(May 2017) John R. Sharp, MD, a gastroenterologist and Coloradan born in Del
Norte, has received the Distinguished
Service Award from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The
school’s Medical Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Service Award to
an alumnus who has provided outstanding service to the Medical Alumni
Association and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Sharp
graduated in 1967.
In addition to a remarkable medical
career, Dr. Sharp has worked tirelessly to leave a robust legacy on half of his
medical class through the School of Medicine Class of 1967 Endowment. His
tenacious fundraising efforts with his classmates over the past 10 years will
lead to more than $1 million dollars for the School of Medicine.
In addition to his leadership in
the Class of 1967 Endowment Fund’s fundraising efforts, Dr. Sharp has been a
dedicated annual donor in support of the School of Medicine. Further, he and
his wife Pat designated a significant provision in their estate plan in support
of the endowment.
Dr. Sharp has invited his
classmates to join him by making their own legacy gift. He has also served as
the class “ex-officio” secretary for more than 20 years.
As to his medical accomplishments, Dr.
Sharp showed exceptional promise early on.
He graduated at the top of his class, earning the Gold Headed-Cane award
for demonstrating promise as an outstanding physician of internal medicine.
After an internship in internal
medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Sharp came back to Colorado for his
residency in internal medicine, then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology
at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. From there he served for 22 years in the
United States Air Force.
During his service in the military,
Dr. Sharp rose from flight surgeon to a Commander/Chief Officer of two military
hospitals, to Deputy Command Surgeon, to the Surgeon General for Air Training
Command, to director of Professional Services at Lackland Air Force Base in San
He declined a promotion to
Brigadier General to move into the civilian sector of health care.
Dr. Sharp advanced the understating
and practice of gastroenterology in many ways, including developing a
methodology for and performing the first esophageal variceal sclerotherapy. He also
has published dozens of articles and abstracts in his field.