Dr. K. Michael Jay is originally from the Washington DC/Virginia area which probably accounts for his “gentlemanly” nature. After high school, he moved to California and earned his B.S. in biology at Cal State Long Beach. He seemed to always “know” that he wanted to be a surgeon and followed his dream—graduating from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and completing his surgical residency there.
He joined his father’s surgical practice in Downey, CA, and while he remained there for 12 years, the lifestyle and environment of the Rockies beckoned. Dr. and Mrs. Jay, with two youngsters in tow, moved to Montrose in 1992. Since his arrival at Montrose Memorial Hospital, he has practiced a wide spectrum of general surgery needed in the community, including laparoscopic surgery, breast, colon, endocrine, thoracic, vascular and Cancer surgeries. He has vast experience with endoscopic procedures and has enjoyed keeping abreast of new technologies, including the da Vinci robotic surgery.
He is Board Certified by the American College of Surgeons, re-certifying in 2001, he was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Surgery in 1984. As an assistant clinical Professor with the University of Colorado Medical School, he has enjoyed working with medical students in their surgical rotations and more recently having residents interested in a rural medicine come train with him.
At Montrose Memorial Hospital, Dr. Jay has served as trauma director, Director of Surgery, and most recently on the medical executive committee. He’s served on numerous boards including the San Juan Foundation, ABC, and Little League. An enthusiastic supporter of the community, he helped start the Little League, contributed to building the Library and is a regular supporter of Bosom Buddies and the Boys and Girls Club.
Dr. Jay and wife Tammy continue to enjoy their Montrose lifestyle. With their kids now grown and gone, Dr. Jay can exercise his passion for road cycling in any season or head to Telluride to snowboard in winter. He loves to cook and strum a few Neil Young tunes on his guitar.
“It’s been my pleasure to care for the various generations in our community from the little ones, the teens, moms and dads and grandparents,” says Dr. Jay.