The University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado are large institutions whose success depends on excellence in our faculty missions of education, clinical care, research and discovery, and service. We know that our faculty are the most valuable resource in maintaining our nationally respected leadership position among pediatric academic medical centers.
The Department of Pediatrics Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs offers support services and career guidance, and maintains helpful information for faculty regarding appointments, policies, and promotion and tenure. We hope our efforts assist faculty
members in setting meaningful goals and in pursuing paths to successful, fulfilling careers.
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Mark Abzug, MD
As Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, I oversee the Academic Affairs program of the Department of Pediatrics, including appointments, midpoint reviews, promotion, and tenure awards. I provide counseling to faculty on academic rank and advancement and promotion readiness and provide guidance regarding midpoint, promotion, and tenure reviews. I serve as Co-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics Promotions and Tenure Committee, provide support to the Department of Pediatrics Midpoint Review Committee, and represent our department to the SOM Office of Faculty Affairs. I collaborate with the Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Associate Vice Chair for Volunteer Clinical Faculty, and Associate Vice Chair for Provider Faculty Well-Being and Resilience. I can be contacted with questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and through Rhonda Buckner, Department of Pediatrics Academic Affairs Coordinator at Rhonda.Buckner@childrenscolorado.org to schedule an appointment.
Brandi K Freeman, MD, MS
As the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for the Department of Pediatrics, I am responsible for the multiple dimensions of DEI within the DOP. I work closely with our Children’s Hospital of Colorado partners, pediatric faculty, and DOP Section and School of Medicine leadership to further our mission of DEI. I chair the Department of Pediatrics Diversity and Inclusion committee made up of faculty and staff committed to furthering our DEI mission and vision. Contact me directly for questions/consultation related to DEI issues or our coordinator Rhonda.Buckner@childrenscolorado.org for scheduling an appointment.
Tim Givens, MD
My role as Vice Chair for Clinical Operations is—as leader of a an excellent team of professionals skilled in business support, data analysis, process improvement, and project management—to oversee all clinical activity within the DOP; to develop systems and processes that enhance productivity and efficiency in clinical care delivery; and at the same time foster an environment that allows our faculty to flourish and experience joy in their interactions with patients, families, and other clinical care team members. This body of work encompasses definition of faculty work effort (CFTE) and assigning credit for a wide variety of faculty clinical experiences; integrating this clinical effort with our other academic missions and tying it to section budgets through the CARE model initiative; gathering and analyzing data to make the case for hiring to meet workforce needs; refining workflows to promote a more enjoyable clinical experience and decrease burnout (EMR enhancements, scheduling initiatives, top-of-scope personnel assignments, telehealth opportunities, etc.); and assisting in the creation of novel clinical programs and services (2nd opinion, e-consult, diagnostic dilemma clinic, precision medicine, immune dysregulation service, etc.). For these and related issues, contact me directly or my assistant Selina.Ostberg@childrenscolorado.org to schedule an appointment.
Dave Keller, MD
As Vice Chair for Clinical Strategy and Transformation, I work with our faculty to adapt their practice to the rapidly changing work of value-based payment in the public and private sectors, and I represent the child health perspective in discussions with policy makers throughout the University as well as in State and Federal governments. I oversee initiatives in a variety of areas such as e-consults, integration of behavioral health services, outreach clinics, care coordination, primary care redesign, and Medicaid supplemental payment projects within the DOP. I collaborate with our Vice Chairs of Finance, Clinical Operations, and Policy and Advocacy to support a diverse portfolio of initiatives with the DOP. Contact me directly or my assistant Selina.Ostberg@childrenscolorado.org to schedule an appointment.
Mary Kohn, MD
As Associate Vice Chair for Volunteer Clinical Faculty, my overall goal in this role is to recognize and serve the community faculty who share in the Department of Pediatrics’ teaching mission. My charge is to recruit, retain, and reward the volunteer clinical faculty. This work involves outreach to providers, encouraging them to precept our medical and physician assistant students as well as residents. I oversee the Community Faculty Affairs Committee, appointments and promotions, and communications. I work with the DOP’s education team to help fill their needs for preceptors. Current initiatives include creating educational programming, improving recognition, and helping to transition community-based providers into the new Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum. Please contact me directly at email@example.com
Nancy Krebs, MD
As Associate Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics, I advise on academic appointments, midpoint reviews, promotion, and tenure awards. I counsel faculty regarding their academic progression and promotion readiness. I serve as Co-Chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee, support the Department’s Midpoint Review Committee, and represent our department to the SOM Office of Faculty Affairs. I work closely with the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Associate Vice Chair for Volunteer Clinical Faculty, and other DOP leadership. I can be contacted with questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org , and via Rhonda Buckner, Academic Affairs Coordinator at Rhonda.Buckner@childrenscolorado.org.
Jenny Reese, MD
Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Well-Being and Resilience, Medical Director of Provider Well-being for Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Director of Faculty Well-being, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. In these roles, Dr. Reese will help lead efforts to promote well-being through individual practice training and systems-based efforts. Peer support programs and team-based interventions are available. Dr. Reese leads the CHCO Faculty Well-being Advisory Committee. If you would like more information about this committee or are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Reese at email@example.com
Andrew Sirotnak, MD
My role as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs is to provide a venue for confidential support, career satisfaction counseling, assistance with conflict management, mediation, and professionalism concerns. I oversee faculty initiatives in mentoring, faculty development, and the annual PRISM performance review process. As this large scope of work is fundamental to successful faculty career advancement, I collaborate with our vice chair for Academic Affairs colleagues. I also partner with DOP associate vice chairs for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Provider Faculty Well-Being and Resilience. I am starting work with the DOP and Children’s Colorado Talent Development on an integrated approach to coaching services. Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or support or our Faculty Affairs Coordinator Justin.Lotspeich@childrenscolorado.org for appointments.
Ron Sokol, MD Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research
Randy Wilkening, MD Vice Chair for Clinical Practice
Shale Wong, MD Associate Vice Chair for Policy and Advocacy
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