Ranked 8thWe are ranked among "Best Pediatrics Programs" in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report.
Ranked 8thWe are ranked among "Best Pediatrics Programs" in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report.
23 SectionsThe strength of our Department rests in part on the broad range of our subspecialty sections.
900+We have over 900 full-time faculty members and more than 500 volunteer clinical faculty.
Residency ProgramThe department trains approximately 100 pediatric resident physicians, in addition to medical students and physician assistants.
Fellowship ProgramsWe train over 250 fellows in over 60 subspecialties, 33 of which are ACGME-accredited programs.
Note from Steve Daniels, MD, PhD:
Department of Pediatrics has produced a 216-page coffee table book on the history of this prestigious department, beginning with its founding in 1930. The book is designed with a pictorial timeline as the centerpiece, giving readers a chronological
account of the Department’s achievements and the people who made them happen. The narrative was written in a journalistic, story-telling manner that conveys the heart of this Department’s rich legacy as well as the high points of the nearly nine decades. Together, these components create a retrospective of the Department’s
contributions over 88 years in the areas of clinical expertise, training, research, advocacy, and innovation.
Past and current faculty have been generous in sharing highlights and photos, allowing the Department to assemble a strong collection of images, milestones, profiles, and reflections.
It is important to understand the history of an institution as it can be a cause for celebration and create the platform for future accomplishments. This was the impetus to revisit the milestones of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in our partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado.
A digital publication of the book is available online. Hard copies of the book available at no cost. For information regarding obtaining a copy, please contact Bobbi Siegel at Bobbi.Siegel@childrenscolorado.org.
Rocky MountainsDenver is located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. One can enjoy a panoramic view of the mountains from our campus, and Rocky Mountain National Park is 90 minutes away.
SportsWith the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS, Denver has teams in all of the major professional sports leagues. Plus, there are professional rugby and lacrosse teams.
MusicRed Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is a must-stop for concert lovers. From smaller clubs to medium-sized theaters to large arenas, there are lots of options for live music.
SkiingWith 32 ski resorts and 40,000 acres of skiable terrain, Colorado is the No. 1 destination for skiing and snowboarding. The skiing season stretches October to May, so get shredding!
Dear Faculty and Friends,
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the long holiday weekend and find the time to connect with family and friends. As we persist in navigating the turbulent waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, there continues to be much for us to celebrate as a Department. Here are some of the most recent accomplishments and highlights from across the Department of Pediatrics.
Residents Rally for Food Bank of the Rockies
Thanks to the efforts of our pediatric residents, over $20,000 in donations have been made to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Thank you to all of those who have made generous contributions in support of this resident lead initiative. To help participate in this important effort, please consider a donation via the resident Food Bank of the Rockies drive page.
2020 Pediatric Residency Award Winners
As part of the pediatric residency program’s end-of-year ceremony, an impressive slate of faculty, fellows and residents were recognized with 2020 awards.
Carolina Gutierrez, MD was honored with the Jules Amer Continuity Practice Award. This award is given to a graduating resident who has consistently shown a commitment to providing comprehensive, quality primary care to his or her patients during their continuity practice afternoon each week. It usually goes to the resident who shows the highest level of commitment to his or her patient, providing continuity beyond the call of duty.
Hai Nguyen-Tran, MD was named Outstanding Senior Resident and presented with the Bruce Garber Award. This award is given to the Senior Resident who best displays Dr. Garber’s love of life, medicine, and especially children; who gives an effort to each patient as great as Bruce would have given, without question and without hesitation; who shows an ability to rise above adversity; and who has the attitude and concern, compassion and energy to achieve as Bruce would have aspired.
Emma Nathaniel, MD was selected for the Hospitalist Award in recognizing a graduating resident for excellence in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Nathaniel will be joining the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine as a new faculty member in July.
Brendan Mulhern, MD was awarded the Denver Health Senior Resident Award for clinical excellence, advocacy for patients, and dedication to the Denver Health mission.
