Leadership

Julie Venci, MD

Program Director
Continuity Clinic Faculty
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Primary Care Physician Denver Health

Julie Venci 150Dr. Venci completed her undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis where she also had the opportunity to study abroad in Santiago, Chile and become fluent in Spanish. She later returned home to Chicago to attend medical school and pursue a Med-Peds residency training. In 2010, Dr. Venci completed her Chief year as a resident at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and moved to Denver to become a Primary Care Clinician at Denver Health. She has been an integral player in the Med-Peds program at the University of Colorado since it’s inception in 2013 and has served as the Clinic Director, Associate Program Director and now Program Director. 

Dr. Venci created our first Combined Med-Peds Continuity Clinic which the residents often cite as one of the major strengths of the program. She completed a Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Colorado in order to focus on curriculum development. Her interests include medical education, quality improvement, and underserved medicine. 

Along with her administrative roles, Dr. Venci is a Primary Care Clinician at Denver Heath where she provides care for an indigent and underserved pediatric and adult population. She continues to be a preceptor in the Med-Peds continuity clinic and is actively involved in creating new and innovative curricula for the residency program. She helped design the Med-Peds ambulatory rotation and this year is launching Colorado Research, Education, Advocacy and Community Health (REACH).  

Dr. Venci is 100% invested in the Med-Peds training program and is committed to making sure each resident attains his or her career goals in order to become leaders in the field of Medicine. 


Anne Frank, MD 

Associate Program Director
Continuity Clinic Director
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Primary Care Physician Denver Health


anne frank 150Dr. Frank is an attending physician at Denver Health practicing primary care for adults and children and an assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Dayton and her M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at Brown University Warren Alpert School of Medicine. 

Anne is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is currently serving as the continuity clinic director and has helped to develop our monthly Med-Peds Academic Half Days. She received a certificate from Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Colorado, and has used this training in curricular design for the residency program, including motivational interviewing and humanities curriculum. She is currently working on advocacy and ultrasound curricular advances.
 
Anne is also involved with learners as a preceptor for the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum for 3rd year medical students and is a preceptor for 4th year students doing the Med-Peds elective.  
Anne also practices primary care pediatrics at Denver Health Eastside Clinic and the Connections for Kids Foster Care Clinic.

Akemi Iwanabe 

Program Coordinator 

akemi Iwanabe

Akemi grew up and worked in Japan. While working for an American company in Yokohama, she had an opportunity to work for their global project and was transferred to the US office in Lakewood CO. She met her husband, step-son, and became a Broncos fan! When the company closed their Asian market and downsized, she went back to school and graduated summa cum laude earning her B.S. in Management from Metro State University. 

Akemi joined the Division of General Internal Medicine and worked for the Primary Care Internal Medicine Program as a coordinator for 10 years. Recently she had an opportunity to move to the Internal Medicine–Pediatrics Program. She looks forward to joining a strong team and continuing to be a part of the residency education program within the Med/Peds family!