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From Human Rights Clinics to EMS Medical Directors, Denver Health Docs have it all

March 04, 2019

Denver Health is the cornerstone of health care for our community, successfully delivering vital services and programs to the general population and those with special needs. Our doctors are remarkable, going above and beyond the call of duty for patients.  In addition to clinical work, many of our doctors teach and conduct research.  As a lead up to Doctor’s Day on March 30, we would like to highlight a few of our many great physicians and the tremendous work they do.

As the fundraising arm for Denver Health, the Denver Health Foundation secures private funds to support the hospital.  Each of our highlighted doctors has ties to one or more of our programs.  These programs help to bridge the gap in healthcare, and provide the next level of support for our patients.  When you make a gift to the Denver Health Foundation, you have flexibility in determining how you’d like to give as well as in how the funds will be used.  Please consider making a contribution and designating your gift to one or more of these programs to help the great work these remarkable doctors are doing.

To highlight a few:

Janine Young, MD
Dr. Janine Young is a general pediatrician at Denver Health and Hospitals and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Department of General Pediatrics.

Her career focus is health care and access to care for new immigrants and refugees and she has presented talks nationally regarding the development of standard of care medical screening guidelines for these populations.  She is the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant and Refugee Toolkit screening guidelines and has consulted for the Office of Refugee Resettlement on medical screening of unaccompanied children.

She is the Medical Director of the Denver Health Refugee Clinic, Co-Medical Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Denver Health, and serves as the Medical Advisor for the State of Colorado Refugee Services Program.  She is also a grantee working with the Minnesota Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to develop a Refugee Centers of Excellence.

Kevin McVaney, MD
Dr. Kevin McVaney is the Medical Director for the Denver Emergency Medical Response System which includes the Denver Health Paramedic Division, Denver Fire Department, Denver Police and the Denver Communications Center.

Dr. McVaney received specialized EMS at Denver Health in 2002 and has been the Medical Director since 2010.  Prior to joining Denver Health, he spent (3 years) as an emergency medicine physician in the United States Air Force, serving at the VA Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada and overseas at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia.  Before being named Medical Director, he spent six years as the paramedics’ Associate Medical Director.

Judith C. Shlay, MD
Judith C. Shlay, MD, MSPH is the Associate Director of Denver Public Health and a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She has been working on various programs at Denver Public Health for over 30 years. Dr. Shlay has been the principal investigator for a number of projects focusing on health promotion and disease prevention, HIV-related metabolic and neurologic disorders, immunization delivery, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention, and tobacco prevention. She co-leads the Denver Health Center for Addiction Medicine.

In addition to her public health work, Dr. Shlay is a primary care provider through Denver Health’s Ambulatory Care Services Department.

Click here to read about even more docs, their great work and contribute to their areas of focus. 

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