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School of Medicine


We have a long-standing record of service that reflects our commitment to serving the Colorado community. An array of programs and projects designed to help the community is a testament to our commitment.

  • 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.

Community Newsroom

Uptick in Hash Oil Burn Patients

UCH is on track to treat about three times as many victims of hash oil explosions as it did in 2013.

UCH, Childrens Top Ranked

University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado, were ranked Colorado's best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report.

Cutting Corners to Help Underserved

A Missouri plan to use newly graduated medical doctors with no postgraduate training in underserved communities will not help the doctor shortage, a CU physician writes.

Old Red Cross Building in Crosshairs

The Red Cross Building on the Anschutz Campus hosted soldiers for three wars, but the future of the 100-year-old structure is in debate.

$3 Million Gift for Macular Degeneration Center

A retired oilman has donated millions to CU to purchase equipment to help macular degeneration patients and to endow an endocrinology research chair.

Good Eating for Campers

There are easy and delicious recipes for campers who want to get out of the hot dog and hamburger rut, an Anschutz Health and Wellness nutritionist says.

Be Picky about Your Sunscreen

A CU dermatologist says all sunscreens are not created equal.

Fitness Center a Step Above

Holly Wyatt, MD, says the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is unique in the country because of the services it offers.

New Plastic Surgery Clinic

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has a new plastic surgery clinic featuring CoolSculpting, Botox injections and other services.

Expensive Hep C Treatments

New hepatitis C treatment can cost $1,000 per pill, but a CU physician says patients should have access because it saves money in the long term.

No More Divert Hours at UCH

No emergency patients have been diverted from University of Colorado Hospital since the new Emergency Department opened in April 2013.

Nutrition Know-How for Doctors

Most physicians receive little education on diet, but at CU School of Medicine, nutrition classes have been added to all four years.

Amputee Support Group

University of Colorado Hospital welcomes amputees looking for support, education and solutions to problems like phantom limb pain.

Why Aren't We All Obese

A third of all Americans are obese. Why isn't it 100 percent?

Center on Aging Video

At CU's Center on Aging, seniors get clinical, research and community support.