Professor Department of Emergency Medicine Denver Health Medical Center University of Colorado School of Medicine
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Emergency Medicine Director of Ultrasound Curriculum, University of Colorado School of Medicine Ultrasound Director, Department of Emergency Medicine Denver Health Medical Center
Jessica Hitt-Laustsen, MS
Education Manager, Academic Services Manager Department of Emergency Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine
Claudia Smith, BA
Education Coordinator Department of Emergency Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine
Fellowship: Administration, Operations, and Quality Birthplace: Boston, MA Undergrad: Brown University Med School: Brown University Residency: Boston Medical Center Dream Travel Location: Back to Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, please. Hobbies: Skiing, shoddy carpentry, Netflix murder documentaries, riding motorcycles (sorry, mom). Other Interesting Facts: I'm afraid of heights but getting over it or at least pretending pretty well.
Sarah Wendel, MD
Fellowship: Administration, Operations, and Quality Birthplace: Born in Washington D.C. Raised in Virginia Alma Mater: Syracuse University Hobbies: Spending time with my pups - Charlie & Gus Traveling Binge watching terrible TV An Orange Theory follower Favorite Food: Dim Sum - dates back to college when I studied in Hong Kong Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: Favorite Movie: Super Troopers Current TV Binge: 30 Rock 3 Things you can't live without: A good nap My dogs Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: Botswana Safari is my dream travel destination. My boyfriend and I had a trip planned for this year, but COVID forced us to cancel. Hopefully someday we will reschedule! Talent you wish you had: Being able to sing Advice to younger self: Don't stress the small things -- enjoy the days as they are long, but the time is short. Favorite thing about job/department: The opportunity to see anyone for everything at anytime of day.
Amanda Puhal, FNP
Fellowship: Advanced Practice Provider Birthplace: Born in Orem, UT- Unexpected home birth:) I have lived all over the country including Texas, Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Florida, Arizona. I have been in Colorado since 2002. Alma Mater: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I have a MSN in Nursing education and an MSN with post masters certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner. Hobbies: I have 2 kids who keep me busy. We mountain bike, camp, hike, and travel. Favorite Food: Ice Cream! Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: I followed the Grateful Dead around for a year before Jerry died, so will always be a hippy at heart. Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: Australia Talent you wish you had: I wish I could sing... I cannot carry a tune to save my life :( Favorite thing about job/department: I am the first ED APP fellow. I have worked at UChealth since 2008 as an ED charge nurse and feel so blessed to continue my professional journey here.
Hayley Andre, MD
Fellowship: Anesthesiology & Critical Care Birthplace: Born and raised in Dayton, OH Alma Mater: University of Dayton for undergrad then on to University of Cincinnati for Medical School Hobbies: Sports - playing soccer, watching most everything, participating in water and snow sports. Cooking/baking especially with family. Spending time outdoors hiking with my husband and dog. Working out. Favorite Food: Favorite dessert is home made peach pie Favorite Book/Music/TV Show/Album: Favorite TV show is Scrubs. Favorite book is always changing. Don't have a favorite movie and I love all different types of music 3 Things you can't live without: My family, a good book to read, chocolate Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: I love traveling around Europe, especially to Ireland and am looking forward to taking my husband to Europe for his first time. Talent you wish you had: I wish I could ice skate better Advice to younger self: It's ok to schedule time to do nothing, downtime and re-charging will make you more productive in the end Favorite thing about job/department: My favorite thing about critical care is using physiology and information gathered at the bedside to make clinical decisions to take the best care of my patients
Hanna Linstadt, MD
