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Contact Info:
Anschutz Medical Campus
Academic Office One
12631 East 17th Avenue

Campus Box C313
Aurora, Colorado
80045
Phone: (303)724-2728
 

Clinical Services

Evaluation and Treatment

The Division of Gastrointestinal, Tumor, and Endocrine Surgery (GITES) offers the following clinical services:
 
 
Bariatrics
Surgical Weight Loss 

Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is an elective procedure for those who have tried exercise and eating right but still can't lose excess weight that can cause serious health problems. This weight loss is usually achieved by reducing the size of the stomach or through removal of a portion of the stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.  The Staff at the Surgical Weight Loss Center is dedicated to lifelong patient care for those who require weight loss surgery procedures.

 
 
Breast Disease
 
Most women experience breast changes at some time during their lifetime. Age, hormone levels and medicines we take may cause lumps and discharges. When many of us think of breast disease, we think of breast cancer, but there are many other breast diseases and conditions for which women need to be aware. The GITES faculty whose specialty is breast disease use a multi-disciplinary approach with other physicians at the Breast Center to determine the optimal treatment for each patient.


Burn Surgery
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Burn Services has been the leading regional burn center since 1976 and is the only center in Colorado verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. Specially trained CARE team members provide the highest quality of care to burn and trauma patients as well as patients with serious conditions affecting the skin. Gordon Lindberg, MD is the Medical Director of the Burn Unit.
 
Cancer
Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology is the branch of surgery which specializes in the surgical treatment of cancers that occur in the gastrointestinal tract (appendix cancer, colon cancer and rectal cancer) and other areas of the abdomen and pelvis.

CCTCARE -Colorado Center for Transplantation Care, Research and Education
CCTCARE's missions match those of the UC School of Medicine. The five major goals that server to fulfill the Center's mission are:
A) to support and improve clinical care,
B) to promote, support and enhance research,
C) to provide training and education,
D) to provide community outreach and service,
E) to provide administrative support in the field of transplantation and fields relevant for transplantation
 

CSI – Center for Surgical Innovation
Conducting surgical training classes since February 2008, the Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) is dedicated to teaching the latest surgical techniques, many involving minimally invasive approaches, to practicing surgeons, residents and medical students.
 
 
Endocrine Surgery
Our GITES surgeons who perform this specialized surgical procedure have been recognized for their expertise and confidence. Endocrine Surgery is the division of surgery which specializes in the surgical treatment of endocrine diseases for the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands and adrenal glands.
To be recognized as an endocrine surgeon a physician has to devote a major portion of their surgical practice to endocrine disorders and have performed a minimum of 100 endocrine operations. Our endocrine surgeons are well qualified in this arena.
 
 
Pancreas and Biliary Surgery
Our Pancreas and Biliary Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with these difficult-to-treat cancers. The Center's internationally renowned experts in treating cancers of the pancreas and biliary tract provide personalized treatment that addresses every aspect of your care.
 
Trauma Surgery
Dr. Robert C. McIntyre, Jr., (GITES Surgeon) is the Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Director of Trauma Services at University of Colorado Hospital. Trauma surgery is a surgical specialty involved in the invasive treatment of physical injuries that are usually the result of catastrophic events, such as motor vehicle accidents. The trauma surgeon is responsible for the initial resuscitation and stabilization of the patient. The attending trauma surgeon leads the trauma team composed of nurses, resident physicians and support staff. Trauma Surgery is a section of the Department of Surgery headquartered at Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC), under the leadership of Section Chief, Ernest (Gene) Moore, MD. DHMC is one of three Level I Trauma Centers in Colorado and is nationally recognized as one of the leading trauma centers in the United States.
 
 
Bariatrics (Surgical Weight Loss)

Bariatric surgery (weight-loss surgery) is an elective procedure for those who have tried exercise and eating right but still can't lose excess weight that can cause serious health problems. This weight loss is usually achieved by reducing the size of the stomach or through removal of a portion of the stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.  The staff at the Surgical Weight Loss Center is dedicated to lifelong patient care for those who require weight loss surgery procedures.


Breast Disease / Breast Cancer

For information on our clinical services in this area, visit our breast surgery page.


Burn Surgery

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Burn Services has been the leading regional burn center since 1976 and is the only center in Colorado verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. Specially trained CARE team members provide the highest quality of care to burn and trauma patients as well as patients with serious conditions affecting the skin. Gordon Lindberg, MD, is the Medical Director of the Burn Unit.


Cancer (Surgical Oncology)

Surgical Oncology is the branch of surgery which specializes in the surgical treatment of cancers that occur in the gastrointestinal tract (appendix cancer, colon cancer, and rectal cancer) and other areas of the abdomen and pelvis.


Endocrine Surgery

Our GITES surgeons who perform this specialized surgical procedure have been recognized for their expertise and confidence. Endocrine Surgery is the division of surgery which specializes in the surgical treatment of endocrine diseases of the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands and adrenal glands.

To be recognized as an endocrine surgeon, a physician must have performed a minimum of 100 endocrine operationshas and must devote a major portion of his/her surgical practice to endocrine disorders. Our endocrine surgeons are well qualified in this arena.


Pancreas and Biliary Surgery
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Our Pancreas and Biliary Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with these difficult-to-treat cancers. The Center's internationally renowned experts in treating cancers of the pancreas and biliary tract provide personalized treatment that addresses every aspect of your care.


Trauma Surgery

Dr. Robert C. McIntyre, Jr. (GITES Surgeon) is the Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Director of Trauma Services at University of Colorado Hospital. Trauma surgery is a surgical specialty involved in the invasive treatment of physical injuries that are usually the result of catastrophic events, such as motor vehicle accidents. The trauma surgeon is responsible for the initial resuscitation and stabilization of the patient. The attending trauma surgeon leads the trauma team composed of nurses, resident physicians and support staff.

Trauma Services is a section of the Department of Surgery headquartered at Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC), under the leadership of Gregory Jerome ("Jerry") Jurkovich, MD, who is Chief of Surgery and Trauma Services. DHMC is one of only three Level I Trauma Centers in Colorado and is nationally recognized as one of the leading trauma centers in the United States.