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​Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care

Eric Schmidt, MD

As the son of a father with a serious chronic illness, Eric Schmidt came to understand the power of a good bedside manner at an early age.

Todd Bull, MD

It was in the Intensive Care Unit there that he developed a keen interest in the delicate relationship between heart and lungs.

Marvin Schwarz, MD

“Our overarching goal is to continue to make Colorado the place where the next generation is being trained”

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CU Department of Medicine Launches New Resource to Expand Research Mission

New office is focused on supporting researchers and grant administrators, and increasing department’s research funding.

New cancer treatment shrinking tumors in clinical trials

Patient Nicol Miller, who traveled to Colorado from Oregon for a clinical trial, is working with Robert Doebele, who discovered a cancer-causing gene back in 2012 in another patient and the drugs to block the gene’s activity.

Highlands Ranch mom lost weight and guilt on Extreme Weight Loss

“Rather than face her emotions, Jackie turned to food to avoid the guilt she felt about putting Hunter in harm’s way,” explained Holly Wyatt, medical director for Extreme Weight Loss and the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

Adams County woman whose husband made 'magnetic' plea for kidney gets much needed transplant

Alex Wiseman, a Kidney Specialist at University of Colorado Hospital, says he’s very pleased with the outcome and very pleased that Bob Stewart thought out of the box: “Ultimately it led to success and to an amazing story.”

Seven things your body hair says about your health

“There’s a spectrum of what’s normal with each ethnicity…” says Margaret E. Wierman, professor of medicine and chief of endocrinology at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Poverty Immersion in Colorado Springs

“It’s really important for physicians of the future to understand social determinants of health, understand limited resources patients are dealing with on a daily basis, so physicians can better provide services necessary to patients,” said Erik Wallace.

Addressing social factors critical for continued fight against heart disease and stroke in America

“The steady decline of death from cardiovascular disease that began in the 1970s might be coming to an end,” said Edward P. Havranek, a cardiologist at Denver Health Medical Center and professor of cardiology at CU School of Medicine.

Hirsch honored for lifetime contribution to cancer research

Fred R. Hirsch has been awarded the Addario Foundation Lectureship Award by the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF).

7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit

“A doctor who focuses on the screen while talking to a patient is communicating ineffectively,” says Robert Eckel, professor of medicine. “A doctor should look directly at a patient when he’s providing important information about the visit.”

US News Rankings 2015

Seven medical specialties in the University of Colorado Department of Medicine were ranked among the top 50 nationwide for clinical excellence in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospitals Guide.

Seeking the “State of Slim” at Destination Boot Camp

The boot campers in Colorado this week came from around the country, plus Switzerland and Italy, to live the weight-loss principles Holly Wyatt touts on the show, where she serves as the medical director, and in the book she co-authored, “State of Slim.”


“I’ve been overwhelmed by the community engagement,” says Virginia Borges at the CU Cancer Center. “Colorado women have so far stepped up to the plate and said, ‘You bet we can do this.’ ”

Faculty Spotlight: Robert Eckel

CU’s Robert Eckel has spent his career studying lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, with the twin goals of reducing obesity and preventing heart disease.

New tool helps match cancer patients with most ideal drugs

“A lot of these kinase inhibitors inhibit a lot more than what they’re supposed to inhibit….Our approach centers on exploiting the promiscuity of these drugs, the ‘drug spillover’,” said Aik Choon Tan

New tool uses ‘drug spillover’ to match cancer patients with treatments

Targeted therapies attack a cancer’s genetic sensitivities. However, it can be difficult to discover the genetics driving a patient’s cancer, and the effects of drugs designed to target a genetic abnormality often go beyond their intended target alone