Serving the communities of Salida, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Buena Vista, Monarch, and surrounding areas, our Salida office provides the highest-caliber care in a rural setting. General surgery, specialized breast surgeries, and hernia repair are all provided close-to-home, with no need to drive to a city for exceptional care. Our office at Heart of the Rockies Medical Center takes calls 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Breast cancer patients in central and southern Colorado in need of a breast specialist need not look any farther than Karen Johnson, MD’s Center for Breast Health at the Heart of the Rockies (HRRMC) in Salida. Like the doctors at the most prestigious hospitals in the country, Dr. Johnson offers breast patients the latest techniques and treatments in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach. For 17 years Dr. Johnson honed her breast surgical skills as a community surgeon and clinical instructor at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. The importance of integrated cancer care by specialists in specific fields is emphasized at the Yale Cancer Center and allowed for advanced breast specialization.

Dr. Johnson leads a breast cancer team at Heart of the Rockies that includes a medical oncologist, neuroradiologist, plastic surgeon, pathologist, and nursing staff dedicated to The Center for Breast Health patients. The team is dedicated to offering the best protocols and treatment modalities available by continual professional medical education. Diagnostic services offered in Salida by Fellowship trained physicians are a major component The Center for Breast Health. The 3-D Digital Manmmography (tomosynthesis) at HRRMC is state of the art in detecting abnormalities in both women and men’s breast tissue. As part of the breast cancer team Daniel Wardrop, MD, a board certified radiologist, interprets images and scans and then communicates the findings to Dr. Johnson and Francene Mason, MD. Dr. Mason is Fellowship trained in hematology and oncology and is known nationally for incorporating medically supervised exercise programs into the treatment for breast cancer patients. The team at HRRMC is a gem in the Colorado healthcare landscape. Alternative solutions to reducing cancer pain and improving quality are often prescribed to patients. Exercise programs, nutritional support, and massage therapy are provided by known experts in Salida to fit the best activity level of the patient whether indoor or outdoor, walking or trail running, road or mountain biking.

When patients are in need of advanced cancer treatments such as radiation therapy and target chemotherapy, Dr. Johnson works in conjunction with specialists at Red Rocks Medical Center in Golden, Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards and other well known cancer centers. The advantage of being part of Surgical Specialists of Colorado also provides access within her practice to head and neck, thoracic, and other general surgery

Surgical Specialists of Colorado
Specialty Clinic
1000 Rush Drive
Salida, CO 81201
Karen Johnson, MD, FACS
General Surgery
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