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Military Lessons Translate to Medical Studies for Former U.S. Navy Pilot

There’s a saying in U.S. Navy aviation: No fast hands in a cockpit. That means if a warning light comes on or anything else happens to indicate an emergency, the pilot doesn’t immediately start poking buttons or yanking levers. They pause, they take a breath, they assess the situation, and then they respond.

Patient Care    Cancer

Harnessing the Healing Power of a Doctor-Patient Relationship

With the quiet comfort of a caring partner, Sue Krummrei reaches over and pats her husband’s leg as he breaks down on camera.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 23, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    Advancement    Epidemiology

CU Researcher Receives First-Time Award to Support Ophthalmic Database Development

Jennifer Patnaik, PhD, researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, received the first-ever Philip and Elaine Ellis New Investigator in Ophthalmology Research Award. The gift provides independent research funding to new ophthalmic investigators.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date November 23, 2021
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Lung Cancer    Addiction

Does Vaping as a Smoking Cessation Tool Outweigh its Risks to Youth?

After 15 years of unauthorized vaping products being marketed across the country, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Oct. 12 gave its first-ever e-cigarette approval – three devices made by the company Vuse.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 19, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Cardiothoracic Surgery

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at CU School of Medicine Celebrates a ‘Herstoric’ Moment

With two female cardiothoracic surgeons in its ranks, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is ahead of the curve when it comes to gender representation in the field. By one recent estimate, just 8% of cardiothoracic surgeons in the country are female.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 17, 2021
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Press Releases    Funding    Advancement

CU School of Medicine Names New Endowed Chair in Retinal Diseases

Scott Oliver, MD, chief of the Retina Service and director of the Eye Cancer Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural Vitale-Schlessman Endowed Chair in Retinal Diseases at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center, effective Nov. 1, 2021. 


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date November 16, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Plastic Surgery

Gender Affirmation Surgery Helps Patient Feel Whole for the First Time in 71 Years

The victory lap came 50 years after high school, in a female restroom at Denver’s East High School.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 15, 2021
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Research    Press Releases

CU Researchers Provide First Evidence Linking Extracellular Vesicles with Drusen Formation and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

CellSight researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are offering the first evidence connecting drusen formation, or yellowish deposits that accumulate under the retina, with extracellular vesicles and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date November 12, 2021
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COVID-19    Mental Health   

Dreaming of the ‘Ideal’ Holiday? Forget Perfect. Remember Gratitude.

The holiday season has always challenged mental health experts and their patients. Things like loneliness, depression and grief over lost loved ones don’t go away just because the ornaments and the mistletoe come out. In fact, they often get worse.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 12, 2021
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Patient Care    Community

CU Movement Disorders Center Launches Telehealth Program for Underserved Communities

Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease are complex conditions that often take a specialist — or even a team of specialists — to diagnose and treat. But to many people who live in rural areas or medically underserved communities, specialty care can be geographically or financially out of reach.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 12, 2021
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Education    Community    Students

Military Lessons Translate to Medical Studies for Former U.S. Navy Pilot

There’s a saying in U.S. Navy aviation: No fast hands in a cockpit. That means if a warning light comes on or anything else happens to indicate an emergency, the pilot doesn’t immediately start poking buttons or yanking levers. They pause, they take a breath, they assess the situation, and then they respond.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 11, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Community

Research Finds Associations Between Maternal Diet, Body Composition, and Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome is a relatively new area of study, especially as it relates to pregnancy and how maternal diet and weight can impact it across the three trimesters of a pregnancy.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 09, 2021
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Research    Press Releases

CU Epidemiology Researchers Receive First NIH Grant to Study Inflammatory Biomarkers of Intermediate Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been awarded a $1.6 million, four-year grant by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study systemic biomarkers of inflammation that signal the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date November 08, 2021
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Community    Students    CU Medicine Today

On the Job Training

When Jay Lemery, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine, launched the Climate & Health Science Policy Fellowship in 2017, he started with a recently graduated emergency medicine fellow working in the CU Department of Emergency Medicine.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date November 04, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Sarcoma

“You Are Cancer-Free”

The cancer diagnosis came at a time when it seemed as though everything was happening – he was only 37 and soon to become president of the Denver City Council; his three children were ages 4, 6, and 9; he had just run the BOLDERBoulder 10K.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 03, 2021
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COVID-19    Vaccinations

