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Campus celebrates promotion and tenure

CU Denver and CU Anschutz leadership, faculty and staff gathered to honor the accomplishments of 245 university colleagues at the annual Promotion and Tenure Luncheon. Promotion and tenure are significant milestones in the careers of university faculty—ones that are the culmination of hard work and a commitment to advancing education.

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Chancellor Don Elliman invited faculty members to introduce themselves and share their research interests with their fellow colleagues.

“We award tenure and promotion to signal our confidence that you can and will accept the full measure of responsibility for the future well-being of the university,” said Dorothy Horrell, CU Denver chancellor. “The fact that students choose to come to us is in part because of the important work you do.”

Don Elliman, chancellor for CU Anschutz, remarked that gatherings such as the Promotion and Tenure Luncheon can also be an opportunity to share knowledge across disciplines and campuses.

“Gatherings like today’s allow us time to know one another better and can be the spark for the collaboration and interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work we’re striving for across our two campuses,” Elliman said.

Faculty from CU Anschutz and CU Denver celebrated promotion and tenure at the annual luncheon.

A list of those honored at the luncheon is below. Congratulations to all who achieved promotion and tenure.


Award of Tenure

Caroline Clevenger, Engineering & Applied Sciences

Elan Eisenmesser, School of Medicine

Ellen Elias, School of Medicine

Glenn Furuta, School of Medicine

Kirk Hansen, School of Medicine

Malik Kahook, School of Medicine

Jennifer Kiser, School of Pharmacy

Steven Moulton, School of Medicine

Stanley Szefler, School of Medicine

Jody Tanabe, School of Medicine


Award of Tenure and Promotion to Professor

Ethan Cumbler, School of Medicine

Scott Sagel, School of Medicine

Natalie Serkova, School of Medicine


Appointment as Professor with Tenure

Amos Bailey, School of Medicine

Vikhyat Bebarta, School of Medicine

Cathy Bradley, School of Public Health

Rohan Christie-David, School of Medicine

Thomas Jansson, School of Medicine

Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, School of Medicine

Kenneth Liechty, School of Medicine

Slobadan Todorovic, School of Medicine

Margaret Wood, Liberal Arts & Sciences


Award of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Nicole Beer, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Sondra Bland, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Stacey Bosick, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Lorne Bregitzer, College of Arts & Media

Jonathan Campbell, School of Pharmacy

Faye Caronan Chen, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Amanda Charlesworth, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dan Connors, Engineering & Applied Sciences

Yiming Deng, Engineering & Applied Sciences

Maria Fernandez-Martinez, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Sarah Hagelin, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Rachel Harding, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Bryn Harris, Education & Human Development

Heather Johnson, Education & Human Development

Jung-in Kim, Education & Human Development

Patrick Krueger, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Yong Liu, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Jae-Do Park, Engineering & Applied Sciences

Lonnie Schaible, School of Public Affairs

Alan Vajda, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Travis Vermilye, College of Arts & Media

Kara Viesca, Education & Human Development


Appointment to Associate Professor with Tenure

Jeffrey Jacot, Engineering & Applied Sciences

Richard Strasser, College of Arts & Media


Promotion to Professor

Adam Atherly, School of Public Health

Patricia Braun, School of Medicine

Steven Britt, School of Medicine

Kerry Broderick, School of Medicine

Dawn Comstock, School of Public Health

Richard Davidson, School of Medicine

Robert Dellavalle, School of Medicine

Tobias Eckle, School of Medicine

Patricia Ernst, School of Medicine

Brian Flynn, School of Medicine

Adit Ginde, School of Medicine

Jens Goebel, School of Medicine

Carol Golemboski, College of Arts & Media

Dawn Gregg, Business School

William Hardin, School of Medicine

Tanya Heikkila, School of Public Affairs

Jacqueline Jones, College of Nursing

Yail Jimmy Kim, Engineering & Applied Sciences

Ann Komara, Architecture & Planning

Robert Kramer, School of Medicine

Eric Lavonas, School of Medicine

Marjorie Levine-Clark, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Sunny Linnebur, School of Pharmacy

