Emily A Speer Heffner, MD

Specialties: Surgery (General Surgery), Surgery, Bariatric
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Primary Location:

SJH Downtown Surgery Specialists

1960 N Ogden St Ste 550
Denver, CO 80218-3676
Phone: 303-812-6850
Fax: 303-812-6859

SJH Rainer General Surgery Clinic

1960 N Ogden St Ste 400
Denver, CO 80218-3670
Phone: 303-318-1585
Fax: 303-812-6859
Accepting New Patients Yes
MyChart Provider Yes

Dr. Emily Speer is a fellowship-trained Foregut and Minimally Invasive Surgeon with a particular interest in antireflux procedures.  Dr. Speer attended medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of Colorado.  During this training, she developed a passion for minimally invasive, and particularly foregut, surgery.  This led her to a fellowship in Advanced GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery with Lee Swanstrom, MD and colleagues in Portland, Oregon.  During this fellowship, Dr. Speer became proficient in the most up-to-date surgical and endoscopic techniques for foregut problems such as gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal disorders, diaphragmatic hernias, and obesity.  Her special interests include laparoscopic tailored fundoplications, myotomies, and reoperative paraesophageal hernia repairs, as well as newer technologies such as POEM (Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) for achalasia and LINX for GERD.  She is also trained in BARRX for Barrett’s esophagus, flexible endoscopic cricopharyngeal myotomy to treat Zenkers diverticulum, esophageal dilation and stenting, laparoscopic and endoscopic feeding tubes, pyloroplasty and gastrectomy for treatment of gastroparesis, and bariatric weight loss surgery surgery.  Dr. Speer is a general surgery residency teaching faculty member as well as medical student director at St. Joseph Hospital and is active in research.  She is the author of multiple publications on reflux surgery, is an invited speaker at national meetings, and sits on national committees for furthering excellence in foregut surgery.

 

Patient satisfaction and safety are at the core of Dr. Speer's decision-making, and she strives to provide the very best and most compassionate care to each patient by individually tailoring treatment plans to fit each person’s need.  Dr. Speer aims to provide patients with the education they need to make informed treatment decisions in order to provide them with superior surgical care in the least invasive way possible.

While Dr. Speer is trained in all areas of general surgery, as a fellowship-trained Foregut and Minimally Invasive Surgeon, her areas of clinical interest include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgery
  • Esophageal disorders such as achalasia
  • Hiatal hernia surgery
  • Gastroparesis surgery
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Advanced endoscopy
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Robotic surgery
Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery
Education
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine, Medical School
Internships
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Residencies
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Fellowships
  • Providence Portland Medical Center
Affiliations
Denver Surgery Center, Platte Valley Medical Center, SCL Health Medical Group, Saint Joseph Hospital
Please contact your insurance company directly before receiving non-emergency medical treatments so you won't have any surprises when it comes to coverage. Depending on your specific insurance policy, the services you receive through SCL Health may be considered “out-of-network." Medical insurance plans we accept:
  • Aetna Connect Plus PPO
  • Aetna Elect Choice
  • Aetna HMO Open Access
  • Aetna MCR PPO
  • Aetna MCR Prime PPO/HMO
  • Aetna Medicare Open MRP-HMO
  • Aetna National Advantage
  • Aetna Open Access
  • Aetna PPO/HMO/QPOS/POS
  • Aetna Select
  • Aetna Work Comp/Auto
  • Anthem BCBS HMO/PPO
  • Anthem BCBS Medicare Adv PPO
  • Anthem BCBS WellChoice PPO Tier 2
  • Cigna Choice Fund Local Plus
  • Cigna Choice Fund Local Plus IN
  • Cigna Connect
  • Cigna HMO/PPO/EPO/POS
  • Cigna Local Plus
  • Cigna Local Plus In
  • Cigna Open Access
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Cigna Sure Fit
  • Clear Spring Medicare Adv PPO/HMO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Colorado Access Child Health Plan Plus
  • Colorado Access RAE Medicaid
  • CorVel Work Comp Auto, Accident/Health
  • Denver Health DH Employee Highpoint POS
  • Denver Health HMO/HDHP Highpoint Plans
  • Denver Health Medicare Advantage Select, Choice
  • First Health/Coventry
  • Friday Health Plans Commercial/Medicare/CHP+
  • Great West
  • Humana Choice Care HMO Advantage
  • Humana Choice Care HMO Premier
  • Humana Choice Care HMO Select
  • Humana Choice Care PPO
  • Humana Medicare PPO/PFFS/HMO Gold Plus, Value Plus
  • InnovAge PACE
  • Kaiser Permanente HMO/PPO/Self-insured-Limited Coverage
  • Kaiser Permanente CHP+ Limited Coverage
  • Meritain via Aetna Network
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO/POS
  • Pinnacol Assurance Medicare
  • Pinnacol Assurance Work Comp
  • Prime Health Services Inc Commercial
  • Prime Health Services Inc Medicare
  • Prime Health Services Inc Work Comp
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans PPO/HMO
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans RMHMO
  • SCL Lutheran Hospice
  • Three Rivers Provider Network Work Comp/Commercial/Auto
  • TriWest Veterans Choice Programs/PC3
  • United Healthcare AARP
  • United Healthcare Commercial
  • United Healthcare Med Advantage
  • United Healthcare PPO