As New Vaccine Rollout for Youth Launches, CU Anschutz Parent Experts Share Views

According to her dad, Mia McMurray hates needles. The 8-year-old dutifully gets her flu shot every year, but not without dread. So when his daughter jumped at the chance to take part in a clinical trial for the COVID-19 vaccine, Michael McMurray was surprised.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 02, 2021
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Community    Mental Health

Missy Franklin Shares Mental Health Struggles At Johnson Depression Center Luncheon

When it comes to mental health, it is essential to be vulnerable, to speak out about your struggles, and to practice self-care.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 29, 2021
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Patient Care    Education    Faculty    CON Shared

CU Street Medicine Connects Students with Opportunities to Aid People Experiencing Homelessness

Patient care doesn’t always happen within four walls or in buildings with controlled climates and cupboards full of supplies. Sometimes it happens in a parking lot, on the sidewalk, by a trail – wherever a person with need happens to be.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 28, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Campus Life    Education    Community   

State of the Campus 2021: ‘Future Is Brimming with Possibilities’

On Oct. 27, Chancellor Don Elliman delivered the 2021 State of the Campus Address virtually. He detailed the growth and forward momentum of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, while highlighting the possibilities and challenges ahead. 


Author Staff | Publish Date October 27, 2021
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Campus Life    Community    Students    Advocacy

White Coats for Black Lives Holds Annual Die-In to Emphasize Need for Action in Addressing Racism

The wind kicked up as soon as everyone “died,” cold and fierce around the dozens of students, faculty members, and staff members lying on the concrete and browning grass.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 27, 2021
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COVID-19    Vaccinations

U.S. Opens Doors to COVID-19 Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

With the U.S. approval of another COVID-19 shot now expanded to Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients, the doors have opened for tens of millions of more Americans to boost their immunity against the coronavirus.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 26, 2021
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Patient Care    Community

Protect Your Eyes from Spooky Infections this Halloween

If you think ghosts, goblins, and vampires are spooky, then beware of the terrors that can result from wearing costume contact lenses that have not been properly prescribed or fitted. Studies show people wearing cosmetic contacts have an increased risk for infections.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date October 26, 2021
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Research    Community

A Rhythmic Approach to Music Therapy for Parkinson’s Patients

The old poem says that music soothes the savage beast, but Isabelle Buard, PhD, is conducting research to find out if music can also soothe the effects of Parkinson’s disease on fine motor skills.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 22, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Community    CU Medicine Today

Challenging Outdated FDA Policy

The death of a 16-year-old boy who was bullied for being gay inspired Michael A. Puente, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, to campaign to change a 27-year-old federal regulation restricting the ability of gay and bisexual men to donate their corneas in the United States.


Author Chanthy Na | Publish Date October 21, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases   

Fluid Dynamics

The U.S. Department of Defense is funding a study by Arek Wiktor, MD, associate professor of GI, trauma, and endocrine surgery and interim medical director of the UCHealth Burn and Frostbite Center – Anschutz Medical Campus, to aid in treatment of military and civilian burn patients.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 19, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Geriatrics

Leading in Prevention of Elder Abuse: CU Anschutz Boasts One of Only Two Teams in Nation

Elder abuse and neglect are major problems – they happen to one in 10 older adults in the United States – and often hide in plain sight.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 19, 2021
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Patient Care    Education    Community    Faculty

Study Finds Family Physicians Deliver Babies in Majority of Rural Hospitals

In the heart of a city, the distances in rural communities may be difficult to envision. The space between neighbors can sometimes be measured in miles rather than blocks; a drive to the nearest hospital may take dozens of minutes rather than a handful.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 19, 2021
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Community    Blood Cancer

Colin Powell’s Death Highlights the Challenges Multiple Myeloma Patients Face With COVID-19

In a grim reminder of the toll COVID-19 can take even among those who are vaccinated against it, former Secretary of State Colin Powell died Monday of complications from the virus. His family said Powell, who was 84, was fully vaccinated against the disease.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 18, 2021
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COVID-19   

Who's Coming to Dinner? Sharpen the Pencils and Get Out the Calculator

For the nearly 190 million Americans vaccinated against last year’s holiday-crashing coronavirus, the 2021 season appears brighter. The chances of ringing in the New Year in a hospital bed because of earlier social merry-making are dramatically lower this year for people who took the shot.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 18, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Breast Cancer    Advocacy

Genetic Counseling Helps Young Woman Take Control After Testing Positive for BRCA2

The first time Caley Kurchinski had to think about a double mastectomy, she was only 16. Her mother had died at age 36 from breast cancer, when Caley was 6. When she became a teenager, Caley’s family physician began telling her she needed to get genetic testing.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 15, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19    CU Medicine Today

Addressing COVID-19 Disparities

From the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities of color have been hit hardest by the worst public health crisis in the past 100 years.  


