academic and state fiscal year is underway; new residents begin today (I
welcomed them this morning); and this weekly email begins its 11th
year. I thank those of you who read some or all of it and send us snippets of
information, provide editorial comment or ask a follow-up question or two. From
the beginning, the goal of this missive has been to keep the several thousand
faculty, students, residents and staff of the School informed about what is
going on here at an increasingly large and fast-paced institution. Whether it is
read or deleted, I find it somewhat reinforcing and therapeutic to look back
each week on the remarkable diversity of events and the plethora of
accomplishments that our School has.
Friday, The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute broke ground on an expansion
project that will
nearly triple its size. Naresh Mandava, MD, chair of the Department of
Ophthalmology, gave an inspiring speech and then University and campus
leadership presided over a ceremonial turning of dirt. With more than 135,000
square feet, the expanded center will provide additional space for
existing clinical and research programs and house a specialized ophthalmology
surgery center. The project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2014.
ceremony, the School of Medicine and the Department of Ophthalmology announced a
new $6.5 million gift from The Anschutz Foundation, with $4 million allocated to
the Eye Center capital expansion and $2.5 million to the ophthalmology research
afternoon, I spent several hours with a new group of third-year medical students
for the first in a series of five small group sessions that are part of their
curriculum. They are two months into their third year. We start them in May so
our hospitals and clinics do not have new students, new interns and new
residents all arriving in July. Their enthusiasm is infectious and their skill
at adapting to the myriad different clinical training sites they go to is
Wednesday, the University of
Colorado Health Board met and heard a presentation from David Schwartz, MD,
professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, on personalized medicine and
our need on campus to develop a clinical data warehouse. UC Health has completed
a successful first year and will very soon have the entire hospital system
converted to the Epic electronic medical record which should improve its ability
to care for patients up and down the Front Range.
night, the RTD Board voted 14-1 to relocate the light-rail line that would have
divided the campus along Montview Boulevard. The newly approved
route will run
along Fitzsimons Parkway north and east of the campus. This change will save
money, protect investments in research equipment and ensure safer pedestrian
crossings on campus. In a letter to the campus, Anschutz Medical
Campus Executive Vice Chancellor Lilly Marks offers details supporting the
change in the route.
Faculty Senate has elected two new officers for 2013-2014: Jeffrey Druck, MD,
associate professor of emergency medicine, as president-elect and Michael
Yeager, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, as secretary. They join
President Nichole Reisdorph, PhD, assistant professor of immunology, and Past
President Todd Larabee MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, as
officers for the upcoming year.
Fred Suchy, MD, professor of
pediatrics, will be receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association for
the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at that group’s annual meeting in November.
The honor is bestowed by the AASLD on one person each year for his or her
sustained service to the organization or to the liver disease community in
general. Fred is a former president of the AASLD and has been active in dozens
of the group’s initiatives. Congratulations.
Christine Fisher, MD, MPH, assistant
professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, has appointed to the state
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Advisory Board. The seven-member
board recommends guidelines for the services of the state’s Women’s Wellness
Connection program, which provides cancer screening to eligible women at more
than 130 sites statewide.
Acevedo, a second-year student at School of Medicine, was selected last week for
the American Society of Hematology’s 2013 Minority
Medical Student Award Program. He is one of 15 medical school
students nationally selected for the honor.
Richard D. Krugman,
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine
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