This quote is by one of the leading musicians of our time and it captures the essence of academic medicine. Changing the practice of medicine and advancing healthcare is what we aspire to do. This is a complex process involving outstanding individuals, and every individual contributing to this goal in their very own specific way: we try to understand disease origins and mechanisms, we strive to choose the right treatment at the right time, and we aim to advance the delivery of today’s healthcare in a highly individualized, patient-specific approach.
This is our goal in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado. We are a unique, multidisciplinary, and diverse team of outstanding individuals with one goal – to lessen the burden of lung disease for people in Colorado and around the World. Lung diseases killed >300,000 individuals in the USA in 2014. Most lung diseases are not well understood, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, lung fibrosis, to name only a few. We strive to change that!
We are proud to come from a long history of outstanding service and giants in Pulmonary Medicine, rooting back to Gerald Webb, MD, and James Waring, MD, two tuberculosis specialists, who founded the largest tuberculosis sanatorium in the country, the Webb-Waring Lung Institute in Colorado Springs. Roger Mitchell, MD, Thomas Petty, MD, Peter Henson, Marvin Schwarz, Ed Abraham, and Mark Geraci followed as Division Heads over the years, and we strive to continue their legacy in continuing to maintain and expand the number one division in the country.
Today, our vision is to transform the treatment of lung disease and critical illness for future generations by living and delivering excellence, innovation, collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and maintaining open minds. We are doing so by contributing the most innovative and outstanding science that enhances our understanding, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of these high impact diseases.
The University of Colorado lives up to the Vision of “Four Campuses United: All Four: One” and so do we. The Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine integrates diverse faculty from four Affiliates: The University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, National Jewish Health, Denver Health, and the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System to create a truly unique Division: Four Affiliates – One Division.