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date October 14, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    CU Medicine Today

Improving Trauma Care in South Africa

A research-based training program for South African paramedics led by the University of Colorado School of Medicine is improving South African trauma care while also identifying innovations that U.S. military combat medics could use to treat battlefield wounds.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date October 12, 2021
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Press Releases    Community    Faculty

‘Eye to Eye’ With Discrimination, Shame, Strength, and Beauty

Carey Candrian, PhD, knew the statistics.

“Nearly 50% of older LGBTQ adults say their doctor doesn’t know that they’re LGBTQ, and the stress of hiding takes up to 12 years off their life,” Candrian says. “Seventy-six percent of LGBTQ older adults fear having adequate support as they age. Thousands still experience discrimination, harassment, and abuse when seeking or living in senior housing. These are big numbers.”


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 08, 2021
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Patient Care    Awareness    Breast Cancer    Surgical Oncology    Plastic Surgery

Young Mom’s Breast Cancer Journey Highlights Importance of Breast Cancer Screening in Younger Women

Kirsten Stewart was just putting on lotion, like she does every morning after her shower. That particular morning, though, she noticed something different: a lump that hadn’t been there before and that definitely wasn’t normal. She was only 30 years old.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 07, 2021
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Research    Education    Community

Research Finds Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Fertility Awareness Among Reproductive-Aged Women

When Dana Siegel, MD, was a teacher and mentor to 4th grade students in an under-resourced public school as a City Year AmeriCorps Member prior to medical school, her primary goal was to help bridge education gaps, support equal opportunity for all students, and keep them on track to graduation. What she observed, however, was not just education gaps, but also underlying health care disparities that directly and indirectly impacted her students’ success in the classroom. It was during this time as a teacher that she decided to study medicine.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 07, 2021
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Community    Students

‘The Human Touch’ Puts the CU Anschutz Medical Campus’s Artistic Talent on Display

On page 52, third-year medical student Hayley Specht explores the dual nature of doctoring in her poignant poem “Blackbeard, MD.”


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 05, 2021
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Research    Press Releases   

CU Researchers to Study Alzheimer’s Therapy for People with Down Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been awarded a $4.6 million, five-year grant by the National Institute on Aging to study whether a potential Alzheimer’s disease treatment is safe and effective in improving cognitive function in young adults with Down syndrome.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 01, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Child & Adolescent

CU Surgeon Looking to Extend Bariatric Surgery Services to Adolescent Patients

Over the past five decades, childhood overweight and obesity has transitioned from public health concern to public health crisis. In 1971, 5.2% of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 were experiencing obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a number that increased to 19.3% by 2018.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 30, 2021
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Patient Care    Community

Multidisciplinary Approach Offers Unified Ocular Inflammation Management

Kathryn Mayer was sitting outside with friends one evening when she experienced a strange sensation that caused her right eye to feel very blurry. She went to bed that night thinking it must be an issue with her contact lenses and carried on normally the next day.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date September 30, 2021
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Research    COVID-19    neuroscience   

Can COVID-19 Boost Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease? Early Studies Look at Links

Recent findings linking COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s disease have sparked concern among experts, taking the spotlight at the July Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Denver and prompting an “urgent” call from the Alzheimer’s Disease International for “fast-tracking” research on the issue.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 27, 2021
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Community    Pancreatic Cancer    Surgical Oncology

“Sex and the City” Actor’s Death Raises Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer

Actor Willie Garson was probably best known for his role as Stanford Blatch on “Sex and the City,” playing one of Carrie Bradshaw’s New York-savvy best friends.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 27, 2021
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Education    Community    Advocacy

Climate Fellow Working to Support Physicians in Becoming Climate Advocates

It began with a three-week plastic-free challenge that changed the course of Bhargavi Chekuri’s medical career path. The challenge was to go three weeks without the ease and convenience of plastic bags, plastic wrapping, and all the other plastics that make their way into daily life. 


