Evalina Burger, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective November 1. Eve joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2006 and became the Department of Orthopedics vice chair of clinical affairs in 2008. She has been a highly productive and admired colleague who has contributed to all missions of the School of Medicine. She succeeds Robert D’Ambrosia, MD, who has chaired the department since 2002 and who has been effective in leading its growth. I would like to thank the members of the search committee, including its chair Richard Schulick, MD, MBA, chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the CU Cancer Center, for their work in reviewing applicants and recommending finalist candidates. Our search attracted many strong candidates from across the country and we were fortunate to have a talented and highly qualified leader already on campus.
Will Cook, president
A reminder that nominations for the 2018 Steven Fadul Award will be accepted through Wednesday, October 31. The award honors contributions of outstanding professional research assistants or staff in comparable positions in the School of Medicine. Nominees should show initiative in expanding the scope of their work and by mentoring trainees. Nominations should be sent to Fadul.Award@ucdenver.edu. Additional information is available at the award’s website.
Chancellor Don Elliman delivers the State of the Campus address tomorrow, October 30, at 4 p.m. in the Hensel-Phelps West Auditorium in Research I North. If you’re unable to attend in person, the address will be
On Thursday, November 1, Dave Iverson, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and filmmaker, and David Leventhal, an acclaimed dancer and the program director and a founding teacher of Dance for PD, will participate in a film screening of Capturing Grace and panel discussion on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Dance for PD, which was launched as a non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York, and, through a network of partners and associates, in more than 250 other communities in 24 countries. The School of Medicine’s Physical Therapy Program was featured in a recent issue of CU Medicine Today for its Rhythm and Grace program, which was adapted from the Dance for PD model. The event, which will include performances by Colorado dancers living with Parkinson’s disease, begins at 4 p.m. in the Education 2 South Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. The program is jointly hosted by the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities and CU Physical Therapy assistant professors Robyn Gisbert, DPT, PA-C, and Mark Manago, DPT,
Condolences to the family, friends
Last Saturday’s attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and the killing of 11 people who were there to worship is yet another tragic moment in our country’s recent history. It came at the end of a week of anxiety related to pipe bombs mailed to current and former government officials. These wounds are painful and will take time to heal. Healing is not a passive process. Healing also requires our attention, our focus on details that matter, and concern for the protection and well-being of others. It is not enough for leaders to decry these attacks. They and all of us need to model the behavior that we espouse and take concrete actions to prevent such tragedies in the future. Our School is dedicated to training leaders, caring for others, and collecting facts in pursuit of truth. Our work and your dedication to it set a standard for others and can serve as a path forward in difficult times. Let us always remember to show compassion and empathy for others – these are ties that bind us together – as we remain dedicated to fulfilling our individual goals.
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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