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Daniel Reirden, MD
Program Director 
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and Infectious Diseases Medical Director of the CHIP Youth Program
Dr. Reirden, is an Attending Physician in the Sections of Adolescent Medicine and Infectious Disease at The Children's Hospital Colorado, and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from Fordham University and his M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the University of Connecticut and then pursued fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dan is board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Adolescent Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital Youth and Young Adult HIV program. He is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Adolescent Trials Network at the University of Colorado, one of 14 sites in the nation that is focused on conducting research in primary and secondary prevention, therapeutic interventions and complications of HIV in youth between the ages of 12 and 25 years. His clinical activities are focused on providing medical care to gender non-conforming and transgender children and youth from all over the Rocky Mountain Region, and the care of HIV-infected adolescents and young adults and he operates a transition practice to ensure that young adults engage in care at an adult HIV practice. He also provides primary and consultative care for adolescents and young adults with chronic diseases that manifest in childhood and persist into adulthood.
Dr. Reirden is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Member of the American College of Physicians, a Member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, and a credentialed HIV Specialist and member of The American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Joseph Kay, MD
Associate Program Director
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Director of Colorado’s Adult and Teen Congenital Heart Disease Program (CATCH)

Dr. Kay has appointments in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and works as a staff cardiologist at both Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital. He received his M.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo, and then completed his combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan, were he stayed on for an additional year as a Pediatric Chief Resident. He then proceeded to complete a combined fellowship in both adult and pediatric cardiology at Duke University Hospital.  
Dr. Kay has been on faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine since 2004, and has serviced as the CATCH Program Director since 2006. His clinical and research focus remain outcomes of Adults with congenital heart disease, and he is a member of the Alliance of Adult research in Congenital Disease (AARCC), whose mission is to foster multicenter research in adults with congenital heart disease. In addition, he is an invasive cardiologist, performing interventions on children and adults with congenital heart disease. Joe is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the American Heart Association.

Julie Venci, MD
Associate Program Director

Continuity Clinic Director and Faculty
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Primary Care Physician Denver Health                                 

Dr. Venci grew up in Chicago and did both her medical school and residency training at Loyola University Chicago. She moved to Denver in 2010 with her family. During her time as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis she traveled to South America to pursue a degree in Spanish. She has spent a lot of time in South America as a medical volunteer. Julie chose to work at Denver Health so she could continue to work with the medically underserved.  
Julie is our new Associate Program Director and is the Med-Peds Residency Continuity Clinic Director. In her role as Director she works closely with the residents to make sure they have an exceptional outpatient primary care experience. Julie is very interested in transition of care from pediatrics to adult medicine and hopes to create a new process at Denver Health that will involve the Med-Peds continuity clinic. She is excited to continue to grow the Med-Peds program in Denver.
Anne Frank, MD
Continuity Clinic Faculty and Curriculum Director 
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Primary Care Physician Denver Health
Dr. Frank is an attending physician at Denver Health practicing primary care for adults and children and an assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Dayton and her M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at Brown University Warren Alpert School of Medicine.
Anne is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is the continuity clinic curriculum director and has helped to develop a new ambulatory curriculum for residents. She is a participant in the Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Colorado, focusing on curriculum development for medical learners, and is excited about the creation of Med-Peds Academic Half Days for the 2015-2016 academic year. Anne is also involved with learners as a preceptor for the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum for 3rd year medical students and is a preceptor for 4th year students doing the Med-Peds elective.  Anne has also worked with the transitions group at Denver Health to improve care for children with special healthcare needs as they go from pediatric to adult care.
Danaa Kennedy, BA
Program Administrator/Coordinator
Phase IV Student Elective Coordinator
A Denver native, Danaa graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BA in Speech Communications (emphasis in Broadcast Journalism), and minored in Theater. She has 15+ years' work experience in various professional business arenas, is a former small-business owner and has worked in Higher Education since 2003. Her higher education experience includes: Unit Administrator for the Center of Professional Development at the Community College of Denver; Scheduling & Curriculum Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts & Science at the University of Colorado Denver (Denver campus); Program Assistant for Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery Residency in the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver (AMC); and Program Assistant for the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in the Department of Medicine (AMC).
Danaa enjoys art, learning new languages, playing the guitar, camping, traveling, karaoke and (although allergic...) CATS!