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 23, 2021
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Research    Press Releases

CU Researchers Awarded NIH Grant for New Center to Study Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been awarded a $3.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to support establishing a center that specializes in the study of the causes of rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, and other autoimmune diseases.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date September 21, 2021
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Patient Care    Vascular Surgery

Cyclist Back on Road Thanks to Aortic Valve Expertise at CU Anschutz

Jonathan Fox happily entered his 50s with his identity, stress outlet and social life entwined in a heart-healthy activity – cycling – that would easily propel him into his golden years.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 20, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    Community

CU Researchers Awarded Grant to Study “Safety in Dementia” Decision Tool

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been awarded a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant for a national study designed to improve firearm safety for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date September 17, 2021
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Patient Care    Blood Cancer    Leukemia

Norm MacDonald’s Death Puts Spotlight on Acute Leukemia

Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm MacDonald died Tuesday, after what his brother, Neil MacDonald, described as a nine-year battle with acute leukemia. Norm MacDonald, known for his intelligence and sarcastic wit, was 61.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 16, 2021
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Community

Combating COVID Stress Among Educators

Between remote learning, ongoing updated health regulations, vaccines, and mask mandates, there’s no question that educators have been among the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To support educators, the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Colorado School of Medicine developed a new program to help teachers cope with mental health concerns brought on by the pandemic.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 15, 2021
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Research    Community    COVID-19   

COVID-19 Pandemic Presented Unique Challenges to Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Their Families

Of all the unexpected consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, one that parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing didn’t plan for was hearing aids getting tossed in the dog’s water dish.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 13, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Community    COVID-19    Quality and Clinical Effectiveness

Multidisciplinary Team Designs Novel Mask in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Ideas and innovation don’t always co-exist with convenience. On the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the road to a novel mask design to address the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic took some unexpected twists and turns.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 08, 2021
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Research    Community    COVID-19   

Harnessing community voices to bolster COVID-19 vaccinations

We are more likely to trust a familiar voice.

The New York Times published a dialect quiz that, by offering users a series of multiple-choice options of everyday life phrases and names, could pinpoint the exact U.S. region a quiz taker was from. Each of us comes from a community with its own dialect—how we talk is unique to not just our state, but our region, county, city, and even neighborhood.


Author Laura Veith - ACCORDS Writer | Publish Date September 06, 2021
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Patient Care    Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Patient Hopes His Story Encourages Early Detection for Others

The diagnosis came as a shock. Although, looking back, Bill Mordecai says it shouldn’t have been. 


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date September 01, 2021
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Research    Press Releases

CU Researcher and Colleagues Offer Standards for Studies Using Machine Learning

Researchers in the life sciences who use machine learning for their studies should adopt standards that allow other researchers to reproduce their results, according to a comment article published today in the journal Nature Methods.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 30, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19

What Does the FDA’s Approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Mean?

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older. The approval provides the FDA’s strongest endorsement to the Pfizer vaccine, which previously had been approved under an emergency use authorization.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 25, 2021
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Community    Alumni

Serving the Underserved

What started as a way to provide affordable medical care to Denver’s refugee population has grown into a home away from home for those who are far away from home.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 24, 2021
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Patient Care    Lung Cancer    Clinical Trials

Traveling to CU Cancer Center for a Lung Cancer Clinical Trial

David Kooyman transferred his care to University of Colorado Cancer Center member and associate professor of thoracic oncology, Tejas Patil, MD, to be part of a clinical trial to help with his rare lung cancer gene fusion.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date August 19, 2021
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Patient Care    Pancreatic Cancer    Surgical Oncology

The Pancreatic Cancer Battle That Bonded a Patient and His Physician

Richard Schulick, MD, MBA, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, becomes close with all of his patients, but he has a special bond with Gerry Turner, one of Schulick’s surgical patients for pancreatic cancer.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 18, 2021
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Patient Care    COVID-19    Vaccinations

Why COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Work As Well In Immunocompromised Cancer Patients

Despite the growing threat of the Delta variant, many Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are living life much as they did pre-pandemic — traveling, shopping, going out to eat, and forgoing masks in many situations.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 13, 2021
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Faculty    Cardiothoracic Surgery

“Is There a Physician Onboard?”: Emergency over the Atlantic Reaffirms Surgeon’s Commitment to Helping

