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Robert B. Rutherford Fellowship in Vascular Surgery

University of Colorado Hospital

Primary Faculty: Omid Jazaeri, Mark Nehler, David Kuwayama, Ashley Vavra

Top medical professionals, superior medicine, and progressive change make the University of Colorado Hospital one of the leading hospitals in the nation.

Consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of "America’s Best Hospitals," the University of Colorado Hospital is internationally respected for its exceptional teams of medical specialists. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the hospital was ranked number one in quality and safety among academic medical centers in the country by the University HealthSystem Consortium.

University of Colorado Hospital is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, which is also home to the University of Colorado clinical schools, multiple institutes and research enterprises, Children's Hospital Colorado, and soon, the Denver VA.

UCH opened new outpatient facilites on the campus in 2001, moved into a new inpatient facility in 2007, and in 2013 opened an additional 12-story inpatient tower, doubling critical-care space such as ORs and ICUs and adding a new ED. The hospital has multiple primary-care facilties in the metropolitan Denver area and is building several satellite speciality and surgical centers. University of Colorado Hospital is part of University of Colorado Health, which includes hospitals in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Laramie, Wyoming. However, the Vascular Fellow will only train at the Aurora site of UCH.

Hybrid operating room (photo 1 of 3) Hybrid operating room (photo 2 of 3) Hybrid operating room (photo 3 of 3)

UCH's hybrid operating room. Click photos to enlarge.

Old VA

The current home of the VA Medical Center (E. 9th Ave. & Colorado Blvd. in Denver)

New VA

Artist's rendering of the new VA Medical Center scheduled to open in 2018 on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora

Primary Faculty: Thomas Whitehill, John Eun

The Denver VA Medical Center is a referral center for Veterans requiring complex vascular care throughout the Rocky Mountain region. The Vascular Service has two half-days of clinic, two full operating room days, and at least one day in Interventional Radiology. Common endovascular procedures include aortic aneurysm repair, percutaneous peripheral interventions, and carotid artery stenting. The Fellow oversees day-to-day management of the vascular service under the supervision of the Vascular Surgery Faculty.

Directly adjacent to the expansive Anschutz Medical Campus is the site of the new replacement Denver VA Medical Center scheduled to open in 2018. The new complex will consist of nine buildings and is designed to complement the scenery and style indigenous to Colorado. The new facility is expected to be a leader within the VA system in terms of healthcare delivery and hospital architectural design. The Vascular Service has been actively involved in the design of the new interventional platform, including a new Siemens hybrid operating room.

Inside the new VA (artist's rendering)

Inside the new VA (artist's rendering)

Primary Faculty: Chuck Fox

Denver HealthDenver Health is a comprehensive, integrated organization providing level one care for all, regardless of ability to pay. Twenty-five percent of all Denver residents, or approximately 150,000 individuals, receive their health care at Denver Health. One in three children in Denver is cared for by Denver Health physicians as well.

As Colorado's primary safety net institution, Denver Health has provided billions of dollars in uncompensated care. Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality health care system serving as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation.