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Barbara Davis Center Honor Roll

Week of April 20, 2020

Dear BDC family,

As we navigate this current pandemic, we THANK YOU for the countless acts of assistance, sacrifice, and team effort you have shown to our patients but also with each other. We would like to recognize our colleagues who have helped you or others to get through this difficult time through a BDC Honor Roll updated weekly on BDC website. Please send your nominations to with a brief description of why your nominee deserves to be recognized.

Here is the next round of colleagues who have gone above and beyond their line of duty.


Agnes Furlaga (Pediatrics)


Why Agnes?


In addition to answering phones, Agnes is the clearance center for the Pediatric Division. She sets up zoom meetings for all the ongoing work we do. She calls parents and arranges zoom meetings for providers at home or in the office. She continues to juggle schedules, cancel travel, and provide support for all of the Pediatric Division in their needs, but especially for Drs. Slover, Wadwa, and Alonso (coordinating with his own team). She remains calm, collected, and upbeat despite all that she is asked to do in this crisis.


Jamie Stedman and Pamela Fernandez-The Medical Assistant Team – (Pediatrics)

Jamie  Pamela

Why Jamie and Pamela?


Jamie and Pam helped get the telemedicine program up and running, working hard every day to send all patients their instructions for their telemedicine appointment, help direct them how to upload their data from home, and then download the patient data in a report to send to each provider before their visit.

Katie Bell (Pediatrics)


Why Katie?

Katie is in the office every day to manage prescriptions. She has gotten up and running on how to do prescriptions in a matter of two weeks; right before this pandemic started, which is amazing in itself. She is doing an incredible job!


Olivia Llamas- (Adult Clinic)

Why Olivia?

Olivia has done an awesome job managing all the cancelling and rescheduling to tele-medicine the adult clinic patient appointments. She is quickly figuring out what is working and changing what was not working.


Allison Reeds (Center Administrator)


Why Allison?

Allison is working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep BDC operations going and helping with compliance. She attends countless ZOOM meetings with the SOM, prepares and sends updated spreadsheets weekly on behalf of the Barbara Davis Center and she is smiling on every screen she shows up on! We are lucky to have her on OUR team!

Isamar Pacheco, Araceli Andrade—Lopez, Jennifer Chavez and Alejandra Munoz (Pediatric Clinic- Front Desk)

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Why Isamar, Araceli, Jennifer and Ale?

The front desk of our Pediatric Clinic has staffed the front line of our battle with COVID-19! Their smiling faces and helpful ways have helped to ease the minds of our patients while quickly assisting them in transitioning to telemedicine appointments.


Week of April 6, 2020

Dear BDC family,


As we navigate this current pandemic, we THANK YOU for the countless acts of assistance, sacrifice, and team effort you have shown to our patients but also with each other. We would like to recognize our colleagues who have helped you or others to get through this difficult time:


Liping Yu, MD and the Yu Lab - Research Division

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Why Liping, his team and Ashlee?

Liping and the Yu Lab successfully developed a new ELISA assay to test for corona virus antibodies. Ashlee has graciously donated her convalescent blood to validate the assay!


Andrea Gerard-Gonzalez, MD - Pediatrics


Why Andrea?

Dr. Gerard-Gonzalez was on call during our first week where most of the team was working remotely. She had a large number or newly diagnosed patients and had to manage all our new protocols. She gracefully managed a stressful situation to care for these newly diagnosed patients and adjust to 2/3 of her team doing remote education.


Sarah Thomas - Pediatrics


Why Sarah?

Sarah has put in countless hours coordinating the transition to telemedicine, including training staff, making sure they have access to the tools they need, and ensuring clear lines of communication. Her attention to detail is unmatched!


Shideh Majidi, MD - Pediatrics



Why Shideh?

For helping the fellows to participate in telemedicine, and precepting our first successful fellow’s clinic telemedicine visits. Thanks for allowing the fellows to continue to learn, grow, and connect with our patients during this difficult time.


Cindy Cain, NP and Sofia Meier, NP - Pediatrics


Cindy Cain   Sofia

Why Cindy and Sofia?

Both have come in tirelessly on days when they are not doing Zoom visits to help with faxes, rxs, and every little thing.  Cindy’s daily hats and backgrounds that she uses in her Zoom visits with patients are a really fun and creative way to make a telehealth visit exciting!

Christie Beatson, RD - Adult Clinic


Why Christie?

Christie played a key role in answering adult patient’s calls and assisting Dr. Garg in keeping the clinic running as smooth as possible in this uncertain time.




Week of March 30, 2020


Here are the first round of colleagues who have gone above and beyond their line of duty. 


Paul Wadwa, MD (Medical Director) and Tyler Reznick-Lipina - Pediatrics


Why Paul and Tyler?

