There were several celebrations this past weekend, the largest of which was the NightShine Gala Saturday evening to support Denver Health. James and Pamela Crowe, who are significant benefactors to Denver Health, were honorees and Art Gonzalez, Dr.P.H., who joined Denver Health and Hospitals Authority as CEO last September, was introduced. An auction raised a lot of money and Train performed. It was a terrific evening.
Earlier that day, the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics had its annual Spring Meeting in Golden and honored Steven Federico, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, with the James Strain Award for Distinguished Service. At the lunch was Jim Strain himself, celebrating his 90th birthday. Jim, who graduated in our Class of 1947, is retired from active pediatric practice, but still an active member of our School of Medicine Admissions Committee. Congratulations to both Jim and Steve.
Jonathan Bowser, MS, has been named
Jack Westfall, MD, MPH, has announced that he will be departing from the University of Colorado on May 17 to become director of health for the Colorado Health Cooperative. Jack joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1995 and most recently has been the director of the Colorado Area Health Education Center, a partnership between the University and community-based nonprofit AHEC offices. Jack describes the new opportunity as a dream job to start a nonprofit organization committed to healthy living and primary care throughout Colorado. I will be conferring with the Deans of the other Health Profession Schools and the six Regional Directors of our AHECs to develop a succession plan.
Applications for the associate dean of the School of Medicine’s Colorado Springs branch will soon be reviewed by the search committee overseeing the process. The associate dean is a 0.50 FTE position that requires significant experience in academic medicine and senior management. Those interested in applying can find details in the job posting.
The CUSOMMaintenance of Certification Portfolio Approval Program (
Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and director of the Children’s Outcomes Research Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, has been appointed to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Her term begins July 1. It’s yet another high-profile honor for Allison.
James Todd, MD, professor of pediatrics and microbiology, last week received a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC Foundation. James was noted for working on state laws that improve the quality and access to health care for children. Congratulations.
The Donor Memorial Ceremony was last Friday. Students paid their respects to those who donated their bodies for research and families of the donors shared remembrances of their loved ones. This is always a remarkable and moving event. This year was no exception.
The Health Sciences Library is offering a puppy break for those who are feeling stressed out. The “Paws Pause
Given how gorgeous the weather has been this past weekend and today, I suspect the next snow later this week will find it hard to stick around. Don’t plant any flowers yet….
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine