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Erik Wallace, MD, FACP, Associate Dean for CU School of Medicine Colorado Springs Branch. Dr. Wallace attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, and spent his residency at Primary Care Internal Medicine, University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham, AL. Dr. Wallace joined the teaching staff of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor, was later promoted to Associate Professor, and by 2012, was appointed Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Internal Medicine. During his tenure, he also served as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and later became the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director.In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, he saw patients in his primary care practice and supervised medical residents in clinic and at two hospitals in Tulsa.

C​ontact: 719-255-8083, Erik.Wallace@UCDenver.edu


​Chad R. Stickrath, MD, FACP, is the Assistant Dean for the Colorado Springs Branch at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He joined the Colorado Springs Branch leadership team in November 2014. He has a passion for medicine as both a clinician and an educator. Prior to joining the Colorado Springs Branch, Dr. Stickrath was a hospitalist at the Denver VA Medical Center where he served as a clinician-educator, the Site Director for Medical Student Education, and a key clinical faculty member for the residency program. Dr. Stickrath is a member of the Governor’s council of the Colorado chapter of the American College of Physicians, the Education Committee of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and a member of the University of Colorado Academy of Medical Educators. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio and completed his residency training and chief residency year at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His current research efforts aim to improve the appropriateness of testing and to optimize clinical medical education and bedside teaching. H has enjoyed dozens of opportunities to provide faculty development aimed at effective clinical teaching and bedside teaching locally and around the country. Dr. Stickrath is also the Assistant Director of the Teacher Scholars Program (TSP), which teaches School of Medicine faculty how to develop, evaluate, and improve health education curriculum and conduct education research. In Colorado Springs, Dr. Stickrath practices as a hospitalist for Kaiser Permanente at UC Health Memorial Hospital. In his role as the Assistant Dean for Education, he developed and directs the Colorado Springs Mentored Integrated Curriculum, which is an innovative way for third-year medical students to learn the core clinical competencies in a patient-centered manner. In addition, Dr. Stickrath thoroughly enjoys teaching Colorado Springs Branch medical students on the Internal Medicine wards and mentoring more junior clinician-educators. 

Contact: 719-255-8085, Chad.Stickrath@UCDenver.edu


 Christine Waasdorp Hurtado, MD, MSCS, FAAP is the Director of Didactics and Longitudinal Curriculum and the Pediatric Liaison for the Colorado Springs Branch at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She joined the Colorado Springs Branch leadership team in January 2015. Prior to joining the Colorado Springs Branch, Dr. Waasdorp Hurtado was a Pediatric Gastroenterologist with Children’s Hospital Colorado.  She was the Director of Didactic Education for the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship from 2010 to 2015.  She developed a nationwide program for Pediatric Gastroenterology fellows on Gastrointestinal Physiology.  She also edited the first edition of The NASPGHAN Fellows Guide to Pediatric Gastroenterology. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont School of Medicine and completed her residency training Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Her Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship was completed at the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Her current research efforts are focused on student led didactics and curriculum design. In Colorado Springs, Dr. Waasdorp Hurtado practices as a Pediatric Gastroenterologist for Children’s Hospital Colorado. In her role as the Director of Didactics and Longitudinal Curriculum and the Pediatric Liaison, she assisted with the development and directs the Colorado Springs didactic program. In addition, Dr. Waasdorp Hurtado manages the third years Pediatric exposures in the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.​ 

Contact: 719-255-8087, christine.waasdorp@childrenscolorado.org


 ​​John Frerichs MD, FACS is the director of Student Development for the Colorado Springs Branch at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  He joined the Colorado Springs Branch Leadership team in January 2016.  He has a passion for medicine and teaching.  At the Colorado Springs Branch (CSB), he assists with student mentoring, career choice, educational remediation, and student wellness.  In addition, he assists Dr. Hurtado with the weekly didactic sessions.  Dr. Frerichs also has the privilege of teaching Physiology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

 His undergraduate training was at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree.  He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed his residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.  Dr. Frerichs was a practicing General Surgeon at Colorado Springs Surgical Associates prior to beginning his academic career both at the CSB and UCCS.

John Frerichs, MD, Director for Student Development | john.frerichs@ucdenver.edu | 719-255-8090​



Heather Cassidy, MD, Director for Community Engagement | heather.cassidy@ucdenver.edu | 719-255-8082

Valerie Navarro, MEd, Student Coordinator | valerie.navarro@ucdenver.edu | 719-255-8086

Nicole Perez, MA, Branch Coordinator | nicole.perez@ucdenver.edu | 719-255-8083​

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