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A Lasting Legacy

Frederick Grover, MD, retires following distinguished career


Dr. Frederick Grover, who brought lung transplantation to University of Colorado Hospital and served as Chair of the Department of Surgery from ​2002 to 2012, brings his 27-year career at CU to a close this year. Having made countless contributions to our department over the years, he leaves yet another legacy upon his retirement: the Fred and Carol Grover Endowed Chair in Surgery.

Play video -- Frederick Grover, MD: A Celebration  

On September 20, 2018, the Anschutz Medical Campus celebrated Dr. Grover's career and recognized Joseph Cleveland, MD, as the first recipient of the Fred and Carol Grover Endowed Chair in Surgery. Watch the video on this page to hear comments from just a few of the many physicians and leaders who spoke at the celebration.

Dr. Grover's influence has extended well beyond the University of Colorado. He was a driving force in the creation of the STS (Society of Thoracic Surgeons) National Database, which now includes data on more than 4 million patients and guides decision-making and research for cardiac surgeons across the United States and beyond. Abroad, he helped establish the first cardiac surgery program in Nepal.

Closer to home, Dr. Grover has saved many lives in the operating room, and his positive influence has been felt by all who know him, including colleagues, family and friends, staff members in the Department of Surgery, and, of course, his patients. His kindness, humility, generosity, and respect for everyone around him have set the tone for the Department of Surgery and made our progress possible. We wish Dr. Grover and his wife Carol a long and happy retirement.