The CCTSI is pleased to announce that Lisa Cicutto, PhD, ACNP(cert), RN, has taken the mantle as director of the Education, Training and Career Development (ETCD) pillar program. Longtime director of the program, Marc Moss, MD, stepped down due to his numerous additional research grant commitments and clinical duties. The ETCD program has been instrumental in the training and success of hundreds of investigators at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and partner institutions and hospitals.
“Dr. Cicutto was a natural choice for the position,” says CCTSI Director Ron Sokol, MD. “She currently directs the Clinical Science Graduate Program [referred to as the CLSC] and is director of Community Outreach and Research at National Jewish Health.” In addition, she was named the 2016 School Nurse Advocate of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Nurses. She was selected as a champion for students, staff and community wellness.
The Clinical Science Program offers both master’s and doctoral degrees and has over 100 students and over 140 graduate faculty. The CLSC is dedicated to training premier clinician scientists, and is a program of the CCTSI. CLSC students and alumni have published over 2,500 peer-reviewed publications and received more than 600 funded grants. Dr. Cicutto’s significant experience with educating, training and mentoring future investigators, combined with her diverse research background and dedication to lifelong learning, perfectly position her to lead the ETCD program.
Dr. Cicutto’s own specific area of research is optimizing pulmonary and allergic related care and lung health in communities through translation and uptake of the best available evidence by multi-disciplinary providers, patients and families. A core value of her work is to conduct meaningful and responsive community engaged research. Her program of research spans the T1-T4 spectrum and has involved randomized controlled trials, pragmatic trials, surveillance, program evaluation, knowledge translation and implementation, and observational studies. She has developed, evaluated and implemented, on a broad scale, practice improvement projects for multidisciplinary health care providers related to asthma care across primary care, inpatient, emergency settings and community settings (schools and child care settings) in rural, suburban and urban communities.
“We are looking forward to having Dr. Cicutto lead our ETCD pillar program into its next generation of excellence,” continued Sokol. “She’s already hit the ground running, doing impressive work to develop several sections of the CCTSI grant renewal. We’re lucky to have her on board.”