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University of Colorado Denver, Office of the Chancellor


SOM Dean Krugman announces plans to retire, 1-13-14

​Dear colleagues,
Richard D. Krugman, MD, who has served with distinction as dean of the School of Medicine for more than two decades, recently asked us to begin the process of hiring his successor. As a result, we will soon form a committee to conduct a nationwide search for the medical school’s next dean. We appreciate and accept his gracious offer to continue serving as dean and as the university’s vice chancellor for health affairs until a successor is in place.

Dr. Krugman is an outstanding colleague, a valued administrator and a treasured friend. His passionate and effective leadership has helped build one of the premier centers of academic medicine in the country, a school that consistently ranks among the top 10 public medical schools in grants from the National Institutes of Health and is a leader in research, learning and clinical care. His careful stewardship has attracted top talent from across the country and fostered a culture of respect. It is a legacy that will pay dividends for Colorado and future generations of physicians and researchers.

Dr. Krugman came to the University of Colorado School of Medicine in July 1968 as an intern in pediatrics. He completed his residency here and joined the faculty in 1973. In 1981, he became director of the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. A widely published scholar, he is an internationally recognized authority in the field of child abuse prevention. Dr. Krugman became dean on March 1, 1992, after serving as acting dean for 20 months. As the current longest-serving dean of a medical school in the United States, he is indeed the dean of deans.

Dr. Krugman was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in 2005 and has been named a Distinguished Professor of the University of Colorado. He serves on several boards, including the University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

We are fortunate that Dr. Krugman will not be leaving the university after he retires as dean. He says he plans to return to the Kempe Center in the Department of Pediatrics and pursue the long-deferred projects he put on hold in 1990. We thank him for his many years of outstanding service to our university, we look forward to his ongoing scholarship and we wish him the very best.

We will be sure to keep you informed in the days ahead of our progress on the search for the next dean of the School of Medicine.


Don Elliman

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

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