David Maahs, School of Medicine

Cara Mack, School of Medicine

Edward Melanson, School of Medicine

Paul Mongan, School of Medicine

Chad Morris, School of Medicine

Cindy O’Bryant, School of Pharmacy

Kathy Oman, College of Nursing

Madhavan Parthasarthy, Business School

Irina Petrache, School of Medicine

Rosemary Rochford, School of Medicine

Daniel Savin, School of Medicine

Candice Shelby, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Eric Sigel, School of Medicine

Marion Sills, School of Medicine

Prem Subramanian, School of Medicine

Deb Thomas, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Daniel Tollin, School of Medicine

Chun-Hui Tsai, School of Medicine

Mary Weber, College of Nursing

Chris Weible, School of Public Affairs

Cynthia Wong, Liberal Arts & Sciences


Promotion to Associate Professor

Dara Aisner, School of Medicine

Joseph Albietz, III, School of Medicine

Mandy Allison, School of Medicine

Rebecca Allyn, School of Medicine

Cem Altunbas, School of Medicine

Sarah Anderson, School of Pharmacy

Jennifer Armstrong-Wells, School of Medicine

Scott Auerbach, School of Medicine

Kimberly Bennett, School of Medicine

Tellen Bennett, School of Medicine

Stanca Birlea, School of Medicine

Jonathan Bowser, School of Medicine

Neil Box, School of Medicine

Steven Bradley, School of Medicine

Jennifer Carroll, School of Medicine

Robert Casey, School of Medicine

Lilia Cervantes, School of Medicine

Samuel Chang, School of Medicine

Tae Chong, School of Medicine

Brandon Combs, School of Medicine

Shoadong Dai, School of Medicine

Sean Deoni, School of Medicine

Colleen Dingmann, School of Medicine

Michele Doucette, School of Medicine

Karim El Kasmi, School of Medicine

Melanie Everitt, School of Medicine

Debra Faulk, School of Medicine

Gidon Felsen, School of Medicine

Evans Fernandez-Perez, School of Medicine

Christine Fisher, School of Medicine

Dexiang Gao, School of Medicine

Sumeet Garg, School of Medicine

Edward Garrido, School of Medicine

Shaun Gleason, School of Pharmacy

Elizabeth Griffith, School of Medicine

Joseph Grubenhoff, School of Medicine

Samuel Gubbels, School of Medicine

Patrick Guffey, School of Medicine

Jonathan Harris, School of Medicine

Gretchen Heinrichs, School of Medicine

Teresa Hernandez, School of Medicine

Eric Hink, School of Medicine

David Irwin, School of Medicine

Omid Jazaeri, School of Medicine

Pavel Jedlicka, School of Medicine

Pei-Ni Jone, School of Medicine

Peter Kennealey, School of Medicine

Michael Kim, School of Medicine

Jost Klawitter, School of Medicine

Mary Kotthoff-Burrell, College of Nursing

Nicole Kounalakis, School of Medicine

Mona Krull, School of Medicine

Scott Laker, School of Medicine

Abigail Lara, School of Medicine

Tai Mara Lockspeiser, School of Medicine

Jonathan Manheim, School of Medicine

Beth McManus, School of Public Health

Aaron Michels, School of Medicine

Benjamin Miller, School of Medicine

Andrew Monte, School of Medicine

Gina Moore, School of Pharmacy

Maki Nakayama, School of Medicine

Duy Nguyen, School of Medicine

Joyce Nieman, School of Medicine

Kimberly Nordstrom, School of Medicine

Wesley Nuffer, School of Pharmacy

Abraham Nussbaum, School of Medicine

Linda Overholser, School of Medicine

Mina Pantcheva, School of Medicine

Duane Pearson, School of Medicine

Jonathan Pell, School of Medicine

Fredric Pieracci, School of Medicine

Sharon Poisson, School of Medicine

Daniel Pollyea, School of Medicine

Jeremy Prager, School of Medicine

Catherine Proenza, School of Medicine

Dohun Pyeon, School of Medicine

Vijay Ramakrishnan, School of Medicine

Christopher Rausch, School of Medicine

Shane Reeves, School of Medicine

Paul Rochon, School of Medicine

Robert Rogers, School of Medicine

Jeffrey Schowinsky, School of Medicine

Julie Scott, School of Medicine

Lauren Seeberger, School of Medicine

Sunita Sharma, School of Medicine