Paul Tran, MD (Fellow, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) was selected for the Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award. This award is given to the fellow who demonstrates excellence in teaching of housestaff.
Katherine Lind, MD, Indira Sriram, MD, Tiffany Pointon, MD were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the education of medical students with the Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award.
Samantha Lee, RN, MS, CPNP-AC (Instructor, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) was named Outstanding APP. This award recognizes an Advanced Practice Provider who demonstrates clinical excellence and models collaboration in patient care.
Christian McManus, BSN, RN was selected for the Outstanding Nursing Award in recognition for excellence in teamwork and clinical nursing.
Barry Seltz, MD (Associate Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine) was named the Gary Way Award winner for outstanding faculty teaching. The Gary Way award was established to recognize and honor members of our full-time faculty who give more than they could possibly receive, who teach with honesty and sincerity, and who consistently put the needs of their students and housestaff ahead of their own.
Congratulations to all the award winners and to our graduating class of pediatric residents!
Faculty Affairs Updates
June 17, 2020
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Zoom link to come
Our first Faculty Forum – the redesign of our departmental faculty meeting – was planned before all the challenges and changes arrived. In a strange way, our shift to virtual meetings has forced new connectivity and levels of engagement as we share informational updates, see patients, and integrate new ways to teach and learn. In the spirit of staying future focused and reactivating, we are forging ahead with a virtual Faculty Forum. All faculty are invited.
The new design stems from faculty and leadership feedback and strives to engage and support faculty in meaningful ways including collecting agenda items from faculty via survey distributed in the weeks leading up to the forum. Agenda and Zoom link to follow.
Instructor Faculty Interest Group’s Annual Reception
July 13, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Zoom link to come
Instructors and senior instructors are invited to join the IFIG and multiple Colorado legislators for an interactive, virtual discussion about advocacy at the local and state level. Agenda and invitation to follow.
Junior Faculty Interest Group’s COVID-19 Town Hall: Beyond the Updates
On April 23, the JFIG held a virtual town hall where DOP and CHCO leadership addressed COVID-19-related concerns specific to DOP junior faculty not normally covered in weekly updates. Topics focused on the long term, including career stability/security, hospital plans, protecting patients and families, and maintaining research productivity. The event was well attended and received.
During this unprecedented time, it is important that we recognize the amazing efforts of so many of our faculty, trainees and staff. As we’ve confronted this pandemic, all of you have made countless acts of volunteerism and sacrifice – THANK YOU. I am proud of the way our Department and our colleagues at Children’s Hospital Colorado and across the Anschutz Medical Campus have rallied to support each other.
Here are the people, as recognized by their peers, who are going above and beyond in their efforts to combat the pandemic and continue to foster our unrivaled culture of collaboration. Here are the “Coronavirus Heroes” from the past two weeks.
Mark A. Brown, MD (Professor, Associate Director, Breathing Institute, Section of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)
Nominated by Stanley J. Szefler, MD, on behalf of the Breathing Institute
Mark has been a Breathing Institute clinical leader during the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with clinician scheduling and providing a source of communication through his daily Breathing Institute COVID-19 Reports. These summaries are the “go-to” sources of information since each one provides clinical information, research updates, resiliency tips, information on recent publications, and COVID-19 morbidity and mortality data. We all appreciate the time and effort Mark takes in putting this information together. He always leads the update with an inspirational quote of the day, including these gems:
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
“A nurse will always give us hope; an angel with a stethoscope.” – Carrie Latet
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.” – Hamlet, William Shakespeare
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
“Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.” – Sheryl Sandberg
Colin Fisher, MD (Instructor, Section of Hospital Medicine)
Nominated by Jenny Reese, MD
Colin organized an incredibly generous gift from the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine to the environmental services staff at the University Hospital. There were 210 gift envelopes delivered, each containing a gift card to either Target, Walmart, Dazbog, or Tattered Cover Bookstore (a combination of most-useful and local businesses). Donations were collected from members of Hospital Medicine. This is a gesture of generosity and kindness led by Colin and contributed to by members of the section to those heroes on the frontlines who are rarely recognized.
