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Breitnauer, Nicholas 31.jpgNicholas Breitnauer

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine 


About Nick: Nick is from the rural western slopes of Colorado. He grew up on the ski slopes in the winter and floating rivers in the summer. Being a Colorado "lifer," both undergraduate and medical school were completed through the University of Colorado. Not desiring to move from this beautiful state, he sensed a great opportunity to be one of the first four pioneers of a Med/Peds residency.  

Spare time is spent in the mountains, with his family or with his better half. Preferably all three at the same time!


Hasson, Denise 32.jpgDenise Hasson

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

About Denise: Denise grew up in the suburbs of LA, warm and content, so when it came time to choosing a college, she thought she'd try her luck as far from SoCal as possible, in wintery Hanover, NH. Denise majored in Human Biology, was in a sorority, studied abroad in Rome, and played softball and water polo for Dartmouth. After 4 very cold winters and a much greater appreciation for the sun, she returned to LA for medical school. At the Keck School of Medicine at USC, she worked in a neurosurgery lab and attended as many football tailgates as possible. She soon realized surgery was not for her, and fell in love with hospital medicine, and especially with complex disease processes. She is especially enamored by metabolic genetics, and may pursue this fellowship come the end of residency training.   

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine? 

University of Colorado SOM provided the perfect combination of stellar location, fun and active people, with exceptional medicine and pediatric programs. I love getting to work in a large academic tertiary children's hospital one month and a public county-style hospital the next. Denver is an incredible place to live; the city is young and vibrant, and outdoor activities are just steps away. There is a brewery and a park on every other block it seems. But the best thing about this program are its people, hands down. 


Kamins, Rebecca 33.jpgRebecca Kamins

Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

About Rebecca:  Rebecca grew up in Connecticut, headed north to Maine for undergrad at Colby College and then started her westward adventure with a stop in Chicago for medical school. She loves to travel and explore new places and cultures, which is what inspired her to take time between her third and fourth years of medical school to work at a clinic in rural Bolivia. She really interested in Global Health and can't wait to take advantage of some of the many connections that CU has around the world. When not jet-setting, she loves cooking, baking, swimming, dancing and most importantly, exploring Denver and Colorado by bicycle and by foot with her awesome co-interns! 

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?  

Besides the fact that Colorado is located in the only time zone I have yet to call home, I chose CU because of the strength of the categorical programs and the general enthusiasm for the start of Med-Peds here. I am also very impressed by the level of medicine practiced and the great people that we work with. Not to mention, the 300 days of sunshine, the great city of Denver, and the general enthusiasm for taking advantage of Colorado's natural beauty are not to be rivaled!


WManning.JPGWilliam Aaron Manning

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

About Aaron: Aaron grew up in a small Eastern North Carolina town ("I’m willing to bet my small town is smaller than your small town"), and then attended UNC-Chapel Hill for both Undergrad and Med School.  After eight years at Carolina, he finally decided it was time to leave Tar Heel country and headed out to Colorado with his wife, Hadley.  During his free time, he can be found spending time with his wife and colleagues at one of Denver’s many great spots to grab a beer, playing any and all sports, hiking ("the mountains around here are a little bigger than the Appalachians I’m used to") or rooting on the Heels. 


Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?

My career interests include hospitalist medicine, primary care, and pretty much everything else as I’m still very much undecided.  So, during the match process, I wanted to find a program that would provide superb all around training and opportunities for great subspecialist training should I chose to go in that direction.  CU definitely fits that bill, as there are top subspecialists in any field you could name on both the Medicine and Pediatrics sides, as well as incredible hospitalists and primary care docs who are passionate about teaching.  It’s also tough to beat everything living in Denver has to offer: great sports teams, skiing/snowboarding, hiking, great music venues, great food, 300+ days of sunshine a year…it’s pretty much got it all.

