Steve P. Panian, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I am originally from Portland, Oregon, where I did my undergrad and medical school training. I came to Colorado in 1985 to do general surgery residency at Saint Joseph Hospital and graduated in 1990. In the same year I married a Denver native who was a nurse at another hospital, and we have one child who is now grown. We are dog lovers and currently have one golden retriever as well as help with our son’s malamute/wolf hybrid. My father was an ear, nose and throat specialist in Portland and I decided early on to become a doctor. I have been with Colorado Permanente Medical Group my entire career – more than 25 years. I am most proud of continuing the care of lung cancer patients and performing all types of thoracic surgery for our medical group.
About my practice
My philosophy for taking care of patients is to treat everyone as I would want a family member of my own treated. My special area is thoracic surgery and any disease that affects the chest is what I am most interested in. I will always put your best interests first, even if that means deciding not to operate. I will also make sure your experience is not frightening. I will tell you the truth about your condition and what options are best for you and let you make choices. We have a weekly multidisciplinary conference with the Pulmonary and Radiology departments to go over all chest cases for that week and discuss treatment options.
How I thrive
I try to keep active by working out on a daily basis and taking time to go fishing sometimes with my son. Most of my volunteer work is with my church. I enjoy reading and my favorite genre is science fiction.