Continuing to Grow

Letter from the Dean


In 2022, our School of Medicine community continued to have a robust track record of accomplishments despite the many challenges we’ve faced through the pandemic. 

Our faculty’s clinical work at our partner hospitals on the Anschutz Medical Campus continues to provide care that sets the standard for other providers in our region. Our faculty and partner hospitals are investing in new technology and skills, adding services, and meeting the needs of our community. UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado again ranked as best in the state, and for many specialty programs among the best in the nation. 

The research portfolio of our faculty continues to grow. Our School of Medicine moved up in the overall amount of funding we receive from National Institutes of Health and other funders. In NIH funding, we ranked number 22 in the country, according to the most recent tally by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Among public medical schools on that list, we are in the top 10. 

In education, we continue to attract some of the best students in the country. For the 184 seats in each year’s class, we routinely start with more than 10,000 applicants. Last year was no different. The quality of our education is recognized by our peers and by popular measures. In the most recent rankings by U.S. News and World Report of medical schools, our School of Medicine was number 6 for primary care and number 27 in research. Our pediatrics program ranked number 7, family medicine was number 10, and surgery ranked number 23. 

Our benefactors continue to offer outstanding support. In May, for example, the Anschutz Medical Campus announced a $200 million investment over the next five years in the Gates Institute. The investment is a match between our campus and the Gates Frontiers Fund, a longtime supporter of our Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Gates Biomanufacturing Facility. 

Our ability to serve the community continues to grow as well. In collaboration with our partners in the State of Colorado, we are reaching across the state with new and expanded programming that provides primary and specialty care. We are also investing in a clinic that will serve those in greatest need in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus. 

By all measures, our School of Medicine has become stronger and served more people. We are able to achieve so much because of the commitment of our faculty, staff, and supporters to serving our community and improving the health and quality of life of others. Thank you for all you do for our School of Medicine.

With warm regards, 

John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
University of Colorado

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