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Welcome to the Department of Medicine

As the largest of the 23 departments in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, we have much to be proud of. The Department of Medicine has over 950 regular faculty members, 188 residents, and approximately 200 clinical and research fellows, and with more than $98M in current research funding, we are consistently among the top 25 departments of medicine in National Institutes of Health research funding.

Our physicians are nationally-recognized experts in patient care. Our Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, with several other divisions also achieving national ranking. Through strong partnerships with University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Health, National Jewish Health and the Denver VA Medical Center, our physicians provide high quality, high-value care to a broad spectrum of patients.

Our residency and fellowship programs cultivate the physician leaders of tomorrow, who will transform healthcare through outstanding patient care, cutting-edge biomedical discovery, innovative education programs, and optimization of systems and policy.

Our home, the state-of-the art CU Anschutz Medical Campus, is the first campus in the nation built from the ground-up to bring research, education, and patient care together in one seamless, visionary collaboration. Our location in a fast-growing city with an emphasis on biotechnology, our proximity to Colorado’s capitol and largest city, and Colorado’s rich entrepreneurial ecosystem are key assets that help our faculty, fellows and residents make in impact on the medicine of tomorrow.

I took the post of Department of Medicine Chair in 2011 because I believe that the department is positioned to take a leadership role in the evolution of medicine toward an era of more targeted, personalized patient care. This leap forward, which brings together molecular science and genetics, basic research and clinical practice, and the latest technologies for collecting and analyzing patient information, can only occur within a large academic medical center with fruitful collaboration and cross-pollination between our research, patient care and education missions.

By 2020, I believe that our department will emerge as one of the very best Departments of Medicine in the country, as a result of our commitment to:

  • Strategic recruitment of outstanding faculty;
  • Aggressive retention of faculty;
  • Thoughtful and supportive approaches to career development at all levels;
  • Development of interdisciplinary programs;
  • Managing growth while maintaining our strategic vision and the career development of our faculty;
  • Commitment to our values of outstanding patient care, balanced growth of competing priorities, diversity, strong partnerships, transparency, and accountability.

We’ve already begun taking steps to make this happen:

  • In 2016, we established a new Division of Hospital Medicine, which will allow us to optimize our hospital medicine clinical, educational, and research programs, with a focus on design of clinical care systems to facilitate quality improvement, patient safety, patient experience, and cost-effective care delivery. In 2016 we recruited Oliver Eickelberg, MD to head our nationally-recognized Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, and in 2015, we welcomed Kathleen Barnes, PhD as the first head of our new Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine.

  • In 2016 we initiated salary support for research-intensive faculty to help successful investigators maintain and grow their federal grant portfolios, and help the department recruit and retain the very best scientists. We also began to shape a $15M, multi-year interdisciplinary recruitment effort aimed at catalyzing new collaborations to bridge scientific/clinical disciplines within the DOM and broader Anschutz research community, accelerating discovery in a variety of fields of interest to the DOM.

  • In 2015 and 2016 we launched four new programs designed to serve the career development needs of our outstanding faculty: the Research Office provides key resources to help our investigators, especially early-career researchers, succeed in NIH grant applications; the Faculty Advancement Office offers needed resources to help faculty at all levels to advance their careers and leadership skills; the Office of Diversity and Justice supports an inclusive climate for all faculty and housestaff; and our Strategic Initiative on Gender Equity identifies faculty-driven solutions to issues of gender equity within the department. (Learn more about the programs supporting our faculty.)

For more about our achievements in the 2015-16 academic year, please view our Department of Medicine Annual Report.

It is a privilege to work with the department’s outstanding, dedicated faculty, as well as our experienced, devoted, and innovative Division Heads and Vice Chairs. I anticipate that the next several years will be a time of growth, and by managing that growth strategically, I believe we can meet our goal of emerging as a top Department of Medicine at a national scale.

David A. Schwartz, MD
Professor of Medicine and Immunology
Robert W. Schrier Chair of Medicine

For more information about David Schwartz, MD, please view his profile.

November 2016