Amber Sieja, School of Medicine

Jacqueline Sivahop, School of Medicine

Mindy Solomon, School of Medicine

Stig Somme, School of Medicine

Andrea Steck, School of Medicine

Nicholas Stence, School of Medicine

Amy Storfa, School of Medicine

Emily Su, School of Medicine

Stephanie Thorn, School of Medicine

Kristin Uhler, School of Medicine

Livia Veress, School of Medicine

Christine Waasdorp Hurtado, School of Medicine

Mihir Wagh, School of Medicine

Kevin Wanebo, School of Medicine

Jing Wang, School of Medicine

Sachin Wani, School of Medicine

Andrew White, School of Medicine

Jason Williams, School of Medicine

Joshua Wisell, School of Medicine

Michael Yeager, School of Medicine

Janine Young, School of Medicine

Nichole Zehnder, School of Medicine


Promotion to Assistant Professor

Suzanne Carrington, College of Nursing

Nichol Chesser, College of Nursing

Montida Chowanadisai, School of Medicine

Monique Germone, School of Medicine

Adam Green, School of Medicine

Andres Henao Martinez, School of Medicine

Christine McDunn, School of Medicine

Theresa Medina, School of Medicine

Toan Ong, School of Medicine

Sara Scherrer, School of Medicine

Yvonne Skoretz, School of Medicine

Daniel Smith, School of Medicine

Christina Suh, School of Medicine

Elizabeth Thomas, School of Medicine

Erica Wymore, School of Medicine


Promotion to Professor, Clinical Practice

Lisa Corbin, School of Medicine

Ashraf Youssef, School of Medicine


Promotion to Associate Professor, Clinical Practice

Adam Abraham, School of Medicine

Debra Bislip, School of Medicine

Stanley Loftness, School of Medicine

Amy Lukowski, School of Medicine

Brian Bucca, School of Medicine

Nicole Draper, School of Medicine

Peter Fuhr, School of Medicine

David Ginosar, School of Medicine

Edward Hoffman, School of Medicine

Mark Keller, School of Medicine

James Lavelle, School of Medicine

Kenneth Lyn-Kew, School of Medicine

Thomas Notides, School of Medicine

Daniel Satterwhite, School of Medicine

Wagner Schorr-Ratzlaff, School of Medicine

Scott Stenquist, School of Medicine

Elizabeth Yeung, School of Medicine


Promotion to Professor, Clinical Track

Katherine Chin, School of Dental Medicine

Anne Wilson, School of Dental Medicine


Promotion to Assistant Professor, Clinical Track

Elizabeth Greenwell, School of Public Health


Promotion to Professor of Research

John Fluke, School of Medicine

Russell Glasgow, School of Medicine


Promotion to Associate Professor of Research

Lajos Gera, School of Medicine

Sarah Schmiege, School of Public Health

Brandie Wagner, School of Public Health


Promotion to Assistant Professor of Research

Meredith Fort, School of Public Health

Todd Pitts, School of Medicine

Gerald Pulver, School of Medicine

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Colorado School of Public Health receives accreditation

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), the first school of public health in the Rocky Mountain West, has been reaccredited through July 1, 2023, by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

CEPH is an independent agency directed by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs.

2015 School of Public Health graduating class
Colorado School of Public Health Dean David Goff surrounded by 2015 spring graduates

Founded in 2008, ColoradoSPH, which comprises students and faculty from CU Anschutz, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado, is the only school of public health in the region and the only accredited multi-university collaborative school of public health in the nation. CU Anschutz is the lead and largest campus.

“I am so proud of the incredible team effort that went into reaccrediting the Colorado School of Public Health,” said David Goff, Jr., MD, PhD, dean of the school. “We are quickly becoming a world-class school of public health and a leader in education, research, community outreach and practice.”

