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Chancellor Don Elliman honored with American Cancer Society Champion of Hope Award

“I love my job. I get to go to work every day surrounded by people who are trying to make the world a better place: to give people life, to give people hope.”

With those words, CU Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Don Elliman accepted the American Cancer Society’s Champions of Hope Award on Saturday night, Nov. 10. Elliman was chosen for his distinguished service and leadership, and honored with this TRIBUTE VIDEO.

Dr. Schulick with Chancellor Elliman
Chancellor Elliman is congratulated by Richard Schulick, MD, director of the CU Cancer Center, at the ASC Champion of Hope gala.

The Champions of Hope Award recognizes outstanding partners of the American Cancer Society – of which CU Anschutz certainly is one. Since 1955, the Society has funded nearly 200 cancer-related research grants at CU, $31 million worth. Currently, it’s funding 17 multi-year research grants totaling $8.8 million in Colorado, many of which are at CU Anschutz. Elliman thanked the Society for its ongoing support of cancer research.

Speaking of his “belief that we will see more advances in health care in the coming decade than we’ve seen in the last 50 years, maybe longer,” Elliman noted that many of these breakthroughs are likely to be in the area of cancer care and cure. Citing immunology and immunotherapy efforts underway at CU Anschutz, he said “with CAR-T cell and other novel therapeutics, people who have failed all standard therapies and are out of options, have hope, and a good chance to cure. And that’s just one example.”

More than 300 people attended the Champion of Hope gala, held at the EXDO Event Center in Denver’s RiNo Art District. The event highlighted the Society’s accomplishments of the past 100 years as the largest nonprofit funder of cancer research in the United States, and raised more than $209,000 for cancer research in Colorado.

Elliman was quick to note that as much as he appreciated the honor, it was not his alone. CU Anschutz collaborates with cancer organizations, health care facilities, nonprofit organizations, government institutions and corporate sponsors to help achieve the common goal of eliminating cancer.

“I get the plaque,” he said, “but you are the real champions of hope.”

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Nanette Santoro elected to National Academy of Medicine

Nanette Santoro, MD, professor and E. Stewart Taylor Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been elected into the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

The election recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. The National Academy elected 75 regular members and 10 international members during its annual meeting earlier this week.

Nanette Santoro, MD
Nanette Santoro, MD

“This distinguished and diverse class of new members is a truly remarkable set of scholars and leaders whose impressive work has advanced science, improved health, and made the world a better place for everyone,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau, MD. “Their expertise in science, medicine, health, and policy in the U.S. and around the globe will help our organization address today’s most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and health care. It is my privilege to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”

In its announcement, the National Academy said Santoro is being honored for “research discoveries in health predictors of midlife women, participation in cutting-edge clinical trial design and execution.”

Santoro’s research projects have included the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS), which has tested the effect of estrogen, when given within three years of menopause, on carotid artery thickness and coronary calcium scores, as well as cognition. She is also a co-Investigator on the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, a seven-center study of 3,000 women of five different ethnicities who have traversed the menopause. SWAN is examining a variety of outcomes and risk factors for health and disease in this representative cohort of US women.

She has also been involved in clinical trials that have examined the role of hormone therapy and alternative treatments in menopausal women’s health. Her research has also considered how obesity in women interferes with fertility and reproductive hormone production.

She serves as Chair the Steering Committee of the National Institute of Health’s Reproductive Medicine Network, a clinical trials network that performs cutting-edge research in infertility and reproduction. I have also had a longstanding research interest in premature ovarian failure. She is also lead investigator on three mentored research NIH grant awards.

Santoro joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2009. Prior to joining CU, she held faculty appointments at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School and Harvard Medical School.

Santoro earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University and completed a postdoctoral residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and a fellowship in the Departments of Gynecology and Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Guest contributor: CU School of Medicine

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CU Pharmacy earns national awards for community service, excellence in assessment

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was recently recognized with two national awards at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) annual meeting.

“I am very happy that we were recognized on a national stage for the good work we and our students do at our school and in our community,” said Dean Ralph Altiere.

The school received the 2017 Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award along with the AACP Award for Excellence in Assessment.

Transformative Community Service Award

The Transformative Community Service Award is presented annually to a school of pharmacy that demonstrates a commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice, and research. This should be demonstrated through the development of exceptional programs that go beyond the traditional service role of academic pharmacy.

During a site visit with AACP, CU Pharmacy showcased several programs, they refer to as their Colorado Commitment, including prescription drug abuse prevention and the combatting the opioid epidemic, rural health programs, commitment to community health centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers through faculty positions, student rotations, and scholarly work, the Aurora Elementary Schools Nutrition Program – in which over 1,500 pharmacy students and 8,000 elementary students have participated since program inception, and finally their work with the Community Campus Partnership and the work of Robert McGranaghan, MPH.

