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​Faculty - Transplant


University of Colorado Hospital Kidney Transplant Clinic

Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion
1635 North Ursula Street
Aurora, CO 80045-0510
Phone 720.848.2237

Learn more about our physicians at the University of Colorado Hospital Kidney Transplant Practice.

Britz-for-web.jpgBetsy Britz
ND, DNP, CNS, RN

Betsy Britz was drawn to nursing as a second career and has been with the transplant team throughout this career.  She initially obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Colorado College, then entered the Nursing Doctorate program at the University of Colorado.  Once she became a licensed nurse, she worked on the inpatient transplant unit while she completed this degree.  She then moved into a transplant coordinator position and eventually became the Clinical Nurse Coordinator lead and then Manager of the UCHealth Kidney Transplant Program.  In 2012 she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Colorado and began teaching as faculty in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the CU College of Nursing, and began working as an Advanced Practice Provider in the renal transplant clinic.  In November 2017, Betsy decided to return to full-time clinical practice, where her true passion lies, and where she currently enjoys seeing patients awaiting transplants, those hoping to be living kidney donors, and those who have received kidney and/or pancreas transplants.
Laurence Chan, MD
Professor

Laurence Chan’s clinical and research interests include renal transplantation, chronic kidney diseases (CKD) and new biomarkers and metabonomics in CKD and transplantation. He has published 3 books and authored over 300 reviews and original articles in various learned journals. Dr. Chan is one of the pioneers in the early development of magnetic resonance (MRI) in medicine and in the application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) related to metabonomics and transplantation. He was a Lecturer at Oxford and was also Fellow of the Green College, Oxford University. Dr. Chan left Oxford in 1982 to join the University of Colorado as Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory and founding Medical Director of the kidney transplant program. He has distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher with a unique Oslerian approach and has trained more than 100 graduate students, fellows, and resident doctors/house staff both at the University of Colorado and at Oxford University. He is passionate about the issues related to organ donation for transplantation and is a co-founder and executive board member of the American Transplant Foundation.

James Cooper, MD
Associate Professor
Program Director, University of Colorado Renal Transplant
Fellowship Program

Dr. Cooper is a clinical transplant nephrologist caring for kidney donors and transplant recipients at the University of Colorado Hospital.  His research focuses on the patterns of donor-specific antibody development before and after kidney transplantation, their effects on clinical outcomes following transplantation, and the effectiveness of various antibody treatment strategies in kidney transplant recipients.  He is also involved in renal fellow education and in student education as co-director for the first-year medical student pathophysiology course.

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Katie Cruz
CRNP

I began my career as a registered nurse caring for heart transplant patients in 2006. While it was truly rewarding, I wanted to be more proactive in my patient’s care and advanced my degree to become a nurse practitioner in 2010. Shortly after, I began to care for kidney transplant patients and have been doing so for the last 7 years. I really enjoy helping patients to have a second chance at life and do my best to engage patients to be active members in their care as much as possible.
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Scott Davis
Assistant Professor

Dr. Davis completed medical school at Oregon Health & Science University and internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado.  He worked as a practicing internal medicine physician at Boulder Community Hospital for two years before completing his nephrology, kidney, and pancreas transplant fellowships at the University of Colorado, joining the faculty in 2017 as a transplant nephrologist.  Dr. Davis oversees the structure and operations of the post-transplant clinic and quality improvement related to post-transplant outcomes.  In addition to participating in resident and fellow education, he will be co-director of the first-year medical student pathophysiology course.  His research has focused on tacrolimus therapy, tacrolimus monitoring strategies, and understanding the impact of de novo donor-specific antibodies in kidney transplantation.
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Leann Gilmour, NP
Instructor

Ms. Gilmour has worked in healthcare since 2005 and has been with the Renal Division since August 2015. In 2006, she obtained her Associate of Nursing in Dyersburg, Tennessee, then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science equivalency and a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University with a specialty in acute care. She has previous experience working in an intensive care unit and in cardiovascular services, and also served as a transplant coordinator. Ms. Gilmour is passionate about caring for patients in all stages of the transplant process, from those who have just received transplants to those who still require them.
Associate Professor

Dr. Grafals is the Medical Director of the Live Kidney Donor Program at the University of Colorado. She works in evaluating candidacy for potential kidney transplant recipients as well as potential kidney donors. Dr.Grafals works in the matching process of donors and recipients. She also works closely with the inpatient teams after transplantation.
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Nicole McCormick, DNP, MBA, NP-C, CCTC
Assistant Professor

Nicole is an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner working in the Renal Transplant Clinic.  She has worked with transplant patients since starting her nursing career in 2008 and is a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator.  She joined the Renal Division in August 2015 after completing her Master's degree through the College of Nursing, University of Colorado.  Nicole is committed to working with patients to ensure care that optimizes the quality of life and is passionate about providing education to patients and families so they can be active members of their health care.
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Erik Stites, MD
A
ssistant Professor

Dr. Stites completed his fellowship training in general nephrology and transplant nephrology at the University of Colorado and subsequently joined the faculty in the Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program. His primary research interest is the investigation of potential biomarkers in order to better identify and monitor immunologic risks and injuries after a kidney transplant.
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Alexander Wiseman
Professor
Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs

Dr. Wiseman’s academic interests include transplant therapies for diabetes, organ allocation and utilization, immunosuppressive strategies and emerging therapies.  He has authored over 60 publications and 15 book chapters and has given over 100 invited lectures, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Wiseman is active in postgraduate and fellowship education for both the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Nephrology and is an associate editor for the American Journal of Transplantation.  His recent leadership roles include counselor, Board of Directors, AST; chair, AST Grants Executive Committee; Steering Committee member, AST Fellows Symposium on Transplantation Medicine; course chair, ASN Kidney Transplantation Early Program; Joint Planning Committee member, AST/ASN Transplant Nephrology Core Curriculum.

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