The accreditation review began in 2013 and included a self-study process by school constituents, the preparation of a document describing the school and its features in relation to the criteria for accreditation and a visit in September 2015 by a team of external peer reviewers.

The final accreditation made note of many outstanding facets of school’s programs including:

  • “The school actively recruits a diverse student body and focuses on the retention and graduation of those students.”
  • “The school conducted employer interviews in 2015, and the manager of career and employer relations engages in outreach with potential employers to gather data on the needs of the field and to determine when updates of competency sets are warranted.”
  • “The majority of the school’s research is initiated through the 12 programs and centers. These are collaborative by nature and cut across several campuses and schools.”
  • “A number of service activities have been organized for students by the Office of Student Affairs, and many students choose to perform additional community service outside of the structured school environment.”

ColoradoSPH has more than 600 degree-seeking students, more than 1,400 alumni and more than 200 faculty members. Included among many successful alumni is Larry Wolk, MD, MSPH, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Among many areas of public health education and research, the school addresses issues of American Indian and Alaska Native health, cancer prevention and control, diabetes and obesity prevention, global health, maternal and child health, and worker health and wellness.

In the eight years since it was founded, the school has achieved national recognition for a variety of programs.

  • In partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado, the school’s Center for Global Health was recently re-designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Promoting Family and Child Health.
  • ColoradoSPH is the state-designated training center for ongoing education for regional public health practitioners.
  • Its Center for Health, Work and Environment is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded Total Worker Health Center of Excellence.
  • Its Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center is one of 10 U.S. Health & Human Services Administration’s HRSA regional public health training centers in the United States.
  • In partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the school is home to the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, one of six national centers designated by the CDC.

Students and faculty have established long-standing relationships throughout the Rocky Mountain West, serving the public health needs of six states including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota as well as 32 tribal nations on reservations in that region.

CEPH currently accredits 59 schools and 109 programs. In addition to the United States, accredited schools and programs are located in Canada, Mexico, Lebanon and the West Indies. Read CEPH’s full report as well as the ColoradoSPH self-study on their website at

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Campus Health Center check-up

Since opening its doors to CU Anschutz students, faculty and staff, the Campus Health Center (CHC) has become a source for care on everything from the common cold and bruises to behavioral health. From September 2015 to July 2016 the Campus Health Center has received 2,697 visits, averaging from 200–500 patients each month.

Student and provider at CU Anschutz Campus Health Center
Since opening, the Campus Health Center has received more than 2,700 visits from students, faculty and staff.

“Our monthly visit volume has more than doubled in the first year,” said Luciana Smith, CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center clinic director. ”Even with the increasing number of visits, no one has been getting turned away. It is making a real impression on campus.”

Being able to receive same-day care is a significant benefit for the CU Anschutz community, especially given the rigors of studies, research and other responsibilities. Located on the second floor of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, the CHC has continued to see frequent use in the summer months as many students have visited for immunizations prior to the fall semester.

The Campus Health Center is open 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday. Learn more about the center.

While physical and behavioral health services continue to be in high demand for CHC patients, the staff at the center are evaluating what other services might be added to provide even more comprehensive care for the campus community.

Since opening, a certified nurse midwife has joined the care team one day a week to provide contraceptive counseling and enhanced contraceptive services as well.

“Students have been pleased with the services we have been able to provide as well as the accessibility of those services,” said Amy Barton, associate dean for clinical and community affairs for the College of Nursing. “We are excited about seeing what a full school year holds and how we need to respond based on what is preferred by the students.”

Several initiatives are planned to enhance services and increase awareness of the CHC. A student advisory group is being formed and will provide formal recommendations on the services offered at the center. Additionally, outreach activities planned for campus events will remind students, faculty and staff that the CHC is available should the need arise.

“I’m incredibly pleased with the provider team and their responsiveness to student needs,” Barton said. “I look forward to continuing to improve the services we offer through the student perspective.”

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CU expands faculty and staff access to logoThe University of Colorado expanded access to the video tutorial website to faculty and staff at UCCS, CU Denver, CU Anschutz and CU System, as part of a pilot program running through November 2017.  CU Boulder began offering access to faculty, staff and students in December 2014.