While coming to a brand new program was a little intimidating, I couldn’t be more thrilled with how everything has gone so far, and am very happy to call Colorado home for the next four years.​​



Eleanor Floyd

Rush Medical College of Rush University

About Eleanor:
Eleanor grew up in California and did her undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, where she mostly studied on the beach. After college she spent three years working at a cardiology practice, doing paperwork and managing an anticoagulation clinic. Eventually she got tired of the beach and wandered east to Rush Medical College in Chicago. While at Rush she kept busy running a school vegetable garden, learning to sew, and working for a Silicon Valley startup. She had a great time in Chicago but was excited to be somewhere with better weather for residency. Stereotypically Med-Peds, Eleanor loves everything and still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. Over the next four years she plans to decide what to do with her life, play in the mountains, and figure out how to grow vegetables on a north-facing balcony.
Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine: 
CU has everything I wanted in a residency: two equally strong categorical programs, a wide variety of training sites, a dedicated Med-Peds clinic, and (most importantly) awesome people. I wasn't sure I wanted to join a new program, but when I interviewed it was obvious the faculty had done a stellar job of preparing before the first class arrived. Now that I'm here I can confirm that it's been smooth sailing! In addition to great categorical programs, the community of Med-Peds physicians here is friendly and welcoming, and I'm thrilled to be part of expanding it.


Jeffrey Graham

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine​

About Jeff:
Jeff hails from a small little beach town called Cape May, New Jersey. Around the age of six he was transplanted to an even smaller, non-beach town called Williamsburg, Virginia and was raised as most Williamsburg children were—on golf and revolutionary war reenacting. In an attempt to find some excitement during his teenage years he signed up to volunteer for the local fire department. Here Jeff discovered his passion for service to others. After finishing up an EMT class he knew, without a doubt in his mind, that he had to go to medical school. He packed his revolutionary war satchels and moved to Richmond, Virginia for college and subsequently medical school. At some point he was destined to be a pediatric surgeon but his mind quickly changed during third year rotations. There were a handful of residents that stood out to him as the most intelligent, compassionate and oddly good-looking physicians in the hospital. After asking around he learned that these docs were med-peds trained and he knew he needed to learn from these people. He’s still humbled each and every day to work alongside these amazing doctors and now to be able to call them his colleagues.
Jeff is planning on pursuing a combined fellowship in infectious disease, specializing in HIV and global health. He enjoys spending his time camping, hiking, cycling, reading and playing guitar.

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine:
The outdoors have always fascinated me and the possibilities of new experiences and beautiful, untouched land is truly endless in this area of the country. When I learned about the program it was clear to me that it would be near the top of my list solely based on location. After interviewing, however, I quickly realized that there was something special going on here. The faculty and residents were some of the most passionate people I had met on the interview trail. And although the idea of a new program was somewhat scary, my fears were quickly replaced by the prospect of helping shape this already amazing program into something truly unique.

Mark Kissler

Baylor College of Medicine

About Mark:

Mark grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado and attended college at CU Boulder, earning a BS in Chemical Engineering. From there, he moved to New York and completed a Master’s degree in Narrative Medicine. He went to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. His interests are in medical humanities, fiction writing, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with his beautiful wife and (soon to be two) daughter(s).


Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine:

I picked CU for my residency because I was excited to help build a strong young Med-Peds program, to take advantage of all of the incredible academic resources here in Denver, and to come home to Colorado.


​Jonathan Schultz

University of Iowa Roy and Lucille Carver College

About Jonathan: 
Jonathan was born and raised in the great state of Iowa. He completed his undergrad at Iowa State University in Chemical Engineering, however not wanting to work in a chemical factory, he did the opposite and he joined the Peace Corps. He served in Burkina Faso where he lived in a mud hut in a remote rural village teaching math and science in French at a middle school on the edge of the Sahara desert. There he became interested in infectious diseases and healthcare in low resource countries. After completing Peace Corps, he travelled around West Africa and then ended up in Atlanta where he obtained a MPH from Emory University focusing in Global Epidemiology. He then worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STOP Polio Program in Senegal. He returned to his roots to complete medical school at the University of Iowa. His career goals are to continue to work in global health and infectious diseases, so Med-Peds was a perfect fit!
Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine:  
Both categorical programs are top notch! The faculty and fellow residents have a work hard / play hard mentality. The location is ideal; awesome weather and abundance of outdoor activities are hard to beat. Denver is also a great place to raise a family. He enjoys spending time with his wife (who he met in the Peace Corps) and daughter by going camping, hiking, running, biking, skiing or enjoying one of the many excellent brew pubs in the Denver area.