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UCH welcomes top asthma expert

​University of Colorado Hospital’s Center for Lungs and Breathing has added a top international asthma expert to its roster of specialists. For this, we can thank diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and inclusion, in this case, has nothing to do with the fact that Fernando Holguin, MD, MPH, is a dual U.S.-Mexican national. A man of his accomplishments would be a coveted hire regardless of census-form generalizations.  Rather, it’s that the University of Colorado School of Medicine was initially interested in hiring Holguin’s wife, Shanta Zimmer, MD, as associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion.

John J. Reilly, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and himself a lung specialist, knew them both from his previous job as chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Medicine, where they were all on the faculty. Reilly recognized a good thing when he saw it, and Holguin became a joint recruit.