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Dr. Schwartz

The Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado consists of almost 850 regular faculty across its 15 Divisions. The Department has close educational and academic affiliations with several medical facilities and two private hospitals in the HealthOne system (Presbyterian/St. Luke’s and Rose). The Department is proud of its rich tradition of excellence in research, clinical care and, especially of our longstanding commitment to medical education.

The Department has a strong commitment to excellence in housestaff education and is committed to providing a dynamic, vibrant environment, responsive to the ever-changing face of medical education. Our housestaff have ample opportunities for not only superior general internal medicine, hospitalist, primary care and critical care education, but also for participation in care of underserved populations, basic and translational research and international health care.


The leadership of our Housestaff Training program features several individuals at all stages of their careers that collectively represent more than 50 years of housestaff educational experience. Our Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is directed by Mel L. Anderson, MD, FACP. Mel is a former Chief Medical Resident who is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators and joins us as Interim Program Director after serving for the past ten years as an Associate Program Director and noted bedside teacher. Mel’s academic work has centered on faculty development surrounding bedside teaching. He is assisted by seven associate Program Directors​ including: 
  • Karen Chacko
  • Dan Heppe
  • Mark Kearns
  • Darlene Tad-Y
  • Brian Graham
  • Katie Suddarth
  • Lisa Davis
  • Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, Director, Physician Scientist Training Program 
  • Karen Shea, Leader, Housestaff Diversity Program

David A. Schwartz, MD
Chairman of Medicine

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