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  • Silver Anniversary

    Silver Recognition - Inspiring others for 25 years: Thomas Henthorn, MD

    Apr 3, 2024
    Few stories of following one’s interests resonate as strongly as that of Professor Thomas K. Henthorn, MD, whose career in Anesthesiology and Pharmaceutical Sciences serves as a testament to the pursuit of new knowledge to forge a meaningful career. He exemplifies the power of embracing curiosity and the profound impact of timely mentorship in shaping one's journey.
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    Eight CU Anesthesiologist make 2024 Top Doctor List

    Apr 24, 2024
    Eight of our faculty physicians were recognized by 5280 Magazine as part of their prestigious 2024 Top Doctor list. Congratulations to each of them on this outstanding achievement and recognition. Their commitment to clinical care, training future leaders in our field and helping move the science and practice of anesthesiology forward is admirable.
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  • Transforming Lives: Dr. Jake Gamboa's Mission in Ethiopia

    Apr 9, 2024 by Katharine George
    In the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the CURE Children's Hospital, Jakob Gamboa, MD and a team embarked on a transformative journey in January this year. Their mission? To establish the inaugural self-sustaining scoliosis correction surgery program in a country home to over 120 million people. This monumental effort aimed not just at correcting spinal deformities but at igniting hope and fostering independence in Ethiopian healthcare.
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  • Silver Anniversary

    Silver Recognition - 32 Years of Service at CU! Joy Hawkins, MD

    Apr 3, 2024
    As we reflect on the remarkable career of Joy Hawkins, MD and her 32 years of service with the University of Colorado’s Department of Anesthesiology, you not only appreciate her dedication, expertise, and a profound commitment to shaping clinical practice and our department, but also her perspective as a witness to the evolution of anesthesiology and the medical field.
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Recent News

Silver Recognition - 32 Years of Service at CU! Joy Hawkins, MD

Joy Hawkins, MD, celebrates 32 years of service with the University of Colorado’s Department of Anesthesiology; we appreciate her dedication, expertise, and profound commitment to shaping clinical practice and our department, as well as her perspective on he evolution of anesthesiology and the medical field. Read More > 

CU Doctors Lend Anesthesiology Expertise to Paraguay Hospital

Two University of Colorado School of Medicine anesthesiology doctors travelled to Paraguay in June to offer their help and expertise for a week of complex neurosurgeries. Read More >

UCHealth doctors find marijuana users require more anesthesia

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is now recommending that doctors across the nation ask about cannabis use before surgery. It’s the first time guidelines like this have been released.  Read More >

Burnout: No Easy Answers in a Post-Pandemic World

We are over two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and while we are largely out of quarantine and back out in the world, stress and burnout continue to play major roles in the intensive care unit, particularly for women intensivists.  Read More >

Virtual Reality Therapy Reduces Drug Use During Surgery

Imagine going in for minor surgery, one where you don’t need to be totally unconscious, and being given a virtual reality headset for pain and anxiety relief instead of the usual dose of anesthesia.  Read More >

Pain and Addiction Expert Named CU Anesthesiology Vice Chair of Research

Susan Ingram, PhD, has been named vice chair of research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective July 15. Ingram will be the inaugural Richard Traystman, PhD, endowed chair in anesthesiology.  Read More >

Opportunities to advance patient care using wireless technology

Makita Fuchita, MD, Sr. Instructor Dept of Anesthesiology recent comment, Opportunities to advance patient care using wireless technology, published in response to Br J Anaesth 2022; 128: 857–63, explores opportunities for improved patient outcomes through wireless technology. Read More >

A spotlight on Female Leaders in Anesthesiology, ASA Monitor March 2022

As the field of anesthesiology evolves and grows, so does the important role women play in its ongoing success and development. Read More >

CU Recognized as SOAP Center of Excellence (COE)

The University of Colorado is now recognized as a SOAP Center of Excellence (COE). This designation was created to recognize institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care and to set a benchmark of expected care to improve standards nationally and internationally. Read More >

Department of Anesthesiology Launches First Training Certification In Anschutz Health Sciences Building

Faculty members Gee Mei Tan, MD, and Erin Stewart, MD, MS, practiced and delivered the first MOCA Simulation Course in the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) at the new Anschutz Health Sciences Building on March 26, 2022. Read More >

Pregnant and dying of COVID-19: ‘Miracle mom’ and baby survive thanks to unprecedented double surgeries 

Young COVID-19 survivor pleads with pregnant women to immediately get vaccinated. '“If I would have heard a story like mine, there’s no doubt I would have walked right in and gotten the vaccine." Read More >

CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus designated as Hispanic-Serving Institution

The U.S. Department of Education designated the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Read More >

New CU Program Tackles Medicine’s Tough Realities Before They Matter

Intensive ‘Basecamp’ training aimed at making graduates ‘better Day 1 doctors’ Read More >

Dr. Jane Stewart Appointed Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

With increasing efforts School-wide to recruit diverse faculty, students, and staff, the Department of Anesthesiology has also joined these efforts and placed greater emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. Not only is diversity a social concern and important for equalization, education and practice in diverse environments is a matter of health and wellbeing to ultimately eliminate health disparities within healthcare. For these reasons, we are excited to announce the appointment of Jane Stewart, MD to the position of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Education in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Read More >

Empathy Turns Anesthesiology Into Passion for December Graduate

Possessing a strong sense of empathy – as well as being an academic standout – pushed Fabienne Haas to the top of her Anesthesiologist Assistant program. Learn what drew her to anesthesiology, as well as how her journey took her from a small German village to the Colorado Front Range. Read More >

Dwayne Johnson surprises Children's Hospital Colorado with custom Xbox Series X consoles

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is surprising kids at Children's Hospital Colorado with custom Xbox Series X consoles, in partnership with Xbox and Gamers Outreach. The Aurora hospital is one of 20 children's hospitals across the country that will receive the very first batch of the brand new game console. Read More >

Regeneron antibody cocktail used in clinical trials to fight COVID-19 at UCHealth


They found evidence that there was some potential benefit for people with COVID-19 illness. Read More >


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