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Stephen Johs, MD

About Stephen Johs

Dr. Johs is a native of Los Angeles, California. He started his practice at Boulder Medical Center in 1988. He and his wife Nancy moved to Boulder so they could raise their family in a close-knit community with a stimulating environment. Dr. Johs and his family enjoy camping, skiing and backpacking.

Specialty Areas

Dr. Johs received his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from the University of California at Irvine and his Medical Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. He completed his five-year surgical residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. During his residency, he was active in teaching and research. He is currently on the clinical faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Johs believes in providing quality patient care within a setting of genuine concern and education for every patient he sees and maintaining the highest possible level of technical skill. Dr. Johs has proven specialized skill relating to the diagnosis, pre-operative, operative, and post-operative treatment of surgical problems in the following areas:

  • Alimentary tract – esophagus, stomach, small bowel, and large bowel;
  • Abdomen and its contents – diaphragm, biliary tract, liver, pancreas, and spleen;
  • Breast, skin, and soft tissue – benign and malignant disease;
  • Endocrine – thyroid and parathyroid glands, the pancreas, and adrenal glands;
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery – may cause less pain and have a faster recovery time – used when appropriate;
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology – including coordinated management of the cancer patient. Focusing on breast, lung, and intestinal malignancies.
    Comprehensive management of trauma – the responsibility for all phases of trauma care.

Also, Dr. Johs has a special interest in thoracic surgery, including the surgical management of the lung and chest’s benign and malignant conditions. He has performed minimally invasive surgical procedures since 1990.

Education and Certifications

  • Undergraduate — University of California
    B.S. Biological Sciences, Cum Laude
    Irvine, CA
  • Medical School — University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Residency — Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
    General Surgery
    Torrance, CA

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Johs is a General Surgeon, certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1989. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He is a charter member of the American Society of General Surgeons.

“I met Dr.Johs, sight unseen, at the ER as he happened to be on shift when I walked in requiring emergency surgery for gallbladder removal. He has a very calming demeanor and provides excellent explanations. He takes the time to put you at ease. I was pleased to see how much he was admired and respected by all who encountered him at the hospital, from my nurses to interns to students--that spoke volumes to his quality. I received excellent care and would recommend him without reservation.”
Patient in Boulder, Colo.



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