The move gives all employees unlimited access to nearly 7,000 training videos on the latest technology, creative and business skills and software. Students on the UCCS, CU Denver, and CU Anschutz campuses will not have access.

“CU’s Faculty Council and Staff Council both advocated for expanded access to beyond the CU Boulder campus,” said Kathy Nesbitt, Vice President of Employee and Information Services. “We were happy to work with them to bring new professional development opportunities to CU faculty and staff.”

The website’s online video courses and materials include Excel, the Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, eLearning tools and a multitude of other software programs. The site also provides classes on helpful tools to use in business, leadership, marketing, education, graphic design, IT and other specializations.

Beyond individual classes, also delivers learning paths aimed toward career goals, such as becoming a manager, a graphic designer, a project coordinator or a programmer.

Deanna Schroder, a human resources manager in the School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, has directed department members to to learn new skills and to take refresher courses.  “You don’t need to send people to daylong classes to learn a small thing or get a basic refresher. You can get what you need, on demand, and you don’t have to spend all day sitting in a class,” she said.

Courses are segmented so users can watch as little or as much as necessary, and bookmarks and playlists help users keep track of courses they’d like to watch. A full course library is available on the site.

“SkillSoft will remain the system of record for required compliance training, as it reports into HCM,” said Janet Lowe, Director of Employee Learning and Development. However, provides certificates of completion for faculty and staff who want to document their work. When courses or learning paths are completed, course certifications can be displayed on a user’s LinkedIn profile as a badge.

“Employee Services will add ongoing resources and tips to its website,” Lowe said.

Both SkillSoft and can be accessed from your campus portal. Click on the CU Resources tab, and select Training to find the link. Single sign-on allows for immediate access to both learning tools.

Guest Contributor: RyAnne Scott, Manager of Communications and Outreach, Employee Services, University of Colorado

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New blood spot test used internationally in fight against HIV

Pete Anderson, Pharmacy
Pete Anderson, Pharm.D., Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at CU Anschutz have developed a technique that estimates an HIV-negative patient’s adherence to drugs prescribed to prevent HIV transmission during sex.

The test measures traces of antiretroviral drugs in a spot of dried blood to determine how much pre-exposure prophylactic, or PrEP, medicine a patient has used. Truvada, the only FDA-approved antiretroviral PrEP drug for HIV prevention, is proven more than 90 percent effective in stopping HIV transmission during sex – in those who use it consistently. The assay technique provides an objective way to tell if patients are using PrEP consistently.

“There’s a need to objectively measure PrEP adherence because traditional ways have not been very effective,” said Pete Anderson, Pharm.D. and professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy. “This assay takes advantage of the long half-life of PrEP medication in red blood cells. This means the drug builds up in these cells only if the patient takes it consistently.”

The method is to spot a sample of a patient’s blood on an absorbent paper-like card and send it to a lab which isolates and measures concentrations of PrEP drugs found in dried red blood cells. These drugs’ presence are measured to estimate how many doses a patient has taken over the last month or two. Clinicians then have an objective measurement that shows if a patient is using PrEP effectively. Studies show that people using the PreP method are most successful when medication is used consistently.

The lab manager at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy who developed the assay, Lane Bushman, said, “Most cell sample collections require significant effort for processing, but the dried blood spot is an easy sample collection technique. This helps with implementing the test in most settings.”

Anderson said, “This assay has been in high demand for PrEP studies. We recently helped a South African lab to develop the method to help with testing demand in that region.”

The assay is now being used in research internationally and the approach could have application for other drugs that require accurate measurement of patient adherence to dosing.

“We now have a grant to develop a way to do the testing at bedside,” Anderson said. “We also see applications for other medications. For example, our colleague Dr. Jennifer Kiser is evaluating if a similar test could work for Hepatitis-C medications.”

Anderson’s research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, is ongoing with studies now underway at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and collaborating institutions.

At CU Anschutz, professors are practicing clinicians and researchers who, along with their students, bring advances in the lab directly to the clinic, improving patient care and outcomes. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is ranked fifth in NIH-funded research.

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