Paul and Tyler showed incredible effort to transition Pediatric and Adult clinics to telemedicine with a limited time to do so. We are grateful to them for their diligent attention to such an important necessity during this time!


Sandy Nicholls (Clinic and Research Manager) – Adult Clinic


Why Sandy?

Sandy has been the eyes and ears of the adult clinic, as well as all BDC administrators who no longer have access to mail, check deposits, faxes and more!   She has been holding down the fort and the adult clinic could not do it without her!


Josh Hartz (Head of IT)


Why Josh?

Josh is a constant go-to for the BDC family regardless of a pandemic! However, in the face of these somewhat challenging times in IT, Josh continues to show an incredible devotion to solve zillions of hardware/software issues in a hurry!

Kathy Waugh (Instructor) - Clinical Epidemiology


Why Kathy?

Kathy has single handedly staffed the 2nd floor of the Barbara Davis Center, coming in weekly to ensure critical day to day operations remain on schedule.




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Lori Sussel, PhD. Awarded the 2020 Brownlee Visiting Professor Lectureship

Dr. Lori Sussel, Director of Basic and Translational Research at the Barbara Davis Center received the Brownlee Visiting Professor Lectureship at the Joslin Diabetes Institute, Harvard Medical School in recognition of her achievements in islet biology research.  The visiting professor lectureship was established by family members and friends of the diabetes researcher Dr. Michael Brownlee and was awarded for the first time in 2007. Dr. Brownlee is Professor Emeritus at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Throughout his career he has made notable contributions to understanding the biochemical basis of diabetic complications. His contributions to the field have been extensively recognized, including the 2004 Banting Medal, the highest scientific award of the American Diabetes Association.



BD Farber


We were deeply saddened to learn of Steve Farber's passing last week. Steve was a longtime supporter of the Barbara Davis Center and board member of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and we are so thankful to have had his support, service, and friendship. 💙

A message from Barbara Davis:

Marvin Davis and I have been best friends with the Farber and Cook Families from the day we arrived in Denver. We drove Cindy to her first lunch date with Steve. From the moment I met him, he stood out as not only a great lawyer, but as a great human being who not only did Cindy fall in love with, but Marvin and I loved him too. We have loved Steve and Cindy, Debbie and Jimmy, Shelly and Rick and their families, they are the most wonderful family and they were very close to us. Steve, being a lawyer, had the greatest integrity, brilliance, kindness, and respect of everyone he met, he was a loving and special friend. Steve always gave the greatest advice, and was a brilliant lawyer and a very special human being.

Steve will be missed not only by his wife and children, but the world will miss him, his family will miss him and my family and I will miss him.

Steve, you leave us with love.

Cindy, my darling, my deepest sympathy.

With love,

Barbara Davis


T1D Exchange LogoBarbara Davis Center Pediatrics team wins national quality improvement award

In November the Barbara Davis Center Quality Improvement team was presented with an award for the Outstanding Pediatrics Team at the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas for their work in improving delivery of care to pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes.

Formed in 2010 through a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, T1D Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing therapies and improving care for individuals with type 1 diabetes. In 2014 T1D Exchange embarked on a mission to improve the quality of healthcare delivery for individuals with type 1 diabetes through the establishment of T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative (T1DX-QI). A multicenter initiative, T1DX-QI aims to accelerate quality improvement (QI) through shared learning and continuous review of best practices and is the first learning collaborative in the U.S. dedicated to the care of people with type 1 diabetes. Quality improvement is the framework used to improve healthcare delivery, involving continuous, systematic efforts to reduce variation and improve outcomes.

The Barbara Davis Center joined the Collaborative in 2016, spearheading efforts to develop a common data standard for clinical information. Although this may sound like a very dry topic, seamless, noncompetitive data sharing is crucial for diabetes clinics across the nation to understand variation and communicate with each other about interventions and improvements. This sharing of ideas allows diabetes specialists to identify best practices and adopt improvements quickly.

The BDC’s strong data infrastructure is the key to allow us to co-lead this work. In addition to a robust clinical database led by Bing Wang, we are thankful for a generous two year pilot grant (2017-2019) from the Tied to a Cure golf tournament that allowed us to hire a full time electronic medical record programmer, Anne Rottler. In an age where medicine has gone digital, the ability to track trends and drive workflows at the click of a button results in our clinics being able to stay up to date with the most current treatments and to maximize the value you get out of your relationship with our clinic.

