Meet Wayne Yakes, M.D., Swedish Vascular Malformation Center Founder and AVM Expert

Swedish Medical Center is proud to have Wayne F.J. Yakes, M.D. lead its work in the successful diagnosis and treatment of Vascular Malformations, or Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs).

Wayne Yakes, M.D., Swedish Vascular Malformation Center Denver

Wayne Yakes, M.D., enjoys collecting
artwork when he's not working
on curing patient AVMs.

Dr. Yakes is Director of the Vascular Malformation Center, Interventional Neuroradiology and Interventional Radiology at Swedish Medical Center and the Colorado Neurological Institute in Englewood, Colorado. A product of a loving and devoted upbringing in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Yakes has never wavered from his commitment to family, faith, country and hard work. Dr. Yakes’ early years as a student and ROTC candidate at St. Mary’s grade school and Central Catholic High School proved to be the perfect springboard to his undergraduate education at Rice University, where he earned a double major in Biology and Psychology. From there, he earned his medical degree and board certification at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Yakes first applied his medical knowledge in the military, serving nearly 12 years in the U.S. Army, including service in Operation Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged in 1991 and underwent subspecialty training and certification in Interventional Radiology and Interventional Neuroradiology.

Dr. Wayne Yakes, Vascular Malformation Doctor Denver
Dr. Yakes and his mother, Frances Yakes.

As a Fellow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Yakes developed an expertise in the management of congenital vascular malformations (AVM), particularly after much research in which he discovered very few successful treatments existed. Lacking any notable open surgical or other techniques to treat AVM, Dr. Yakes developed a new definitive approach via an endovascular transcatheter procedure, known as arterial ethanol embolization. He performed the world’s first case of arterial ethanol embolization to cure a large peripheral AVM while at Walter Reed. Dr. Yakes was the first to publish this technique in the world’s literature in 1986. Since then, Dr. Yakes has authored numerous medical articles and textbook chapters on the treatment of AVMs. His cure rates and outcomes remain unequaled at any center anywhere in the world.

Wayne Yakes, M.D., AVM Cure Pioneer
Dr. Yakes in the operating room where he performs his pioneering treatment for AVMs.

Dr. Yakes is the founder of the Vascular Malformation Center at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, specializing in the diagnosis and management of vascular anomalies in all anatomic locations. It is the only center in the world that is totally dedicated to the management of vascular malformations. Learn more about the Vascular Malformation Center at Swedish Medical Center>>

Today, because of his world renown surgical artistry, Dr. Yakes is referred patients from literally every country across the globe.