He gets kidded about his name since he’s a surgeon, but Sharp is only the third general surgeon in the Montrose area and recently opened an office at Montrose Surgical Associates in the Black Canyon Surgery Center building.
A native of the Front Range, Sharp turned down some big offers out of state, but he and his wife Lori, both 38, decided this was the place they wanted to be. They chatted about their decision as they sat in his new office this week. “It was a big debate,” Sharp said. “I got some great offers outside of Colorado, but we couldn’t see ourselves not being at home.”
The couple checked out all the offers, but took the advice of a recruiter and made Montrose their final stop, Lori Sharp said. As they were flying out of Montrose, she looked at her husband, and they agreed: “I think we’re home.”
Options for a general surgery practice is are outstanding, Collin said, and practicing at Montrose Memorial played into their decision.
“It was the right combination of community and hospital,” Sharp said. “I have been wholly impressed with Montrose Memorial. They can do just about everything we did in a 600-bed hospital.”
That was at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where Sharp finished his residency, and honed his skills at hundreds of surgeries, which is required in general surgery. He also specializes in laparoscopic surgery, and can treat conditions of those including the esophagus, thyroid, colon, parathyroid, varicose veins and more.
Some doctors advocate changing the name of general surgery to omni-surgery, Sharp said, which fits, because they just about do it all.
“In a given afternoon I could be operating on varicose veins, hemorrhoids, thyroid, appendectomy or gall bladder,” he said.
The other general surgeons serving the area that includes Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties are Dr. Steven Sawyer, who has been in Montrose for eight years, and Dr. Michael Jay, who’s been practicing here for the past 18 years, Sharp said.
“They’re extremely busy, and I’m here to help,” he said. “But we like it busy.”
And busy it is. Since there are only three general surgeons in the area, Sharp is on call every third night and every third weekend.
Sharp will also be practicing preventive medicine, and he is certified to perform colonoscopies. Everyone over 50 should have a colonoscopy, he said, and he’ll be emphasizing it more next month, which is Colon Health Month.
Although having a colonoscopy is something most people dread, Sharp said the methods used at Montrose Memorial are meant to minimize the patient’s discomfort.
“You have to go through the bowel prep, but then we give you an anesthetic and you’re off to sleep,” he said. “Where I trained the doctor doing the scope was also doing sedation. Here, you have an anesthetist, which frees the doctor to focus on the scope. You get it done more quickly and feel better when you wake up.”
To learn more about colonoscopies or general surgery, or for an appointment, call Sharp at 249-4321. For more information visit www.montrosesurgical.com.
Sharp also praised Montrose Memorial for being the first in the state to acquire the da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical System, which allows the surgeon to see the patient’s anatomy magnified, allowing the patient the least invasive surgery possible. As a result, the patient has fewer complications from surgery, a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.
A native of the Front Range, Sharp and Lori, who grew up in Minnesota, also wanted a great place to raise their children, daughter Paige, age 3, and son Liam, who is 6 years old.
When asked why he went into surgery, Sharp said: “In medical school, you have to convince yourself not to go into surgery, and if you can’t, then that’s what you do.”
But Lori Sharp sensed that was where Collin was headed. At one time he wanted to be an emergency room doctor, even doing an ER rotation in Alamosa. When he told her wanted to be a surgeon, she said it was no surprise.
“He does surgery on our car, surgery on our house, surgery on our plumbing — and it all has to be perfect.”