Dr. Johs completed his surgical training in Los Angeles, California and began his practice in Boulder, Colorado in 1988. In addition to taking Trauma call at a the 2 hospitals that he is on staff for he maintains a private practice with the Boulder Medical Center providing consultative and operative management of General Surgical problems. He has served as Chief of Surgery for Boulder Community and Avista Hospitals and served as President of the Medical Staff at Avista Hospital. Dr. Johs has been on the Clinical Faculty for the University of Colorado School of Medicine since 1991, and actively serves as a preceptor for medical and physician assistant students. He has provided surgical support for medical teams travelling to Mexico, Peru and Belize and has implemented laparoscopic surgical programs in underserved hospitals and trained local health care providers.
Having performed laparoscopic/minimally invasive surgery since 1990, Dr. Johs has developed mastery of laparoscopic hernia repair, cholecystectomy, common bile duct exploration, hiatal hernia repair, Nissen fundoplication, gastric/hepatic/intestinal tumor resection, colectomy, splenectomy as well as VATS procedures for benign and malignant tumors of the lung in addition to mediastinoscopy.
Education and Training
University of California
Los Angeles MD
American Board of Surgery 1989
Dr. Stephen M Johs M.D.'s Expert Contributions
Routine laparoscopic cholecystectomy (minimally invasive gall bladder removal) generally takes 30-60 minutes depending on the degree of inflammation in the gallbladder. Additional factors that could prolong the surgery would include cirrhosis of the liver, common bile duct stones with obstruction or prior abdominal surgery with adhesions. Your surgeon should be able to anticipate these and counsel you accordingly. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- International Lecture and Public Speaking-Missions to Mexico and Peru to teach and perform surgery -
- Boulder Medical Center Physician of the Year, 1992
- Humanitarian of the Year, Avista Adventist Hospital 2008
- US News and Worls Report
- Eagle Scout 1974
- Endocrine, Breast, non-Cardiac Thoracic, GI surgery
Professional Society Memberships
- Fellow American College of Surgeons, American Society of General Surgeons, Boulder County Medical Society, Colorado Medical Society
Articles and Publications
What do you attribute your success to?
Stephen attributes his success to being honest and treating patients like family.
Hobbies / Sports
- Fly Fishing, Cycling, Back Packing
Favorite professional publications
- New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of American College of Surgeons
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