CU Pharmacy faculty member, Gina Moore, PharmD, gathered all the elements needed for the award submission, “Thanks to Dr. Moore’s commitment and persistence over the years in preparing our award application and arranging our site visits and the great work of our faculty and students,” said Dean Altiere.

“Gina and everyone at the School of Pharmacy – congratulations! The School of Pharmacy has been a great champion and leader on the campus for community engagement and this award gives further evidence of that,” added Robert McGranaghan.

The award consists of a commemorative sculpture honoring the institution’s extraordinary social commitment and $5,000 to distribute to community partners to support continuation or expansion of their collaboration.

Excellence in Assessment

The school received the AACP Award for Excellence in Assessment thanks to work by faculty members Eric Gilliam, PharmD, Jason Brunner, PhD, Wesley Nuffer, PharmD, Toral Patel, PharmD and Megan Thompson, PharmD.

The award recognizes outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy assessment programs for their progress in developing and applying evidence of outcomes as part of the ongoing evaluation and improvement of pharmacy professional education. The manuscript CU Pharmacy faculty submitted was titled: Unique Assessments for Unique Experiences: Content Validation of Three Assessment Tools for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Rotations.

“The Experiential Education Committee at CU Pharmacy used a data-driven validation and assessment plan to guide the design, testing, and implementation of five high-stakes advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) student assessments,” explained Jason Brunner, PhD.

The use of a four-year validation plan to guide the design, testing, and implementation of new final APPE student performance evaluations resulted in significant and positive changes to the experiential education program.

“Students must demonstrate a readiness to practice pharmacy prior to graduation, and we are now better able to document each student’s level of skill during each experiential program. Compared to our prior performance evaluations, the value of the feedback to the student has much improved. We trust when a preceptor indicates a student is ready to practice, that the student truly is ready to advance in their career,” said Eric Gilliam, PharmD.

Ultimately, the five new APPE assessment tools, each unique to its own practice setting and designed by input of active preceptors,  have proven to be effective in providing reliable and meaningful feedback for students.

Congratulations to the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy on both awards and the national recognition!

Guest contributor: This story was written by Stephanie Carlson, content producer, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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CU Anschutz faculty recognized for 25 years of service

Thirty-nine faculty members who have served the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (and its predecessor, the CU Health Sciences Center) for 25 years were honored at a reception at Fulginiti Pavilion on May 10.

Also attending the event were CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman and Provost Roderick Nairn, as well as the deans from the CU Anschutz schools and colleges.

The leadership team lauded the faculty members – 15 were able to attend – for their lengthy service to the university. Each faculty member received a commencement medal, emblazoned with the seal of the University of Colorado, in appreciation for their service.

The 39 awardees:

Tamara Tobey, School of Dental Medicine

Anne Wilson, School of Dental Medicine

John Carpenter, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Steven Anderson, School of Medicine

Linda Barbour, School of Medicine

Kenny Chan, School of Medicine

Elisabeth Cheney, School of Medicine

Mark Earnest, School of Medicine

Raymond Estacio, School of Medicine

Bifeng Gao, School of Medicine

Edward Gill, School of Medicine

Roger Giller, School of Medicine

Brian Greffe, School of Medicine

Jennifer Hagman-Hazell, School of Medicine

Brack Hattler, School of Medicine

Karen Helm, School of Medicine

Vernon Holers, School of Medicine

Pamela Johnson, School of Medicine

Elizabeth Kozora, School of Medicine

Andrew Liu, School of Medicine

Kelly Maloney, School of Medicine

Connor McBryde, School of Medicine

James McManaman, School of Medicine

Samia Nawaz, School of Medicine

David Nowels, School of Medicine

David Olds, School of Medicine

David Price, School of Medicine

Tracy Price-Johnson, School of Medicine

Mona Rizeq, School of Medicine

Cordelia Rosenberg, School of Medicine

Steven Rosenberg, School of Medicine

Irene Schauer, School of Medicine

Deborah Seymour, School of Medicine

Albert Singleton, School of Medicine

Gary Thieme, School of Medicine

Thomas Whitehill, School of Medicine

Michael Wilson, School of Medicine

Michael Woontner, School of Medicine

Madalynn Neu, College of Nursing

Guest contributor: Kelly Mason, assistant director of events and partnerships, contributed the photo.

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Linda Barbour, MD, wins Norbert Freinkel Award

Linda Barbour, MD, MSPH, professor of medicine, obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) will receive the 2018 Norbert Freinkel Award next month at the American Diabetes Association’s 78th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla.

The award, given in memory of Norbert Freinkel, a dedicated investigator and thought leader, honors a researcher who has made outstanding contributions to the understanding and treatment of diabetes in pregnancy.

In June, Barbour will deliver the Norbert Freinkel Award Lecture entitled, “Metabolic Culprits in Obese Pregnancies and Gestational Diabetes:  Big Babies, Big Twists, Big Picture.”

Barbour is a tenured professor in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes and Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the SOM.  She is medical director of the OB Diabetes and High-Risk Clinics at University of Colorado Hospital and serves on the editorial board for “Diabetes Care.”  

Barbour is a clinician/translational scientist in the management of obesity in pregnancy and gestational diabetes. She has made seminal observations on the hormonal and signaling changes that increase insulin resistance in pregnancy and the intrauterine and dietary factors that contribute to nutrient excess and affect newborn body composition.  Her NIH and ADA-funded studies have prompted guideline changes to improve maternal/fetal health. And she has published more than 100 manuscripts, book chapters, and guidelines.

As previous CME Director, Barbour loves to teach medical and obstetrics students, residents, fellows, and faculty. She also supervises treatment for the majority of mothers with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  She is a dedicated mentor for junior investigators across neonatology, maternal-fetal medicine, and endocrinology and helped to build a Colorado translational research program in Maternal and Child Metabolic Health. 

She was recently profiled in an article in CU Medicine Today magazine for her work with Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN, associate professor of medicine and nursing.

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Ronald Sokol, MD, named president of American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

Ronald Sokol, MD, a professor of pediatrics-gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

Sokol was introduced as AASLD president in a recent article in Hepatology magazine. “Ron has made significant contributions to the field of hepatology through his clinical expertise, research, mentoring, advocacy and service within national organizations,” the article states.

In addition to his hospital affiliations at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital, the article notes, Sokol is the vice chair of clinical and translational research in the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. CCTSI recently received a $46.5 million NIH grant to continue its work of accelerating research discoveries and new health care treatments.

The article in Hepatology went on to say that Sokol has been an NIH-funded investigator since 1986 “and has received an astonishing $200 million in grant support to date. His major clinical interests are pediatric hepatology and liver transplantation. Ron’s scientific interests include the mechanisms of vitamin E deficiency and cholestasis; the role of mitochondria and oxidative stress in liver injury; the mechanisms of liver cell injury in cholestasis; fatty liver, and parenteral nutrition-associated liver injury; the pathogenesis of biliary atresia; and the development of predictive models for rare childhood liver diseases.

“To that end, Ron has published 250 original articles pertaining to basic science, translational and clinical research studies in pediatric hepatology.”

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College of Nursing ranked fourth in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

The University of Colorado College of Nursing has been ranked fourth nationally in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The latest listing, released Wednesday, moves the College of Nursing up on the U.S. News rankings. Last year, it came in ninth nationally for its online graduate program among the nation’s masters’ degree granting institutions.

“The College of Nursing is proud to be ranked fourth nationally in online graduate nursing programs,” said Interim Dean Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “We have outstanding faculty who are committed to delivering online programs that are expertly designed, creating successful outcomes for student learning.”

CU College of Nursing graduates
CU College of Nursing graduates

The College of Nursing at CU Anschutz has been strategically employing highly skilled, committed and diligent distance educators for 20 years who have not only delivered a quality education to a wide range of students, but have helped recruit even more.

That record of excellence has often landed the college’s online programs among the best in the nation.

“This recognition is a validation of a rich history of quality online education,” said  Diane J. Skiba, PhD, RN, FAAN. “It is particularly rewarding this year as we celebrate our 20th year of our online informatics graduate program that is built upon a learner-centric model of education.”

Skiba is a professor and specialty director of health care informatics at the CU College of Nursing.

U.S. News used five categories in determining their rankings for online nursing programs. These include faculty credentials, student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation and student service and technology.  U.S. News has ranked distance education programs for six years and believes online learning is becoming integral to all types of education and that consumers are hungry for information related to online degrees.

 

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CU School of Medicine Physician Receives Top Honor

Michael Holers, MD, the Scoville Professor of Rheumatology in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was honored with the designation of Master by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) during the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. Recognition as a Master is one of the highest honors that the ACR bestows on its distinguished members.

Dr. Michael Holers
Dr. Michael Holers

The designation of Master is conferred on senior ACR members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and the rheumatology profession. Honorees have devoted their careers to furthering rheumatology research and improving clinical standards in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my commitment to advancing research in the field of rheumatology that is focused on improving treatment and developing novel prevention strategies,” said Dr. Holers. “I am truly humbled to receive this designation and join the ranks of my distinguished rheumatology colleagues.”

