Dr. Joshua S. Tierney

General Surgery | Robotic Pancreatic Surgeon

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Dr. Joshua S. Tierney

Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) Surgery, Robotic Surgery, and Interventional Endoscopy/ERCP

Dr. Tierney is an award-winning, published, and fellowship-trained surgeon who treats patients from the Northern Front Range and Eastern Plains of Colorado, Wyoming, and Western Nebraska. His particular interests include:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Cystic neoplasms  of the pancreas
  • Severe pancreatitis with complications
  • Pancreatic pseudocysts
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Indeterminate biliary strictures
  • Choledocholithiasis (bile duct stones)
  • Biliary reconstruction for bile duct injuries
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Liver surgery for primary and metastatic tumors
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Hernias
  • Interventional endoscopy with ERCP
  • Robotic surgery
  • Trauma and general surgery
When you are in need of surgical care, Dr. Joshua Tierney knows you want a surgeon who is both highly experienced and also treats you with personal care and attention. Dr. Tierney is board-certified in General Surgery and fellowship-trained in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery.He has a reputation for success that includes both routine general surgical procedures and complex surgical oncology. Going through a medical crisis is one of the most stressful challenges that life can bring, and the surgeon you entrust to navigate your journey back to health is of utmost importance. Dr. Tierney strives to give comfort and hope to you and your family in the midst of these challenges through his thoughtful, patient-oriented approach to care.Medicine is not just a job for Dr. Tierney. He does not “clock out” when he leaves the hospital. He is dedicated to his patients beyond typical expectations. He is known to give his personal cell phone number to his patients so they can contact him directly in case of emergencies and is always willing to double book his clinic schedule so patients with urgent needs can be seen.As his patient, he will communicate with you clearly so that you have all the relevant information you need to make the right choice. Dr. Tierney wants you to feel like you are the only patient he has. He wants all his patients to feel like they received the best surgical care they could have received, to feel like their surgeon truly heard their concerns, and to feel confident in their decision to choose him as their surgeon.
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 Patients appreciate his caring demeanor, his attention to detail, and his ability to incorporate cutting-edge techniques and technology into their care. In addition to his own expertise, Dr. Tierney actively collaborates with the other members of his patients’ medical team so that a clear and concise plan can be formulated.Dr. Tierney performs robotic and endoscopic surgeries. Procedures performed robotically are done through a few small incisions using a robotic platform that is controlled by the surgeon sitting at a console in the operating room. Robotic surgery provides many benefits to patients: faster recovery, less pain, quicker return to work. Many types of complex procedures can be performed robotically with more precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with traditional techniques.Robotic surgeons have found that the robotic system enhances precision and flexibility during the operation and allows for better visualization compared to traditional techniques. Often, robotic surgery makes minimally invasive surgery possible. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include: • Fewer complications, such as surgical site infection • Less pain and blood loss • Quicker recovery • Smaller, less noticeable scarsDr. Tierney likes working at UCHealth because of how well it sets patients up for a successful road to healing. Patients receive a multi-disciplinary approach to their treatment plans because each surgeon at UCHealth actively communicates with other members on a patient’s medical team, and works to strategize as a collective. So, patients benefit from a team of medical professionals who are experts in their respective fields, all working together in one convenient location.Dr. Tierney received his undergraduate degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and began his medical education at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He continued his professional medical development with an internship and residency in General Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then continued further with his medical training with a Fellowship in Interventional Endoscopy, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at the University of Louisville Department of Surgery in Louisville, KY.He is married with two daughters and is a volunteer with medical missions abroad. He enjoys outdoor activities such as trail running, mountain biking, and fly fishing.
Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) Surgery, Robotic Surgery, and Interventional Endoscopy/ERCP

Bachelor of Science Purdue University (2006)

Doctor of Medicine Indiana Unveristy School of Medicine (2011)

Clinical Interests
  • Pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cysts
  • Pancreatitis
  • Biliary reconstruction
  • Reflux, peptic ulcers, esophageal motility disorders
  • Hernias
  • Interventional endoscopy with ERCP
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Trauma and general surgey
Research Interests
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic denervation
  • Pancreatitis
  • Endoscopy
  • Surgical workforce issues
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