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Our Service to the Community

School of Medicine


We have a long-standing record of service that reflects our commitment to serving the Colorado community. An array of programs and projects designed to help the community is a testament to our commitment.

  • With 23 years leading the School of Medicine, Richard Krugman, MD, is the longest-serving medical school dean in the country.
  • School of Medicine graduate Darrell Kirch, MD ’77 leads the Association of American Medical Colleges.

  • School of Medicine clinical professor Jeremy Lazarus, MD, served as president of the American Medical Association in 2012-2013.

  • The School of Medicine is based on the country’s newest health care campus that combines development investments of $2 billion.

  • The Anschutz Medical Campus, home of the School of Medicine, has an annual economic impact $420 million on the Colorado economy.

  • The School of Medicine’s new branch in Colorado Springs will provide additional learning opportunities for future doctors.

  • The School of Medicine won a national grant in 2013 to pilot a new model for training pediatricians based on competency rather than time in school.

  • The School of Medicine offers one of the country’s top rural medicine programs.

  • The School of Medicine ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. among public medical schools in total federal research grants and contracts.

  • Genetic researchers at the School of Medicine designed mice that do not get fat when on a high-fat diet – a milestone in obesity research.

  • The School of Medicine’s experts in preventing child abuse are helping revamp the state’s system for training child-protection workers.

  • School of Medicine professor Eric Coleman, MD, was named a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius fellow for helping patients transition from hospital to home.

  • Medical school professors Michael Hambidge, MD, and Nancy Krebs, MD, won an $11 million Gates Foundation grant to improve pregnancy nutrition in poor nations.

  • School of Medicine professor James Hill, PhD, is consulting with Walt Disney Co. on nutritional guidelines to help combat childhood obesity.

  • School of Medicine professor Comilla Sasson, MD, is mapping all automated external defibrillators in Denver to help life-saving efforts by emergency responders.

  • School of Medicine professor Iñigo San Millán, PhD, is applying his research by working with the Colorado Buffaloes football team to improve player performance.

  • School of Medicine professor Richard Johnson, MD, found that the human body has a fat switch that slows metabolism and contributes to obesity.

  • ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” selected the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center as its partner in medical oversight, weight loss and nutrition services.

Community Newsroom

Guatemala Clinic Opens

Banana workers and their families have a new medical facility staffed by CU doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives and students.

Prevent Dry Computer Eyes

You can avoid eye dryness by not staring at your phone or your computer screen.

School Clinic Supports Education

A community clinic staffed partly by Children's Hospital Colorado provides check-ups, dental care and immunizations for Aurora K-8 students.

Students Try CU Pot Program

A pioneering therapy model called Encompass is helping Adams City High School students caught intoxicated or using pot at school.

Musician Can Hear Again

Cochlear implants brings the world of sound back to a drummer after 10 years of deafness.

Program to Support Families

Two CU branches will launch a Strong Communities for Children program in Colorado Springs.

Anschutz Opens Doors to Neighbors

A $1 million grant to reach out to Anschutz Medical Campus neighbors will encourage healthy lifestyles and expand employment opportunities.

Extreme Weight Loss Series

Thirteen episodes of the Extreme Weight Loss TV series taped partially at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, will premiere May 27 on ABC.

Caring for Colorado's Refugees

A new clinical rotation is teaching medical students how to care for refugees.

Exercise Prescribed for Cancer

CU Cancer Center physicians are prescribing exercise because patients who work out have fewer hospitalizations, tolerate treatments better and have improved outcomes.

Grant for Teens with Diabetes

A diabetes diagnosis can be tough for teens, but a $2.1 million grant to the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes will teach them how to manage the disease.

UCH Recommends Acupuncture

Cancer patients at UCH say acupuncture treatments are helping with recovery and mitigating side effects.

UCH Donation for Food Bank

UC Health has given $50,000 to Loveland Food Share, which makes sure clients get plenty of fresh produce and recipes on how to prepare it.

Cleft Palate Surgery for Adults

Adults are often told it's too late to fix a cleft palate. But a CU physician disagrees.

Students Provide Foot Care for Homeless

Medical students spent a day at three shelters clipping toenails, checking for bunions and other foot care issues that often plague the homeless.