ACR Masters must be highly accomplished individuals. Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors and honors, such as research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, and administrative positions. The Master must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the science and art of rheumatology.

Holers began his academic career at Purdue University and then continued as a medical student in the School of Medicine of Washington University in St. Louis. Following medical school, he was an intern and resident at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and then a Rheumatology Fellow for two years at the University of Colorado. There he got his first research experience, discovering and publishing on the presence of nuclear antigens on the surfaces of activated cells. Following this introduction to research, Holers sought an intensive research training experience and undertook a wet bench postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University. Following successful conclusion of that position, he began his independent research career there as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Howard Hughes Assistant Investigator.

After Holers achieved the academic level of Associate Professor with tenure, he was recruited in 1993 by Drs. Robert Schrier and Bill Arend to the University of Colorado as the first Smyth Professor of Rheumatology. Holers was subsequently promoted to Professor of Medicine and Immunology. In 2000, he was named the Division Head of Rheumatology and then in 2008 the Scoville Professor of Rheumatology, positions which he has held to the current period.

For more information on each of these awards, and to view past recipients, please visit www.rheumatology.org/Get-Involved/Awards.

 

 

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University of Colorado School of Medicine Physician Receives Top Honor

Dr. Michael Holers, the Scoville Professor of Rheumatology in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was honored with the designation of Master by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) during the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. Recognition as a Master is one of the highest honors that the ACR bestows on its distinguished members.

Dr. Michael Holers
Dr. Michael Holers

The designation of Master is conferred on senior ACR members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and the rheumatology profession. Honorees have devoted their careers to furthering rheumatology research and improving clinical standards in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my commitment to advancing research in the field of rheumatology that is focused on improving treatment and developing novel prevention strategies,” said Dr. Holers. “I am truly humbled to receive this designation and join the ranks of my distinguished rheumatology colleagues.”

ACR Masters must be highly accomplished individuals. Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors and honors, such as research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, and administrative positions. The Master must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the science and art of rheumatology.

Dr. Holers began his academic career at Purdue University and then continued as a medical student in the School of Medicine of Washington University in St. Louis. Following medical school, he was an intern and resident at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and then a Rheumatology Fellow for two years at the University of Colorado. There he got his first research experience, discovering and publishing on the presence of nuclear antigens on the surfaces of activated cells. Following this introduction to research, Dr. Holers sought an intensive research training experience and undertook a wet bench postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University. Following successful conclusion of that position, he began his independent research career there as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Howard Hughes Assistant Investigator. After Dr. Holers achieved the academic level of Associate Professor with tenure, he was recruited in 1993 by Drs. Robert Schrier and Bill Arend to the University of Colorado as the first Smyth Professor of Rheumatology. Dr. Holers was subsequently promoted to Professor of Medicine and Immunology. In 2000, he was named the Division Head of Rheumatology and then in 2008 the Scoville Professor of Rheumatology, positions which he has held to the current period.

For more information on each of these awards, and to view past recipients, please visit www.rheumatology.org/Get-Involved/Awards.

 

 

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Facilities Management honored for excellence

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has received the 2017 Award for Excellence in Facilities Management from APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, an organization that promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education.

The Award for Excellence, which highlights the essential role of facilities operations in the overall institutional mission and vision, is APPA’s highest institutional honor.  Recipient institutions gain national and international recognition for their outstanding achievements in facilities management. The Award for Excellence designation is valid for a period of five years.

Anschutz Medical Campus
CU Anschutz Medical Campus

“The institutions that receive the Award for Excellence are true leaders in educational facilities management,” said Paul Wuebold, vice president of Professional Affairs for APPA and the chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee.  “In the span of twenty years, the University of Colorado has converted a 233 acre former military hospital in Aurora, Colo., into a world-class research medical campus.  The CU Anschutz Facilities Management department emphasizes communication within its staff, with the administration and with its customers to positively respond to and remedy any issues that are raised.”

The APPA Award for Excellence is designed to recognize and advance excellence in the field of educational facilities.  Award for Excellence nominations address the areas of: leadership; strategic and operational planning; customer focus; information and analysis; development and management of human resources; process management; and performance results. Nominated institutions also submit to a site review conducted by an awards evaluation team.

“It is an honor to receive APPA’s Award for Excellence,” said David Turnquist, associate vice chancellor, Facilities Management at CU Anschutz. “To be considered the Best of the Best is a tribute to the work, dedication and professionalism of the Facilities Management staff and the incredible support of the executive leadership at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.”

Universidad Panamericana Mexico also was honored with the 2017 Award for Excellence.

Leadership from CU Anschutz Facilities Management was recognized on July 22 during the awards banquet at the 2017 APPA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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