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Department of Medicine Celebrates the Career of Robert W. Schrier, MD

Department of Medicine

How do you celebrate the accomplishments of someone who has given 26 years of dedication to the Department of Medicine in one day? It’s not easy, but Dr. Robert Eckel, Division of Endocrinology and Dr. David Schwartz, Chair of the Department of Medicine, managed to pull it off.

They recruited former colleagues and friends including Judith Kaur, MD, Mayo Clinic; Bruce Molitoris, MD, Indiana University; Timothy Henry, MD, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation; Philip Mehler, MD, Denver Health and Hospital; Jeffrey Lynn Miller, MD, National Institutes of Health; Polly Parsons, MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine; William T. Abraham, MD, The Ohio State University; Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, University of California San Francisco; Victoria Fraser, MD, Washington University of School of Medicine; Martin Blaser, MD, New York University Langone Medical Center; Chip Schooley, MD, University of California San Diego; Greg Fitz, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Patricia Gabow, MD, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, to assist.


Each gave a short presentation ranging from stories of Dr. Schrier’s mentorship to an all-out and very funny roast. Judging from the smile on his face, Dr. Schrier enjoyed each and every one.


The last speaker of the day was a close friend of Dr. Schrier’s, Peter Agre, MD, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and Nobel Laureate, Chemistry.

But the celebration did not end there ­— friends, colleagues, former students and family gathered for dinner that evening at the Brown Palace Hotel to share more wonderful memories.


After a warm welcome from Dr. David Schwartz the guests were treated to a Franz Schubert piece performed by Don Gilden, MD, violin, Don Perkins, cello, and Mila Startsev, piano. Following dinner, one of Dr. Schrier’s long-time mentors, Lloyd (Holly) Smith, Jr., MD, University of California San Francisco, gave a wonderful talk to highlight the evening.


The Schrier children then took the stage and presented a charming impromptu skit. The evening closed with a video prepared by the family chronicling their dad’s life from Indiana farm boy to renowned researcher to doting grandfather.


The day and evening were a fitting tribute to a man who has done so much for so many and for the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.