Wendy Kohrt named University of Colorado Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Medicine Nov 24, 2020
The University of Colorado Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD, has been named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor by the CU Board of Regents on November 12, 2020. This is the highest recognition that can be bestowed on a University of Colorado faculty member and is a well-deserving honor for Dr. Kohrt. Dr. Kohrt joins a cohort of only 118 faculty (since 1977) across all five CU campuses who have been granted this honorary designation. A formal recognition ceremony by the CU System and the Board of Regents is planned for February, 2021.
“I have had the wonderful opportunity to work closely as a collaborator and partner with Dr. Wendy Kohrt for many years,” said Robert Schwartz, MD, head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine. “Wendy is like the rare athlete, who is not only great in her own right, but makes everyone around her better.”
Dr. Kohrt was recruited to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus from the Washington University in 1999, and joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. She currently serves as the Nancy Anschutz Chair in Women’s Health Research, Research Director for the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and Associate Director of Research for the VA Eastern Colorado Geriatric, Research, Education and Clinic Center (GRECC).
During her career, she has published 188 peer reviewed manuscripts (H Index 74) and has received multiple grants as principal investigator from the NIH and the Department of Defense. These include R01 grants as well as P- and U awards from the NIH.
Dr. Kohrt is internationally recognized in her base field of exercise physiology with more than 166 invited presentations nationally and internationally. Her areas of expertise bring together the fields exercise physiology, aging and hormone deficiency related to menopause. Her research studies the effects of aging and menopause (both together and separately) on bone, muscle, and fat, and how these effects can be modified by exercise. Her expertise has led her to serve on or lead important national panels for NASA, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The recognition by her peers of her scientific expertise and impact in the field of exercise science has led her to receive the most prestigious award granted from the American College of Sports Medicine, J.B. Wolffe Keynote Address in 2012. In addition, her peers awarded her the Herbert A. deVries Research Award from the Council on Aging and Adult Development in 2011, and the American Physiological Society Environmental and Exercise Physiology Honor Award in 2019. In 2016, Dr. Kohrt was selected by the NIH to be the chair of both the executive committee and the steering committee for the $180,000,000, multi-site, Common Fund Award entitled, Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC).Dr. Kohrt is also recognized as an outstanding research mentor by colleagues at the University of Colorado as well as at other research institutions throughout the country. She is highly sought after by junior scientists as a mentor due to her scientific knowledge and successful research program, but also due to her dedication and excellent teaching skill. The field of aging-research has had few mentors with a record as successful as that of Dr. Wendy Kohrt. Of her 62 postdoctoral trainees, all but 8 are presently in academic positions. Of these 54 academicians, 11 are presently full professors and 12 hold the rank of associate professor.
We are all fortunate to have Dr. Kohrt as an exemplary colleague and faculty member at Department of Medicine and the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and we congratulate her on this esteemed honor of being recognized as a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor.