Roland Flores, MD
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Medical School:
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine (2004)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Rice University (TX) (2000)
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Anesthesiology (2008)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Anesthesiology

Professional Titles

  • President of the Colorado Medical Board


  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology (2021)
    School of Medicine, Anesthesiology
    Acute Pain Medicine


  • Weyand, Anna MD; Flores, Roland MD, FASA. Ketamine Compared with Fentanyl for Surgical Abortion: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstetrics & Gynecology 141(1):p 227, January 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000005041
  • Weyand A, Vasquez J, Flores R. “Opioid Free Anesthetics Do Not Reduce the Incidence of Opioid Use Disorder and May Make Our Care Less Safe.” AANA Journal, February 2023
  • Podolnick J, Grubbs C, Johnson J, Weyand A, Flores R. Thoracic Erector Spinae Plane Catheter as a Bridge to Patient-Controlled Thoracic Epidural Analgesia in Unilateral Lung Transplantation. Cureus. 2022 Nov 22;14(11):e31770. doi: 10.7759/cureus.31770. PMID: 36569692; PMCID: PMC9775003.
  • Flores R Jr, Weyand A. Persistent Opioid Use May Be a Failure of Pain Management Rather Than Prescribing. JAMA Cardiol. 2021 May 1;6(5):602. PubMed PMID: 33404612
  • “Confidential Monitoring of Voluntary Treatment through the Designated Peer Health Provider” – Policy Sub-Committee of the Colorado Medical Board
  • Johnson A C, Colakoglu S, Reddy A, Kerwin C M, Flores R A, et al. Perioperative Blocks for Decreasing Postoperative Narcotics in Breast Reconstruction, Anesth Pain Med. Online ahead of Print ; 10(5):e105686. doi: 10.5812/aapm.105686.
  • Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists COVID-19 Practice Advisory Statement, March 2020
  • Bailard NS, Flores RA. Could opioid sparing, rather than a direct non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug effect, be responsible for improved survival after conservative breast surgery?. Br J Anaesth. 2015 Mar;114(3):527. PubMed PMID: 25694564
  • Flores RA, Bailard N, Palvadi R. Methodological weaknesses of block study make analyzing results very difficult. AANA J. 2014 Oct;82(5):336. PubMed PMID: 25842646
  • Bailard NS, Ortiz J, Flores RA. Additives to local anesthetics for peripheral nerve blocks: Evidence, limitations, and recommendations. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2014 Mar 1;71(5):373-85. PubMed PMID: 24534592
  • Flores RA Jr, Ortiz J, Markan S. Multilevel continuous intercostal nerve block catheter: a viable alternative to thoracic epidural for multiple rib fractures?. Anesthesiology. 2013 Oct;119(4):994. PubMed PMID: 24195885
  • Flores RA Jr. 3-in-1 block: are we still using this misnomer?. AANA J. 2013 Jun;81(3):171. PubMed PMID: 23923664
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Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, Member
  • Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

UCHealth Ambulatory Surgery Center - Cherry Creek Medical Center
100 Cook Street
Suite 500
Denver, CO 80206

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Anesthesiology, Board Certification (2009, 2019)
  • Testamur, Basic Perioperative Echocardiography, National Board of Echocardiography, Other (2014)
  • Fellowship in Orthopedic and Regional Anesthesiology, Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Specialized Training (2009)
Clinical Interests
My subspecialty within anesthesiology is acute pain management, which means the control of short term pain after serious injury or surgery, using medications, procedures, and other therapies. I am especially interested in the management of acute pain in patients suffering from chronic pain and/or who are opioid tolerant.

Care Philosophy
In my practice of perioperative medicine, I am committed to providing the highest quality of care for patients before, during and after their surgical procedures in order to achieve for them the best possible outcomes. In addition, I focus my practice on providing effective pain management services using individualized and evidence-based treatments tailored to each patient's unique needs.

Public Speaking
I am an invited national and international speaker on the topics of regional anesthesiology, acute pain management, patient safety and advocacy.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine (2004)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Rice University (TX) (2000)
Residency Programs:
  • Baylor College of Medicine Program, Anesthesiology (2008)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Anesthesiology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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