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Dr. Velopulos speaks out on preventing gun violence

Emmy Betz, MD, and Catherine Velopulos, MD

Dr. Catherine Velopulos (pictured, right) recently co-authored an opinion column in the Denver Post with Dr. Emmy Betz (pictured, left) on the issue of gun violence. Dr. Velopulos and Dr. Betz joined physicians nationwide in speaking out after a controversial tweet by the National Rifle Association, which began with the sentence “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.” The NRA's tweet prompted responses from physicians across the country, sparking such movements as #ThisIsOurLane and #ThisIsEveryonesLane.

In their column for the Denver Post, Drs. Velopulos and Betz defend the right—and the responsibility—of doctors to participate in the national discussion about firearm-related injuries and deaths. “We are not anti-gun,” they write. “And we know that no one — not gun owners, nor non-owners — wants to lose a loved one to firearm violence.” They go on to list numerous things that communities like ours in Denver can do to reduce firearm deaths and injuries—initiatives that should win support from all citizens, regardless of their position on gun control.

You can read the column by Drs. Betz and Velopulos here: #ThisIsOurLane in Colorado, too

(December 2018)


Denver Health renames trauma center after Dr. Gene Moore

Play video -- Denver Health's Trauma Center Has 'Moore' To Be Proud Of

Longtime CU faculty member Ernest “Gene” Moore, MD, was given a singular honor this year, as Denver Health Medical Center renamed its Level-I Trauma Center the “Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center.”

Dr. Moore has worked as a trauma surgeon since the 1970s and is recognized around the world for his work in developing the profession of trauma surgery. In the CU School of Medicine, Dr. Moore is a Distinguished Professor of Surgery and serves as Vice Chair of Trauma and Critical Care Research. At Denver Health, he has served in many roles over the years, including Chief of Trauma and Chief of Surgery.

Dr. Moore has saved the lives of countless patients in the course of his career. For the stories of just a few of those patients, watch the videos below. (The video above shows highlights from the celebration of the trauma center’s renaming at Denver Health on July 10, 2018.)

Patient Stories

(July 2018)


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