Lead Clinical Faculty



Ashley Barash Ashley Barash, DO
Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Assistant Director

Clinical: Emergency Physicians of the Rockies


Dr. Ashley Barash is an emergency medicine physician practicing in northern Colorado, although originally from Concord, Massachusetts. Dr. Barash received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, and her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Barash has a background in and passion for both public health and medical education. She has a particular interest in helping students supplement their foundational classroom knowledge with practical clinical decision-making tools to promote success in the clinical setting. 

Barney-Kristin Kristen Barney, DO
Anesthesia Education Liaison
Clinical Instructor, Department of Anesthesia, CUSOM
Clinical:  Northern Colorado Anesthesia Professionals 

Dr. Barney attended medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and did her residency at the CU Health Sciences Center Hospital. She began her tenure at the Northern Colorado Anesthesia Professionals in 2019.

Bernard Birnbaum, MD Bernard Birnbaum, MD
Family Medicine Education Liaison
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, CUSOM
Clinical: Family Medicine Center and Residency Program, UCHealth

Dr. Bernard “Bernie” Birnbaum, who is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then worked for four years in Chinle, Arizona, with the Indian Health Service in a remote area of the Navajo reservation. In addition to practicing full-spectrum family medicine, he worked in a school-based adolescent health clinic and served as the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine. His special interests include adolescent health and pregnancy, community medicine, public health/primary care integration, quality improvement processes and the care of the underserved. He moved to Fort Collins in 2006 to join the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency and has been the Associate Director since 2014. He was publicly elected to the board of the Health District of Northern Larimer County from 2008-2016, and he currently serves as the President of the Board of Health for the Health Department of Larimer County. Bernie is thrilled to be the Family Medicine Liaison to the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum. Bernie is the proud father of two amazing children, Matan and Ariel, and says he’s lucky to be married to Rachel Feldman, MD, a general internist who works for Kaiser Permanente in Loveland, CO.

Helen Dunnington Helen Dunnington, MD
OB/GYN Education Liaison
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Clinical: UCHealth Women's Care Clinic at Peakview


Dr. Helen Dunnington attended medical school at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School in Houston and did residency at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School Memorial Hermann program. She began her practice at Baylor College of Medicine prior to moving to Colorado in 2020 and joining the UCHealth Women's Services group in Northern Colorado. 

Greg FeldpauschGregory Feldpausch, DO
Hospitalist Education Liaison
Senior Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, CUSOM
Clinical: Northern Colorado Hospitalists

Dr. Greg Feldpausch grew up in Michigan and attended Michigan State University for undergrad. He then attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine where he met his wife, Rebecca. After an internship year, he completed his Air Force HPSP commitment as a flight surgeon in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with the 30th Airlift Squadron deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan during this time. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Returning to the Front Range was always in his plan, as his wife and her family grew up in Windsor, Colorado, and his family, including his parents and his brother's family, have made Colorado their home.  As a member of the Northern Colorado Hospitalists, he reinstituted and grew the group’s journal club. When the University of Colorado decided to create a branch in Fort Collins, he naturally wanted to expand his educational interests to developing the Hospitalized Adult Curriculum here in Fort Collins. He spends his time outside of work with his wife and two boys exploring Colorado and the surrounding west.

Ben Leon Ben Leon, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, CUSOM
Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Director
Preceptorship Director, Plains (Pre-Clerkship) Year

Dr. Leon was born and raised in Loveland, Colorado. He completed his undergraduate degree at Wake Forrest University and then attended both medical school and residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Leon enjoys working with students and helping them integrate medical knowledge with clinical care. He is also interested in medical school curriculum development with a focus on clinical reasoning.   He is married with one child and two dogs. He enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors including hiking and paddle boarding. 


Shivanshu Madan Shivanshu Madan, MD
ASC Co-Director, (Advanced Cardiology)
Advanced Sciences Clinical Liaison, Cardiology

Dr. Madan earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and then his Doctor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Fellowships at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. His areas of specialty include cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, and peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Madan serves several communities in Northern Colorado, as well as Wyoming and Nebraska. He strives to provide compassionate, high-quality care to each of his patients by staying committed to advancing his medical knowledge and procedural skills so he may continue to offer cutting-edge, state-of-the-art care while maintaining confidence and comfort throughout the process. He highly values listening to his patients and empowering them to adopt healthy lifestyle changes in order to prevent heart and vascular problems. Dr. Madan is thrilled to be involved with medical education and to assist medical students as they develop into the next generation of outstanding and compassionate physicians. He enjoys weightlifting, table tennis, sports, podcasts, and learning about history. 

Caren MillardCaren Millard, MD
Surgery Liaison
Clinical: UCHealth Greeley


Dr. Caren Millard is a Colorado native. She received her BS and MS in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She attended medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed residency training at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. She works at the UCHealth Greeley Hospital as a general, acute care and trauma surgeon. Her practice spans the scope of true general surgery, with specific clinical interest in thyroid and parathyroid disease and a focus on compassionate, patient-centered care. Outside of medicine, Dr. Millard enjoys anything outside: travel, reading, and spending time with her family and Bengal cats. 


Miltenberg md Lauren Miltenberg, MD
Pediatric Education Liaison
Senior Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, CUSOM
Clinical:  Youth Clinic of Northern Colorado

Dr. Lauren Miltenberg earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Yale University. She completed medical school and pediatric residency in her home state at the University of Missouri–Columbia. Dr. Miltenberg is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a Senior Clinical Instructor with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has served as the pediatric liaison for the LIC component of the CU SOM at CSU branch campus. Having trained at a medical school focused on PBL, she is also interested in the evolution of TBL and the medical school curriculum. Dr. Miltenberg is also working with the first-year students at the branch campus to share clinical insights within their cased based learning environment. Dr. Miltenberg and her husband, Matt, have three elementary aged kids. They enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, reading and traveling together. Her clinical interests include the management of asthma, caring for the premature infant, and supporting the mental health of children with non-pharmacologic approaches when appropriate.

