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The Dean

School of Medicine


Dean Richard Krugman, MD

Richard D. Krugman, MD, is the first vice chancellor for health affairs for the University of Colorado Denver and dean of the CU  School of Medicine. 

He oversees all clinical programs of the university at its five affiliated hospitals. The Center on Aging, the Center of Bioethics and Humanities, the Colorado Area Health Education system and Risk Management also report to him.

Dr. Krugman became dean of the CU School of Medicine on March 1, 1992, after serving as acting dean for 20 months. This makes him the nation's longest serving medical school dean.
“I can’t remember what I wrote on my medical school application any more, but I have loved all of the 40-plus years I have been in medicine,” Krugman says. “I have never had a day that I woke up and didn’t want to come to work. The growth and development of this wonderful school of medicine has been a joy to watch and be part of.”
Among Dr. Krugman’s accomplishments has been moving the medical school from Denver to the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Also, the school, which consistently places in the top five in primary care rankings by US News & World Report, recently revamped its curriculum. And, as the Dean says, “the day to day joy of supporting a fabulous faculty and student body to do their work has been incredibly rewarding.”

A graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Krugman earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Krugman, a board-certified pediatrician, joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1973.

From 1981 to 1992 he was director of the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and neglect.
Dr. Krugman has held a variety of administrative positions at University of Colorado including director of admissions and co-director of the child health associate program. He’s also been director of the university’s Area Health Education Center program, and vice chairman for clinical affairs in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also president of University Physicians, Inc., the School of Medicine faculty practice plan.

Dr. Krugman is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is on the boards of University of Colorado Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Denver, among others. He was a major in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Among his awards and honors, Dr. Krugman received the C. Henry Kempe Memorial award for Contributions in the Field of Child Abuse.
He has authored over 100 original papers, chapters, editorials and four books and recently stepped down after 15 years as Editor-in-Chief of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal.