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Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine

Current Fellows


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Jessica Badlam

Hometown

Ogdensburg, New York

Undergrad

University of Rochester

Med School

University of Buffalo

Residency

UPMC

Research Mentor

TBD

Research Interests

Pulmonary Hypertension, gender differences in lung disease.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

I was searching out a fellowship with friendly and supportive faculty that provides top notch and diverse clinical and research opportunities.  

                                   

Why live in Colorado?

My close family and friends moved to Denver and have never looked back east; I figured I should see what all the fuss is about. 

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Daniel Kelmenson

Home town

West Bloomfield, Michigan

Undergrad

Dartmouth College

Med School

Case Western Reserve University

Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Mentor

TBD

Research Interests

Clinical research and medical education, as well as explore personal interests in procedural skills and evidence-based medicine.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

I think it offers the best clinical training in the country, combined with an incredibly strong research environment.

Why live in Colorado?

I'm very excited to live in Denver and enjoy the food, sun, hiking and skiing (I just need to learn how to ski....). 


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Jonathan Kurche

Hometown


Undergrad

Kansas State University

Med School

University of Colorado

Residency

University of Colorado

Research Mentor

TBD

Research Interests

My research interest is to understand how the immune system, in all of its myriad forms - coagulation, inflammation, dendritic cells, macrophages, and lymphocytes - interact with the pulmonary parenchyma in maintenance of homeostasis and its disruption.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

Colorado provides unparalleled opportunities for diverse training in pulmonary and critical care medicine paired with a robust and expansive research enterprise with a multitude of mentors to choose from. Colorado features an extremely collaborative pulmonary research environment with the ability to protect time for fellow research development and the demonstrated capacity to facilitate transition to independence.

Why live in Colorado?

Colorado provides a unique balance of quality-of-life and affordability which cannot be matched by any other fellowship program. I love the compassion and creativity of the people I encounter here, the avid adventurers who combine skill in medicine or science and a need to run ultramarathons or climb the flatirons after work. I love the endless opportunities for recreation and beauty that 300 days of sunshine and mountains bring. And I love the fact that my wife and I can afford to live here.

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Jason Mansoori

Hometown

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Undergrad

University of Colorado at Boulder

Med School

University of Colorado

Residency

UCSF

Research Mentor

TBD

Research Interests

Critical care quality improvement and implementation science

 

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

I found it offered a unique opportunity for exceptional, rigorous clinical training in a variety of settings as well as unparalleled research opportunities and mentorship. The current fellows and faculty also seemed very easy going, supportive, approachable and happy.

Why live in Colorado?

No other place in the country combines the beautiful outdoors, amazing weather, friendly people, city life and culture better than Denver and Colorado. I have never met anyone who moved here and did not fall in love with the place. I also could not pass up the opportunity to return home and be close to family.


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Anne Neumeier

Hometown

Denver, Colorado

Undergrad

University of Colorado

Med School

University of Colorado

Residency

UCSF

Research Mentor

TBD

Research Interests

Critical Care clinical outcomes research and quality improvement.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

I wanted a program with vigorous clinical training with equally strong research opportunities with outstanding mentorship. Colorado was the best for what I wanted.                                   

Why live in Colorado?

Colorado is a beautiful state with plentiful outdoor activities, a thriving urban atmosphere and is overall a wonderful place to raise a family. 

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Melissa New

Hometown

Deerfield, Illinois

Undergrad

Harvard University

Med School

University of Michigan

Residency

University of Colorado

Research Mentor

TBD

Research Interests


Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

During residency at Colorado, rotating on the ICU and in pulmonary was always great. Going to pulmonary grand rounds was so fun and I was impressed by the collegiality within the division. The attendings were excellent teachers and working with them solidified my decision to go into Pulmonary and Critical Care. There is such depth and breadth of research going on within the division; it is an exciting place to be. The clinical training is excellent, and fellows learn how to be great teachers and leaders in their field. The program had everything I was looking for in training, plus it’s full of good people.

Why live in Colorado?

Where to start? You can be outside here almost any day of the year, the sunshine is amazing! You can be on a beautiful mountain hike to a lake by the Continental Divide in the morning, be at a delicious restaurant for lunch and then at a great brewery for dinner. There’s something to do during every season, and it’s all so easy to get to. I love the size of Denver – there are shows and sports, great restaurants, people are friendly, and it’s really easy to get around. People work hard but also love living life. I met my husband here and we couldn’t think of a better place to live!  Our dog loves it, too.


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Jason Biehl

Hometown

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Undergrad

Notre Dame

Med School

Georgetown

Residency

Northwestern

Research Mentor

Ellen Burnham

Research Interests

Translational evaluation of the effects of marijuana use - both inhalation and consumption - on lung immunology and ICU outcomes.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

Amazing combination of first-rate clinical training (with diverse environments including an academic medical center, quaternary referral centery (National Jewish), VA medical center, a county hospital and a community hospital) that stresses critical thinking and procedural accumen as well as a robust research enterprise and experience with supportive mentorship dedicated to academic career building. I found few other programs that demonstrated such an strong commitment to both facets of training. Just as importantly, however, the faculty and staff in the division seemed approachable, supportive and fun to work with.

Why live in Colorado?

World class hiking and skiing (over 400" of snow this season, we're still skiing in June!), 300 days of sunshine, friendly folks, over 200 brew-pubs, plentiful Southwest and Frontier Airlines flights out of DIA to get anywhere inexpensively and a great pulmonary/critical care training program - what's not to like?

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Ryan M. Dunn

Hometown

 

Undergrad

University of Minnesota

Med School

University of Minnesota

Residency

University of Chicago

Research Mentor

Mike Wechsler

Research Interests

Clinical Asthma Research

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

Best combination of high quality clinical training and research opportunities.

Why live in Colorado?

The mountains.

 

 

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Jason Keene

Hometown

Colleyville, Texas

Undergrad

Texas A&M University

Med School

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Residency

UCSF

Research Mentor

Russ Bowler

Research Interests

Clinical and translational research in COPD phenotypes, predictors of outcomes, and exacerbations.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

I came to Colorado because it offered the opportunity to get great clinical and research training. I also wanted to train at the site that has trained so many of the leaders in our field.

Why live in Colorado?

I chose Colorado because the outdoor vibe of city and state and the strong emphasis on quality of life. Being able to get out of the city and head into the mountains is absolutely amazing and the weather is pretty amazing all year.

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Nate Little

Hometown

North Manchester, Indiana

Undergrad

Valparaiso University

Med School

Loyola University Chicago

Residency

Indiana University

Research Mentor

James DeGregori

Research Interests

Genetic pressures driving initiation/transformation in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), mechanisms of NSCLC tumor resistance 

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

I feel that this fellowship program offers an unparalleled blend of rigorous clinical training, an environment that respects and fosters fellow autonomy/procedural mastery, and a rich institutional and divisional commitment that supports diverse research interests in the field of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. Nearing the completion of my first year here, I cannot imagine a better place to grow clinically and academically as a fellow.

Why live in Colorado?

As a life-long Hoosier, it took some convincing to get me to move away from my Midwestern roots. However, it didn't take long for me to fall in love with the energy, adventure, and the outdoor fun of Colorado life. The people are friendly, Denver is lively, and the mountains never get old.

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Kara Mould

Hometown

Minnesota

Undergrad

 

Med School

Northwestern

Residency

Emory University

Research Mentor

Bill Janssen

Research Interests

 

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

I came to Denver because I wanted to train in a place where fellows are trained to be both clinical and research experts and where the faculty love to teach.

Why live in Colorado?

I love living in Colorado because the weather is amazing, the people are friendly, and nothing beats driving to work every day with a view of the mountains.

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Steven Purtle

Hometown

Des Moines, Iowa

Undergrad

University of Iowa

Med School

University of Iowa

Residency

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Research Mentor

Marc Moss

Research Interests

Clinical ICU research, transfusion protocols, ICU survivorship, interhospital ICU transfers

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

Rigorous clinical training with emphasis on procedural skills.  Opportunities to do chest tubes, intubations, percutaneous tracheostomies, right heart caths for pulmonary hypertension, advanced bronchoscopy techniques (many of which are not done by fellows in other programs).  Multi-hospital system with unique patient populations to learn from in each location.  I didn't want to train in a place where the fellows were superfluous to the MICU teams (certainly not the case here).  Long history of training leaders in academic medicine.  Strong divisional support for fellows during process of obtaining research funding and beginning as junior faculty. 

Why live in Colorado?

Outdoorsman's dream: hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, rafting, climbing in a favorable climate year-round and all within close proximity to Denver. Great live music venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Bluebird theater. The Broncos. 

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Daniel Fox

Hometown

Tampa, Florida

Undergrad

Western Kentucky University and Florida College

Med School

University of North Carolina

Residency

Duke University

Research Mentor

Todd Bull

Research Interests

My primary research aims to better understand the pathobiology and progression Scleroderma-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension. Despite advances in PAH-specific therapies, the long term prognosis and outcomes of patients with pulmonary hypertension—specifically scleroderma-associated PH—remains quite poor. Using parameters such as right ventricular strain, advanced right catheter measurements, and serum biomarkers, we aim to better stratify and predict disease progression and response to therapy in patients with scleroderma-associated PAH.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

In addition to the world-class training and research in our division, living in Denver provides a perfect environment for our family.

Why live in Colorado?

The diversity, culture, and proximity to the mountains make it an ideal place to work and play. Whether working in our garden during the summer, watching the aspens change during the fall, or skiing during the winter, Denver is a great place to be.

