It was quite a week,
culminating in the game last night, which I watched with part of my family in
Westborough, Mass. It was odd to be in a city that really didn’t care about the
game, but our small island of Broncos fans had a wonderful time together, at
least for the first 10 seconds of the game. An intergenerational
condolence session followed with my son explaining to his sons what it was like
to watch the Broncos lose the big game four times when he was growing up. His
sons were not consoled. Oh well, it is now time to focus on the
Avalanche, the Olympics, and in 12 days, the opening of spring training for the
Rockies. There is always a next year.
My email last week
attracted a number of replies, including two from faculty at National Jewish
Health expressing dismay with my reporting about my visit to the National
Jewish Board the previous week. I had a discussion about this with the Faculty
Officers last week, and we will have a discussion of how we have evolved to the
current state at the next Faculty Senate meeting. It should be clear that it is
in the best interests of all our faculty to do what we can to keep research
relationships and academic programs intact. But it is also clear that we cannot
dissociate parts of our clinical group practice to support activities that harm
our major hospital affiliates.
Inc., held its Annual Member Meeting last Tuesday evening, reporting another
year of stellar results. Improvements in clinical productivity yielded a year
of record support to the School and proved again that our faculty are our
source of financial strength and stability. Thank you for your dedication and
Congratulations to David
Fullerton, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the division of cardiothoracic
surgery, who has been elected president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, which represents more than 6,800 surgeons,
researchers and health care professionals worldwide. Dave will lead the
Society as it begins its second half century of service to those dedicated
The Gallery of the Health
Sciences Library will be exhibiting prints of Norman Rockwell illustrations of
Mark Twain novels beginning today, Feb. 3, and running through Friday, Feb.
28. The exhibit, “Poignant Humorists,” is made possible by a donation from David R.
Gillingham, MD ’63, and his wife, Martha, in memory of Robert W. Hendee, MD
’61. To celebrate the gift, the library will host a lecture by Pamela Laird,
PhD, professor of history at University of Colorado-Denver, on Feb. 13 at noon
in the Reading Room.
The University of Colorado
Travel, Expedition and Altitude Medicine (TEAM) clinic, located in the University of Colorado Hospital’s
Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, recently opened. So far they’ve counseled someone
heading to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, helped a traveler in Colorado deal with
problems of altitude and advised a woman worried over how traveling in the
mountains could affect her pregnancy.
Initial applications for
the 2014 Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research
Awards Program are due Friday, Feb.
7. The program supports early career investigators and is intended to fund
translational research that advances a discovery closer to clinical
applications. Four Boettcher Foundation Investigators will be named and each
will receive an award of $225,000 for research conducted over a one- to
A television news report that
appeared last August featuring Vietnam veteran Lou Nonay and Evalina Burger,
MD, associate professor of orthopedics, will be honored with a Media
Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Award at a ceremony on Thursday, May 1.
The award, from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recognizes the
reporter for accurately and creatively telling a story about musculoskeletal
issues. This is indeed a fascinating story about how Evalina found a piece of
flak jacket, which was lodged near Lou’s spine after being shot more than 40
years ago, causing a potentially deadly infection.
I encourage faculty to
take a look at a letter University of Colorado Hospital President and CEO John
Harney sent this past week regarding a change in how U.S. News & World
Report gathers information for its annual rankings. In the past, the magazine
asked 200 board-certified specialists in 16 specialties for their opinions.
Now, the magazine is expanding its survey to include board-certified physicians
who have accounts with Doximity, an online networking tool for physicians.
While the rankings are an oversimplified snapshot of the service we provide our
patients, students and the community, this is one small opportunity to
influence the score the magazine gives.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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