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University of Colorado School of Medicine Dean to Step Down

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Richard D. Krugman, MD Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Richard D. Krugman, MD, inaugural vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, announced that he is stepping down. He has served as dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine since March 1, 1992, prior to which he was acting dean for 20 months. His tenure makes him the nation’s longest serving medical school dean.

Dr. Krugman earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his MD at New York University School of Medicine. He completed internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, where he joined the faculty in 1973. He became director of the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in 1981. Dr. Krugman indicated that he plans to remain at the University and will return to the Kempe Center in the Department of Pediatrics to pursue interests he postponed during his tenure as dean.

Dr. Krugman has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including the C. Henry Kempe Memorial award for Contributions in the Field of Child Abuse. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the boards of University of Colorado Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Denver. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal for 15 years.

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