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Department of Family Medicine

Caring for Colorado Families and Communities for 40 Years


The Triple Aim: Improving health through higher quality and affordable care.

We strive to achieve the Triple Aim by:

  • Providing outstanding care to patients.
  • Creating new knowledge.
  • Training the primary care workforce.
  • Connecting with our communities.


  • To integrate our clinical, research and educational activities into meaningful outcomes for our patients and communities.
  • To create new and nurture existing strategic partnerships.
  • To expand our influence in order to improve the health and quality of life for all patients.
  • To promote lifelong learning and professional development.


  • Acting boldly and from the heart, always persevering to do the right thing.
  • Fostering trust and collaborations that further our mission.
  • Encouraging the pursuit of individual paths within our collective purpose.
  • Cultivating innovation, experimenting, and growth.

Th​e Department of Family Medicine is organized into four principal mission areas and led by vice-chairs and an Executive Committee. See organizational chart.

M​​ission Areas:

  1. Clinical Care
  2. Education
  3. Research
  4. Community Engagement

Executive Committee:

  • Frank V. deGruy, III, MD, Chair
  • Colleen Conry, MD, Senior Vice Chair for Quality and Clinical Affairs
  • Brian Bacak, MD, Associate Vice Chair for Clinincal Affairs
  • Peter C. Smith, MD, Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
  • Kent Voorhees, MD, Vice Chair for Educational Programs
  • Dan Burke, MD, Associate Vice Chairs for Educational Program Development
  • Donald Nease, Jr., MD, Associate Vice Chair for Research Programs
  • Jodi Holtrop, PhD, Associate Vice Chair for Research Programs

Endo​wed Chairs: 

  • Frank V. ​deGruy, III, MD, Woodward-Chisholm Endowed Chair
  • Wilson Pace, MD, Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-Based Research,
  • Larry Green, MD, Epperson-Zorn Endowed Chair for Innovation
  • Mark Deutchman, MD, Patrick and Kathleen Thompson Endowed Chair for Rural Health


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Department of Family Medicine Facts and Figures:

  • Second largest family medicine department in the country.
  • Ranked 5th in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report for family medicine training.
  • Home to 138 regular faculty and 624 clinical and volunteer faculty.
  • Shared teaching of nearly every medical student including: directing the required Foundations of Doctoring longitudinal course, a required 3rd year rural health clerkship, a rural health track, family medicine, community engagement, nutrition and preventive health interest groups, and various elective courses in years 1 through 4.
  • Mentor approximately 90 medical students on required mentored scholarly activities.
  • Train 66 family medicine residents annually in three accredited programs.
  • Home to six fellowship programs in Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Primary Care Psychology, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Primary Care Research, and Rural Medicine.
  • Sponsor four family medicine practices to which more than 80,000 visits are made annually.
  • University of Colorado Hospital inpatient service includes operative obstetrics and care of newborns.
  • Support specialized clinics and services in women's health, sports medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, behavioral health and integrated care, substance use treatment, cosmetics, and student health.
  • Home to 35 clinical faculty working at Denver Health's Federally Qualified Health Clinics.
  • Home to the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center, a collaboration in primary care studies.
  • Win approximately $10 million of external research funding annually.
  • Home to three practice-based research networks with shared operations for two additional networks.
  • Shared research infrastructure with the Colorado Health Outcomes Program (COHO), which conducts $15 million of externally funded research per year.
  • Founder of 2040 Partners for Health, a community-based participatory research partnership with five surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Leaders of the community engagement section of the University of Colorado's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CCTSI).