You know how it is trying to leave for vacation – there’s always one last thing to do, one last note to write, one last end to tie up before committing to the rest and relaxation.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date August 13, 2021
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Press Releases

Vineet Chopra, MD, Named Chair of Department of Medicine

Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective Oct. 18, 2021.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 12, 2021
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Community    Publications   

Treating Female Athletes is the Focus of a New Book by Associate Professor of Orthopedics

Orthopedic surgeon Rachel Frank, MD, went straight to the source for her new textbook on treating female athletes: All of the book’s primary authors are women.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 11, 2021
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Research    Education    Students

Second Annual Medical Student Summer Research Program Offers Mentorship and Hands-On Research Experience

Of all the lessons she learned during the eight-week Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSRP), Rose Castle, a rising second year at the University of Colorado School of Medicine who is interested in pursuing general surgery, drew her main takeaway outside the operating room.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date August 10, 2021
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Research    Press Releases   

CU Researcher Awarded NIH Grant to Study Genetics of Bone Density

Researchers from the CU School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics have been awarded a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the genetics of bone density and to look for therapeutic targets to counter bone loss. 


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 09, 2021
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Patient Care    Community   

138 CU Faculty Recognized as 5280 Magazine Top Doctors

Each year, Denver-area magazine 5280 publishes its list of top doctors. On this year’s list, which came out last week, CU School of Medicine faculty members continue to be ranked among the best. We are proud to congratulate the 138 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title Top Doctor.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 04, 2021
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Education    Community    Students   

White Coat Ceremony Welcomes Members of the Class of 2025

The 184 members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Class of 2025 were welcomed into the medical profession Friday at the traditional White Coat Ceremony on campus. The group of first-year medical students heard from several speakers before ascending the stage to receive the white coats and stethoscopes that mark the beginning of their new academic journey.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 30, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Plastic Surgery

Young Craniofacial Patient Battles Multiple Surgeries With Positive Outlook

“Basketball, playing with sheep, playing with goats, playing with dogs, horse camp, friends ...”

Nine-year-old Danner Plumhoff is rattling off a list of her summer plans. Many of these activities wouldn’t have been possible for her last summer, when she was fresh off an intensive craniofacial surgery. It was her biggest surgery to date, but as a child with a rare variant of Crouzon syndrome, it was hardly her first.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date July 20, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19

An Underused Lifesaver for COVID-19 Patients

Editor’s note: “Our COVID-19 Fighters” is an occasional series highlighting the ways the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community is helping patients and the wider community in the fight against the pandemic. We welcome your story ideas; please share them here.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to lurk in many communities, aided by vaccine hesitancy and the emergence of disease mutations like the Delta variant, physicians are still looking for effective ways to treat those who test positive for the virus.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 20, 2021
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Press Releases    Education

CU Pediatrician Matthew Rustici Named Macy Faculty Scholar

Matthew Rustici, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine, has been named a Macy Faculty Scholar for 2021.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 14, 2021
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Community

Emergency Medicine Professor Headed to Summer Olympics as Physician for Team USA

After a year of waiting, Christina Yannetsos, MD, is finally headed to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 09, 2021
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Press Releases    Education

CU School of Medicine Names New Chair of Family Medicine

Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, has been named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective Oct. 1, 2021.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 06, 2021
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Education    Community   

Viral Tweet Puts Surgery Resident in the Spotlight

Matthew Bartley, MD, MS, has gone viral (as in trending in the world of social media).


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 01, 2021
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Education    Community   

Panel Discusses “Being LGBTQIA+ On Anschutz Medical Campus”

On June 28 the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) hosted the third installment in its virtual community event series “Being _____ On Anschutz Medical Campus.” The goal of the series is to connect with the Anschutz community and amplify diverse voices through candid conversations with members of underrepresented groups. Previous events centered on the Black and AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date June 30, 2021
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Research    Community   

Studies Explore Links Between Stress, Choline Deficiency, Preterm Births, and Mental Health Issues

In two recent articles published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, Sharon Hunter, PhD, an associate professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, and M. Camille Hoffman, MD, MSc, an associate professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, along with their research group, have uncovered a potential link between choline deficiency in Black pregnant women in the United States and increased risk of developmental and behavioral issues that can evolve into mental illness later in their children’s lives.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date June 16, 2021
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Patient Care    Community   

U.S. News Ranks Children’s Hospital Colorado Among the Nation’s Best

U.S. News and World Report released its 2021–22 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings this week. Children’s Hospital Colorado ranked number 6 nationally and placed seven pediatric specialties in the top 10, including a number-one ranking for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery. Children’s Colorado is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Together, the institutions are a national center for clinical care and medical research.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date June 15, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Community   

Patients Now Have Immediate Access to Their Medical Records. How Can Providers Help Them Make Sense of the Data?

