Emmett L. McGuire, MD, FACS
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.
Isabelle Audet, MD; trauma surgeon
Isabelle Audet, MD, was born in Detroit, Michigan. She attended undergraduate school in Albion, Michigan and completed her medical degree in 1995 at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. She completed her residency at the same program in 1999. Dr. Audet also completed a fellowship in 2001 with the American College of Surgeons. She currently practices as a trauma/acute care surgeon at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colorado.
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.
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 Immunologia (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.
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.
Lily Daniali, MD; burn surgeon
Dr Lily Daniali graduated medical school from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her residency in plastic surgery at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences School in Newark, New Jersey. She went on to complete a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the University of Texas Southwestern and a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery fellowship at the Pediatric Plastic Surgery Institute.
Her first exposure to plastic surgery as a medical student was on a burn surgery ICU rotation. Immediately she knew plastic and reconstructive surgery was her professional path. “I love how reconstructive plastic surgeons use scientific advantages, artistry, creativity, and good doctoring to restore injured patients.”
Dr. Daniali takes care of patients with both simple and very complex reconstructive problems. She spends a great deal of time talking with and teaching patients and their families about what has happened from an injury. “It’s really important to me that my patients know they can ask me anything and that we can discuss any issue they have concerns about. In the end, they all know I am 100% committed to helping them recover and get back to a fulfilling life. Being able to help my patients attain that goal, as a team, is the best part of my day.”
Dewayne Edwards, MD; trauma surgeon
Dewayne Edwards was born in Savannah, Georgia, but grew up in Barnwell, South Carolina. He was a nurse for 10 years prior to entering medical school. He completed medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. He completed his residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in 2013. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and 2018. He has served for 11 years in active duty in the Army. He is currently a trauma/acute care surgeon at North Suburban Medical Center and has been on staff since July 2017.
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.
Laura Hafertepen, MD; breast surgeon
Laura Haftertepen, 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
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, 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.
Aaron Lynn, MD; trauma surgeon
Aaron D. Lynn, M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified general surgeon. He is a Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon at North Suburban Medical Center and several other hospitals in the Denver Metro Area. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Lynn also completed a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering with research focused on biomaterials development and the tissue response to implanted materials. He completed his residency training in general surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Co.
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.
Andrew Nemechek, MD; head/neck surgeon
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.
Benson Pulikkottil, MD; burn surgeon
Benson Pulikkottil, MD, has been in practice at the Swedish Medical Center Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Colorado since September 2016. He attained his medical degree at Albany Medical College in 2001. He went to residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in general surgery. He completed a research fellowship in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also completed two additional fellowships: one in plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern and one in orthopedic hand surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
James Yon, MD; critical care and trauma surgeon*
Dr. Yon is a trauma and critical care surgeon and Director of the Surgical ICU at Swedish Medical Center. He was raised in the Upstate area of South Carolina and went on to attend Clemson University, majoring in Biology and English. He then received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Georgia. Prior to starting work at Swedish Medical Center, Dr. Yon completed his trauma, critical care and burn surgery fellowships at the Cook County Trauma Unit in Chicago, Illinois. His clinical interests include complex abdominal closure, surgical education and trauma epidemiology.