Hermann A Moreno Hermann Moreno, MD 
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Fort Collins Branch
Psychiatry Liaison
Clinical: UCHealth Behavioral Health

Dr. Hermann Moreno grew up in Mexico City. At age 19, he moved to New Jersey where he attended Drew University. He obtained his medical degree and his training in Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He also met his wife and had his two children in the City of Brotherly Love. He began working with medical students as a resident in psychiatry. As an attending at Albert Einstein Medical Center he enjoyed supervising students and residents. His ties to the West led him to move to Wyoming, where he still lives. He has worked for Mountain Crest/Poudre Valley Hospital (now part of UCHealth) for more than 18 years. He has been supervising CUSOM students since 2005. When the Fort Collins Branch of CUSOM opened, he was fortunate to receive an invitation from Dr. Reimer to join as the Psychiatry Liaison. He enjoys spending his free time with hi s wife and two adult children. In his “alone time” he is interested in soccer, audiobooks and travel. 

dr. moss William Moss, DO, FASA
Anesthesia Education Liaison
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesia, CUSOM
Clinical: Anesthesiologist, Northern Colorado Anesthesia Professionals

Dr. William E. Moss, "Woody", grew up in Texas enjoying Friday Night Lights. He received his BA from The Colorado College and his MA from Southern Methodist University in Biology. After working a couple years in a clinical research firm in Dallas, he decided to attend the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, earning his Doctor of Osteopathy. He then completed his anesthesiology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia.  Dr. Moss has been in private practice in northern Colorado for over 16 years specializing in cardiac, trauma, and regional anesthesia. He has been involved in medical student education for just as long and is looking forward to building the educational program for the CUSOM-FCB.  His free time is spent golfing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and traveling with his family.  

Rochelle PalmiscnoRochelle Palmiscno, MD
Family Medicine Education Liaison
Clinical: Associates in Family Medicine


Dr. Palmiscno was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND. She completed her undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of North Dakota and then attended residency at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley, CO. Dr. Palmiscno loves creating learning opportunities for students and providing the time and space for them to develop their clinical skills. She is a family medicine and lifestyle medicine board certified provider and is excited to share this knowledge with students and allow them to strengthen their skills in preventive care. She enjoys cooking, yoga, and exploring new places with her family in their campervan. 

Claire Pederson Claire Pederson, MD
Surgery Education Liaison
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, CUSOM
Clinical: UCHealth Surgical Clinical

Dr. Pederson received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University. She attended the University of Washington Medical School, and completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of Utah Hospital. Her specialties include critical care medicine and surgery. Areas of clinical interest include trauma care, sepsis/shock, rural surgery, and acute care surgery, and an area of research interest for patients is rural trauma care.



timothy scheel Tim Scheel, DO
DOCS Coach
Emergency Medicine Education Liaison
Senior Clinical Instructor and Research Mentor, Dept of Emergency Medicine, CUSOM

Clinical: Northern Colorado Emergency Physicians


Dr. Scheel attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for his undergraduate degree and then Rocky Vista University   College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He completed residency at Spectrum Health – Lakeland in Emergency Medicine and an ultrasound fellowship at Denver Health. Assisting with point of care ultrasound curriculum is one of his responsibilities at CUSOM at CSU.

Emily ScottEmily Scott, MD, MPH
Internal Medicine Education Liaison
Clinical: Northern Colorado VA


Dr. Emily Scott grew up in Wenatchee, Washington and attended Washington State University for undergraduate, then the University of Washington for medical school. She came to Colorado for internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado. She is a primary care physician at the Northern Colorado VA. She loves working with underserved communities, especially people experiencing homelessness. She is excited about medical education, including teaching clinical reasoning and integrating social determinants of health and communication skills into clinical education. Outside of work, Emily enjoys mountain biking, cross country skiing, printmaking, and reading about animals. Most of all, she loves hanging out with her partner and daughter. 


Matthew Shirazi Matthew Shirazi, MD, MS
Consultation - Liaison Psychiatrist, Psychosomatic Medicine Specialist
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado SOM at CSU


Dr. Shirazi attended medical school at CU Anschutz, and completed psychiatry residency and C-L Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship also at CU Anschutz. He began his clinical career at UCHealth in the North region, providing consultation psychiatric care in an inpatient medical setting at Medical Center of the Rockies and the UCHealth Greeley hospital. He continues to enjoy this work and maintaining close ties to the University through teaching and administration work. 


Brittany WeberBrittany Weber, MD
Pediatric Education Liaison

Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, CUSOM

Clinical: Peakview Pediatric Care


Dr. Weber attended Kansas City University of Medicine followed by completion of her pediatric residency at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn. She began her career as a pediatric hospitalist for 2 years, and then transitioned into her hybrid role of pediatric hospitalist and a clinic pediatrician with UCHealth, which she currently continues to do. 


Erin Willits Erin Willits, MD
ASC Co-Director (Advanced Immunology)

Clinical: Allergy Partners

Dr. Erin Willits is an Allergy and Immunology physician in northern Colorado. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Colorado State University before attending medical school at the University of Washington. She did her residency training in Pediatrics and fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at Mayo Clinic. With a background in pediatrics, Dr. Willits has a special interest in Food Allergy prevention and treatment and appreciates the opportunity to develop relationships with patients as their allergies change over time. Dr. Willits enjoys working with medical students and appreciates the enthusiasm they bring to the clinic and the classroom. She considers it a privilege to contribute to the education of our future doctors.

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