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University Physicians, Inc. (UPI) Enriches Futures Through Academic Fund, School of Medicine


For almost 30 years, the university’s clinical faculty have been investing in the health of the community. University Physicians, Inc. (UPI) handles a variety of financial matters for 1,000 faculty members in the School of Medicine (SOM). It  also ensures that every time an SOM doctor treats a patient, ten percent of this clinical revenue is delivered back into the School of Medicine for the Dean’s Academic Enrichment Fund. This fund enables the growth and maintenance of highly competitive research and programs within SOM.

Sean Colgan, PhD, Kern Professor of Medicine, was lured from Harvard Medical School to the Anschutz Medical Campus with the promise of collaborative research and a brand new lab with all the resources he needed—funded by UPI dollars. UPI and the university fulfilled this promise in ways that will positively impact the health of many people.

“Science is expensive and requires an investment. But the science we do here does a great amount of good for the community,” said Colgan. His research specialty in irritable bowel syndrome is unique in the Rocky Mountain region.

The original founders of UPI created a way of handling business that is the only model of its kind in the country. It has opened new educational pathways and possibilities for generations of students.

Richard Krugman, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, and President, UPI Board of Directors summed it up, “UPI is really not just a business enterprise. It’s really been, for the School of Medicine, the gift that keeps on giving.

Learn more about UPI.

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