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I strongly believe in a multidisciplinary approach to complex medical problems and personalization of the patient experience.

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Portercare Adventist Health System  

Accepting New Patients?

Yes, Dr. Kian A. Modanlou is accepting new patients at this office.


(303) 778-5205


2535 S Downing Street, 380 Portercare Health Professionals, Denver, CO 80210-5850

Office Details

Doctor Specialty General Surgery
Accepting New Patients? Yes
Languages Spoken English

Insurance Accepted  

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • PPO
  • Self-pay
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

About Dr. Modanlou
Dr. Modanlou


My goal is to deliver best in class care to every patient whether I am performing a big cancer operation or a smaller case.  With a background in solid organ transplantation and complex hepatobiliary surgery, I specialize in complex problems of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas including cancer as well as a vast breadth of general surgery operations.  I have spent recent years expanding the role of minimally-invasive surgery, especially robotic-assisted surgery, in my practice. 

Dr. Modanlou is a native of Southern California. He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University where he graduated with distinction with a degree in biology. He returned to his home state for medical school and graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Modanlou then moved to Denver where he completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He then went on to Chicago where he completed a fellowship in Abdominal Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Northwestern University. After stints at Saint Louis University and the University of Tennessee, Dr. Modanlou was fortunate to move back to Denver in 2015 to be the Surgical Director of Transplant at Porter Adventist Hospital. In 2018, he decided to join Dr. Eric Kortz to help him expand the Complex Gastrointestinal Surgeries Program at the Center for Diseases of the Liver and Pancreas at Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Modanlou’s professional interests include all aspects of general surgery and complex problems of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas including minimally invasive techniques.​




Conditions Treated 

  • Biliary Disease
  • Gall bladder surgery
  • Gallbladder
  • Gallbladder and Bile Duct Problems
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Hernia repair
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Disorders
  • Melanoma
  • Pancreas cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Small Bowel Diseases
  • Stomach Tumors

Services & Procedures

  • Gall Bladder and Bile Duct Surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Liver Resections
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Robot-assisted Surgery
  • Robotic and laparoscopic surgery
  • Robotic Cholecystectomy for Gallbladder Disease

Special Interests  

  • Bile Duct Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer & Small Intestine Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Hernia Repair
  • Liver Cancer & Pancreatic Cancer
  • Melanoma and Other Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Pancreatic Cancer

Education & Training  

Medical School


  • Univeristy of Colorado, DenverDenver, CO
    Residency in General Surgery • 1999 - 2004


  • Northwestern UniversityChicago, Illinois
    Fellowship in Transpalnt and Hepatobiliary Surgery • 2004 - 2006

Hospital Affiliations

  • Swedish Medical Center
  • Rose Medical Center
  • Sky Ridge Medical Center
  • Porter Adventist Hospital

Languages Spoken  

  • English

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