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New Vascular Surgery Clinic Offers Easier Access to Care

A new vascular surgery clinic opened in February on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, offering easy access for patients with venous disease, peripheral artery disease, and mesenteric and renal artery disease. The clinic also offers hemodialysis procedures for arteriovenous fistula and graft maintenance.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date March 02, 2021
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Johns Hopkins Director of Surgery Speaks at CU Surgery Department’s First DEI Lecture

“Diversity and inclusion in medicine can save lives.” That was the message from Robert Higgins, MD, MSHA, director of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date February 25, 2021
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Resident Recounts Her Son’s NICU Battle in Essay for New England Journal of Medicine

As a resident in the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Heather Carmichael, MD, was accustomed to the emotional remove doctors have from their patients. The distance that allows surgeons to cut into someone without hesitation or to deliver bad news without falling apart.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date February 19, 2021
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Research    Education   

Medical Student Presents Research at Academic Surgical Congress

Eighteen physicians, residents, and medical students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine presented on their research this week at the Academic Surgical Congress, an annual convention hosted by the Society of University Surgeons.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date February 05, 2021
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Practicing Fire Safety in the Operating Room

Edward Jones, MD, MS, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is a nationally recognized expert on preventing operating room (OR) fires.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 13, 2021
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Safety and Quality Are a Primary Focus for the CU Department of Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to the safety of patients during surgery. But long before the concerns brought on by coronavirus, the CU Department of Surgery was working to make patient safety a priority.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 06, 2021
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The Pandemic’s Impact on Vascular Surgery

In a normal year, vascular surgeons would never postpone surgeries for patients with aortic or carotid disease or other conditions.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date December 30, 2020
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Department of Surgery Makes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion a Priority

The racial reckoning occurring in America in a year that saw the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others touches nearly every aspect of society. From corporate boardrooms and HR departments to police forces and universities, assumptions are being questioned and priorities reexamined as we are reminded of the inequities that still exist for people of color.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date December 14, 2020
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Research    Cancer    Surgical Oncology

Untangling Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis was legalized in Colorado in 2000, but 20 years later, Camille Stewart, MD, isn’t able to prescribe it to her patients. Nor is she able to dictate the dosage or frequency with which patients take the drug.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date December 07, 2020
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Improving Confidence with Reconstructive Surgery After a Double Mastectomy

Knowing your family health history is one of the first steps to finding out if you may have a higher risk of cancer and might need early screenings. Ela Carta is no stranger to the struggles of having a family history of cancer. At the age of 30, Carta’s aunt, Audie, began urging Carta to get a mammogram. With a long family history of breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease, Carta knew she had to be proactive with her health.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date October 21, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Prostate Cancer

Improving Patient Outcomes in Prostate Cancer

Although prostate cancer is treatable when found early, there are common fears that men share concerning prostate cancer.

“I hear from patients all the time stating they do not want to get tested and they do not want to know if they have prostate cancer. Due to the possible side effects associated with treatment,” says Paul Maroni, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery, Urology Division, program director of the Urologic Cancer Care Center and University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center member.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date October 01, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Prostate Cancer    Cancer

Former Broncos Punter wants Men to Share Their Experience with Prostate Cancer

Growing up, Douglas “Bucky” Dilts was all too familiar with the dangers of cancer. “My mother ran a cancer tumor registry at St Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for over 25 years. She was always telling us about different types of cancer, so cancer was always at the forefront.”  


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date September 23, 2020
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Patient Care    Community

Tips for Men's Health Month

As the end of Men’s Health Month approaches, it is important to acknowledge that men often do not visit the doctor unless there is a serious issue or concern. In addition to exercising and a healthy diet, men need to make sure they are up to date on important health screenings to focus on preventative care and health maintenance.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date June 26, 2020
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U.S. News Ranks Pediatric Surgical Specialties Provided by DOS Faculty Among Nation’s Best

U.S. News and World Report released its 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings this week, placing three pediatric surgical specialties at Children’s Hospital Colorado provided by University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Surgery faculty in the top 10, including No. 1 for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date June 17, 2020
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Patient Care    Community

2019 Top Doctors

Each year 5280 magazine has asked physicians in the Denver area whom they would trust to treat themselves or a loved one. This year 24 of our surgeons in 12 specialties made the list.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date September 02, 2019
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Patient Care    Community

From Trauma to Triumph

Trapped by a fire in her Aurora apartment building, Alina Miller was forced to jump from a fourth-story window to escape the flames. The fall left her with a broken back and a crushed foot.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 09, 2019
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Patient Care    Community

2018 Top Doctors

Every year, Denver's 5280 Magazine polls doctors from the Denver metro area, asking whom they would trust if they needed medical treatment for themselves or a loved one. The results are collected and published in the magazine's annual "Top Doctors" issue.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date December 09, 2018
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Patient Care    Pancreatic Cancer    Cancer

The Power of a Second Opinion: Karen Possehl's Story

Karen Possehl was diagnosed with cancer in November 2016. At the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, her doctor told her that the type of cancer she had was inoperable and wouldn't respond to radiation or chemotherapy. He expected her to live only a few more months.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date November 30, 2018
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Sarcoma

Dr. Breelyn Wilky Joins Sarcoma Team

The CU Sarcoma Clinic is pleased to welcome Breelyn A. Wilky, MD, to our multidisciplinary team. Dr. Wilky joined the Medical Oncology faculty in the cancer clinic on November 1, 2018.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date November 01, 2018
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Patient Care    Community