Patients’ rights advocates scored a major victory in April, when a provision went into effect that allows patients immediate access to all information in their medical records, including physician notes and test results. The change is part of the 21st Century Cures Act, which was passed by Congress in 2016 and continues to be updated.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 14, 2021
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Community    COVID-19    Diversity

School of Medicine Doctor Focusing on Denver’s Latino Community During COVID-19

As a doctor on the front lines in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lilia Cervantes, MD, quickly saw the disproportionate toll the virus was taking on Denver’s Latino community.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 04, 2021
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Education    Community    Students   

CU School of Medicine Holds Commencement for the Class of 2021

The University of Colorado School of Medicine Hooding & Oath Ceremony took place Friday, May 28, 2021, at 9 a.m. Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, the in-person ceremony was limited to the 184 members of the class of 2021, their personal CU School of Medicine faculty hooders, and up to two vaccinated guests each. The event was also livestreamed for friends and family members unable to attend in person.  


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date May 28, 2021
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Education    Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Graduation 2021

After a year of many celebrations being held virtually, the University of Colorado School of Medicine will celebrate this year's graduates with an intimate hooding and oath ceremony on Friday, May 28, 2021.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 25, 2021
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Community    Students

Sharing a Special Moment With a Mentor

If she wanted to be hooded by her most important mentor, University of Colorado School of Medicine student Sara Delenn Graves knew she couldn’t wait until graduation.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 21, 2021
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Community    COVID-19   

CU School of Medicine Doctor Working to Get COVID-19 Supplies to India

After seeing the tragic COVID-19 crisis unfolding in India, Saketh Guntupalli, MD, associate professor of gynecologic oncology in the University of Colorado School of Medicine and member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, decided to do something about it.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 19, 2021
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Community    Students

Coming Home, Giving Back and Paying it Forward

For Simon Feseha, attending the University of Colorado School of Medicine was a little bit like coming home.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 18, 2021
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Community    Students

From Operating Room to Great Outdoors, Graduate Looks Back on Med School Experience

With graduation approaching, Eliza Baird-Daniel is looking forward to returning to her hometown of Seattle, Washington, to begin her residency. Baird-Daniel came to the University of Colorado School of Medicine after earning her undergraduate degree in neurobiology from Cornell University. We sat down with her to find out why she went into medicine, what she hopes to accomplish in the future, and what advice she’d give to new medical students.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date May 14, 2021
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Exploring the World Leads to Medicine

Gavi Roda’s journey to medicine was seeded at a young age but didn’t fully blossom until her teenage years. As a child, she traveled frequently with her parents, Veralex and Greg Roda. Her family crisscrossed the world and moved more than eight times, including living in Singapore for four years, before finding a home in Broomfield, Colorado.


Author Chanthy Na | Publish Date May 10, 2021
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Center for Surgical Innovation Celebrates One Year in New Location, Looks Forward to the Future

When Sarah Massena joined the Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) as executive director in 2007, she saw the role as an ideal way to merge her interests in science and business.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date May 04, 2021
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Scholar’s New Book Amplifies Children’s Voices

When children’s rights expert Warren Binford, JD, EdM, reported in 2019 that children in migration were held by the U.S. government in squalid conditions at the southern border, her description – based on interviews with the children and site inspections of the facilities – was denounced by White House officials and its allies as untrue.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date April 27, 2021
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New CU School of Medicine at Colorado State University to Welcome First Cohort this Summer

The new University of Colorado School of Medicine at Colorado State University (CU SOM at CSU) branch campus will welcome its first four-year cohort of 12 medical students in Fort Collins this July. The branch will provide new avenues for clinical training for students as well as an opportunity to collaborate with another of Colorado’s top universities.  


