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Patient Care

"One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care for the patient is in caring for the patient."

                                                                                                               Frances Weld Peabody
                                                                                                               The Care of the Patient 
                                                                                               JAMA 88:877, 1927

Patient Care in the News:

New Valve Replacement Procedure Offers Hope


Christopher Lieu, 2015 Department of Medicine 'Rising Star'

Dr. Lieu serves as the Director of Colorectal Medical Oncology within the GI Cancer Program. Since joining CU in 2011, Dr. Lieu has helped to grow the colorectal program by 15% annually; he now has the highest volume of patients within the GI program, with high patient satisfaction ratings. He serves as Deputy Director of the Clinical Trials Office at the CU Cancer Center, and initiated the first NCI trial in the experimental clinical trials network (ET-CTN). As the medical oncology lead for colorectal cancer in the multidisciplinary clinic (which also involves surgery, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, nutrition and social work) he helped to develop a program enabling patients to meet and discuss their treatment plan with all of these providers at once. Dr. Lieu also has a research interest in resistance mechanisms to targeted therapy in GI cancers, and he was awarded the 2013 Conquer Cancer Foundation Career Development Award to study targeted therapies in colorectal cancer. 

Patient Care in the Department of Medicine:

Clinical care is provided at six hospitals affiliated with our training program: University Hospital (tertiary referral), Veterans Affairs Medical Center (comprehensive in- and outpatient veterans care), Denver Health Medical Center (underserved primary and referral care and level 1 trauma care), and National Jewish Hospital (pulmonary, immunological and mycobacterial care). Active hospitalist and intensivist services provide 24/7 care and education at the core hospitals. Experiences at these centers ensures exposure to diverse clinical challenges, patient populations, and practice settings.

The University Hospital, along with the entire University of Colorado and The Children’s Hospital, has recently moved to an entirely new 4 billion dollar Anschutz Medical Center at the former site of the Fitzsimons Army Center in Aurora, Colorado.  A new 390 bed hospital, a seven story ambulatory facility, Cancer Center, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes Mellitus, Native American Health Center as well as a host of educational and research facilities are now fully operational on this campus. University Hospital has announced ambitious plans to add a second inpatient tower to meet what has become an enormous demand for its services.

The Veterans Administration has purchased substantial property on this campus for a new facility that will be just over one million square feet. Encompassing 31 acres, this state-of-the-art facility will provide many new services to veterans. The new facility will be located on the southeast corner of the former Fitzsimons Army Base just east of The Children's Hospital. The new facility is expected to be ready in fall 2013. It will replace the current medical center in Denver which is 670,000 square feet and opened back in 1950. The current facility serves 58,000 veterans from not only Colorado, but surrounding states.