Last week the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced the renaming of our eye center program in honor of Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, who made an extraordinarily generous gift that will support research, development of new therapies and devices, and clinical care on our campus. In announcing her gift, Sue said: “Sight has always been incredibly important to me and when I learned that I could eventually lose my eyesight due to macular degeneration, I felt I had to do something to bring the life-changing care I was receiving to future generations. I have 100 percent trust in the care offered there and hope that the research underway today will ultimately lead to a cure.” Sue has been a consistent supporter of the eye center and our ophthalmology department. In 2013, she established the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Endowed Chair in Retinal Diseases, which is held by Ophthalmology Chair Naresh Mandava, MD. We are deeply grateful for Sue’s continuing support and for the leadership of Naresh and his team in making our Department of Ophthalmology one of the best in the country.
Children’s Hospital Colorado is ranked No. 9 Best Children’s Hospital in the country, according to the U.S. News & World report 2018-2019 rankings released last week. This is a testament to the outstanding clinical work of our faculty and to the leadership at the hospital. Five specialties at the hospital are ranked in the top 10: Neonatology, No. 4; Diabetes and Endocrinology, No. 7; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, No. 7; Pulmonology, No. 7; and Cancer, No. 8. Especially notable among the rankings is that Neonatology moved from No. 25 in the 2017 rankings. I offer my congratulations to the faculty and staff of Children’s Hospital Colorado on the recognition among its peers and my continuing gratitude to all who are so dedicated to consistently serving our community.
Marc P. Bonaca, MD, MPH, has been named the new executive director of CPC, which offers clinical trial design, oversight
Last week, the School’s Office of Medical Education reconvened the eleven subcommittees with more than 150 participants that have been working for the past eight months on a comprehensive review of our medical school curriculum. These committees have been working to make recommendations on
Congratulations to Jane E.B. Reusch, MD, professor of medicine, on receiving the Banting Medal for Leadership and Service at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 78th Annual Scientific Sessions last week. Jane was honored for her service as the ADA’s president of medicine and science. Jane is featured in a video posted by the ADA discussing efforts to address rising diabetes rates around the world and the increasing cost of care. Jane is the co-founder with Judy Regensteiner,
This week, the International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology is holding its biennial global meeting in Denver. This meeting is bringing 1,200 attendees from 51 countries, representing a multi-disciplinary international community of professionals involved in the scientific research, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation of infants, children and young people with central nervous system tumors. This high-profile meeting alternates between locales in Europe, Asia, and North America and it attracts the top practitioners and researchers in the field. There are 649 oral and poster presentations. Nicholas Foreman, MD, professor of pediatrics, and Michael Handler, MD, professor of neurosurgery, are serving as hosts for this international meeting. Rajeev Vibhakar, MD,
We offer condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of John Strain, MD, professor of radiology, who died on Friday, June 22. John’s entire career was in service to patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado and to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He graduated from the School of Medicine in 1977 and completed his internship in surgery, residency in radiology, and fellowship in pediatric radiology at CU School of Medicine. In 1985, he accepted his first job as a pediatric radiologist at The Children’s Hospital (now Children’s Hospital Colorado), where he built one of the best pediatric radiology teams in the country. John authored or co-authored more than 46 peer-reviewed papers, seven book chapters, and 44 abstracts. He gave over 60 invited presentations at local, state, and national meetings. John was recognized with the Teacher of the Year Award from the radiology residents, “Top Physicians” list in 5280
Have a good week,
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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