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July 8, 2013

What's Going on Here?

Dear Colleague,

Not much to report from what was a very short, very quiet work week for me. I spent Monday in an all-day retreat with the Chancellor and his team and all the deans from the Anschutz Medical Campus and then had a few meetings Tuesday before heading out of town to Asheville, NC, for a mini-family reunion.  Seeing the family, especially the grandchildren, was fabulous; seeing the Biltmore Estate, a 250-room, 43-bath “cozy cottage” built by George Vanderbilt was amazing; experiencing nearly 8 inches of rain in three days was neither of those.  

There is a lot of conversation going on in the hallways of the research towers (and at National Jewish Health) regarding a proposal that has been put forth as part of our research strategic planning process that, if accepted, could reconfigure our basic science research enterprise here in the coming year(s).  I am intrigued by the proposal, which will be presented in outline form to the July Executive Committee meeting and then will be the subject of one or more “town hall meetings” that we will schedule in late July.  Stay tuned.

The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center this summer is hosting the fourth season of the television series Extreme Weight Loss. Holly Wyatt, MD, associate professor of medicine, will serve as the show’s medical director. Extreme Weight Loss is a non-competitive program that chronicles the efforts of several “super obese” people losing weight over a 365-day period. The show’s participants will spend the first 90 days of their weight-loss effort here on our campus at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, which will provide nutritional education, guidance and techniques, personal training, and fitness classes. Segments featuring the participants are scheduled to air on ABC beginning May 2014.

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) last week announced a new governance structure and named new leadership and members of its board of directors, council and subspecialty boards. Stuart Linas, MD, the Rocky Mountain Endowed Chair for Renal Research and professor of medicine, is treasurer of the group. Wells Messersmith, MD, associate professor and deputy head of the Division of Medical Oncology, was named to the ABIM’s subspecialty board and a test committee member in oncology.

Have a good week,

Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine

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