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Geoffrey Connors, MD

Geoffrey Connors, MD, Named Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Connors succeeds Carol Rumack, MD, Distinguished Professor of Radiology.

Written by Mark Couch on February 7, 2024

Geoffrey Connors, MD, has been named associate dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Designated Institutional Official at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective May 15.

Connors is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the School of Medicine. He is also director for the internal medicine residency training program, vice chair of education in the Department of Medicine, and chair of the program oversight committee for GME.

The CU School of Medicine is home to one of the largest physician training programs in the country, overseeing accreditation for some 150 programs and more than 1,300 residents and fellows. The GME Office oversees the educational environment for trainees at multiple clinical sites and helps to establish the culture of medical education and academic excellence on our campuses. The office also handles payroll, benefits, and administrative issues for residency and fellowship training programs.

Connors succeeds Carol Rumack, MD, Distinguished Professor of Radiology, who has served in the role since 1992.

“Our programs prepare our diverse physician workforce for careers of outstanding achievement and Dr. Connors has demonstrated a careerlong commitment to mentorship, teaching, and clinical care,” said Shanta Zimmer, MD, senior associate dean for education and professor of medicine. “We thank Dr. Rumack for her dedicated service to GME, and we look forward to working with Dr. Connors to build on Dr. Rumack’s legacy to maintain the standards of excellence that attract top applicants from across the country and train them for exceptional careers.”

Prior to coming to Colorado in 2017, Connors was associate professor of medicine at Yale University, where he served as an associate program director in the residency training program, associate medical director of the medical ICU, and director of clinical reasoning for the Yale School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine.

Connors received his medical degree from Tulane University, did his internal medicine residency and chief medical residency at the CU School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Connors has received may teaching awards including the Arthur P. Gold Humanism in Medicine and Excellence in Teaching Award (Colorado, 2006), the Francis Gilman Blake Award for Outstanding Teaching/Medical Sciences (Yale, 2016), and the Fred S. Kantor ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award (Yale, 2017).