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Executive Vice Chancellor's Communiqué

Eric Coleman, MD, receives MacArther Foundation "genius" grant, 10-3-12

​Dear colleagues,
I am delighted to congratulate faculty member Eric Coleman, MD, on being the first person from the Anschutz Medical Campus to receive a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.
The MacArthur Foundation announced his selection for the unrestricted, five-year $500,000 “genius” fellowship on Tuesday. He is one of 23 grant winners from diverse fields who have demonstrated “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”
Dr. Coleman is a geriatrician at the School of Medicine whose work focuses on helping patients transition from hospital to home. He heads the Department of Medicine’s Division of Health Care Policy and Research and also practices at University of Colorado Hospital.
Dr. Coleman’s work focuses on an area of health care that has been embraced nationally as part of health care reform – reducing the number of patients released from a hospital only to be readmitted. Through studies piloted in Denver, then exported to other cities, Dr. Coleman showed that coaching patients in the transition out of a hospital, and following up with them, helped keep them from having to return quickly. His approach, using practical information such as lists of medical warning signs and follow-up appointments, is called Care Transitions Intervention.

We are all very proud of Dr. Coleman and pleased that he has received this prestigious recognition.

Lilly Marks
Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Colorado
Executive Vice Chancellor, Anschutz Medical Campus
University of Colorado Denver

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