While many challenges lay ahead of us this new year, I would like to begin it by celebrating our rich talent. So many of our colleagues recently have received prestigious national accolades, but go unrecognized locally. The people listed below are among the hundreds of professionals who serve our core missions of preparing our future health care professionals, saving patient lives and discovering ways to improve care and treatment.
Geriatrician Eric Coleman
, MD, became the first person from the Anschutz Medical Campus to receive a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. The ADEAGies Foundation gave its Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation
to the School of Dental Medicine
for its national leadership in interprofessional education. The Clinical Research Forum honored Frank Accurso
, MD, for his pioneering work
in treating cystic fibrosis, which is helping Colorado kids breathe better. The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition named Professor of Pediatrics Allison Kempe
, MD, its 2012 Big Shot of the Year
. The Colorado School of Public Health
was selected as one of five CDC Food Safety Centers of Excellence in the U.S.
Three faculty members were inducted into prestigious academies: Physiology and Biophysics Professor Kurt Beam
, PhD, into the National Academy of Sciences
; Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Professor and Chair Mark Johnston
, PhD, into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
; and Frank deGruy, MD, into the Institute of Medicine.
In addition, a number of faculty are serving in national leadership positions in professional organizations. College of Nursing Associate Dean Amy Barton
, PhD, chairs the National Nursing Centers Consortium Board. James Borgstede
, MD, is president of the American Board of Radiology and president-elect of the International Society of Radiology. Peter Buttrick
, MD, was appointed president of the Association of University Cardiologists and the Association of Professors of Cardiology. Jorge DiPaloa
, MD, is president of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society. Joanne Hilden
, MD, is president-elect of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Todd Kingdom
, MD, is president of the American Rhinologic Society. Nancy Lowe
, PhD, is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN). Robert Page
, PharmD, is the American Heart Association’s U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention representative. John Rumsfeld
, MD, PhD, is national director of cardiology for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. And Richard J. Traystman
, PhD, is president of the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and metabolism.
This year, we’ve budgeted more than $420 in research expenditures, the largest amount in our campus's history. While the majority of awards came from the NIH, enormous contributions have been garnered from nontraditional resources. For instance, Mike Hambidge
, MD, ScD, and Nancy Krebs
, MD, just received $11 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study prenatal nutrition
In recognizing these exceptional accomplishments, I realize there are many, many other equally deserving and outstanding faculty and programs. I invite you to share your own accomplishments with your school or college’s communications staff, so we can do more to recognize your hard work and to tell the story of our campus, its essential and significant role, and the value we bring to our community and our world.
Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Colorado
Executive Vice Chancellor, Anschutz Medical Campus