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)
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


  • 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

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 and minimally invasive surgery of the abdomen.

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, soccer, and travel.

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)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery