Joseph Burke, MD, grew up in Wyoming but has spent equally as much time living in Colorado which he now considers home. He went to Creighton University where he earned a BS in biology and a minor in college basketball. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado and served as chief medical resident prior to completing his cardiovascular disease fellowship at CU. He then spent two years as an interventional cardiology fellow at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit where he chose to focus on complex coronary disease and peripheral vascular intervention. He is now a part of the department of medicine and division of cardiology as an interventional cardiologist at Denver Health Medical Center. His clinical interests include advanced interventional and peripheral vascular care for underserved populations. Joe and his wife, Zuzanna, enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling, and exploring the vibrant Denver restaurant scene in their free time.
Lisa Davis, MD, MSCS, grew up in a rural town in Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University and her medical degree from the University of Colorado. She completed her internship, residency and Rheumatology research fellowship at the University of Colorado. She joined the faculty at Denver Health Medical Center in 2011, where she practices Rheumatology. Her areas of research include adverse drug events, outcomes research, and health services research. She joined the residency program as an Associate Program Director in 2016, and works with the research track and categorical residents. She has a son and a daughter and enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, and most outdoor sports.
Dan Heppe, MD, was born and raised in Colorado. He attended Medical School and subsequently completed residency and chief residency here at the University of Colorado. He completed his training in 2012 and joined the Hospital Medicine Group at Denver Health Medical Center. After four excellent years at that institution he recently joined the Hospital Medicine group at the Denver VAMC. His academic interests include resident education, alcohol withdrawal and prevention and substance abuse. He is the father of two beautiful daughters (pictures available upon request). Outside of medicine he enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, playing music and spending time with family.
Julia Limes, MD, was born and raised in Denver and returned to complete medical school at the University of Colorado after attending TCU for undergrad. She completed her residency and chief residency here at the University of Colorado and has been on faculty with the Hospital Medicine Division since finishing her training. Her academic interests include patient care handoffs, transitions of care, and residency operations. She is the site director for the residency at University of Colorado Hospital and co-directs the Hospitalist Training Program. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling and cheering on the Denver sports teams.
Adrienne Mann, MD, is a native Denverite. She attended undergrad at the University of Colorado and then continued at the University of Colorado for both medical school and residency training. She is a graduate of the Hospitalist Training Program, and after serving as Chief Medical Resident with fellow APD Julia Limes, she joined the Hospital Medicine Group at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. Her academic interests include coaching for trainee wellbeing, and teaching at the bedside. She is one of the site directors at the VA. She is also a certified life coach and co-directs Better Together Physician Coaching, an online coaching program for GME trainees across the country. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, and two daughters, Amelia and Charlotte. She is outdoorsy in that she likes sitting on patios or in parks, and also can be found attending ballet class or hot yoga.
Yasmin Sacro, MD, is a proud second-generation Filipina raised in San Diego, California who completed her BA in Biological Sciences and Economics at the University of Chicago, then graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief year in internal medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. She then served as a Core Faculty member at the University of Chicago and is also a National Health Service Corps Member. She joined the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado in 2015 and provides primary care at Denver Health Eastside Clinic. Her primary academic interests include care of underserved populations, diversity, and medical education. Outside of medicine, Dr. Sacro spends her time reading, trying the newest exercise boutique, enjoying cultural arts, and chasing her 3 children. Dr. Sacro is the Program Director of the Primary Care Residency Track of the University of Colorado at Denver Health.
Katie Suddarth, MD, is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She went to Dartmouth College then moved to Denver to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After medical school, Katie entered the Primary Care Track of the University of Colorado Internal Medicine Residency Program. She completed her training in 2009, followed by a chief resident year. She is currently a primary care physician at the University of Colorado and is the Senior Associate Program Director. She has three young children and two large dogs who keep her very busy. She likes to spend time with her family as well as hike and run.
Hoda Farajpour Bakhtiari, MD, grew up in Tehran, Iran where she completed her medical training at Shahid Beheshti Medical University by the hills of Alborz mountain range. She moved to Colorado in 2015 to pursue graduate medical training. Before residency, she worked as a clinical researcher in the Department of Endocrinology at the University of Colorado. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado in 2022 and joined the Hospital Medicine group at Denver Health. Hoda lives in Aurora with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Sugar. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to live performances in Denver (ballet, symphony orchestra, musical theater), having friends over for Persian food and treats, and taking care of her expanding orchid collection. Hoda serves as the Assistant Program Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Emily Gottenborg, MD, is an Assistant Professor within the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, and has a passion for teaching the next generation of leaders in hospital medicine and healthcare system improvement. She is the Co-Director of the Hospitalist Training Program and is faculty within the Institute of Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency. Dr. Gottenborg came to Colorado in 2014 and enjoys the mountain lifestyle with her three children, husband, and Berner, Bruiser.
Christine Haynes, MD, MPH, was born in New York and studied international affairs and global health at Georgetown University. She received her MD and MPH from Northwestern University and then completed her residency and chief year in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at UCLA. Christine is a primary care physician at Denver Health at the Westside Clinic. Her interests include women’s health, underserved populations, population health, and quality improvement, and advance care planning. Christine enjoys running, biking, traveling, live music, and exploring new places. However, she spends most of her time reading children’s books in funny voices and dancing in the kitchen with her three young children. Christine is the Assistant Program Director for the Primary Care Residency Track.
David Schwartz, MD is the former Robert Schrier Chair of Medicine and Director of the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado. He has made numerous contributions toward understanding the role that biological and genetic determinants play in the onset of diseases that are influenced by the environment. These efforts have provided new insights into the genetics, epigenetics, and genomics of interstitial lung disease, asthma, and innate immunity. His work has led to the recognition that genetic susceptibility, and specifically MUC5B, plays a role in the etiology of pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Schwartz’s lab was the first to clone the human TLR4 gene and demonstrate that variation in this gene decreased immune responsiveness to endotoxin, enhanced the risk of Gram negative sepsis, and protected individuals from the development of coronary artery disease. In addition, the Schwartz lab demonstrated the importance of locus-specific DNA methylation in the development of allergic airway disease by directing the maturation of T lymphocytes toward a Th2 phenotype. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association, and a recipient of the American Thoracic Society Scientific Accomplishment Award and the Amberson Lectureship Award and the Bonfils-Stanton Science and Medicine Award.