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Points of Pride

CU School of Medicine


  • With 23 years leading the School of Medicine, Richard Krugman, MD, is the longest-serving medical school dean in the country.
  • School of Medicine graduate Darrell Kirch, MD ’77 leads the Association of American Medical Colleges.

  • School of Medicine clinical professor Jeremy Lazarus, MD, served as president of the American Medical Association in 2012-2013.

  • The School of Medicine is based on the country’s newest health care campus that combines development investments of $2 billion.

  • The Anschutz Medical Campus, home of the School of Medicine, has an annual economic impact $420 million on the Colorado economy.

  • The School of Medicine’s new branch in Colorado Springs will provide additional learning opportunities for future doctors.

  • The School of Medicine won a national grant in 2013 to pilot a new model for training pediatricians based on competency rather than time in school.

  • The School of Medicine offers one of the country’s top rural medicine programs.

  • The School of Medicine ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. among public medical schools in total federal research grants and contracts.

  • Genetic researchers at the School of Medicine designed mice that do not get fat when on a high-fat diet – a milestone in obesity research.

  • The School of Medicine’s experts in preventing child abuse are helping revamp the state’s system for training child-protection workers.

  • School of Medicine professor Eric Coleman, MD, was named a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius fellow for helping patients transition from hospital to home.

  • Medical school professors Michael Hambidge, MD, and Nancy Krebs, MD, won an $11 million Gates Foundation grant to improve pregnancy nutrition in poor nations.

  • School of Medicine professor James Hill, PhD, is consulting with Walt Disney Co. on nutritional guidelines to help combat childhood obesity.

  • School of Medicine professor Comilla Sasson, MD, is mapping all automated external defibrillators in Denver to help life-saving efforts by emergency responders.

  • School of Medicine professor Iñigo San Millán, PhD, is applying his research by working with the Colorado Buffaloes football team to improve player performance.

  • School of Medicine professor Richard Johnson, MD, found that the human body has a fat switch that slows metabolism and contributes to obesity.

  • ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” selected the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center as its partner in medical oversight, weight loss and nutrition services.