Maria Albuja-Cruz, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (2003)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (2007)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Surgery (2011)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery (2012)
    School of Medicine, Surgery
    Endocrine Surgery

Publications

  • Kiseljak-Vassiliades K, Zhang Y, Kar A, Razzaghi R, Xu M, Gowan K, Raeburn CD, Albuja-Cruz M, Jones KL, Somerset H, Fishbein L, Leong S, Wierman ME. Elucidating the Role of the Maternal Embryonic Leucine Zipper Kinase in Adrenocortical Carcinoma. Endocrinology. 2018 Jul 1;159(7):2532-2544. PubMed PMID: 29790920
  • Kiseljak-Vassiliades K, Zhang Y, Bagby S, Kar A, Pozdeyev N, Xu M, Gowan K, Sharma V, Raeburn CD, Albuja-Cruz M, Jones KL, Fishbein L, Schweppe R, Somerset HL, Pitts TM, Leong S, Wierman M. Development of new preclinical models to advance adrenocortical carcinoma research. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2018 Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29371329
  • Albuja-Cruz M, Travis C, Benge M, Caufield B, Nehler M. Examination of Nondesignated Preliminary Surgery Residents Recruited Since the Inception of Supplementary Offer and Acceptance Program: Lessons Learned From a Large Academic Program. J Surg Educ. 2017 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28886935
  • Albuja-Cruz M, Travis C, Benge M, Caufield B, Nehler M. Examination of Nondesignated Preliminary Surgery Residents Recruited Since the Inception of Supplementary Offer and Acceptance Program: Lessons Learned From a Large Academic Program. J Surg Educ. 2017 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28886935
  • Albuja-Cruz MB, Pozdeyev N, Robbins S, Chandramouli R, Raeburn CD, Klopper J, Haugen BR, McIntyre R Jr. A "safe and effective" protocol for management of post-thyroidectomy hypocalcemia. Am J Surg. 2015 Dec;210(6):1162-9. PubMed PMID: 26601651
  • Patel NU, McKinney K, Kreidler SM, Bieker TM, Russ P, Roberts K, Glueck DH, Albuja-Cruz M, Klopper J, Haugen BR. Ultrasound-based clinical prediction rule model for detecting papillary thyroid cancer in cervical lymph nodes: A pilot study. J Clin Ultrasound. 2015 Sep 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26402153
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Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, Member
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist (AACE), Member
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Member

Practice Locations

Multispecialty Surgery - Anschutz
1635 Aurora Ct
6th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-2700

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital Trauma Center
12505 E. 16th Avenue
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2, First floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-2711

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Surgery, Board Certification (2012)
  • Endocrine Surgery, Certificate (2012)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Endocrine System (Hormones) - Thyroid Cancer
  • Endocrine System (Hormones) - Thyroid Disease
  • Endocrine System (Hormones) - Adrenal Diseases
  • Endocrine System (Hormones) - Endocrine Cancer (Parathyroid, Adrenal, Carcinoid)
  • Cancers - Cancer Surgery
  • Cancers - Head and Neck Cancer
  • Digestive System - Pancreas Surgery
  • Surgery - Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Cancers
  • Digestive System
  • Endocrine System (Hormones)
  • Surgery
Clinical Interests
I primarily provide treatment of adult and children endocrine surgery disorders that affect the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas. My expertise includes the surgical treatment of hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, (recurrent) thyroid cancer, hyperparathyroidism and parathyroid cancer, pheochromocytoma, and functional and non-functional adrenal and pancreatic endocrine tumors. If you've been diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor, adrenal cortical carcinoma, Graves' disease, multi-nodular goiter, or require a parathyroidectomy, thyroidectomy or laparoscopic adrenalectomy, I can help you.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (2003)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (2007)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Chief Resident, Surgery (2011)
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Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Surgery-GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery
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