The University of Colorado School of Medicine, in partnership with PreMed StAR, has produced three videos that present the perspective of three African-American members of our academic community. The videos showcase life on the Anschutz Medical Campus and here in metro Denver from the point of view of medical student Bailey Loving and faculty members Vaughn Browne, MD,
Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, has been named dean for the Colorado School of Public Health. Jon is currently distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He also directs the USC Institute for Global Health and Workforce Development and the KL2 Program of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Prior to those roles, he was chairman of the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and served as clinical division chief for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of New Mexico. In announcing the hiring, Chancellor Don Elliman said: “We are fortunate to have someone as accomplished and versatile as Dr. Samet taking the helm of the Colorado School of Public Health at this critical juncture in its growth. I am grateful to Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, who as interim dean since December has helped the school continue to build on its momentum while ensuring we are set up for a smooth handoff to new leadership.” Jon is expected to join us on campus in mid-October.
Last week, the Office of Advancement announced that the Sissel & Findlow Family Endowed Chair in the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has been established thanks to a generous gift from Mary and George Sissel. The endowment was initially established in 2010 as a professorship with gifts from benefactors including the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Gates Frontiers Fund. The goal is to enable the pursuit of new methods for treating childhood diabetes and to quickly move promising new developments in stem cell research from the laboratory to the clinic. On behalf of the School of Medicine and the University, I would like to express our gratitude to the Sissels for their valuable support, which contributes to discovery with the potential to change the lives of thousands of children living with type 1 diabetes and their families.
The Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program, in association with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, is hosting free health screening for children and adults at the Colorado State Fair, August 25 through September 4. AHEC is seeking volunteers for the anticipated 2,000 people who will seek screenings. Volunteers are needed for the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Clinicians are needed to oversee students participating in this training opportunity. For more information, contact Cindy Armstrong at 303-724-8927 or Cynthia.Armstrong@ucdenver.edu.
UCHealth broke ground last Monday on the UCHealth Greeley Campus that will include a hospital and a medical center. The 153,000-square-foot UCHealth Greeley
Memorial services for Sharon Marston, Colorado Springs branch coordinator and executive assistant to the assistant and associate deans in Colorado Springs, who died June 29, are scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, at 10:00 a.m. at Southeast Christian Church sister campus: the Solomon Foundation in the Colorado Room, 16965 Pine Lane, Parker.
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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