Dr. Wayne Yakes, MD

Dr. Wayne Yakes, MD

Vascular & Interventional Radiology  |  
Male  |  
Age 64
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Dr. Yakes is Director of the Yakes Vascular Malformation Center, an Interventional Neuroradiology and Interventional Radiology Specialist at Swedish Medical Center and the Colorado Neurological Institute in Englewood, Colorado. Dr. Yakes' early years as a student and ROTC candidate at St. Mary's grade school and Central Catholic High School proved to be the perfect springboard to his undergraduate education at Rice University, where he earned a double major in Biology and Psychology. From there, he earned his medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Yakes first applied his medical knowledge in the military, serving nearly 12 years in the U.S. Army, including war service in Operation Desert Storm 1990-1991. He was honorably discharged in 1991. Dr. Yakes has sub-specialty training and certification in Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Interventional Neuroradiology. Dr. Yakes pioneered the curative treatment of vascular malformations with being the first physician to use absolute ethanol to curatively treat AVMs. Dr. Yakes has published extensively on the topic of the diagnosis and treatment of vascular malformations of all types, was invited and developed centers of excellence around the world to treat vascular malformations, has lectured extensively at national and international medical society meetings and universities, and has treated patients suffering from vascular anomalies from every continent. Dr. Yakes is Past President of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA).

501 E Hampden Ave Ste 4600

Englewood, CO 80113

Contact Information

(303) 788-4280

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
more than 86% of peers
Brain Disorders
more than 6% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Yakes "The Yakes Vascular Malformation Center is the only international practice of medicine dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vascular anomalies in all anatomical locations. The Yakes Vascular Malformation Center receives referrals both nationally and internationally. Vascular malformations are rare congenital and acquired vascular lesions that are extremely challenging to diagnose and treat effectively. Dr. Yakes has developed innovative management strategies with a goal of permanent ablation of these complex malformations tailored to the individual patient's specific vascular malformation type, anatomical location, and presenting symptoms."


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  • Vascular & Interventional Radiology
  • Interventional Neuroradiology

Board Certifications

  • Diagnostic Radiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Radiology*

Conditions Treated

  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Spine
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Venous Compression


  • Angiography
  • Endovascular Procedure
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
  • Venography

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

3 Sanctions
  • Disciplinary action in another state (9/28/2017)
    Action Taken: Probation
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Tennessee
  • Disciplinary action in another state (2/13/2017)
    Action Taken: Probation
    Summary: Yakes, Wayne F MD: License # 036111297: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The physician has sister-state discipline in the state of Colorado. ACTION TAKEN: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation placed the physician's license on indefinite PROBATION with Compliance for a minimum of five years.
    State: Illinois
  • Substance Abuse (7/14/2016)
    Action Taken: Probation
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Colorado
2 Board Actions
  • Disciplinary action in another state (8/1/2017)
    Action Taken: Non-disciplinary Action
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: North Carolina
  • Disciplinary action in another state (6/7/2017)
    Action Taken: Agreed Order with Terms and Conditions
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Virginia


  • Rice University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • Creighton University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Fitzsimons-Brooke Army Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Fitzsimons-Brooke Army Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984

Awards & Recognition

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Yakes' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Yakes to family and friends
based on 19 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Yakes' 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)
Frankfort, IL |
Dr. Yakes was wonderful with my family and I. I was successfully treated for extremity AVM's that were causing heart failure.
Colorado Springs, CO |
I am updating my review. I still full-heartedly recommend Dr. Yakes. He is fantastic and is a very kind doctor. So, my recommendation is still 5 stars, but I am changing my staff friendliness to 3 stars - Good. This is an average of the Front Desk and Billing still get 5 stars, but current PA's I've been working with getting only 2 stars. I am a patient who prefers to avoid pain killers. I, personally, find the new PA's more difficult to work with and less understanding.
in Kingstree, SC |
After years of searching for help, we finally found Dr.Yakes! Our youngest son had an AVM in his right lower leg. Since about 15 months, he had been having episodes of severe pain usually followed by days to weeks of limping or dragging his leg behind him. We saw numerous specialists- none of whom could help us because of where the AVM was. At 6 yrs old he received 3 treatments a few weeks apart.He is 11 now & has had no further problems. Dr.Yakes was the miracle our family had been praying for!
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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • Tricare
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Hospitals where Dr. Yakes has admitting privileges

Swedish Medical Center
501 E Hampden Ave
Englewood, CO 80113
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