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date April 23, 2021
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A Game-Changing New Curriculum at the CU School of Medicine

The Class of 2025, whose members arrive on campus in July to begin their first year of medical school, will usher in a new era at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It will be the first class to experience a reimagined curriculum aimed at getting students into hospitals earlier and connecting them with patients in a more meaningful way, with a renewed focus on community engagement and social determinants of health.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 20, 2021
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Patient Care    COVID-19    Vaccinations

CU School of Medicine Experts on the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Reactions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday recommended a nationwide pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because six women who received the vaccine have experienced a rare type of blood clot.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 16, 2021
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Research on Burnout Among Nurses Receives AACN Award

A lot has changed in the 20 years since University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers Meredith Mealer, PhD, RN, and Marc Moss, MD, started studying the effects of stress on critical-care nurses.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 14, 2021
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Research

$3M Grant Awarded to Orthopedics Researcher to Study the Role of the Gut Microbiome on Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects the joints, but according to researcher Michael Zuscik, PhD, it may start in the gut.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date April 02, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Moves Up in the U.S. News and World Report Rankings

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is listed No. 6 in primary care and No. 27 in research on the Best Medical School rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Community    COVID-19

Spreading Truth, Combating Misinformation 

As a scientist and medical researcher, Emily Bates, PhD, was relieved and grateful to be able to take a COVID-19 vaccine. But when she began talking to others who didn’t work in medicine, she was surprised to find skepticism and resistance to the vaccines that can end the pandemic. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 29, 2021
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Study Led by CU Faculty Proposes New Recommendations for Staging of Accidental Hypothermia

Patients facing accidental hypothermia in both wilderness and urban environments need quick and critical assessments to determine treatment of care.


Author Chanthy Na | Publish Date March 25, 2021
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Community    COVID-19    Students    Vaccinations

CU Medical Student Helps Streamline COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Events

When COVID-19 struck during his first year of medical school in 2020, Michael Skaggs was still a few years away from being able to provide clinical care to patients. But he was right on time to put his skills as a former engineer and whitewater rafting company manager to work.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date March 23, 2021
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Medical School Students Celebrate Virtual Match Day

For the second year in a row, the University of Colorado School of Medicine Match Day celebration was hosted virtually for students, faculty, staff, family, and friends due to the pandemic. Instead of a mad dash to retrieve an envelope from a bulletin board, like the Match Day Jeff Druck, MD, assistant dean of student affairs, experienced, this year’s Match announcement was replaced by an email that promptly hit inboxes at 10 a.m. MDT on Friday, March 19.


Author Emma Brokaw | Publish Date March 22, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Match Day 2021

It's a time-honored tradition that many medical students dream about. You receive a message, you open it, and suddenly it seems like everything in your life changes. For medical students who are about to graduate, Match Day is a career-defining moment.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 19, 2021
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Colorado Native Takes Global Approach to Medicine

Some kids dread a visit to the doctor’s office, but Sanju Garimella always loved it. In fact, she loved it so much that she spent a day shadowing her pediatrician for a fifth-grade class assignment.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 18, 2021
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A Passion for Providing Care for Underserved Communities

With Match Day approaching, Michael Levy is looking forward to finding out where he will spend the next four years during his residency. Michael came to the University of Colorado School of Medicine after earning his undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford University.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 16, 2021
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An Athlete’s Journey Into Medicine

Khyla Burrows wants to pay it forward. Physicians helped the fourth-year medical student through her share of injuries when she was a young ski racer growing up in Winter Park, Colorado.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 11, 2021
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Education    Community    Faculty    Diversity

On a Mission to Create Meaningful Progress on Diversity and Inclusion

Kia Washington, MD, looks back on her undergraduate experience as four years that helped to shape who she is. One of those years in particular stands out as not just formative, but transformative.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 08, 2021
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Waiting on a Hometown Match

As Anthony Scott awaits Match Day on March 19, when he’ll find out where he will spend the next four years as a resident in psychiatry, he doesn’t find his mind wandering far. Scott, who received undergraduate and graduate degrees at Arizona State University before coming to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, hopes to stay on the Anschutz Medical Campus for his residency, working with some of the same physicians and faculty members he trained with as a medical student.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 08, 2021
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Melissa A. Haendel joins CU Anschutz as Chief Research Informatics Officer

Melissa A. Haendel, PhD, has been named Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a newly created position responsible for transforming the campus use of information and information systems to accelerate biomedical discoveries, streamline health system operations, and continuously improve patient care. 