University of Colorado Hospital recognized as Level I Trauma Center

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the American College of Surgeons have designated UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital a Level I trauma center, making it one of only five hospitals in the state with the highest capabilities for trauma care.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date October 12, 2018
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Lasting Legacy

Dr. Frederick Grover, who brought lung transplantation to University of Colorado Hospital and served as Chair of the Department of Surgery from 2002 to 2012, brings his 27-year career at CU to a close this year. Having made countless contributions to our department over the years, he leaves yet another legacy upon his retirement: the Frederick and Carol Grover Endowed Chair in Surgery.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date October 05, 2018
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Research    Patient Care    Community

Dr. Schulick to lead CU Cancer Center

Dr. Richard Schulick, Chair of the Department of Surgery, has been named Director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date June 29, 2018
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Research    Patient Care    Community

CU Anschutz and GSK Join Forces to Advance Immunotherapies for Cancer

Every year, 14 million people around the world, including 1.7 million Americans, are diagnosed with cancer. One of the major challenges in fighting cancer is to understand and manipulate the response of the body's immune system to cancer cells. Recently, an area that has received growing attention and has shown promise in clinical trials is the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date April 02, 2018
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Patient Care    Community

Saving the Life of a Fellow Fan and Friend

A friendship between two couples that began over CU football games ended up saving a life—and leading to the promise of more lives saved in the future.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date November 01, 2017
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Research    Patient Care    Community

Vaping and Surgery: What are the Risks?

The health hazards of smoking have been documented for decades, but research on “vaping,” the smoking of electronic cigarettes, is still in its infancy.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 27, 2017
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Patient Care    Community

Transplant Division Welcomes Wife-Husband Team to Faculty

The Division of Transplant Surgery is pleased to introduce two new faculty members.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date October 09, 2016
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Research    Patient Care    Community

Dr. Gene Moore receives SUS Lifetime Achievement Award

The Society of University Surgeons (SUS) has awarded Dr. Ernest "Gene" Moore its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year since 2005, the Society has conferred this award on a single surgeon who has made substantial contributions to surgical science over the course of a full career. Previous winners include Frank G. Moody, Ben Eiseman, and Patricia K. Donohoe.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date March 22, 2016
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Research    Community

Surgeon Gives Gift to Present and Future Generations

In the course of his long career as a surgeon, Guillermo 'Bill' Aragón saved many lives, but that wasn’t enough for him. Dr. Aragón wanted to continue making a positive impact on the world after his retirement—and, if possible, even beyond his lifetime. This desire led him to endow the Aragón/Gonzalez-Gíustí Chair in Surgery at the University of Colorado.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date May 10, 2015
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Patient Care    Community

Dr. Tom Robinson appointed Chief of Surgery at VA

The Department of Surgery is pleased to congratulate Thomas Robinson, MD, on his promotion to Chief of Surgery at the Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 26, 2015
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In Memory of Ben Eiseman, MD

Dr. Ben Eiseman, a longtime faculty member with our department, was a giant in 20th century surgery, beginning with his involvement in World War II from 1943-1946, following graduation from Harvard Medical School and internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He spent 53 years of his career in Denver, beginning at the Denver VA Medical Center as Chief of Surgery in 1953, following which he was recruited to become the first Chief of Surgery at the University of Kentucky.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date August 05, 2014
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Research    Patient Care    Community

Jean and Joe Barban Donate Endowed Chair

Joe and Jean Barban were so moved by the care they received at the Anschutz Medical Campus that they were inspired to give back so that others may benefit as well. Their gift of an endowed chair allows CU to recognize top faculty’s talents, hard work and achievements. In turn, the top faculty who hold endowed chairs and professorships elevate the entire university community: attracting other passionate teachers and scholars, igniting students’ curiosity and making ground-breaking discoveries that bring us closer to solving some of the most challenging problems we face today.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date April 02, 2014
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Denver 7

Colorado husband and wife, who are medical experts, encourage Black community to get coronavirus vaccine

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateJanuary 21, 2021

Dr. Kweku Hazel, a surgical fellow for UCHealth's University of Colorado Hospital, and his wife Dr. Cynthia Hazel, a researcher for the Omni Institute, have been reaching out to Black and underserved communities throughout the Denver metro area trying to reassure members that the vaccine is safe.

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UCHealth

Encouraging Black people to get COVID-19 vaccines: This doctor-doctor duo is on a mission to build trust

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateJanuary 08, 2021

When Dr. Kweku Hazel received his COVID-19 vaccine, he asked a fellow health care worker to snap his photo. Yes, the moment was historic. But Hazel, a surgical fellow at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, also had a special purpose. He wanted to share details about receiving his vaccine with family, friends, and members of his community to try to reassure them that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe.

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Pelvic Packing With REBOA May Provide Lifesaving Hemorrhage Control

news outletOR Management News
Publish DateJanuary 01, 2021

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer.

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Denver 7

Everyday Hero turns near-tragedy into an opportunity to protect the homeless from the cold

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateDecember 31, 2020
Four years ago, the then-21-year-old ended up at UCHealth Burn and Frostbite Center - Anschutz Medical Campus. He had gotten lost for hours walking in the snow and when he arrived to his brother's house his feet were black from frostbite. His brother rushed him to the hospital, a moment his mother will never forget.
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