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The Department of Pediatrics is proud of our tradition of excellent education and training of our residents and fellows, and we thank you for your commitment to the health of your patients.

We invite our alumni to stay connected with the Department, keep up-to-date with our latest news, attend an upcoming event, make a donation, click some helpful links, or contact us.

Update Your Contact Information

We value our relationship with you and would like to stay in touch. Please take a moment to update your contact information by sending an email to Bobbi Siegel​.


Recent Achievements and News of our Alumni​

Sandra Stenmark, MD, was the 2019 recipient of the Kaiser Permanente George Halvorson Community Health Leadership Award.

Joshua T.B. Williams, MD, received the Compassionate Care Award, which was awarded by the Pediatric Staff at Denver Health.


The American Heart Association and Children’s Heart Foundation are dedicating $776,000 to four upcoming research projects focused on congenital heart defects, including a project by Jesse Davidson, MD, of the CU School of Medicine, this project will focus on improving lung development and blood flow in children with single ventricle defects.


Leonard Silverman, MD, former associate clincial professor, passed away on January 2. Read more >

Jenny Reese, MD, associate professor of clinical practice pediatrics, has been named as the Department of Pediatrics Pediatric Hospital Medicine​ Section Head.

Kevin Messacar, MD
, assistant professor of pediatrics, received the Century Award from Children's Hospital Colorado. The Century Award is awarded to a member of the Medical Staff, five or fewer years out of training who has made major contributions through committee work, initiatives, leaedership roles and/or advocacy.

Ronald J. Sokol, MD, professor and vice chair of pediatrics and chief of pediatric GI, hepatology and nutrition, has been elected as the 68th president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). AASLD is the leadingorganization of scientists and health care professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease with over 5,500 members. On January 1, 2018 Ron became the first AASLD president from Colorado and the third pediatrician in the association’s history.

Meet our Alumni

James E. Strain, MD, Promoted to Distinguished Clinical Professor. Read More >


Alumni Receptions

We host a reception at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition each fall and the PAS meeting​ each spring. Please join us on Oct. 26, 2019, from 7-9 p.m., at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition for a reception. View the flyer to learn more​For more information, contact Bobbi Siegel at 720-777-3936 or

Resident Research Day

Resident Research Day celebrates the research accomplishments of our residents and their faculty mentors. Many of our residents participate in mentored-research projects, which are presented at Grand Rounds and displayed on poster boards at the Spring Poster Session. The featured speaker is an alum who has had a successful career in research.

Past Speakers

2019 -- Research presentations made by resident speakers Ellen Cody, MD; Julia Hudnut-Beumler, MD; Whitley Hulse, MD; Jonathan Schultz, MD, MPH. View Flyer​​

2018 -- Jose Romero, MD, FAAP, FIDSA, FPIDS
Professor of Pediatrics
Horace C. Cabe Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases
Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Section, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital
Director, Clinical Trials Research, Arkansas Children's Research Institute

2017 -- Scott Sagel, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology
Asher-Accurso Chair of Cystic Fibrosis
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center

2016 -- Marlene Rabinovitch, MD
Dwight and Vera Dunlevie
Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at
Stanford University School of Medicine

2015 -- Allison Kempe, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Adult and Child Center for
Outcomes Research and Delivery Science
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Children’s Hospital Colorado

2014 -- Randi J. Hagerman, MD
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research
Medical Director of the MIND Institute
UC Davis Health System

2013 -- Mary (Mimi) P. Glodé, MD
Professor Emerita
Former Section Head, Infectious Diseases
University of Colorado School of Medicine and
Children's Hospital Colorado

2012 -- David N. Cornfield, MD
Director, Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology
Division Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and
Pulmonary Medicine, Stanford University School of
Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

2011 – Steven H. Abman, MD
Professor, Section of Pulmonary Medicine
Director, Pediatric Heart Lung Center
University of Colorado School of Medicine and
Children's Hospital Colorado

2010 -- Jane C. Burns, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Allergy, Immunology,
and Rheumatology
Director, Kawasaki Disease Research Center
UCSD School of Medicine and
Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego

Helpful Links

History of the Department

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado has a long and proud history of major research accomplishments which include the following pediatric research discoveries and milestones:

  • Performing the first pediatric liver transplant in the world (1963)
  • First description of the medical consequences of child abuse (The Battered Child Syndrome) (early 1960s)
  • Participation in clinical trials leading to the licensure of new pediatric vaccines, including Haemophilus influenza and meningococcus (1970s)
  • The description of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) (1978)
  • The first statewide newborn screening program for cystic fibrosis in the U.S. (1983)
  • Discovering the effects of Zinc and Vitamin E nutritional deficiencies in infants and children (1983)
  • Description of Kawasaki Syndrome (1976) in the U.S. and clinical trials, leading to its successful treatment with IVIG (1990s)
  • Groundbreaking research in the treatment of hemophilia and blood-clotting disorders (1980s and 1990s)
  • Methods to save newborns with severe lung disorders, including the treatment of pediatric pulmonary hypertension by using a non-invasive method of inhaled nitric oxide (1992)
  • Pioneering pediatric AIDS research, as one of a handful of AIDS clinical trial groups in U.S. (1993)
  • The Cystic Fibrosis Center participated in early research and drug trials for Kalydeco, the first drug that treats the underlying causes of CF (2006)
  • The development and licensure of a new shingles vaccine (2006)
  • Top Specialists from CU Anschutz and Children's Hospital Colorado make historic visit to Cuba (2016)

Honoring Our History of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Leadership

Department of Pediatrics faculty members have been leaders in child advocacy in Colorado, nationally, and internationally. The State of Colorado has had more presidents of the AAP than any other state. With their leadership, the AAP has led the nation in advocacy for universal health coverage for children and the development of the Medical Home Initiative, which is now recognized as the foundation for creating a better health care system to improve the health outcomes of children and adults.

Four of the past presidents of the AAP have been University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics alumni:

  • Franklin P. Gengenbach, MD, served from 1943-1944
  • James E. Strain, MD, FAAP, served from 1982-1983
  • Donald Schiff, MD, FAAP, served from 1988-1989
  • Donald E. Cook, MD, FAAP, served from 1999-2000
  • Stephen Berman, MD, FAAP, served from 2001-2002

Learn more about our alumni who have served as President of the AAP (.pdf)


The Department of Pediatrics appreciates your support. You can donate through the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation via outright gifts, tribute gifts, corporate giving, planned givingendowments​, and more.

Contact Us

Resident and Fellow Alumni, contact:
Bobbi Siegel, MSW
Department of Pediatrics
13123 East 16th Avenue, Box 065
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Phone: 720-777-3936

School of Medicine Alumni, contact:
Office of Alumni Relations
Campus Box A080
12631 East 17th Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Phone: 303-724-2518​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​