, lung cancer, lung nodules, mediastinal masses, pleural effusions, pneumothorax and rib lesions.


Barbara Melendez, MD; vascular surgeon

Dr. Melendez is originally from Chile. She moved to Colorado at age 16 where she started her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado. She continued her education at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Albany Medicine Center. She specializes in open treatment of complex peripheral arterial disease and thoracic outlet syndrome. In her time off she enjoys running and traveling.


Mallory Meyer, DO; hepatobiliary & pancreatic surgeon

Mallory Meyer, DO, is a graduate of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and Mexico City, Mexico, but also calls Wisconsin and Colorado home. She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was also a member of the swim team. After attending medical school at RVUCOM, she completed four years of general surgery residency at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She completed her general surgery residency at Swedish Medical Center. She then went on to complete a fellowship in hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery at Swedish Medical Center. She currently practices hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery with SurgOne in Englewood, Colorado. Her other interests include cycling, running, snowboarding and traveling.


Kian Modanlou, MD; hepatobiliary surgeon

Dr. Modanlou is a native of Southern California. He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University where he graduated with distinction with a degree in biology. He returned to his home state for medical school and graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Modanlou then moved to Denver where he completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He then went on to Chicago where he completed a fellowship in Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Northwestern University. After stints at Saint Louis University and the University of Tennessee, Dr. Modanlou was fortunate to move back to Denver in 2015 to be the Surgical Director of Transplant at Porter Adventist Hospital. In 2018 he decided to join Dr. Eric Kortz to help him expand the Complex Gastrointestinal Surgeries Program at the Center for Diseases of the Liver and Pancreas at Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Modanlou’s professional interests include all aspects of general surgery and complex problems of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas including minimally invasive techniques. He strongly believes in a multidisciplinary approach to complex medical problems and personalization of the patient experience.


Brian Pottorf, MD; general surgeon

Brian J. Pottorf, MD, FACS, is a native of Illinois. He attended Wheaton College, outside Chicago, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology along with two minors, one in Chemistry and the other in Spanish. Dr. Pottorf earned his medical degree in Chicago, IL at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. Upon graduation, Dr. Pottorf completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Dr. Pottorf is board-certified in general surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons. His surgical interests include treating endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas), biliary, hepatic, gastrointestinal, colorectal, thoracic, breast, hernia, skin/soft tissue, and splenic disorders. The majority of operations are performed using a minimally invasive robotic and/or laparoscopic approach. Dr. Pottorf also participates in clinical research and has presented numerous posters and published several manuscripts in the medical literature. Dr. Pottorf is married with four children. He enjoys spending his leisure time with his family, traveling, and participating in a wide array of outdoor activities.


John Reister, MD; orthopedic surgeon

John Reister, MD, was born in Washington, DC. For his educational training, he attained his medical degree from East Tennessee State University. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. He currently works at Swedish Medical Center as an orthopaedic surgeon. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Cassandra Reynolds, MD; trauma surgeon*

Cassandra Reynolds, MD, FACS is a Trauma/ Critical Care Surgeon at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Reynolds completed her Trauma Critical Care/ Fellowship at University of California Davis in Sacramento.  She joined the team at Swedish after having worked at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC a busy level 1 academic trauma center for the last three years. 

Dr. Reynolds did her general surgery residency at Texas A&M- Scott and White in Temple, TX after completing her Doctor of Medicine at University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE.  Dr. Reynolds is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Western Trauma Association, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Association of Women Surgeons. She has been involved in several national research presentations on topics in acute care surgery and trauma surgery and has authored peer reviewed journal articles and abstracts.


Parth Shah, MD; general surgeon

Parth Shah, MD received his medical degree and his Master of Surgery (M.S) in General Surgery from the Baroda Medical College and the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Gujarat, India. He then went on to practice as an Assistant Professor in General Surgery at the Baroda Medical College and Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Hospital in India. Dr. Shah visited the United States in 2008 as a Visiting Investigator in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and decided to pursue Surgical Oncology. He began his General Surgery residency at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency at the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. During residency, he spent two years with the Harrison Department of Surgical Research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, pursuing clinical research in Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery. He completed his fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center / University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Shah’s professional interests include gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancer surgery, heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy for peritoneal malignancy and melanoma. Dr. Shah is passionate about mentoring medical students and residents. Dr. Shah is married and has a daughter and a son. He enjoys spending his leisure time doing outdoor activities as well as travelling with his family.


Steven Snively, MD; wound surgeon

Steven Snively, MD, is a wound specialist at Swedish Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. He was a cardiovascular research fellow at New York University Medical Center. He completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Snively has teaching expertise, belongs to many professional organizations/affiliations, and has publications/presentations in his experience.


Alan Synn, MD; vascular surgeon

Dr. Alan Synn is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Synn is a native of California and attended Stanford University where he graduated with a degree in biochemistry. Dr. Synn then attended the University of California Los Angeles for medical school and then University of Washington for general surgery residency followed by a vascular surgical fellowship at the University Iowa. Dr. Synn is a founding member of the Vascular Institute of the Rockies in Denver, CO where he currently practices as a vascular surgeon. Dr. Synn lives in Denver, Colorado and in his spare time, enjoys his family life with his wife and their two children.


Peter Syre, MD; neurosurgeon

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


Paul Thorne, MD; pediatric surgeon

Dr. Paul Thorne is a general surgeon in Spokane, Washington and is affiliated with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital as an attending pediatric surgeon. He received his medical degree from Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 31 doctors at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital who specializes in general surgery. He was a fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He is board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons and the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group. Dr. Thorne is a faculty member and site director/program director at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital for the Swedish Medical Center General Surgery Residency.


John Tillett, MD; urologist

John W. Tillett, MD FACS, is a board-certified urologist with the Urology Center of Colorado on staff at Swedish Medical Center and Craig Hospital. He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University. He received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, where he also completed his post-graduate urology training. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and he was also previously on the medical school faculty at Florida State University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He previously practiced on active duty in the U.S. Navy, as well as in private practice in Naples, FL, before relocating to Denver. Dr. Tillett's main clinical areas of interest include robotic surgery for kidney cancer and other disorders, kidney stones, neurogenic bladder, urethral reconstruction, and microsurgical management of chronic testicular pain.


Richard Tillquist, MD; GI-lap surgeon

Dr. Richard Tillquist is a general surgeon in Englewood, Colorado and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the metro area, including Swedish Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and he completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He has been in practice for more than 33 years. He specializes in bariatric surgery and general surgery at SurgOne, PC.


Bruce Weber, MD; endoscopy specialist

Bruce Weber, DO, is an internal medicine specialist who practices at North Suburban Medical Center. He has been in practice for 42 years. He is an endoscopist.


Adam Weingart, MD; anesthesiologist

Adam Weingart, MD, is an anesthesiologist with USAP South Denver Anesthesiologists. He holds many committee positions on various boards and committees in the community. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado in Denver. He completed his internship year of residency at Exempla St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. Then he completed his residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He furthered his training with an adult and pediatric regional and acute pain fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is ABA board certified and belongs to many professional memberships and has both publications and presentations in his experience. He is also adjunct clinical faculty with Rocky Vista University in Parker, Colorado.


Jodi Widner, MD; breast surgeon

Jodi Widner, MD, completed her residency in general surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She has a doctorate of medicine from the University of Colorado. She works as a general and breast surgeon at Swedish and Centrum Surgery Center in Colorado. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has received many honors and scholarships in her career.


John Wolz, MD; trauma surgeon

Dr. Wolz is a board-certified critical care and general surgeon. He attended Northwestern University for medical school and moved to Colorado to do his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.


*Core faculty