Mark Earnest Appointed the Meiklejohn Endowed Chair of MedicineDepartment of Medicine Mar 22, 2021
Earnest served as the founding Director of Interprofessional Education (IPE) for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and co-founded and co-directed the LEADS Program (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development, Scholarship), a program designed to train health professionals in leadership and advocacy skills to improve the health of the underserved.
He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado. For civic, educational and community accomplishment respectively, the University of Colorado has awarded Earnest the Thomas Jefferson Award, the President’s Teaching Scholar Award, and the Joseph Sewall Award.
Earnest was a physician advocacy fellow with the Open Society Institute. His advocacy work has included media and legislative strategies and has focused on expanding access to care for Colorado families, reducing conflicts of interest among providers, and promoting prevention through policy.
"Mark has been persistent champion for transforming the primary care model to better achieve the Quadruple Aim," said David A. Schwartz, chair of the Department of Medicine. "He is the quintessential medical-educator-program builder and is the ideal candidate to be appointed as the Meiklejohn Endowed Chair of Medicine."
Gordon Meiklejohn, MD, was a world renowned physician and served as the University of Colorado Department of Medicine chair of medicine from 1951-1975. He is best known for being a catalyst in the researching, diagnosing and inoculating the flu virus, and was instrumental in the eradication of smallpox.
The Meiklejohn Endowed Chair was the first chair established at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. To further Meiklejohn's legacy of excellence in teaching, research and patient care, a group colleagues established this fund to recognize his contributions to the university.