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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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CU School of Medicine honors alumni including Elliff, Buchanan, Sharp and Camp

The University of Colorado School of Medicine will honor four alumni—outstanding physicians for their delivery of health care, pioneering research, and service to their country and communities—at its Silver and Gold ceremony May 25.

John Elliff
John Elliff

John E. Elliff, MD, and William S. Buchanan, MD, both ophthalmologists and native Coloradans, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for their work in bringing health care to northeastern Colorado, where access to health care has been limited. For a combined 50 years, Drs. Buchanan and Elliff served the community of Sterling at the Sterling Eye Center, which Dr. Elliff’s father, Edgar Elliff, MD, built. Both physicians served on the faculty of the School of Medicine for decades. In addition to continuing his father’s work in the community, Dr. Elliff organized and built a 110-bed nursing home in Sterling.

William Buchanan
William Buchanan

John R. Sharp, MD, a gastroenterologist, will receive the Distinguished Service Award. He served in the United States Air Force for the first 22 years of his medical career, rising through many levels of leadership before returning to civilian medicine. He greatly contributed to advancing the understanding of gastroenterology in his research and publishing, and in educating medical students. He has practiced in locum tenens positions across Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.  Currently Dr. Sharp practices locum tenens in Longmont.

John Sharp
John Sharp

Bonnie W. Camp, MD, highly regarded as a pioneer and leader in pediatric medicine, will receive the Alumni Association’s Silver and Gold Award, the School of Medicine’s highest alumni award. Dr.  Camp has published more than 100 articles, abstracts, presentations and workshops on early childhooddevelopment and language. Her early work in language development and social behavior in very young children is still cited today, nearly 50 years after her first publications, and in programs dedicated to helping young children develop intellectually and socially.

Bonnie Camp
Bonnie Camp

For more information on the Silver and Gold Alumni Banquet go to www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/reunion or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 303-724-2518.

Guest Contributor:  CU Anschutz Office of Alumni Relations

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CU Anschutz faculty honored for 25 years of service

 

(from left) Robert McIntyre, Isabel Schlaepfer, Thomas Campbell
(from left) Robert McIntyre, Jr., Isabel Schlaepfer, Thomas Campbell

CU Anschutz recently honored more than 25 faculty members for 25 years of service to the university.  Those honored included:

School of Dental Medicine

Douglas Heller, DMD

 

School of Medicine

Arne Beck, PhD

Thomas Beresford, MD

Thomas Campbell, MD

Richard Dart, MD, PhD

Debra Dyer, MD

Satish Garg, MD

Michael Hall, MD

Joy Hawkins, MD

Barbara Helfrich, MSc

James Hill, PhD

Edward Hoffenberg, MD

Allison  Kempe, MD

Susan Mandell, MD, PhD

Robert McIntyre, Jr., MD

Glenn  Merritt, MD

Gregory Owens, PhD

Robert  Quaife, MD

Jane Reusch, MD

Virginia Sarapura, MD

Isabel  Schlaepfer, PhD

Jeanelle Sheeder, PhD

Ann Watlington, MD

Jonathan Woodcock, MD

Liping Yu, MD

 

Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Douglas Fish, PharmD

Cathy Jarvis, PharmD

 

CU Chancellor Don Elliman presented the faculty with commemorative medallions and thanked them with these remarks:

“Our faculty—your talent—makes this place what it is. Over the last 25 years, you have revolutionized the field of healthcare. Only 18 years ago, virtually everything here today, except for building 500, didn’t exist. You, quite literally helped build this campus from the ground up. I want to thank all of you for your many years of hard work and dedication to the university.”

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Graduate programs at University of Colorado earn national accolades

The University of Colorado’s four campuses earned dozens of rankings in just-released lists of graduate programs compiled by U.S. News & World Report, which annually highlights the best in research and teaching across the country.

U.S. News ranks programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine. Rankings are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The publication aims to provide a tool to students and parents who are comparing college programs at accredited public and private universities in the United States.

Below is a sampling of CU’s rankings from the 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools (U.S. News Media Group), as made available in advance by U.S. News. Some rankings include ties with other institutions:

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine

  • Top 10: The school ranks third nationally for family medicine, sixth for pediatrics, sixth for rural medicine and eighth for primary care.
  • The school ranks 35th overall for research.

College of Nursing

  • The college’s nursing master’s degree is 26th; doctor of nursing practice, 34th.

Graduate School

  • Top 10: The master’s program for physician assistant ranks fifth.
  • Among master’s/doctorate programs in physical therapy, the program ranks 15th.

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • The school ranks 22nd nationally for the doctor of pharmacy program.

University of Colorado Denver

  • CU Denver schools and programs that are ranked include health care management (23), School of Public Affairs (34), biological sciences (75), the Business School’s part-time MBA program (84) and the School of Education and Human Development (120).

University of Colorado Boulder

  • No. 1: CU Boulder holds the top ranking nationally for atomic/molecular/optical physics.
  • Top 10: CU Boulder holds a top ranking for ceramics (fifth). It also lands spots for environmental law (sixth), environmental engineering/environmental health engineering (ninth) and aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering (10th).

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

  • At UCCS, the part-time MBA is No. 46. The nursing master’s degree at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences ranks 52nd; the doctorate of nursing practice, 54th.

The U.S. News data come from statistical surveys sent to administrators at more than 1,970 graduate programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 16,500 academics and professionals in the disciplines. Surveys were conducted during the fall of 2016 and in early 2017.

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