Meet The Team



Dr. Roberto Silva

Roberto Silva, MD


Co-Director FM UME; Assistant Director SOM Rural Track


Residency: University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health Track


Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine


Clinical/Academic Interest: Rural medicine, Care of underserved populations.


Advising Expertise: Students who are undecided about residency choice, community health center/federally qualified health center residencies, rural medicine and residencies.




Roberto Silva, MD

Dr. Brandy Deffenbacher

Brandy Deffenbacher, MD, FAAFP

Co-Director FM UME; Associate Professor, Director Community & Primary Care Clerkship; Associate Director Foundations of Doctoring Physical Exam


Fellowship: UNC Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship


Residency: University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency


Medical School: University of Colorado


Clinical/Academic Interest: Faculty development - teaching teachers howe to teach, provide feedback, direct observation, and curriculum development.


Advising Expertise: Improving academic medicine and medical education.




Brandy Deffenbacher, MD, FAAFP


Dr. Mark Deutchman

Mark Deutchman, MD

Director School of Medicine Rural Track; Associate Dean for Rural Health; Patrick and Kathleen Thompson Endowed Chair for Rural Family Medicine


Residency: Family Medicine Spokane, Spokane, WA


Medical School: The Ohio State University


Clinical/Academic Interest: Full-scope family medicine, rural family medicine, rural workforce development, and maternity care.


Advising Expertise: Defining and refining research options, choosing a career based on personal interests and aptitudes, personal financial management.




Mark Deutchman, MD



Dr. Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson, MD, DOCS Coach

UME Core Faculty; Director Physicians as Educators Course


Residency: University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency


Medical School: University of Colorado


Precepting Site: Westminster Family Medicine


Clinical/Academic Interest: Medical student education, outpatient family medicine (all ages), women's health (IUD's, Nexplanon placement), office-based procedures (shoulder and knee injections), and minor skin procedures.


Advising Expertise: 4th year applications, self-discovery and specialty selection, work-life balance, interview preparation. 




Melissa Johnson, MD



Dr. Kari Mader

Kari Mader, MD, MPH

Director of Clinical and EducAtion Innovation, Aurora Community Health Commons; Chief Operating Officer, DAWN Clinic;


Fellowship: Community Medicine and Public Health, University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine 


Residency: University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health Track


Medical School: University of Florida


Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine


Clinical/Academic Interest: Women's health including obstetrics, immigrant health, community-based research and organizing for achieving health equity, innovative care for underserved populations, team-based care, and leadership training.


Advising Expertise: Supporting students in finding their "place" in any specialty, 4th year application and interviewing process, Colorado programs, Southeast programs, and academic programs with innovative curricula.




Kari Mader, MD, MPH



Janet Meredith

Janet Meredith, MBA

Director of Committed to Community Program, 2040 Partners for Health

Clinical/Academic Interest: Community engagement and community engagement research.

Advising Expertise: Community engagement opportunities.


Dr. Josina Romero O'Connell

Josina (Jo) Romero O'Connell, MD

Director Colorado Area Health Education Center Program Office


Residency: Exempla St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency


Medical School: University of Colorado


Precepting Site: Denver Health Montbello Family Medicine Clinic


Clinical/Academic Interest: Care of underserved populations, health professionals pipeline programs.


Advising Expertise: NHSC.




Josina Romero O'Connell, MD


Dr. Cleveland Piggott

Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH

UME Core Faculty


Residency: University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency


Medical School: University of North Carolina


Clinical/Academic Interest: Achieving the quadruple aim, behavioral health integration, advocacy, leadership development, undergraduate/residency education, and social justice.


Advising Expertise: Colorado residency programs and those in the Southeast, connections to colleagues who have trained at many large family medicine programs around the country, and couples match.




Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH



Dr. Kent Voorhees

Kent Voorhees, MD


Professor of Clinical Practice; Vice Chair Education and Training, DFM


Fellowship: National Institute of Program Director Development Fellowship, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership Fellowship


Residency: St. John's Mercy Family Medicine Residency, St. Louis, MO


Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia


Clinical/Academic Interest: Medical education (all levels), residency program development, graduate medical education funding.


Advising Expertise: Career choice, how to get into a residency.




Kent Voorhees, MD



Melanie Deherrera

Melanie Deherrera, 

Rural Track/UME Program Manager


Lucille Heimerl

Lucille (Lu) Heimerl

Phase III and Rural Track Coordinator
Catherine Lemay

Catherine Lemay, BA

AMC LIC Integration Program Manager & Salud LIC Coordinator