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Department of Surgery News and Stories


Urology    Leadership

CU Surgery Leader Randall Meacham, MD, Concludes Term as President of American Urological Association

As a longtime member of the American Urological Association (AUA), Randall Meacham, MD, chief of urology and executive vice chair of the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, appreciated the networking and research opportunities the organization provides to urologists, research scientists, residents, medical students, and advanced practice providers around the world.

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 19, 2024
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JoLynn Shinsako Named Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for APPs for the CU Department of Surgery

To support the growing number of advanced practice providers at the University of Colorado Department of Surgery, JoLynn Shinsako, PA-C, MS, has been promoted to the new role of associate vice chair of clinical affairs for advanced practice providers (APPs).

Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date March 12, 2024
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Research    Press Releases    Health equity    GITES    Leadership

Catherine Velopulos Named AVC of Health Equity and Health Services Research for CU Department of Surgery 

The University of Colorado Department of Surgery is putting a greater focus on health equity with the appointment of Catherine Velopulos, MD, to the new role of associate vice chair of health equity and health services research. 

Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 22, 2024
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Community    Leadership

CU Department of Surgery Top Stories of 2023

2023 was an exciting year at the University of Colorado, resulting in 85 blogs covering the research, education, and provider care that has been performed over the past months. Our stories this year featured faculty, researchers, and patients as they exemplified the incredible work being accomplished by the Department of Surgery, including a revolutionary transplant surgery and new departmental leadership.

Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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Urology    Leadership    Pediatric surgery

Dan Wood, PhD, Named Associate Vice Chair of Transitional Care for the CU Department of Surgery

Dan Wood, PhD, MBBS, FRCS, is an adolescent and reconstructive urologist bringing his expertise, compassion, and leadership experience to his new role as associate vice chair of transitional care for the University of Colorado Department of Surgery. His work with older adolescent patients transitioning into adult care is an important and steadily developing space in the surgical field. 

Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date August 22, 2023
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Leadership    Pediatric surgery

Division of Pediatric Surgery Welcomes New Chief

Today, the Division of Pediatric Surgery in the University of Colorado Department of Surgery welcomes a new chief, one who brings a strong commitment to growing diversity and equity in pediatric surgery and supporting surgeons as research scientists.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 16, 2023
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Department of Surgery In the News

CBS News

Colorado College Student Looks To Pay It Forward After Liver Donation

news outletCBS News
Publish DateJuly 10, 2024

You could say a miracle happened for Quinn Hanrahan of Steamboat Springs, a college student who had been on a liver transplant waitlist for three days when a donor came through for her. At age 14, doctors noticed her body had started to attack her healthy liver and they couldn't stop it. 

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Denver 7

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s New Spanish-Speaking Pediatric Surgery Clinic Is Breaking down Barriers

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateApril 13, 2024

Jose Diaz-Miron, MD, assistant professor of pediatric surgery has made it his mission to make healthcare more approachable for families in Colorado by launching a Spanish-speaking pediatric surgery clinic. It's the first of its kind in Colorado.

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American College of Surgeons

New Technologies, Approaches Help Surgeons Maximize the Use of Transplant Organs

news outletAmerican College of Surgeons
Publish DateApril 10, 2024

“Being more aggressive with donor offers and looking at marginal donors can help get people organs more quickly and reduce death on the waitlist,” said Jordan Hoffman, MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery and surgical director of heart and lung transplantation at the University of Colorado.

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Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Recommended for Men Over Age 65, Especially for Men Who Have Smoked

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateFebruary 28, 2024
A one-time ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm for men over 65 has been shown to reduce the risk of rupture by about half.
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