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Vision, Mission, and Values

Department of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine


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Vision Statement


Improve Every Life

We will make a positive contribution to every person's life. Through care, curing, compassion, and hope, we will improve the lives or our patients, their families, our department team members, our community, and the world.


Mission Statements

Innovating Surgical Care

Through a constant pursuit of excellence and a relentless drive to push the boundaries of surgical care, we speed healing, reduce suffering, and create hope.

Curing Through Discovery

With an operation, we heal one person; with a new discovery, we can heal thousands. We will relentlessly search for the next cure, and once found, we will search for the next.

Enlightening Tomorrow's Leaders

We will recruit, develop, train, and deploy the best leaders in the world.

Daring to be Exceptional

We will amaze from all levels of our organization.  Exceeding standards is not enough; we will pioneer new frontiers in excellence.



Core Values

  • Dedication
  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Advancing Innovation
  • Teamwork
  • Exemplary Leadership