Dr. Thomas Heffron, MD

Dr. Thomas Heffron, MD

Transplant Surgery  |  
Male  |  
61 y/o

Accepting new patients

General Surgery, Adult and Pediatric Transplant A Nebraska native, Dr. Tom Heffron graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University with a biology degree followed by a medical degree at the University of Nebraska. His general surgery residency was at Creighton University followed by a three year fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery and liver, pancreas and kidney transplant surgery at the University of Chicago. He spent two years as an assistant professor of surgery at the same institution. While there, he was a member of the first team in the world to perform a successful series of living donor liver transplantations. He brought the living donor liver procedure to the University of Nebraska where he performed transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery and directed living donor liver transplantion from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, he was recruited to Atlanta where he restarted a dormant pediatric liver transplant program at Emory University/Children's Hospital of Atlanta, and performed hepatobiliary and adult cadaveric and living donor liver transplantation. In 1998, he was also named director of adult liver transplantation. Dr. Heffron has performed over 900 liver transplants (2/3 adult) as primary surgeon including over 100 living donor liver transplants. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, 150 guest lectures in the U.S. and abroad, 16 book chapters, as well as primary investigator in numerous funded grants. His professional interests include general surgery with special expertise in complex surgery of the liver (including liver resection and metastatic disease), biliary tract, pancreas, portal hypertension and liver transplantation in adults and children.

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1601 E 19th Ave Ste 5050

Denver, CO 80218
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Accepted insurance

  • AARP
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • ODS Health Plan
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Heffron's Experience

Dr. Heffron's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Transplant Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Transplant Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Hepatology

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Appendicitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Viral Hepatitis


  • Ablation
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Bile Duct Surgery
  • Colectomy
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Liver Resection
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Tumor Ablation, Liver
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Surgery
  • Liver Transplant
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pancreatectomy (incl. Pancreas Transplant and Whipple Procedure)
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Whipple Procedure

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Creighton University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1978
  • University Of Nebraska
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • Creighton University School Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Creighton University School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • University of Chicago Hospitals
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • University Of Chicago Pritzer School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • First Mason Chair for Liver Transplant, Emory University Health System/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, 2004
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Heffron's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Heffron to family and friends
based on 13 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Heffron's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
in Cotopaxi, Co |
Dr Heffron performed a liver transplant on me 2+ years ago. He is top surgeon for me and gives EXCELLENT, quality care. He is there for me when I express concerns regarding my labs or any current issues. Dr. Heffron goes above his call of duty. He is the doctor of several of our friends as well, so I know he is there when they need him. He takes into consideration all my health issues when he determines a course of action.
in Aurora, CO |
Dr Heffron goes above and beyond good patient care. His bed side manner is impressive, and you can tell that he really cares about his patients. Thank you for a job well done.
Dr. Heffron is a phenomenal surgeon with a passion for medicine.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Heffron accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • AARP
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Cofinity
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
    Special Needs Plan SNP
  • ODS Health Plan
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Heffron has admitting privileges

Presbyterian/Saint Luke's Medical Center
1719 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
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Porter Adventist Hospital
2525 S Downing St
Denver, CO 80210
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Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 S Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
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The Medical Center of Aurora
1501 S Potomac St
Aurora, CO 80012
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Castle Rock Adventist Hospital
2350 Meadows Blvd
Castle Rock, CO 80109
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