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Department of Family Medicine

Caring for Colorado Families and Communities for 40 Years


The Triple Aim: Improving health through higher quality and affordable care.

We strive to achieve the Triple Aim by:

  • Providing outstanding care to patients.
  • Creating new knowledge.
  • Training the primary care workforce.
  • Connecting with our communities.


  • To integrate our clinical, research and educational activities into meaningful outcomes for our patients and communities.
  • To create new and nurture existing strategic partnerships.
  • To expand our influence in order to improve the health and quality of life for all patients.
  • To promote lifelong learning and professional development.


  • Acting boldly and from the heart, always persevering to do the right thing.
  • Fostering trust and collaborations that further our mission.
  • Encouraging the pursuit of individual paths within our collective purpose.
  • Cultivating innovation, experimenting, and growth.

Th​e Department of Family Medicine is organized into four principal mission areas and led by vice-chairs and an Executive Committee. See organizational chart.

M​​ission Areas:

  1. Clinical Care
  2. Education
  3. Research
  4. Community Engagement

Executive Committee:

  • Frank V. deGruy, III, MD, Chair
  • Colleen Conry, MD, Senior Vice Chair for Quality and Clinical Affairs
  • Brian Bacak, MD, Associate Vice Chair for Clinincal Affairs
  • Peter C. Smith, MD, Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
  • Kent Voorhees, MD, Vice Chair for Educational Programs
  • Dan Burke, MD, Associate Vice Chairs for Educational Program Development
  • Donald Nease, Jr., MD, Associate Vice Chair for Research Programs
  • Jodi Holtrop, PhD, Associate Vice Chair for Research Programs

Endo​wed Chairs: 

  • Frank V. ​deGruy, III, MD, Woodward-Chisholm Endowed Chair
  • Wilson Pace, MD, Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-Based Research,
  • Larry Green, MD, Epperson-Zorn Endowed Chair for Innovation
  • Mark Deutchman, MD, Patrick and Kathleen Thompson Endowed Chair for Rural Health

Department of Family Medicine Facts and Figures:

  • Second largest family medicine department in the country.
  • Ranked 5th in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report for family medicine training.
  • Home to 138 regular faculty and 624 clinical and volunteer faculty.
  • Shared teaching of nearly every medical student including: directing the required Foundations of Doctoring longitudinal course, a required 3rd year rural health clerkship, a rural health track, family medicine, community engagement, nutrition and preventive health interest groups, and various elective courses in years 1 through 4.
  • Mentor approximately 90 medical students on required mentored scholarly activities.
  • Train 66 family medicine residents annually in three accredited programs.
  • Home to six fellowship programs in Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Primary Care Psychology, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Primary Care Research, and Rural Medicine.
  • Sponsor four family medicine practices to which more than 80,000 visits are made annually.
  • University of Colorado Hospital inpatient service includes operative obstetrics and care of newborns.
  • Support specialized clinics and services in women's health, sports medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, behavioral health and integrated care, substance use treatment, cosmetics, and student health.
  • Home to 35 clinical faculty working at Denver Health's Federally Qualified Health Clinics.
  • Home to the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center, a collaboration in primary care studies.
  • Win approximately $10 million of external research funding annually.
  • Home to three practice-based research networks with shared operations for two additional networks.
  • Shared research infrastructure with the Colorado Health Outcomes Program (COHO), which conducts $15 million of externally funded research per year.
  • Founder of 2040 Partners for Health, a community-based participatory research partnership with five surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Leaders of the community engagement section of the University of Colorado's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CCTSI).

What is Primary Care?

“Primary care is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community.”

Defining Primary Care: An Interim Report. Institute of Medicine Committee on the Future of Primary Care. National Academy Press, Washington DC, 1994.


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