CA-3 Bios

Nicholas Alvey, MD, MPH

Alvey
Katie, Aidan, and I out for a little hike!

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Hobbies: I grew up in Colorado, so my hobbies are very traditional Colorado ones - hiking, biking, and skiing. I have also played tennis since I was a kid. One specific hobby my wife and I started doing in medical school was completing the "Highpointers" which involves going to the highest point in each state. We have done 17 so far (including Mt. Elbert in Colorado) - we hope to knock more out in the near future!

What is the biggest strength of our program? I think our program does a great job of exposing us to a variety of clinical environments. We rotate through Denver Health which is a Level 1 trauma center and has a "county hospital" feel, the VA, and Children's Hospital. University Hospital has a traditional inpatient side that we spend a lot of time in, but we also get exposure to outpatient surgery at University as well as to non-OR anesthesia. I think this experience will be incredibly valuable once we have graduated and are practicing on our own.

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? I really enjoyed being at Children's Hospital. The attendings do a great job of teaching, and you really feel competent at bread-and-butter pediatric anesthesia once you leave which is a great feeling to have.

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? In general, a lot of the faculty do a good job of incorporating Problem Based Learning into both formal and informal (i.e. in the OR) lectures. They have a bank of a bunch of different cases and clinical scenarios to step through which I find helpful to absorb the material.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I worked for a year as a research assistant prior to going to medical school, but that was the only time I took off. I was a preliminary medicine intern at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver prior to starting residency.

What is your dream vacation? I would love to take a long trip to South America which would involve skiing in the Andes, then traveling to Patagonia, and finally taking a boat to Antarctica. Hopefully, it will happen one day!

What skills/talents do most people not know about you? I can make a pretty mean pumpkin chocolate chip cookie.

 

Jessica Beatty, MD

Beatty
Recent trip to Telluride, CO!

Hometown: Newberg, OR

Hobbies: Breakfast, Sunrises, Hiking, Barre, Competitive Settlers of Catan, Studying on the Porch With My Kitty

What is the biggest strength of our program? We have the diversity and number of cases to build excellent anesthesiologists and rival the best programs in the country. We also emphasize quality of life and reasonable work hours! Plus Colorado is amazing and Denver can rival any big city for sports teams, food, and cultural activities!

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? Cardiac and transplant anesthesiology makes you courageous and competent taking care of really sick patients. OB anesthesiology builds independence and the ability to manage a whole labor deck of patients. Pediatric anesthesiology builds meticulous attention to detail and the ability to think clearly and react in a crisis.

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? Education days! Stimulations are exceeding helpful! Hands on practice with tracheostomy placement is great! Plus we all get to be together! My class is really close and we get really happy and rowdy when we're together - teasing, story telling, and inside jokes. Being together is so therapeutic to normalize what ALL of us are experiencing in separate operating rooms.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? Nanny, full time college student, part time downhill skier

What is your dream vacation? Airbnb in the mountains with a balcony overlooking a beautiful view to the east to watch the sunrise and sip coffee. Awesome nearby hikes and great restaurants to explore.

What skills/talents do most people not know about you? Barre! Alpine Hiking!

 

Josh Champion, MD

Champion
The family on a hike for Reid's first birthday!

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Hobbies: Rock climbing, video games, wife + kid + dogs

What is the biggest strength of our program? Friendly co-residents

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? All of CA-3, because you get so much more autonomy and finally feel as though you're finalizing your skillset

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? Education Days - Devoted education time specialized for each class

What were you doing before you went into medicine? Political Science. Was considering going to law school but realized that was an awful idea.

What is your dream vacation? Cabin in the snowy mountains or house on an empty beach

What skills/talents do most people not know about you? Used to rock climb at a semi professional level

 

Jake Entin, MD

Entin
My wife Libby and I hiking in the Faroe Islands, Sept 2019.

