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At the Leading Edge of Innovation

The Department of Family Medicine is one of the premier primary care research departments in the US and internationally. Research is conducted on a variety of topics important to family medicine and utilizing innovative research methods. The Department’s researchers are national leaders in the areas of practice-based, community participatory, and practice redesign and improvement research. Our researchers currently lead or have led the major national organizations fostering research and primary care and inform policy through membership and leadership positions at the national level. 

Current Research

Family medicine research faculty and staff were involved in research totaling over 8 million in 2013 alone from granting institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and various Colorado based foundation such as the Colorado Health Foundation.

Research faculty and staff are active in sharing their knowledge in the form of publications, presentations at local, state, national and international meetings, via webinars and through the development of materials and guides to drive the field of primary care forward.

Research Leadership

As a department, our faculty and staff bring a passion for improving healthcare delivery through innovative and impactful research. The research leadership includes Dr. Donald Nease and Dr. Jodi Holtrop. Both have served as principal investigators for large NIH, AHRQ and foundation funded research and utilize that expertise to create an environment of excellence and strong support. The Department maintains strong ties to the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute, the Colorado Health Outcomes Program, other campus groups, and community organizations. Both Drs. Nease and Holtrop play leadership roles with guiding practice-based research networks in the state. The synergy of these roles and connections to the Department’s research group help to foster a dynamic, collaborative research environment in which family medicine researchers play key roles as leaders of and contributors to research involving investigators across the Anschutz campus, the State and the US.


Contact Info:

Donald Nease, MD
Vice Chair for Research
Phone: 303.724.7283
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Jodi Summers Holtrop, PhD, MCHES
Associate Vice Chair for Research
Phone: 303.724.5339
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The Department’s mission is to conduct high quality research that informs an evidence base for patient-centered primary care. Our vision is:

  • To be innovators in translational and practice-based research
  • To develop and sustain a dynamic learning collaborative in partnership with communities to answer relevant questions and bring value to our stakeholders
  • To serve as a primary resource in family medicine by providing knowledge, health information technology, practice transformation tools, and guidance to achieve the triple aim: improve the health of populations, improve the experience of care, and reduce the cost of care.