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Fourth Year Chiefs

In the fourth year, residents are designated co-chiefs to develop leadership, and to support growth and innovations within the program.


Claudia Douglas

​QI/Research Chief

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina
About Claudia:  

Claudia is from the suburbs of Charlotte, NC (Go Panthers!). She joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Europe, which allowed her to travel to many countries and explore different cultures. After her time in the military, she attended UNC-Charlotte, where she majored in Accounting. After working in the business sector for several years, Claudia found her true calling in medicine and returned to UNC- Charlotte for the necessary medical school pre-requisites. She attended medical School at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina. There, she was involved in many activities and organizations including the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship where she taught reproductive health and inter-partner violence prevention to teen males in a local juvenile detention center. Her career goals include adolescent/young adult medicine, LGBT healthcare, addressing disparities in healthcare, and women’s health.

Carolina Gutierrez

​Recruitment Chief

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School 

About Carolina:
Carolina was born in Peru, and lived there until she was 11 years old. She then moved to Texas with her family, and established a new home in America. She graduated from Texas Woman's University, and then went to UT Southwestern for medical school. Residency was finally the time to leave Texas, and she chose the mountains for the next chapter of her life. She really enjoys working with underserved populations (in particular the Hispanic patient population). She worked closely with the student run free clinics during medical school, and was also involved with the office of global health at UT Southwestern. During medical school, she was able to work in hospitals in India and Peru, and a clinic in Ecuador. She loves being outdoors, finding new places to explore, and spending time is with family and friends. She is really excited to be a part of the amazing team that is Colorado Med-Peds. 

Timothy Newton​

Scheduling Chief

University of Colorado School of Medicine 

About Tim:
Tim grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and had the incredible opportunity to explore “the great land” throughout his childhood. He then went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he studied Cellular & Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Spanish. He met his wife on a 12-day backpacking trip through the High Sierra of northern California — there is no better place to forge life long friendships than in the mountains! After for working for two years as a research assistant in drug development for breast and colon cancer, Tim headed to medical school at CU, where he pursued a variety of basic science and clinical research interests. He became interested in Med-Peds because loved the idea of managing complex diseases among all ages, and when he was able to work with the residents and faculty in Med-Peds at CU, it sealed the deal. Tim spends his free time with his family, brewing beer, biking, backpacking, playing guitar, and trying any kind of new food! 

Diana Whitney

Continuity Clinic Chief
Baylor College of Medicine
About Diana: 
Diana grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and Texas before high-tailing it eastward to Vassar College, where she majored in psychology (and minored in cross-country running). After college she spent a year in Nepal helping rural farmers access medical care in Kathmandu (she speaks fluent Nepali) before doing her post-bac at Tufts, in Boston. In medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, she learned how to throw pottery on a wheel, taught Bhutanese refugees how to navigate the healthcare system, and became a Schweitzer Fellow, teaching self-defense to Houston-area homeless women. After completing her residency, she might pursue her interest in rural/global health, do more work in public health, or work in transitional ID. She is an avid runner and yogi; on her days off, you can find her hanging out on a mountaintop with fiancé Max, playing fetch with her pup Lola, or enjoying a cold microbrew in the sun on her back porch!