"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
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
Our clinical faculty are committed to providing high quality, personalized care to patients from Colorado and around the world. Our physicians are nationally recognized experts in patient care, and meet the highest standards of quality and safety.
Clinical care is provided at four hospitals affiliated with our training program: University of Colorado Hospital (tertiary care following referral from primary/secondary providers), Denver VA Medical Center (comprehensive in- and outpatient veterans care), Denver Health (underserved primary and referral care and level 1 trauma care), and National Jewish Health (pulmonary, immunological and mycobacterial care). Active hospitalist and intensivist services provide 24/7 care and education at these core hospitals; through their work at these centers, our physicians are expert in diverse clinical challenges, patient populations, and practice settings.
The University of Colorado Hospital, along with CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado, has completed a move to an entirely new $4B campus in Aurora, Colo., at the former site of the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. A new 467-bed hospital, a seven-story outpatient facility, the CU Cancer Center, the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and a host of other centers and institutes are now fully operational on this campus (along with state-of-the-art educational and research facilities).
Our physicians also provide easy-to-access care at many locations throughout Colorado and the western U.S.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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 medical center will provide many new services to veterans, as well as expanding the number of veterans served to 83,000 (compared to 58,000 veterans from Colorado and surrounding states being served at the current facility in Denver, which is 670,000 square feet and dates to 1950). The new facility will be located on the southeast corner of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, just east of Children’s Hospital Colorado.