Denver Health Medical Center Posted Mar 15, 2023

Denver, CO

Trauma Surgery Physician

Denver Health is recruiting a Trauma Surgeon to join our team! Physicians and surgeons diagnose illnesses, prescribe and administer treatment, and maintain appropriate follow up for people suffering from injury and/or disease. Physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons specialize in the treatment of injury, disease, and deformity through operations. This position is associated with a faculty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center at Denver Health is an internationally renowned, American College of Surgeons Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center, with over 3,000 patient admissions annually. Among other services, the trauma center specializes in chest wall reconstruction, retrograde balloon occlusion of the aorta, and extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation. The Trauma Center is actively engaged in a number of research projects and publishes over 200 peer-reviewed articles annually.

The Denver Health Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a twenty-three-bed intensive care unit staffed by surgeons who are board certified in surgical critical care. Patient acuity is high and involves derangement of multiple organ system simultaneously. Attending on both Trauma and SICU services involves serving as faculty for both our Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Fellowships.

The Emergency General Surgery (EGS) Service at Denver Health performs over 1,000 operations annually, maintains an average daily census of fourteen patients, and spans all aspects and scope within this field. The EGS service is currently attended by seven trauma surgeons and two general surgeons. The service engages in classic EGS, as well as emerging techniques such as minimally invasive treatments of diverticulitis and perforated peptic ulcers, endo luminal stents and vacuum therapy (endo-VAC), and laparoscopic, transcystic common bile duct clearance. Other areas of focus include esophageal perforation, management of bariatric complications (in conjunction with our accredited bariatric center), and both thoracic and lumbar spine exposure with our Neuro-Spine colleagues.

Denver Health serves as a satellite site for several fellowships, residency programs, and medical schools; education of residents is a core responsibility of our surgical faculty.

Benefits of practicing for Denver Health include:

·Competitive salary/benefits including 30+ days of PTO/yr and 9.5% retirement matching

·Conveniently located in Denver with access to a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty and 300+ days of sunshine per year

·Academic appointment with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

·Mission driven, compassionate care of an underserved patient population

Denver Health provides exemplary care for all, regardless of ability to pay and is a model for other safety net institutions across the nation. As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health is Colorado's leading provider of undeserved care.

Interested applicants can submit CV and Cover Letter to:
Aaron Ortiz, Manager of Provider Recruitment
Denver Health Medical Center


1.Clinical responsibilities of this position include:

a. Attending on trauma service weeks, SICU weeks, EGS service weeks and in-house, weeknight and weekend trauma/ICU/EGS surgery call.

b. Elective general surgery practice including elective clinics, operating room blocks, outreach, and program development.

c. Inpatient general surgery consultations.

2.Physicians at Denver Health are faculty members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine serve as teachers for students seeking clinical experience at Denver Health and provide education for post graduate medical trainees.

3.Focus on Superior Patient Care by: 1) practicing evidence-based, high-quality state-of-the art medicine; 2) encourage increased patient understanding, involvement in care, and treatment decisions; 3) achieve and maintain optimal patient access; 4) insist on departmental focus on superior patient service; and 5) participate in or support education and research.

4.Collaborate on Care Delivery by 1) including staff, other physicians and management in both service and patient care improvements; 2) treat all members with respect; 3) demonstrate the highest levels of ethical and professional conduct; and 4) behave in a manner consistent with Denver Health goals.

5.Listen and Communicate by 1) providing clinical information in a clear and timely manner; 2) requesting information and resources needed to provide care consistent with Denver Health goals; and 3) provide and accept feedback in a respectful manner from all staff.

6.Take Ownership by 1) providing leadership to improve outcomes quality and service quality; 2) work to ensure personal, departmental and organization compliance with all legal and educational requirements; and 3) steadily improve the efficiency and economic aspects of your practice.

7.Quality Metrics.1) Focus on clinically relevant outcome measures; 2) Change by embracing innovations to continuously improve patient care, service and organizational efficiency.

8.Abide by the Medical Staff Bylaws and conduct oneself in a professional and collegial manner in all aspects of work. Abide by all hospital policies including timeliness of documentation, chart completion, and electronic medical record maintenance.

Education and Experience

1.Graduation from an Accredited Medical School and completed Accredited Residency Programs and fellowships for specialist, or equivalent.

2. Completion of a 2-year Trauma/Acute Care Surgery Fellowship, or = 5 years attending level experience.

2. Board Certification or Board Eligibility in 1) General Surgery and 2) Surgical Critical Care.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1.Knowledge of and ability to apply professional medical principles, procedures and techniques.

2.Thorough knowledge of pharmacological agents used in patient treatment.

3.Able to effectively manage and direct medical staff support activities while providing quality medical care.

4.Able to receive detailed information through oral communications; express or exchange ideas by verbal communications.

5.Excellent written and verbal communications, listening, and social skills.

6.Able to interact effectively with people of varied educational, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, skill levels and value systems.

7.Performs in a tactful and professional manner.

8.A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

9.Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Certificates, Licenses and Registration

1.Medical license to practice in the State of Colorado

2.BLS/PALS/ACLS/ATLS or equivalent certification


Denver Health Main Campus

Work Type

Full time

Pay Range

Minimum: 369,270.00

Midpoint: 394,392.00

Maximum: 453,021.00

All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Denver Health is an integrated, high-quality academic health care system considered a model for the nation that includes a Level I Trauma Center, a 555-bed acute care medical center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, 10 family health centers, 18 school-based health centers, Rocky Mountain Poison and Safety, a Public Health department, an HMO and The Denver Health Foundation.

As Colorado’s primary, and essential, safety-net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided billions in uncompensated care for the uninsured. Denver Health is viewed as an Anchor Institution for the community, focusing on hiring and purchasing locally as applicable, serving as a pillar for community needs, and caring for more than 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.

Located near downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.

We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

Denver Health is committed to provide equal treatment and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. As an EOE, Denver Health does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

How to apply

Interested applicants can submit CV and Cover Letter to:
Aaron Ortiz, Manager of Provider Recruitment
Denver Health Medical Center


777 Delaware St.
Denver, CO 80204

Denver Health Medical Center
Trauma Surgery Physician
Denver, CO

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