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 04, 2021
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CU and Mile High Medical Society Celebrate New Scholarship Fund

The University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus today announced the establishment of the Charles J. Blackwood, MD, Endowed Memorial Scholarship to support Black and other underrepresented medical students.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 22, 2021
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CU Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Reaches Five-Year Mark for Providing Care in Greenland

Five years ago, the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (WEM) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine journeyed to Greenland to provide health care services for researchers at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Summit Station.


Author Chanthy Na | Publish Date February 19, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19    Transplant Center

Increased Alcohol Consumption During COVID-19 Pandemic Could Lead to  Uptick in Liver Disease 

James Burton, MD, professor of medicine and medical director of liver transplantation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, says he and his colleagues are already starting to see the effect pandemic drinking is having on patients.  


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date February 15, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Sees Applications Double Over Five Years

Even amid an increase in medical school applications across the country, the University of Colorado School of Medicine stands out. Outpacing the rise at most other medical schools, the CU School of Medicine has seen its number of applications double in the past five years, jumping 35% in the past year alone, compared to an increase of 18% nationwide. More than 14,000 candidates from around the world applied for one of just 184 seats in the class of 2025.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 12, 2021
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How the Pandemic is Disturbing Our Sleep

Katherine Green, MD, MS, assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and medical director of the UCHealth Sleep Medicine Clinic, knows how important sleep is to our overall well-being. She also knows that the stresses of the past year — the COVID-19 pandemic, social and political unrest — have had detrimental effects on our sleep.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 08, 2021
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Increasing Elementary Schoolers’ Access to Science

Along with art and music, science classes are often among the first to go when a school is faced with budget cuts.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 04, 2021
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CU Offers Plan for Improving Mental Health Care for Resident Physicians

A pilot program to offer mental health services offered resident physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine provides a model for confidential and affordable help, according to an article published today by the journal Academic Medicine.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 04, 2021
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CU Researchers Win Prize from National Eye Institute

Natalia Vergara, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been awarded a 3D ROC prize by the National Eye Institute (NEI) for her research team’s work to create better models to accelerate the development of new therapies for retinal diseases.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 03, 2021
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CU Faculty Promote “Ecology of Attention” in New England Journal of Medicine Article

Patients need and deserve the undivided attention of clinicians providing their care, but frequent interruptions and pressure to be responsive to colleagues can have detrimental impacts on the quality of care.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date January 28, 2021
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State of the School Address by Dean Reilly

Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, highlighted some of the CU School of Medicine’s accomplishments over the past five years and outlined key initiatives moving forward in his annual State of the School address on January 13. He also spoke to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date January 15, 2021
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Research    Publications

College Football Players Underestimate Risk of Injury and Concussion

College football players may underestimate their risk of injury and concussion, according to a new study published today in JAMA Network Open.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 29, 2020
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School of Medicine In the News

Becker's Spine Review

10 spine surgeons to know

news outletBecker's Spine Review
Publish DateNovember 18, 2021

Here are 10 spine surgeons to know:Evalina Burger-Van der Walt, MD. University of Colorado Medicine (Aurora). Dr. Burger-Van der Walt treats adult patients and has a special interest in complex spine surgery, deformity and scoliosis. She also spends time as a mentor for orthopedic residents and spine fellows. 

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McKnights Long Term Care News

Only half of medical residents consistently complete SNF discharge summaries for patients

news outletMcKnights Long Term Care News
Publish DateNovember 18, 2021

Medical residents don’t appear to know as much about transitioning patients to post-acute care as they may think they do, a new survey has found. With discharges to post-acute care expected to rise exponentially, closing this knowledge gap is critical, the researchers say.

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The Colorado Sun

Will COVID patients who reject vaccines embrace monoclonal antibodies?

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateNovember 18, 2021

To Dr. Adit Ginde, it’s a now-familiar conundrum. Ginde is an emergency medicine physician with UCHealth. One of his responsibilities involves working with the clinics that provide monoclonal antibody treatments to people infected with the coronavirus. And many of the patients he sees in that role have not been vaccinated against the virus.

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Denver Gazette

Polis celebrates Colorado kids who participated in vaccine trial

news outletDenver Gazette
Publish DateNovember 18, 2021

In a rare moment of pandemic-related celebration, Gov. Jared Polis celebrated Monday the 252 Colorado kids who participated in one of the largest trials for the pediatric vaccine. 

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