Dr. Walter Vernon, MD

Dr. Walter Vernon, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
64 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Walter Vernon, MD is a general surgery specialist in Denver, CO and has been practicing for 29 years. He specializes in general surgery and regenerative medicine.Read his story

P/SL Transplant Center

1601 E 19th Ave Ste 5050

Denver, CO 80218
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Vernon performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Cholecystitis and Gallstones
more than 5% of peers
more than 5% of peers
Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
more than 5% of peers

Dr. Vernon's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Vernon's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Vernon "Dr. Vernon is from Dubuque, Iowa. After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, he completed his residency in general surgery at Duke University. He completed a fellowship in transplant surgery at both University of Wisconsin and Duke University. Before coming to Denver he taught on the surgery faculty at Duke University as Associate Director of the ICU, Director of Pancreas Transplantation, and a member of the trauma team. Dr. Vernon came to Denver in 1992, and helped expand the Porter Hospital transplant service to include pancreas and liver transplantation. He serves on the Board of Colorado Medical Society, Donor Alliance, DIHFS (Denver Indian Health & Family Services). He has served on the Board of Directors for UNOS and Arapahoe Douglas Elbert Medical Society. His professional interests include transplant surgery, surgical care of the critically ill, pancreatic and biliary tract surgery, endocrine surgery, and breast surgery. He always enjoys a challenging case."
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2  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Regenerative Medicine

2  Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

36  Conditions Treated

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40  Procedures

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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.


  • Harvard College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • Duke University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
  • Duke University Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Vernon has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Vernon's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Vernon to family and friends
8 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Vernon's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

I was at a loss to find a source for choosing a surgeon. My primary recommended someone who I was not interested in so I turned to my insurer Aetna, what a waste of time. This experience with Aetna has convinced me to drop them from now on. I chose Dr. Vernon after a concerted effort with the...more
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