Emily Speer
Emily Speer, MD, is a minimally invasive and foregut surgeon at National Jewish Health. Dr. Speer is in the Division of Specialty Services and Department of Medicine.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
General Surgery Faculty
Medical Student Director
Division of Specialty Services
Specialties and ConditionsSpecialties & Conditions
Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Advanced Endoscopy
  • Antireflux Surgery
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Hiatal Hernias

Special Interests

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, primary and reoperative antireflux surgery, LINX, bariatric/weight loss surgery, esophageal disorders, hiatal hernias, minimally invasive surgery, advanced endoscopy, hernias, gallbladder, robotic surgery, and general surgery.


Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Medical Doctorate
Unversity of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, IL, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Chemistry
University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, General Surgery Residency
University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, General Surgery Residency
The Oregon Clinic, Portland, OR, Minimally Invasive and Foregut Surgery Fellowship

Awards & Recognition

Summa Cum Laude and Bronze Tablet at UIUC, Minimally Invasive and Foregut Surgery Fellowship Certification with Lee Swanstrom, Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) Certification, LINX Certification, Robotic Surgery Certification, General Surgery Residency Assistant Professor at Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Hospital Medical Student Director, Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at National Jewish Hospital, SAGES Foregut Task Force Committee Member, SAGES Resident and Fellow Training Committee Member, SAGES National Meeting Invited Foregut Panel Moderator, SSAT "Top 25" publication award with scholarship, Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Residency Coordinator, Simulation Lab Coordinator at Saint Joseph Hospital, Surgery Residency Intern Orientation Director, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Program Evaluation Committee Member Saint Joseph Hospital, Surgical Endoscpy Invited Reviewer, University of Colorado Endscopy Course Invited Professor, Fundamentals of Surgical Energy Certification, Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Certification, BLS Certification, ACLS Certification, ATLS Certification

Professional Memberships

SAGES member, SAGES Foregut Task Force Committee member, Denver Academy of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Association of Porgram Directors in Surgery, American College of Surgeons


Essentials of General Surgery 6th Edition Textbook: Esophagus

Clinical Burden of Laparoscopic Feeding Jejunostomy Tubes: Podium Presentation, "Top 25" award, and manuscript publication in Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Covered Stents in Cervical Anastomosis Following Esophagectomy: Manuscript Published in Surgical Endoscopy Journal

SAGES: Operating Through the Endoscope Book: Endoscopic Interventions for the Thoracic Esophagus: Zenker's and Other Diverticula

Laparoscopic Pyloroplasty is a Safe and Effective First Line Surgical Treatment for Refractory Gastroparesis: Manuscript Published in Surgical Endoscopy Journal

Academic Affiliations

University of Colorado Denver

Teaching & Professional Positions

Assistant Professor of Surgery, General Surgery Faculty, Medical Student Director

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  • Office: 877.225.5654



  • National Jewish Health Main Campus
    1400 Jackson St.
    Denver, CO 80206

  • Saint Joseph Hospital
    1835 Franklin Street
    Denver, CO 80218

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