Breakthroughs in Cancer Treatment and Care

Home to world-class discoveries in healthcare, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is hosting a community lecture series featuring our faculty and research experts examining pressing issues and provocative questions facing the field of medicine.

This Transforming Health Care lecture series, presented by CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman, will feature the top University of Colorado Cancer Center doctors who are working on cutting-edge techniques to diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer in adults and children. 

Director of the CU Cancer Center Dr. Richard Schulick will discuss the progress that has been made in cancer research and the promising areas being pursued at the Center. The event will also feature patient stories from devastating diagnoses to receiving life-changing treatments. 

As our team continues to push the boundaries of science and medicine, the Transforming Health Care lecture series is a unique opportunity to hear from our doctors on how tomorrow’s cancer breakthroughs are happening today at CU Anschutz.

February 4, 2020
CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Education 2 South, Room 1102
13121 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, CO, 80045

Featured Speakers

Dr. Richard Schulick, MD

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Dr. Schulick is the Aragon/Gonzalez-Giusti Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Dr. Schulick came to Colorado from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions where he was Chief of the Surgical Oncology Division. He is recognized as a leader in the fields of pancreatic, hepatic, and biliary surgery, as well as other areas in cancer surgery. His scientific interests are in the area of tumor immunology. He has pioneered the use of genetically engineered bacteria as well as genetic modifications of cancer cells to treat human cancer. His current laboratory efforts include the discovery of a new immune checkpoint pathway and ways of augmenting immunotherapy.

Dr. Wells Messersmith, MD

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Dr. Messersmith joined the University of Colorado Cancer Center faculty in 2007 as the Director of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and was appointed co-leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program in 2010 as well as Head of the Division of Medical Oncology in 2014. In 2018, he was appointed Associate Director for Translational Research. Dr. Messersmith leads a division of over 80 faculty and 50 trainees and staff, with basic, translational, and clinical research efforts. He graduated from Harvard Medical School (HMS) in 1998 and trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/HMS. He did his Medical Oncology/Drug Development Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, where he was awarded an ASCO Young Investigator Award and Passano Clinician-Scientist Award. He was on the Hopkins faculty from 2004-2007 as an Assistant Professor in the GI Oncology and Drug Development programs.

Dr. Kelly Maloney, MD

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Dr. Maloney specializes in pediatric hematology and oncology at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She mainly sees children with acute leukemias and non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She also specializes in Down Syndrome and blood cancers or blood abnormalities. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1990 and has been in practice for over 30 years. She leads clinical trials for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is on the board of Make a Wish Colorado as well as volunteers for patients at Wapiyapi and Round Up River Ranch.

Past Transforming Healthcare Lectures

Breakthroughs in Orthopedics

November 4th, 2019

The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopedics offers Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region and range and depth of expertise in spine, joint, and limb repair and care.