Hometown: Denver, CO

Hobbies: I love spending time outdoors.  Recently that means road riding, mountain biking, or climbing in the warm months and skiing (aka, alpine, snowboarding, BC, and teleing) in the winter months.  I also love to travel and have been lucky enough to put together an international trip (or two) each year of residency so far--it is possible!  My family is also immensely important to me and my wife (an ENT resident at CU); we are fortunate to have our family close by and love to spend time with our six nieces and nephews whenever we can and enjoy being the "fun" aunt and uncle who are sometimes nocturnal as they call us!

What is the biggest strength of our program? The opportunity to train at four very different practice settings.  Each hospital offers a unique patient population and the attendings have different teaching styles that afford us an incredibly well-rounded education.  Being in Denver is also a big strength--great craft breweries, delicious food scene, great music, and of course all the outdoor adventures to be had!

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? Our exposure to all major transplants, including heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas.  These are the biggest cases I have done, often placing multiple invasive monitors/lines, and transfusing large amounts of blood products.  Being 1:1 with an attending for these cases affords superb education but also give us an extra level of comfort when taking care of the sickest patients coming to the OR.  Despite our fellows, we are a busy enough center that residents are often doing these cases either in conjunction with a fellow or without a fellow's involvement at all.  After several of these cases, I feel confident I can handle just about anything in the operating room!

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? Our wellness retreats are amazing!  Pre-covid, CA1s spent a long weekend in Keystone getting to know classmates, debriefing from the start of the year, and getting to know some faculty outside of work.  We have amazing attending involvement, great departmental support, and overall awesome opportunities to help build resilient anesthesiologists.  New this year we added inter-class mentorship groups with a CA3 mentor along with faculty mentors from each hospital.  Groups meet ~monthly to hang out, foster relationships, and allow us to get to know our attendings on a more personal level.  These serve as both a formal and informal way for residents to connect and serves as an outlet throughout residency.  Our faculty not only serve as clinical faculty, but are always available to talk as colleagues, friends, and truly as family.  This is definitely unique among residency programs and something I value quite highly.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I lived in Boulder working some, playing and traveling a lot, and generally enjoying life.  I planned to pursue medicine but wanted to take time off before embarking on the long path I knew medical school to be.  I joined the search and rescue team in Boulder while in college and became quite involved in the group, serving on their board and as the first aid committee chair for several years.  I continued my involvement until the time commitment of being a CA1 caught up to me.  I hope one day I will pick up where I left off and continue my tenure with the team.

What is your dream vacation? A little bit of adventure, a little bit of beach time, great food, and somewhere I haven't been before.  I am itching to make it to Patagonia and Chile and would love to climb something remote there.  Now for the time in life when I can take a month or two to even scratch the surface this part of the world has to offer...

What skills/talents do most people not know about you? I am an avid sailor and raced Santana 20s competitively in high school.  Despite living in land-locked Colorado we had two sailboats growing up--one a small 14' dinghy and another a 24' fixed-keel boat.  I still love to sail and do so whenever I get the chance!

 

Janine Hoerauf, MD

Hoerauf
Me and my boyfriend, Jake, on our vacation to Bend, OR

Hometown: St. Leonard, MD

Hobbies: Mostly anything that you can do in the mountains. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing in the summer and skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing in the winter. Also love hanging out with my dog, Mika. And I like to garden.

What is the biggest strength of our program? The diversity of clinical rotations. We have a large tertiary care hospital that pulls from five different states where we see some of our biggest cases, a community hospital that is known for excellent (and frequent) trauma care, a dedicated children’s hospital and a VA. I found it rare on the interview trail to find a residency program that offers such a diversity of practice settings.

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? I've always loved working at Denver Health. You get different cases every day and are constantly challenged by some pretty intense trauma cases that we don't often see at the University hospital. As at all of our locations, the attendings are also very supportive during these emotionally difficult cases.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I spent a year before medical school working in Ecuador. It was such a unique experience compared to my life now, but is something that has really driven my interest in global health and cultural competence.