Some examples of the recent improvements that you may have encountered are care reminders for monitoring of diabetes related conditions such as high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and eye disease; the new appointment reminder system that automatically provides the parking code when you confirm the appointment; influenza vaccinations; and healthcare provider orders (school plans) and a sick day action plan with insulin dosing recommendations based on your child’s current weight and insulin doses, automatically delivered to the MyChart patient portal at every clinic visit. For those of you who use MyChart, I would remind you that it is a convenient tool for scheduling appointments, requesting refills, and messaging your healthcare team for nonurgent medical advice, all of which has been built out over the last several years.

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This spring we also added a Patient Navigator, Katie Thivener, to the QI team. Katie uses data tools to identify pediatric patients who need a little extra help getting back into clinic and to facilitate the visit by identifying patient needs and coordinating their care. Delivering good healthcare has become increasingly complex, and at times, impersonal. Katie exemplifies our mission by using computing power to identify needs, allowing us to add that personal touch back into our work.

As our team grows, every Pediatric Clinic employee has become a QI stakeholder, and continuous improvement is a part of our culture. I am tremendously thankful for Sarah Thomas, our QI Program Manager, who somehow keeps all this work organized and moving forward.

As we look towards 2020 and beyond, we are planning to steal shamelessly some of the best ideas from leading diabetes centers around the country. Clinic visits will be more efficient, we will proactively identify patients at the highest risk for hospitalization, and we will tailor office visits to deliver higher value healthcare. Likewise, innovations at the Barbara Davis Center will be shared quickly and widely, with the goal of improving diabetes care across the nation. I am proud to work with such a fantastic team, pursuing the Center’s mission to deliver state-of-the-art care to children and adults with type 1 diabetes.

-Dr. Todd Alonso, MD

2019-2020 Speaker Series Schedules

Part of the on-going training and research dissemination includes weekly RIP seminars at the Barbara Davis Center, Anschutz Medical Campus. Resident research scientists and invited speakers present current progress on diabetes and related topics. The RIP is scheduled every Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Main Conference Room (Room 2104) on the 2nd floor of the Barbara Davis Center.

27th January, 2020 Keystone Symposia
3rd February, 2020 Yang Wang, PhD
10th February, 2020 Ali Shilleh, MS
17th February, 2020 President's day
24th February, 2020 nPOD
2nd March, 2020 Cancelled
9th March, 2020 Laura Hudish, PhD
16th March, 2020 Rocky Baker, PharmD
23rd March, 2020 Jennifer Whitesell, B.S. M.S.
30th March, 2020 Lauren Shomaker, PhD
6th April, 2020 Taylor Triolo, MD
13th April, 2020 Alexandra Theis, BS
20th April, 2020 Christina L. Roark, PhD
27th  April, 2020 IDS
4th May, 2020 Vira Kravets, PhD


All Seminars take place on Fridays at 12pm at the Anschutz Medical Campus,

Nighthorse Campbell building, in the Shore Family Forum

For administrative assistance:  Christy Vasey, , 303-724-9787.

Light refreshments will be provided for the guest and attendees.

Lecture topics will be announced prior to each seminar.


Friday, September 6, 2019 William Kwok, PhD
Principal Investigator
Diabetes Research Program
Benaroya Research Institute
Friday, September 20, 2019 Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, MD
Diabetes Research Institute
University of Miami
Friday, October 4, 2019 Michelle Kimple, PhD
Associate Professor
Endocrinology, Diabetes
& Metabolism
University of Wisconsin
Friday, October 18, 2019 Nancy Manley, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor
Head, Dept. of Genetics
University of Georgia
Friday, November 1, 2019 Anil Bhushan, PhD
Diabetes Center
University of California San Francisco
Friday, November 15, 2019 Childhood Diabetes Prevention Day
General Population Screening for T1D
Stephen Rich, Jeffrey Krischer, Stephen Daniels, and more…
Friday, December 6, 2019 Michael Roper, PhD
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Florida State University
Friday, January 10, 2020 Laura C. Alonso, MD
Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism 
Weill Cornell Medicine
Friday, January 24, 2020 Lora Heisler, PhD
Chair in Human Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Friday, February 7, 2020 Thomas Malek, PhD
Microbiology & Immunology
University of Miami
October 16, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Nicolas Rohner, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Stowers Institute
The University of Kansas
Friday, March 6, 2020 Research Diabetes Day Symposium
Klaus Kaestner, PhD
Director, Next Generation Sequencing Center
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Friday, March 20, 2020
Cristina Nostro, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
University of Toronto
Friday, April 3, 2020
Dax Fu, PhD
Associate Professor
Physiology Department
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Friday, May 1, 2020
Amelia Linnemann, PhD
Assistant Professor
Herman B Wells Center
for Pediatric Research
Indiana University School of Medicine
Friday, May 15, 2020
Todd Brusko, PhD
Associate Professor
Diabetes Institute
University of Florida


*CANCELLED dates will be rescheduled for 20-21 series