When Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, MD first identified the need
to better support young faculty researchers, Dr. Chip Ridgway summed it up
perfectly, saying, “Arthur, what you wish to do is ‘leave no deserving young
research faculty member behind.’” It’s with this simple message in mind that Dr.
Gutierrez-Hartmann has stepped into the role of Associate Dean of Research
“We may not be able to solve all of the issue of a declining
biomedical workforce, but we can do a better job of taking care of our own—by
mentoring, supporting and investing in our junior faculty researchers,” said
The key long-term goal is to develop a cadre of high-impact,
diverse, interactive young research-intensive faculty members who are invested
and committed to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the School
of Medicine, and whose careers grow with the institution. To this end, he
intends to develop venues that ensure researchers know what it takes to be
promoted, to optimally manage their research operation, to obtain funding and
named awards, and to secure national recognition.
“I want to focus on all the gaps that preclude success for
our young investigators,” said Dr. Gutierrez-Hartmann.
Dr. Gutierrez-Hartmann intends to listen to the young
faculty and respond to their needs. What he has heard thus far is a need to
support them with everything from keeping an updated CV to running a lab to
work-life balance. “I want to help early-stage faculty learn all those things
you don’t learn as a fellow, and that become obstacles for career advancement,”
said Dr. Gutierrez-Hartmann.
Dr. Gutierrez-Hartman will focus on physician-scientists and
basic scientists in the earliest phase of their independent research career,
including MDs, PhDs, and MD/PhDs, pursuing basic science, translational and
health services research.
Dr. Gutierrez-Hartmann has served in leadership positions in
national associations dealing with graduate and physician-scientist training,
and he believes it is essential to increase the mentoring support of the most
vulnerable researchers on the Anschutz Campus – the new, young faculty seeking
an independent and impactful career.
To learn more about the programs and support offered, or to
get involved, contact Dr.
Gutierrez-Hartmann at or Jodi
Cropper at 303-724-4600.