As my first week here draws to a close, I write to thank all of you for the warm welcome I have received. Although I have met many of you this week, there are a far greater number of you I have yet to meet and I look forward to doing so in the weeks to come. I am excited about the opportunities to work with all of you to advance our missions.
I will continue the recent tradition of a weekly email from the Dean’s office to you. With an academic community as large and spread out as ours, this communication is one of the most direct ways I have of sharing news with you about the accomplishments of our colleagues, the investments in our facilities, the leadership opportunities in our School and the myriad ways we are making a difference in the lives of others. I hope you find this email informative and helpful in uniting our School in a common purpose to teach, learn, discover, care and serve.
This is a momentous time for academic medicine. Breakthroughs in biomedical research are offering significant hope for better treatments for patients and will certainly provide a source of strength for the American economy. At the same time, there is an increasing need for efficient work in our laboratories and clinics; federal grant funding is not growing as it had in the past and concerns about rising health care costs demand our attention. By focusing effort on improving how we use the funding we have, we make the case to our supporters and funders that we are a smart and worthwhile investment, proving that academic medicine is an essential mission to society that deserves their financial support.
University of Colorado President Bruce Benson gave his Town Hall address to the Anschutz Medical Campus last Wednesday, outlining the great strides this campus has made since he became president seven years ago. Among the many points of pride he mentioned is the School of Medicine’s commitment and his office’s support for recruiting students who are underrepresented in medicine. In the class of 2018, about one-third of the class come from backgrounds not traditionally represented in medical schools across the country. He also noted the successes achieved through collaboration by entities on our campus. Last Monday’s grand opening of the Gates Biomanufacturing Facility is a great example. President Benson added that his office is working on sustainable funding for the entire university system in part by building recognition for significant contributions the University of Colorado makes statewide.
As previously mentioned, The Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine on Monday celebrated the grand
The UCHealth Eye Center and Rocky Mountain Eye Institute offered self-guided tours of its newly expanded space last Thursday afternoon. The expanded UCHealth Eye Center provides new pre- and post-operating areas, a refractive surgical suite and new centers for macular diagnostics, glaucoma and retina treatment. As Naresh Mandava, MD, executive director of the UCHealth Eye Center, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Sue Anschutz-Rodgers chair in retinal diseases, said at the groundbreaking events in June 2013, “The expansion allows us to do what we love to do most – take care of our patients in the very best way possible by offering them the latest in care – while at the same time discovering new approaches to that care so that we can preserve each patient’s ability to read, drive and recognize loved ones.” The expansion was made possible by significant gifts from The Anschutz Foundation, Denver philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, Michael and Suzy Leprino and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation.
JFK Partners is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month with a symposium on Friday, April 17, featuring a presentation by former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy and a discussion with Sue Swenson, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. There also will be an anniversary dinner that evening at the Denver Marriott City Center and an alumni reunion on Saturday, April 18, at the Four Mile Historic Park. JFK Partners, which is an interdepartmental center of pediatrics and psychiatry, promotes the independence, inclusion, contribution, health, and well-being of people with developmental disabilities and special health care needs and their families through consumer, community, and university partnerships.
The Center for Surgical Innovation is holding an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, to show off its new lab in the Bioscience Park Center, 12635 E. Montview Blvd., Suite 170. The center is growing from 1,500 square feet of space to 5,000 square feet and will now have dedicated conference rooms, an auditorium, flexible labs for customized training needs and free parking.
Each year, students on the Anschutz Medical Campus hold a Donor Memorial ceremony to pay
Congratulations to Jeffrey Glasheen, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency (IHQSE), and a team from the Anschutz Medical Campus for receiving the top prize in the Innovations Competition at the Society of Hospital Medicine meeting in Washington, D.C., in late March. Jeff and his colleagues were recognized for their presentation on the Certificate Training Program, a one-year training that focuses on enhancing team performance, leadership development
C. William Reiquam, MD, clinical professor of pathology, died Tuesday, April 7. Bill will be remembered as “a true gentleman and an amazing artist,” said Therese Jones,
Again, thanks to all who have made me feel so welcome during my first days here in Colorado. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. today, the Chancellor’s Office is holding an open house for me at the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building in the first-floor rotunda. I hope you will come by and say hello.
Have a great week,
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
If you would like to receive these emails directly, please contact Cheryl.Welch@ucdenver.edu.
To unsubscribe →