Mark Learned, M.D.
Mark Learned has been a research assistant, actor, carpenter, metal shop worker, electrician, projectionist, front desk guy, Shakespeare apprentice, personal trainer, middle manager, bartender, tutor, executive and student. After college at Yale University, where he majored in Anthropology but truly studied fencing and comedy, he returned to his native Boise. There he studied ultimate Frisbee for ten years, competing regionally with a variety of teams such as the SpudBoyz and the Power Tulz. After running out of other options, he turned to science, attending medical school through the WWAMI program at the University of Washington. Moving 4 times in 5 years, he managed to graduate from medical school, get married, and in the blink of an eye find himself graduating from the Primary Care track of the internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado. Clinically his interests include cancer screening, ethics, and how patients make decisions. He plans a career in primary care ambulatory medicine, and will be working in the Denver area for Kaiser in that capacity after his chief year. His wife Cheryl is a civil engineer and together they are raising one child, a son named Jason. In his free time, he rides his mountain bike, skis, plays poker and ultimate Frisbee, and watches PIXAR movies, usually with his son.
Noelle Northcutt, M.D.
Noelle Northcutt is a Texan by birth and a traveler at heart. She grew up exploring nature on the banks of the Middle Bosque River in Waco, TX. It was a short trip down the road to the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied archaeology, cultural anthropology, and Spanish. There, she developed a love for productive experience through shared stories, which was what ultimately led her into medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, she was prepared for her to move to Denver for residency. Along the way, she identified her goal of becoming a physician with a diverse skill set and an emphasis on meaningful patient interaction. She plans to continue pursing this goal in hospital medicine after the completion of her chief year. Noelle plans to promote and contribute to the sense of community within the residency program and act as a resident advocate at all levels. Outside the hospital, Noelle can often be found with her two dogs at Denver Bicycle Cafe, planning either a day in the mountains or a delicious home-cooked meal. Backpacking and baking have proven complimentary, as has a love for Denver’s many parks and coffee shops.
Matthew Olson, M.D.
Matt grew up in Red Wing, MN and attended Marquette University where he majored in bioelectrical engineering. After his undergraduate training he worked in the medical device field as an R&D engineer designing interventional cardiology devices. After a few years in industry he decided to return to medical school at the University of Minnesota. His academic interests include resident and medical school education, ECG teaching, and cardiology research. He worked with Dr. Sauer, the Director of Electrophysiology, to develop the biophysics of ablation laboratory where they explore experimental ablation techniques and are developing novel catheters. He will start a cardiology fellowship after his chief year. He met his wife, Katie, while in Minnesota and they now have 2 children, Jacob and Genevieve. To keep things interesting, he also has two crazy boxers. When not changing diapers, Matt enjoys hiking with his family, skiing, biking, and the outdoors. Currently, he lives with his family in southern Mayfair park in central Denver.
Jonathan Schwartz, M.D.
Jonathan is a native Minnesotan, but he fortunately escaped the Midwest accent (most of the time). He grew up visiting Colorado frequently to see family and enjoy all Colorado has to offer – particularly the skiing. Raised in Rochester, MN, he went on to study Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. During college, he played on the club tennis and ultimate Frisbee team, and enjoyed seeing many musical artists all across greater Chicago. He then returned to the land of 10,000 lakes, attending medical school at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and met fellow CMR Matt Olson on the very first day of orientation. While in medical school, Jonathan pursued an interest in Cardiology via multiple research projects, and he found a diverse patient population and multiple healthcare environments ideal for learning lessons about both medicine and life, in general. The University of Colorado Denver was a perfect fit for residency, providing a large academic center with incredibly strong clinical training across multiple hospitals in a vibrant community, just a short drive from the Rocky Mountains. His academic interests and current research includes interventional cardiology, structural heart disease, cardiac imaging, and biomaterials/biotechnology. He plans to enroll in a fellowship in cardiovascular disease immediately following his chief resident year. Jonathan couples-matched in Denver with his beautiful then-girlfriend (now wife!) Annie, who is a resident in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health. In their free time, they enjoy exploring LoDo, LoHi, and downtown Denver (particularly the many restaurants), hiking in the summer/skiing during winter, spending as much time outside as possible, and general debauchery.
Kristin Stratton, M.D.
Kristin is a local girl. She was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. She attended Boston University on a spring board and platform diving scholarship. In 2004 she was named ECAC champion and diver of the year. She graduated with a BA in Mathematics. After college Kristin worked in Boston for a year doing business development. She then decided to pursue medical school at the University of Colorado and opted to stay on for residency. Kristin is particularly interested in resident education with regards to code situations and physical exam training. Her current research endeavors include evaluation of thromboelastogram utility in end stage liver disease and liver transplantation, use of FFP in GI bleeds with regards to subsequent development of ARDS, and curriculum development. After her chief year she plans to work as an academic hospitalist. Future aspirations include Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship. Kristin is married to George Chaus, a fourth year orthopedic resident. She has a two year old boxer named Buckley who is full of energy. Kristin enjoys spending time in the mountains and at the beach, attending sporting events, reading, and quality time with her friends and family. Her door is always open for residents and medical students.