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GITES staff member named Navy's Reserve Duty Sailor of the Year

Amy Bohrer (second from left) is recognized as Reserve Duty Sailor of the Year; see CU Anschutz Today for more information on this photo.

Amy Bohrer, Office Supervisor for the Division of GI, Trauma, and Endocrine Surgery, has been selected as the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s Reserve Duty Sailor of the Year for 2019.

In 1972, the Sailor of the Year (SOY) program was created by Chief of Naval Operations to recognize demonstrated superior performance of Petty Officers. Sailors are nominated for SOY by their respective commands and are evaluated on their overall performance and accomplishments over the past year, including demonstrated exemplary job performance, leadership, primary and collateral duties, meritorious achievements, educational accomplishments, community service, and physical readiness.

Amy was first awarded SOY by her Headquarters Command, Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) Bremerton, for her achievements as OHSU Bremerton Detachment O's Unit Leading Petty Office between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018. Following this award, she was nominated to compete against other commands within the Navy Medicine Southwest Region. During this process, she attended a formal board in San Diego, California, where she was also evaluated on her military bearing, uniform, conduct, and knowledge of Navy history and current events. On January 24, 2019, Amy was awarded Navy Medicine's Southwest Region SOY and was then nominated to compete against the winners of the other regions in Washington, D.C. Following her final board at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, Amy was announced as Navy Medicine's Reserve SOY for 2018.

Amy is a native of Buffalo, New York, and joined the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in 2004. Following boot camp and Hospital Corpsman School, she went on to become a field medicine technician. She was stationed with 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton, California, between 2005 and 2007. During this time, she extended her medical knowledge by completing Operational Field and Emergency Medicine Skills Course and earned her Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare designator. Following her tour, she joined the Navy Reserves and relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Following six months with OHSU Portsmouth, she volunteered for a mobilization with Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit to Landstuhl, Germany. Between 2008 and 2010, she was with the Deployed Warrior Medical Management Center and assisted with the medical evacuation of Wounded Warriors during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Following her tour, she moved to Orlando, Florida, and was assigned to 4th Medical Battalion. In 2015, she relocated to Denver, Colorado, and has been with OHSU Bremerton since.

(March 2019)


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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