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Dr. David Kuwayama serves in Congo

David Kuwayama, MD, with patients in Democratic Republic of Congo

David Kuwayama, MD, MPA, a vascular surgeon on our faculty, was recently featured in a UCHealth Insider article about his volunteer work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

In the fall of 2014, Dr. Kuwayama took five weeks of unpaid leave to serve in the DRC with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.

While in the DRC, Dr. Kuwayama treated not only “natural” diseases and health problems but also many injuries resulting from the widespread violence that plagues the region. Some of his patients had sustained massive gunshot wounds from military assault weapons; others were victimized in systematic campaigns of sexual violence.

Despite the harrowing nature of what he saw on a daily basis, Dr. Kuwayama says he has never done more fulfilling work, and he hopes to return on an annual basis. Read more in UCHealth Insider.

(March 2015)


Dr. Ashley Vavra joins our faculty

Ashley Vavra, MD

The section of Vascular Surgery is pleased to introduce our newest provider, Ashley K. Vavra, MD, Assistant Professor and Director of the Vascular Diagnostic Lab.

Dr. Vavra comes to us from Chicago, IL, where she completed both her general surgical training and vascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern University. She is originally from Houston, TX, and earned a BA in English Literature from Rice University and an MD at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Vavra's clinical interests include open surgical reconstruction and minimally invasive endovascular treatment of aortic, visceral, and peripheral arterial disease. Her research interests focus on surgical education, including curriculum development and its impact on patient outcomes.

(Sept. 2014)


Dr. Natalia Glebova joins our faculty

Natalia Glebova

The Vascular Surgery Section of the Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that Dr. Natalia Glebova has joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Glebova comes to us from Baltimore, Maryland. She earned an MD and a PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed both her general surgical training and vascular surgery fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Her clinical interests include open surgical reconstruction and minimally invasive endovascular treatment of aortic, visceral, and peripheral arterial disease. Her research focuses on clinical outcomes and improvements in patient care and healthcare delivery.

(July 2014)


In memoriam: Robert Rutherford, MD

Robert Rutherford, MD

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Robert Rutherford on November 22, 2013. Bob was the face and voice for Vascular Surgery at the University of Colorado for several decades. He remained active nationally and internationally even after retiring from CU in 1996. He was one of a handful of the founding giants of modern vascular surgery.

We are proud to have named our new fellowship in his honor (see below).

Please visit the brief recounting of the life of Bob Rutherford.

(November 2013)


New vascular fellowship

We are pleased to announce a new 2 yr (5+2) ACGME Vascular Fellowship at the University of Colorado. Our first Robert B. Rutherford Fellow is Dr. John Eun, who began July 1, 2013. Our junior fellow is Dr. Manuel Caceres, who began July 1, 2014. Please visit our Vascular Fellowship website for more information.



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