Fellowship: Climate and Health Science Policy Birthplace: I was born in the Bay Area and grew up near Sacramento, CA Alma Mater: UCLA Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, reading, jogging, playing soccer Favorite Food: Basically any combination of bread and cheese Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: My favorite book/movie/TV show changes, but my favorite band since 1998 is (and will always be) the Dixie Chicks! 3 Things you can't live without: Coffee, Sunshine, Carbs Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: I was lucky enough to go on my dream vacation this year-- a safari in Tanzania! The animals and landscapes were incredible! Talent you wish you had: Any artistic ability Advice to younger self: Go skiing more often than once every 15 years... you will probably fall down less in 2020 Favorite thing about job/department: The amazing people I get to work with, working up interesting medical cases, and seeing how strange humans really are
Matthew Gangidine, MD
Fellowship: EMS/Research Birthplace: North Olmsted, a suburb of Cleveland, OH. Alma Mater: University of Cincinnati (Biomedical Engineering) Hobbies: Hiking, hanging out with my kids, a newly acquired interest in chess spurned by my 5 year old daughter Favorite Food: Pizza! Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: Book: Deep Work (Cal Newport); Movie: John Wick; TV show: The Office; Music: Mumford & Sons 3 Things you can't live without: A good backpack, a good pocket knife, a pair of high quality tactical pants Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: Favorite: Adirondacks -- love the quiet retreat in the outdoors, the peaks to summit, and the chances to return to our honeymoon destination; Dream: Iceland -- opportunity to explore a unique landscape, see new sights, and have a novel adventure. Talent you wish you had: The ability to relax more effectively and frequently =] Advice to younger self: Sleep while you can! Favorite thing about job/department: The ability to lead teams in the optimal care of those who need us most, both inside and outside the hospital.
Alexander Bedard, MD, BS
Fellowship: Global Health Birthplace: Dayton, OH Undergrad: United States Air Force Academy class of 2008 Med School: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences class of 2012 Residency: Wright State University Emergency Medicine
Residency class of 2015 Dream Travel Location: I’m a huge fan of the French countryside, but love to travel to new and different locations. Hobbies: Family activities, hiking, snowboarding, international travel, collecting vinyl and
listening to Dave Matthews Band in excess, food and wine.
Fellowship: Global Health Birthplace: Los Angeles, California Undergrad: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA Med School: Georgetown University, Washington, DC Residency: San Antonio Military Medical Center, Texas Dream Travel
Location: New Zealand Hobbies: soccer, running, hiking, math, dogs, cigars, rock concerts, stargazing, traveling Other Interesting Facts: Deployed in the Sahara desert for the past 6 months making friends with the camp dog and a couple
of scorpions, and shooting guns with the Green Berets.
Austin Meggitt, MD
Fellowship: Pediatric Ultrasound Birthplace: Grew up in Amherst, Ohio; coming to Denver from Columbus, Ohio Alma Mater: The Ohio State University Hobbies: Backpacking, DIY home projects, Gardening, Goofing off Favorite Food: Denali Extreme Maximum Fudge Moose Tracks Ice Cream Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: Nature Documentaries 3 Things you can't live without: Good food, peaceful moments in nature, meaningful experiences with friends and family Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: African Safari followed by a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro Talent you wish you had: Drawing Advice to younger self: You don't think you'll fall out of touch with someone until you do; a little effort to check in here or there goes a long way to maintain important friendships. Favorite thing about job/department: Getting to interact with and experience the full range of ages of babies, kids, and adolescents
Cosby Arnold, MD
Fellowship: Research Birthplace: I grew up on Florida's Space Coast. Alma Mater: Emory University Hobbies: I'm an avid runner and enjoy the outdoors. I also like to play tennis. Favorite Food: Ice cream Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: Favorite book: Where the Crawdads Sing Favorite movie: Ford v Ferrari Favorite TV show: 90s sitcoms Favorite music: all kinds, Death Cab for Cutie is my favorite band 3 Things you can't live without: 1. My dog 2. My Garmin running watch 3. My Instapot Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: Hawaii because it's so beautiful Talent you wish you had: Better dancer Advice to younger self: Just relax and enjoy the ride. Favorite thing about job/department: That we help anyone anytime in their most vulnerable time of need. Working with such awesome and talented colleagues.
Benjamin M. Krainin, MD
Fellowship: Sports Medicine Birthplace: Born in Newton, Massachusetts and raised in Sharon, Massachusetts Alma Mater: United States Military Academy @ West Point Hobbies: Skydiving, SCUBA, skiing, international travel, learning Russian, and cooking Favorite Food: Homemade dishes including ramen, chicken tikka masala, and chocolate chip cookies Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: Favorite book: The Martian Favorite TV show: Rick & Morty 3 Things you can't live without: Coffee, Oreos, and TV Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: The Moon - because I want to be an astronaut! Talent you wish you had: Being able to play the guitar
Grant Comstock, MD
Fellowship: Toxicology Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia Alma Mater: (the) Ohio State University Hobbies: When there is spare time, I like reading, running, hiking, and following my favorite sports teams. That said, most of my non-clinical time is spent chasing my 1 year old around the house Favorite Food: Breakfast for dinner Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: Movie - the Godfather TV show - Parks and Rec Album - Kind of Blue by Miles Davis 3 Things you can't live without: My wife, my daughter, and beer Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: Would love to visit Everest base camp Favorite thing about job/department: The sense of being a part of a team that comes with working in an Emergency Department
Sasha Kaiser, MD
Fellowship: Toxicology Birthplace: Port Townsend, Washington. I am from the Pacific Northwest Alma Mater: Washington State University for Undergraduate. Florida State University for Medical School. Hobbies: Hiking, reading. Always on the hunt for the best playground. Favorite Food: A good cup of Chai Tea Favorite Book/Music/TV Show/Album: Last book I read: Murmur of the Bees. TV show: have watched The Office way too many times 3 Things you can't live without: Caffeine, sugar, sunshine Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: Some day I would love to hike the Camino de Santiago. Talent you wish you had: Photographic Memory Advice to younger self: In most things, take that extra two minutes. Favorite thing about job/department: Making sense of chaos
HoanVu Nguyen, MD
Fellowship: Toxicology Birthplace: Vietnam, but have lived in Colorado most of my life Alma Mater: University of Denver Hobbies: Sketching, calligraphy, ikebana, martial arts Favorite Food: Favorite dessert: silken tofu pudding Favorite Music: Instrumental music, movie soundtracks, video game soundtracks 3 Things you can't live without: Music player, Tea kettle, Campfires Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: I would like to visit Vietnam again, to visit my family. Talent you wish you had: I would like to be a polyglot Advice to younger self: Try harder on keeping what you learned during high school Spanish. Favorite thing about job/department: It's a new thing every day.
Christopher Pitotti, MD
Fellowship: Toxicology Birthplace: Born in southern California, recently from Las Vegas Alma Mater: US Air Force Academy then University of Virginia for med school Hobbies: Been doing a lot of trail running lately, snowboarding, hiking, keeping up with the kids. Favorite Food: Double chocolate brownie with ice cream Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: Crime and Punishment vs The Martian, The Departed, GOT season 1-7 (season 8 what was that!), recent favorite Jenny and the Mexicats 3 Things you can't live without: Food/water/oxygen-the rest is gravy Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: Favorite so far: Grand Tetons Talent you wish you had: A voice like Otis Redding Advice to younger self: Keep your eye on the goal, there are lots of ways to get there. What do wish I knew then- That'd lose the fun of learning it on my own! Favorite thing about job/department: Helping a resident get his/her first real save
Mia Derstine, MD
Fellowship: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Birthplace: Hong Kong! But raised in the Chicago area Alma Mater: Northwestern University Hobbies: I like getting outside (cliche?), hiking and snorkeling when I have the chance. I also love cooking, doing yoga, and playing board games with friends! And every once in a while I'll work on painting (acrylics, mixed media). Favorite Food: Mushroom ramen Favorite Book/Movie/TV Show/Album: Just rewatched the entire Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra series - so good! 3 Things you can't live without: My dog Ginger, Leggings, Coffee Favorite/Dream Travel Destination: Would love to hike the old road between Tokyo and Kyoto, staying at the traditional Japanese inns along the way Talent you wish you had: I wish I could play guitar Advice to younger self: Not to agonize over not knowing what I wanted to do in the future - it took a while but it worked out great! Favorite thing about job/department: I still love the thrill of taking care of critical patients and making those early diagnostic/management decisions