Kelly Evans, M.D.
Kelly is a South Dakota native. She earned her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from South Dakota State University while playing golf for the Jackrabbits. After brief stints as a laboratory technician and a bartender, she then attended medical school at the University of South Dakota, where she graduated with AOA honors. She married her husband, Brodie Hullinger, also a South Dakota native, prior to starting internship at the University of Colorado. Kelly is a graduate of the Primary Care Track and plans to practice primary care in South Dakota after her chief year. She enjoyed being a part of the HIV sub-track and hopes to incorporate that into her future practice. Kelly loves to golf, run, and enjoy the food, beer, and weather of Denver.
Joel Jorgenson, M.D.
was born and raised on the plains of Nebraska. He attended the University
of Nebraska in Lincoln. For medical school, he made the jump to the big city of
Chicago and attended Northwestern University. Ultimately he succumbed to the
call of the mountains when selecting a residency program. The program was incredibly
appealing due to its unique primary care track. It allowed Joel to receive
training that was tailored to his future career choice. During his time here
he fell in love with Denver. He enjoys visiting new restaurants and
breweries. In the summers, he spends his time biking and playing volleyball at
the park. He loves going to see movies and particularly likes
Denver's independent movie theaters like the Sie Film Center or the
Mayan. He met his fiancée during his time here and is busy planning a wedding
for next summer.
Avash Kalra, M.D.
Avash was born and
raised in the U.K. prior to moving to southwest Ohio at the age of 13. After
graduating with a BA in Psychology from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), he
worked as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health and then as
a research coordinator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Avash attended
medical school at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where
he graduated with the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha, and subsequently
couples-matched with his wife Anjeli (now an Allergy/Immunology fellow) at the
University of Colorado. During residency, Avash completed research in the
Hepatology Divison within the Department of Gastroenterology, focusing on
outcomes for patients listed for liver transplantation, and as a third year
resident, was recognized with the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in
Teaching Award. Following his CMR year, Avash plans to pursue a career as an
Avash loves to hike, peruse his twitter accounts (@MedicineCU and
@AvashKalra), eat at Denver's many great restaurants, travel (an upcoming trip
to New Zealand is in the works) and watch his favorite sports teams -- among
them, the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), and Chelsea F.C.
(English Premier League). Finally, Avash is active in two journalism endeavors
outside of work. He is a Senior Writer and Editor for CollegeHockeyNews.com, and
he is the founder and director of Radio Rounds, a 501(c)3 non-profit company
that produces a weekly medical radio talk show.
Natalia Roldan, M.D.
Natalia grew up in Lee's Summit, MO which is a suburb outside of
Kansas City. She completed all of schooling here. For undergrad and medical
school she completed a 6-year BA/MD combined program through the University of
Missouri-Kansas City. During medical school she became interested in academic
medicine and global health. She spent 4 weeks in La Paz, Bolivia working in the
hospitals as a medical student.
After medical school Natalia was interested in living outside of the
Midwest and chose University of Colorado for their diverse patient population,
strong academic reputation and friendly people.
Natalia's future career plans are to be an academic hospitalist or
nocturnist. She very much wants to continue to do global health work.
In her spare time
Natalia enjoys spending time her husband, Kyle and their two dogs. They are
avid Royals and Chiefs fans. They have also taken a liking to the Colorado
Kinnear Theobald, M.D.
born in Seattle, WA, but spent the majority of her childhood in Bloomington,
IN. She went to Grinnell College, in
Grinnell, IA, where she majored in chemistry and played softball. She then returned to her home state for
medical school at Indiana University, before moving to Denver for
residency. After her chief year, Kinnear
is planning to stay in Denver as an academic hospitalist, with an emphasis on
undergraduate medical education. She and
her husband Chauncey have three wonderful children: Ryott, who is starting his
freshman year at Smoky Hill; Trinity, who will be going into the 6th
grade; and Lochlynn, who is still mastering the art of rolling over.
VA Chief Resident for Quality and Safety
Tyler Miller, M.D.
A Colorado native, Tyler grew up in the Denver area. He left to attend college at Northwestern
University in Chicago. After graduating
and working in a research lab for a year in the bay area, he returned to his
home state for medical school. When selecting
a residency program, he found it was easy to stay at University of Colorado for
the combination of quality of life and outstanding medical training offered
here. During residency, Tyler joined the
hospitalist training program to further his interests in systems-based
improvement and medical education. Through
this, he and two other residents carried out a project to improve
patient-physician communication that received national recognition. He currently serves as the Chief Resident for
Quality and Patient Safety based at the Denver VA. Outside of work, you can find Tyler skiing
down moguls at Winter Park or riding his bike in the foothills west of the