Clinical Interest for Patients
My clinical interests include improving the quality of life and well-being of people living with serious illness. This physician treats inpatients only and does not make office appointments.
I strive to provide the best care for my patients and their loved ones. I believe in learning about each patient as a person in addition to their illness, their values and priorities, and matching what matters most to a person with treatment options to individualize the care of each person.
- Hospice and Palliative Medicine ( 2008 , 2018 )
- Internal Medicine ( 2000 , 2010 )
Interests & Activities
In my spare time, I enjoy mountain biking.
I am dedicated to improving the health care and well-being of people living with serious illness. I help to inform the community about palliative care and improving the quality of life of our patients and their loved ones.
Education & Training
MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine (1996)
BS, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (IL) (1991)
University of Colorado (1997)
University of Colorado (1999)
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Member and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Task Force Committee
Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), Member
Research & Grants
CARING About Prognosis Study (2007)
A Palliative Care Needs Assessment of Rural Hospitals (2009)
Palliative Care Faculty Development Program (2010)
Hearst Foundations Fellowship Grant (2012)
Developing Training Media to Detect and Address Demoralization in Patients with Medical Illness (2013)
Community Impact Project (2013)
Improving Quality of Care, Long-term Outcomes and Cost in Neurologic Disease through an Interdisciplinary Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic (2013)
Hearst Foundations Fellowship Grant (2013)
Palliative Care in Rural Colorado Cancer Centers (2013)
Caring about Cancer in Advance Care Planning (2015)
Developing a reporting structure for the Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care mandatory performance improvement measures (2016)
Caring About Cancer – Advance Care Planning Group Visit Intervention (2017)
Outpatient palliative care creative arts therapy group intervention (2018)
Research Interests for Patients
My research interests include creative arts therapy for people living with serious illness, advance care planning and palliative care in rural settings.