Stephen J. Annest, MD, FACS

Dr. Annest is a founding member of the Vascular Institute of the Rockies. He graduated from the University of Washington Medical School, completed his Surgical Residency at Albany Medical College and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He moved to Denver in 1995 from the Guthrie Clinic in Pennsylvania. Dr Annest specializes in the treatment of thoracic outlet disorders working with luminaries in the field such as Dr. David Roos and Dr Richard Sanders. He has written extensively about the subject including the recent book Thoracic Outlet Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr Annest was honored by US News and World Report in 2011 in the Top 1% of Vascular Surgeons in the Country. He and his wife Carol have been married since 1972 and have three children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys exercise, golf, skiing and spending time with his family.


  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease

Quick Facts:

  • Practicing for more than 20 years
  • Certified in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery
  • CO and KS State Medical Licenses

Awards, Honors & Recognitions:

  • CMS Stage 1 HER (2012)
  • ACS Fellow
  • America’s Top Doctors (2006-2014)
  • CORE Magazine (2006)


  • Increased creatinine clearance following cryoprecipitate infusion in trauma and surgical patients with decreased renal function.
    • Annest, S. J., Scovill, W. A., Blumenstock, F. A., Stratton, H. H., Newell, J. C., Paloski, W. H., Saba, T. M., Powers, S. R.
  • Technique of supraclavicular decompression for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.
    • Sanders, R. J.,Annest, S. J.
  • Neurogenic thoracic outlet and pectoralis minor syndromes in children.
    • Sanders, R. J.,Annest, S. J.,Goldson, E.
  • Cardiovascular hemodynamics after opsonic alpha-2-surface binding glycoprotein therapy in injured patients.
    • Scovill, W. A., Annest, S. J., Saba, T. M., Blumenstock, F. A., Newell, J. C., Stratton, H. H., Powers, S. R.
  • Increased intrapulmonary shunt following infusion of nitroglycerine or nitroprusside in patients with posttraumatic respiratory distress.
    • Annest, S. J., Rhodes, G. R., Stratton, H. H., Newell, J. C., Powers, S. R.
  • Nitroprusside and nitroglycerine in patients with posttraumatic pulmonary failure.
    • Annest, S. J., Gottlieb, M. E., Rhodes, G. R., Paloski, W. H., Barie, P., Newell, J. C., Shah, D. M.
  • Detrimental effects of removing end-expiratory pressure prior to endotracheal extubation.
    • Annest, S. J., Gottlieb, M., Paloski, W. H., Stratton, H., Newell, J. C., Dutton, R., Powers, S. R.
  • A system to measure functional residual capacity in critically ill patients.
    • Paloski, W. H., Newell, J. C., Gisser, D. G., Stratton, H. H., Annest, S. J., Gottlieb, M. E., Shah, D. M.
  • Further experience with the saphenous vein used in situ for arterial bypass.
    • Leather, R. P., Shah, D. M., Buchbinder, D., Annest, S. J., Karmody, A. M.
  • Amnion membrane improves results in treating neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.
    • Sanders, R. J.,Annest, S. J.