 

Adrian Klein, MD

Klein
Hanging Lake (near Glenwood Springs, CO)

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Hobbies: hiking, skiing, camping, travel, concerts, sports, brew-hopping

What is the biggest strength of our program? multiple sites (huge staff, different EMRs/equipment/vents/MO's), excellent regional exposure and patients/surgeons willing to participate, variety of cases/patient acuity, city of Denver with good balance of outdoor and city life

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? The newer role of AIC - you act as an attending and truly round out your educational experience as a resident. This, I feel, lets you see which things you excel at and which things could be improved in a very real life scenario prior to you doing it on your own

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? Wellness retreat as a CA-1 - which was in Keystone, CO at the resort - was a great opportunity to meet my classmates and decompress a couple of weeks into starting anesthesia residency.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I went straight from college to med school to residency. I did the categorical (IM) intern year at UCH (which has changed quite a bit).

What is your dream vacation? A new destination with either bustling city and unique opportunities in cuisine/nightlife/architecture/history or a beach/mountain/forest location with ample opportunity for adventure and solitude.

What skills/talents do most people not know about you? I have a great collection of movie quotes using up an inordinate amount of my brain.

 

Markus Kowalsky, MD

Kowalsky
Hiking in Vail with wife and daughter.

Hometown: Excelsior, MN

Hobbies: Road Biking, Hiking, Skiing, Broncos football

What is the biggest strength of our program? Dedicated exposure to different practices styles and patient populations at each of our four clinical sites. Vast referral region allows us to see and take care of some of the sickest patients in the surrounding states which in turn prepares you well for any place you would possible practice.

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? As I get closer to the end of residency, I appreciate more and more the big team resuscitation-type cases where people are each fulfilling different roles to help provide optimal results for our patients. Anesthesia residency can be somewhat isolating without the need for huge collaborative efforts during the majority of cases but these cases help to strengthen the bonds between colleagues and push your own knowledge and skill boundaries to make us better anesthesiologists.

What is your dream vacation? Lazy days in Hanalei for more exploring, great food and some peace of mind outside of residency.

Julio Montejano, MD

Montejano
Chihuahua Lake—more bite than bark.
A lake after my own heart.

Hometown: Denver, CO

Hobbies: Hiking, Lifting, Yoga, reading, video games

What is the biggest strength of our program? Our faculty! We have some incredible clinicians and incredible educators in this department.

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? Denver Health AIC. Such a varied experience in a high volume, fast paced and lean environment. Really allows you to hone triaging skills and take part in the clinical decision making for urgent/emergent cases. The regional experience during this rotation can rival APS on some days—if that’s what floats your boat.

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? Mock oral board prep. We have some examiners among our faculty and they can deliver what feels like a high fidelity prep session.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I took a year off between college and med school during which I worked out, worked at Whole Foods and spent my whole paycheck there. See what I did there.

What is your dream vacation? Hiking through some Scandinavian forest to get to my hotel—either a suspended treehouse or glass house. (Google them. They're real and they are magical).

What skills/talents do most people not know about you? I'm a pretty snappy dancer. I speak 2.5 languages—my French fell into disuse. And I'll make you the best grilled cheese sandwich you'll ever have.

 

Justice Richardson, DO

Richardson
Exploring Yosemite with the Fam!

Hometown: Durango, CO

Hobbies: I had hobbies and then had a baby...now I babysit. I enjoy international travel, scuba diving, water sports on boats, enjoying a good micro brew or occasional Islay Scotch, golf, attending Broncos/Rockies games, poker/game nights with friends, and then of course the obligate Colorado activities (snowboarding/skiing, hiking, camping, climbing 14ers, ect...)

What is the biggest strength of our program? CU provides amazing training! The case diversity and subspecialty training is comprehensive, and the high case volumes gives you the confidence to take on a wide variety of cases after graduation. Our faculty is extremely knowledgeable and skillful, and is armed with the most up-to-date practice recommendations and wisdom of decades of experience. Also, everyone rotates through four different institutions. Each location has different EMRs, faculty, support staff, and cultures, which will provide you with a flexibility and preparedness to jump into any practice after graduation.

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? OB and Denver Health. OB due to the autonomy, the hands on nature of neuraxial anesthestics, and the patients are awake and most of the time appreciative. DH because it's the Gun and Knife club! Great attendings, excellent trauma attendings, and oddest cases in town.

