Paul Montero, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

Medical School:
  • MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Virginia (VA) (1999)
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2005)
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (2009)
  • Carolinas Medical Center Program, Minimally Invasive Surgery (2011)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

Recognition & Awards

  • Recognition Award, Carolinas Simulation Center (2010)
    For dedication and work with residents and medical students at the Carolinas Simulation Center
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2009)
    Co-recipient surgery teacher of the year
  • Most Compassionate Surgeon, Denver Health Emergency Department (2009)
    Presented by the Denver Health Emergency Medicine Residency for compassionate care to ER patients.

Research Interests

My research experience and interests primarily focus on laparoscopy, surgical simulation, resident/medical student education, international surgery, and hernia repair.


  • Assistant Professor (2011)
    School of Medicine, Surgery
    Hernia repair, anti-reflux surgery, advanced laparoscopy


  • "Bedside Anatomy": A Tool to Contextualize Learning and Introduce Surgical Careers. Carmichael H, Coleman JR, Samuels JM, Sumislawski JJ, Ghincea C, Dyamenahalli K, Montero P, Royer D. J Surg Res. 2020 May;249:1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2019.12.015. Epub 2020 Jan 3. PMID: 31911140
  • Surgeons Underestimate the Importance of Surgical Topics for Non-Surgeons: Results of a National Survey. Selby LV, Coleman JR, Jones TS, Nehler M, Montero P. J Surg Educ. 2020 Aug 1:S1931-7204(20)30260-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2020.07.026. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32747321
  • Anton NE, Montero PN, Howley LD, Brown C, Stefanidis D. What stress coping strategies are surgeons relying upon during surgery?. Am J Surg. 2015 Nov;210(5):846-51. PubMed PMID: 26105802
  • Montero P, Schulick RD. Clearing common bile duct stones: one size does not fit all. JAMA Surg. 2014 Oct;149(10):1014. PubMed PMID: 25134062
  • Stefanidis D, Montero P, Urbach DR, Qureshi A, Perry K, Bachman SL, Madan A, Petersen R, Pryor AD. SAGES research agenda in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery: updated results of a Delphi study. Surg Endosc. 2014 Oct;28(10):2763-71. PubMed PMID: 24789129
  • Ramakrishnan VR, Montero PN. Ergonomic considerations in endoscopic sinus surgery: lessons learned from laparoscopic surgeons. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2013 May-Jun;27(3):245-50. PubMed PMID: 23710962
  • Tsirline VB, Lau KN, Swan RZ, Montero PN, Sindram D, Martinie JB, Iannitti DA. Evaluation of an innovative, cordless ultrasonic dissector. Surg Innov. 2013 Oct;20(5):524-9. PubMed PMID: 23302577
  • Jones EL, Dunn CL, Townsend NT, Jones TS, Bruce Dunne J, Montero PN, Govekar HR, Stiegmann GV, Robinson TN. Blend mode reduces unintended thermal injury by laparoscopic monopolar instruments: a randomized controlled trial. Surg Endosc. 2013 Nov;27(11):4016-20. PubMed PMID: 23739984
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Professional Memberships

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Candidate Member
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Member

Practice Locations

Multispecialty Surgery - Anschutz
1635 Aurora Ct
6th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital Trauma Center
12505 E. 16th Avenue
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2, First floor
Aurora, CO 80045

CU General Surgery - Cherry Creek Medical Center
100 Cook Street
Suite 312
Denver, CO 80206

UCHealth Ambulatory Surgery Center - Cherry Creek Medical Center
100 Cook Street
Suite 500
Denver, CO 80206

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Surgery, Board Certification (2010)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery, Specialized Training (2011)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Digestive System - Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Digestive System - Hernia
  • Digestive System - Surgical Endoscopy
  • Digestive System
Clinical Interests
My many clinical interests include surgery for simple and complex abdominal wall hernias.

Care Philosophy
My goal is to provide optimal, safe surgical care for patients with as minimally invasive an approach as feasible. I strongly believe that excellent patient communication eases anxiety and allays concerns, optimizing the patient's ability to recover.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy snowboarding, music (bass guitar), soccer, and travel. I have three young kids and we enjoy LEGO, hiking, and swimming together.

Volunteer Activities
I am dedicated to improving health and surgical education internationally. I have traveled to my father's home country, the Philippines, on medical missions and have provided lectures and presentations in Brazil, Germany, and the Philippines.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Virginia (VA) (1999)
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2005)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Surgery (2009)
  • Carolinas Medical Center Program, Minimally Invasive Surgery (2011)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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