John H. Sampson, MD, PhD, MHSc, MBA

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean CU School of Medicine

JH Sampson

John H. Sampson, MD, PhD, MHSc, MBA, served most recently as senior vice president for Duke University Health System and Duke Health Integrated Practice in Durham, North Carolina, leading thousands of medical faculty, community physicians, psychologists and advanced practice providers who together compose the university's clinical team.

A neurosurgeon by training, he holds the Robert H. and Gloria Wilkins Distinguished Professorship in Neurosurgery, served as the inaugural chair of the Duke Department of Neurosurgery, and has a clinical focus on advancing new therapies for brain tumors and other diseases of the nervous system.

Dr. Sampson is an accomplished physician-scientist and member of the National Academy of Medicine whose career has spanned clinical practice, research, education and organizational leadership. An accomplished scholar, he has authored nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications and long stood as a highly funded investigator in his field with substantial grant awards from the National Institutes of Health. Beyond his responsibilities at Duke, he leads in several entrepreneurial ventures and holds board appointments for health systems, foundations and companies focused on innovation in health and medicine.

His training began with a medical degree in his home country of Canada, followed by a doctorate in neuroimmunology and a master’s of health science in clinical research at Duke University. After research training in neuro-oncology, Dr. Sampson took an interest in health sector management, furthering his education with a master’s in business administration from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Senior Associate Deans

Peter Buttrick, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

buttrick-220Head of the University of Colorado Division of Cardiology

Cardiovascular disease fellow program director and co-director of the University of Colorado Cardiovascular Institute

Primary investigator or co-primary investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health grants, focusing on the molecular and biochemical adaptations that characterize and drive pathologic cardiac hypertrophy

Author of more than 140 peer reviewed and invited manuscripts

Serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and has also served as an elected member and president of the Association of University Cardiologists


Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD, MS
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

AF-220Chief Medical Officer for CU Medicine

Former clinical chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine, vice chair of ambulatory specialty services and interim vice chair for integrated clinical services at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

Master's degree in clinical epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health

Former assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School

Served on steering committees at the Brigham, co-investigator on several large multi-institutional projects and on national and international programs and committees evaluating treatment strategies and implications for health policy management


Brian T. Smith, MHA
Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Brian Smith

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City

Founding Executive Director of Rush University Medical Group and Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago

Former Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University

Past President of the Academic Practice Plan Directors and past chair of the University HealthSystem Consortium Group Practice Council

Bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan College School of Engineering in New York and master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa

​Shanta Zimmer, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Education, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion


Infectious disease physician who completed her medical school, residency, chief residency, and fellowship training at Emory University

Participated in curriculum reform at Emory and was an inaugural member of its longitudinal society coaching and teaching program

At the University of Pittsburgh, Zimmer directed the translational research track of the Master of Science in Clinical Research, and led four medical school courses, including Introduction to Being a Physician 

Served for seven years as the UPMC internal medicine residency program director leader, leading an ACGME-sponsored education innovations project on approaches to post-graduate training, including team-based care, social determinants of health curriculum, safe handoffs, and reflective writing in medicine


Lotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Chief Well-being Officer

Lotte N. Dyrbye, MD

Former professor of medicine and medical education at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

Frequently invited to give presentations both nationally and internationally and has authored more than 130 journal articles, abstracts and other written publications related to physician well-being. 

Has received 11 competitive research grants to support her work and co-developed the Well-Being Index and an interactive web-tool that provides a validated instrument for self-assessment, access to tailored resources, and organization level reports with comparisons to national norm.

A member of National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and co-authored the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus study report, Taking Action Against Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being, was released in the fall of 2019. 

Graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1996 and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Earned a Master of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2009.


Associate Deans

Child Health Associate - Physician Assistant Program: Jonathan Bowser, MS 
Children's Hospital Colorado: Michael Narkewicz, MD
Clinical Research: Thomas Campbell, MD
Continuing Medical Education: Brenda Bucklin, MD
Denver Health: Connie Price, MD
Faculty Affairs: Steven Lowenstein, MD
Graduate Medical Educa​tion: Carol Rum​ack, MD
Medical Student Life: Brian Dwinnell,​ MD​
National Jewish Health: Gregory Downey, MD
Physical Therapy Program: Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA
Student Advocacy: John Repine, MD 
University of Colorado Medicine/Affiliated Hospital Relations:  Jean Kutner, MD
Veterans Administration Medical Center: Clifford "Lee" Parmley, MD, JD


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