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Fulfilling our Mission

By John J. Reilly, Jr., MD


(May 2015) The pillars of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s mission – education, research, clinical care and community service – are each featured in this issue of CU Medicine Today.

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is well-known as the go-to center for state-of-the-art clinical care. The CU Cancer Center has some of the highest survival rates of any center in the Rocky Mountain region, especially for late-stage cancer.

The high quality of care that is available here is rooted in research. In this issue, we are highlighting some examples of that research – testing for gene problems that can be targeted with new therapies, offering clinical trials of emerging treatments, developing cutting-edge cancer screening technologies.

It is from discovery in laboratories that we advance the quality of treatments we offer in the clinics.

Our School’s commitment to serving the state of Colorado and the region are prominently on display each year at the National Western Stock Show, where faculty and students from the Anschutz Medical Campus volunteer to provide free health screenings to attendees. In this issue, we feature a report from the show, where 2,184 adults and 768 children received screenings.

Also in this issue are stories of our students and alumni, who are also making a difference around the globe, and soon, out of this world:

  • David Murphy, who is in this year’s graduating MD class, compiled a book with the stories of HIV/AIDS patients in the Dominican Republic he met while working there.
  • Greg Higgins, MD ’78, is providing care at an orphanage in Tanzania.
  • Kjell Lindgren, MD ’02, is set to become the first University of Colorado School of Medicine-trained astronaut when he heads to the International Space Station.

These are just a few examples showing that the hard work and dedication of our campus community matters. We remain steadfast in our commitment to teaching and learning, testing and discovering, curing and caring, in a never-ending search to improve the quality of life for our patients, our community, our nation and our world.

I want to thank everyone who has made me feel welcome in this vibrant academic community since my arrival in April. I am confident that together we will continue to provide excellence in the classroom, laboratory, clinical settings and our communities.

With warm regards,  


John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
University of Colorado