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Susan Mathai

Hometown

Dallas, Texas

Undergrad

Harvard

Med School

Yale

Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Mentor

David Schwartz

Research Interests

I am studying desmosomes and cell-cell adhesion molecules in pulmonary fibrosis.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

My research (ILD), the clinical training & experience, the weather / sunshine here.

 

Why live in Colorado?

The sunshine even in the winter, the beautiful environment.

 

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Michael Mohning

Hometown

Salix, Iowa

Undergrad

University of Iowa

Med School

University of Minnesota

Residency

University of Colorado

Research Mentor

Bill Janssen

Research Interests

Role of extracellular RNA in the setting of acute lung injury

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

Having been a medicine resident at the University of Colorado, I knew the high quality of the fellows that are trained here, and had tremendous interactions with many of the excellent attendings in the ICU. The opportunities here are limitless. When it came to choosing where to do fellowship, it was a pretty easy decision to stay.

Why live in Colorado?

The skiing, hiking, weather, and microbrews (in no particular order). Seems there's always something new to do or try.

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Jeff Robinson

Hometown

Bend, Oregon

Undergrad

 

Med School

 

Residency

 

Research Mentor

Rubin Tuder and Brian Graham

Research Interests

Pathobiology of pulmonary vascular disease.

 

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

There is a unique combination of intense clinical training and research opportunity. As a leading Pulmonary Hypertension center, University of Colorado allows me to leverage my clinical and research interests in the most productive way.

Why live in Colorado?

Colorado is a great place for our family to live.

 

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Peter Sottile

Hometown

Rochester, Michigan

Undergrad

 

Med School

 

Residency

 

Research Mentor

Marc Moss

Research Interests

Critical Care Clinic Outcomes.

 

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

Awesome clinical training with excellent research opportunities.

 

Why live in Colorado?

Having the mountain close by.

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Andrew Waas

Hometown

Lakewood, Colorado

Undergrad

University of Colorado, Boulder

Med School

University of Colorado

Residency

Duke University

Research Mentor

Jay Finigan

Research Interests

Mechanisms regulating epithelial permeability in acute lung injury

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

Aside from the fact that Colorado is home, the clinical training and research opportunities are outstanding.   

                                   

Why live in Colorado?

Family, friends, sunshine, mountains, 0% humidity. 

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Walter D. Conwell

Hometown

Gary, Indiana

Undergrad

Florida A&M University

Med School

University of Chicago Pritzker school of Medicine

Residency

University of Chicago Medical Center

Research Mentor

Robert H. Eckel

Research Interests

The effects of dietary composition on sleep and activity.

 

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

Why Denver? The real question for me was, why not? As someone who has lived in industrialized Midwestern cities for most of his life, Denver offered everything that I wanted: great weather, fresh air, and a welcoming community for my growing family. Factor in the opportunity to train at the BEST clinical pulmonary/critical care fellowship in the country and it was an easy sell. Moreover the research opportunities that were available to me were numerous. I’m currently working in an endocrinology/metabolism lab studying the effects of dietary composition on sleep. My research is progressing well and I hope to submit my K award application at the end of my clinical sleep medicine fellowship. Whether I get my K award at that time or not, I know that the pulmonary division has the desire and the resources to support me for several years, as long as I have an ongoing interest in academic medicine. So for me, the University of Colorado just made sense.

Why live in Colorado?

Great weather, fresh air, and a welcoming community for my growing family.

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Chris Lin

Hometown

Blythewood, South Carolina

Undergrad

University of California—Berkeley

Med School

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Residency

University of Virginia Health System

Research Mentor

Ronald G. Gill

Research Interests

Solid organ transplantation has become an important (and often only) therapeutic option for patients with end-stage disease, but progressive allograft dysfunction still remains the major barrier to the long-term success of this process. Throughout my medical training, I have always felt these patients represent a unique and challenging group to care for. I currently work in a basic science immunology laboratory where my research focuses on investigating the mechanisms by which antibodies (in concert with NK cells) facilitate the development of chronic allograft dysfunction.

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

 

Why live in Colorado?

More than 300 days of sun, even if some of those days have a concurrent temperature of -5 degrees.



Steven Pugliese

Hometown

Bernville, Pennsylvania

Undergrad

Ursi

nus College

Med School

Drexel University College of Medicine

Residency

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Research Mentor

Kurt Stenmark

Research Interests

The role of macrophages in pulmonary vascular remodeling and pulmonary hypertension. 

Reason for choosing Colorado Fellowship

I chose University of Colorado based on their historic reputation to train leaders in academic medicine.  Compared to the other top programs in the country they offered the best combination of clinical training and research opportunities.  Also they were the only program that guaranteed research support into years 4 and 5 as you are transitioning to K, which is crucial in this difficult funding climate.  Most importantly, life outside of work is unbelievable.

Why live in Colorado?

Unlimited recreation, great beer and food, amazing weather, and a great place to raise a family.