The intensely cold weather
this past week has, I hear, not put a damper on the many holiday gatherings
that have taken place; I had been invited to six this past weekend alone.
We had things going on at our home that precluded our getting to any of them Friday
and Saturday, but I (as a trailing spouse) stopped by the University of
Colorado Hospital celebration at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
I was particularly sorry to miss the student winter event Friday night.
This past Friday marked
the 72nd anniversary of the opening of the new Fitzsimons Army
Hospital, or what we now call Building 500 for want of a better name. It
was thought to be a boondoggle and a hospital so large it would never be
filled, but the events of the next morning (Pearl Harbor) changed both U.S.
history and that of this building (at least for the next 55 years).
I will be unable to
attend, but want to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Career Teaching Scholars Award from the Department of Pediatrics. They are
Professors Robert Brayden, MD, and Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, and Clinical
Professors Susan Merrill, MD, and Greg Arfsten, MD. The department will present
the awards and host a reception on Friday, Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Mt.
Oxford Auditorium at Children’s Hospital Colorado. This event is a good
opportunity to celebrate some of our gifted educators.
Twenty years ago, with the
support of the Colorado Trust, we recruited David Olds, PhD, professor of
pediatrics and director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child
Health, from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. This past
week, David and colleagues were the authors of the lead article in JAMA
Pediatrics reporting on the study that
the Trust funding made possible. There is also an interview with Olds at the JAMA
Erik Wallace, MD, will be
joining the School of Medicine in January as associate dean for the Colorado Springs branch. Erik is an associate professor and vice chair
for education in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of
Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa School of Community Medicine. His
experience working in a branch system will be especially valuable as we start
our own branch. Among his many duties, he will collaborate with Colorado
Springs hospitals, physicians and School of Medicine faculty in recruiting
We said good-bye to Celia
Kaye, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for education, on Dec. 2. Celia is
officially retiring at the end of the month, but with hectic schedules this
month, last Monday was the only time we could organize a farewell event that
most of us could attend. It was an excellent opportunity to say thank you
and give our best wishes for a happy retirement. Celia has been a remarkable
leader for our education team, nurturing the program’s growth while helping us
meet all the credentialing and other needs that constantly demand attention. We
have benefited from Celia’s dedicated and compassionate leadership.
I hope many of you can
plan to attend the State of the School Address on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 4:30
p.m. in the Hensel Phelps West Auditorium. There will be live broadcasts to
Denver Health, National Jewish Health, the VA Medical Center and the
University’s downtown campus. Hint: It has been another good year!
We will post the slides (and maybe the talk) on our webpage next week.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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