Jenny Soep, MD (Associate Professor, Clinic Medical Director,Section of Rheumatology)
Nominated by Rob Fuhlbrigge, MD, PhD
Jenny defines leadership by her actions and is the glue that holds Rheumatology together. She has guided our team step-by-step through these past few months with skill, compassion, and humor. She is on every call, informs us of every change, and answers all of our questions. She does this effortlessly, all while maintaining her own telehealth schedule and attending to her multiple roles in the DOP and SOM – and still remembers everybody's birthday. She does not act alone, but we could not do it without her. The amount of work Jenny performs indicates there are at least two of her, but I have never seen them together so I cannot confirm. Thank you, Jenny, for everything you do; you are a true Coronavirus Hero!
Jessica Cataldi, MD, MSCS (Assistant Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases)
Nominated by Betsy McFarland, MD
Dr. Cataldi has stepped up to join the hospital Epi team, making critical contributions to new and frequently updated hospital policies, presenting weekly at the CHCO COVID-19 Community Provider Town Hall, becoming an expert on the vast range of clinical manifestations of the novel virus, and serving as a resource for the section and the DOP. She sounded the alarm about dramatically low rates of routine childhood vaccinations and the potential serious consequences. She created systems to improve immunization practices even amid a pandemic.
Kelly Wilt, MD (Fellow); Christy Smith-Anderson, MD (Assistant Professor); Lisa Abuogi, MD, MS (Associate Professor),Section of Infectious Diseases
Nominated by Betsy McFarland, MD
Why Kelly, Christy, and Lisa?
Dr. Wilt, Dr. Smith-Anderson, and Dr. Abuogi have spearheaded the Children and COVID-19 in Colorado (CCC) study, which is now a valuable data source for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CHCO, and other groups on campus through collection of data on children (both inpatient and outpatient) who test positive for COVID-19. These three jumped right in and got the work structured, received IRB approval, and rapidly organized chart reviews. The data summaries will inform clinicians throughout the state.
Suzanne Paul, FNP-C (Senior Instructor, Lifestyle Medicine Program Coordinator,Section of Nutrition)
Nominated by Jaime Moore, MD
Suzanne has been an incredibly steady, competent, and optimistic force for our Lifestyle Medicine Weight Management Program through the myriad COVID-related transitions over the last two-plus months. Her expertise with EPIC and telehealth helped facilitate our transition from a nearly entirely in-person practice to 100 percent capacity for delivery via telehealth within one month. Because of these efforts, we were asked to share our telehealth experience on a national platform among other pediatric weight management centers. Suzanne is the first to celebrate other team members’ achievements, which has kept morale high. It is past due to nominate her for this recognition. Thank you, Suzanne!
Congratulations to all these individuals for their outstanding contributions. Thanks as well to the nominators for sharing these stories and for your important role in helping recognize and support this work.
Please continue to share your recommendations for the next “Coronavirus Heroes” by submitting a web-based nomination form. (Note: Nominations are processed at 8 a.m. on Fridays, so submissions sent in after that time will be in the next newsletter.)
Anxiety, Burnout and Well-Being
As we continue to navigate the various challenges of the pandemic and find our way toward our “new normal,” it is important to refer to the numerous publications reminding us of the risk this pandemic poses to health care providers. We know that staying connected, even virtually, is an antidote to the suffering we are facing. Remember that we as health care providers are not always good at recognizing distress in ourselves, nor asking for help. Now is a time to be extra vigilant in looking for signs of mental or emotional distress in each other, reaching out to provide support and/or notifying a leader if you are concerned about yourself or a colleague. We are here for each other!
Three topical JAMA and NEJM articles are below:
In addition, several excellent resources are available on the following websites:
Department of Psychiatry:
National Academy of Medicine:
For these and other Department of Pediatrics news stories, please visit our Pediatrics News web page.
Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics | University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatrician-in-Chief | Children’s Hospital Colorado
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital Colorado
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