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? I really enjoyed the simulation lab at Children's Hospital, you take the lead for two different scenarios and the patients will ultimately code. The onus is on you to run the code without any help from the attending and the entire support staff in the room is looking to you for direction. It's very empowering but also humbling.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I was a bartender and graduate teaching assistant at "the" Colorado State University... (Go RAMs!)

What is your dream vacation? Space X trip to the moon, or private yacht to scuba dive all around South Pacific and Australia.

What skills/talents do most people not know about you? I make bourbon barrel furniture, play fantasy football, have played Dungeons and Dragons (twice, but would absolutely play again), and I secretly like to watch HGTV.

 

Kenji Tanabe, MD

Tanabe
Enjoying Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park with my wife!

Hometown: Manitou Springs, CO

Hobbies: Soccer, climbing, running, mountain biking

What is the biggest strength of our program? Strong departments and clinical experience in nearly every area of anesthesia -- ICU, cardiac, liver transplant, obstetrics, APS.  The faculty are amazingly motivated and accessible, and you work alongside amazing co-residents!

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? I look back on my time in the CTICU very fondly.  It is a very intense place with an amazing interdisciplinary team and great outcomes!

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? Prior to COVID, I really enjoyed the weekly afternoon lectures.  Since the time is protected, it was a great opportunity to both learn and decompress with co-residents.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I worked in an electrophysiology research lab with a focus on clinical research trials.

 

Ted Timothy, MD

Timothy
My wife Helen, my daughter Rose, and I just before a bike ride!

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Hobbies: Cycling, Rock Climbing, Pub Trivia, going to the Denver Zoo far too much with my daughter

What is the biggest strength of our program? For me, the biggest strength is the complexity of cases we see day in and day out. Our catchment area includes multiple surrounding states on top of the 5.7 million people in Colorado. This results in seeing the rarest, sickest patients frequently and getting comfortable with providing their care. Liver, Heart, Lung, trauma, etc. You name it, we got it.

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? My favorite clinical experience would have to be AOP. Exposure to supervision prior to graduation helps facilitate growth in a safe setting.  The attendings are there to support you, but otherwise, you are running the show. It feels like taking the final step in your growth as a resident.  It is wild to look back on my first days as a CA-1 and see the dramatic difference my training has made in my confidence as an anesthesiologist.

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? The CA-1 wellness retreat! It was a wonderful chance to take a breather from the mountains of work and studying that accompanied starting in the ORs. We all drove up to Keystone and spent a long weekend hanging out as a group, getting to know each other a little better. We learned stress management strategies that I still use to this day. Our wellness faculty are great, and puts a lot of thought into how to be educational, while also being restorative.  There were plenty of structured sessions, but there was also plenty of free time for biking, golf, hiking, or just resting.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I worked in pharmaceutical research for two years in Madison, WI. My side-gig was working at a rock climbing gym. My side side-gig was studying and performing improv comedy in Madison and at The Second City in Chicago. I quickly realized I didn't want to be stuck behind a research bench for the rest of my life, and applied to medical school.

 

Cyndi Williams, MD, PharmD

Cyndi Williams Bio Photo

Hometown: Jim Thorpe, PA

Hobbies: skiing, rock climbing, hiking, camping, baking, crocheting, painting

What is the biggest strength of our program? The case variety and acuity of patients as well as the supportive faculty.

What is your favorite clinical experience as a resident? I love being on call at Denver Health because when a bad trauma comes through, your knowledge and skills are put to the test and you really have an immense opportunity to meaningfully impact someone's life.

What is your favorite educational activity as a resident? I really enjoy the weekly lectures because (pre-COVID) it was a way to see my co-residents and catch up on each others' lives.

What were you doing before you went into medicine? I was a Walgreens Pharmacist.

What is your dream vacation? I love to vacation in beautiful places and specifically in the mountains, so living in Colorado has been like a permanent vacation!

What skills/talents do most people not know about you? I have sold quite a few paintings and have even been commissioned to make a few pieces.