Award for Excellence in Global Health awarded to UC Denver professor, mentors

By Staff


Eric Simoes, M.D., professor of pediatric infectious disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, won a 2009 Award for Excellence in Global Health.

The honor comes from the Colorado School of Public Health's Center for Global Health and Physician Assistants for Global Health. It recognizes local leaders in the global health arena who have made exemplary contributions to improving the health of populations over time.

Simoes' work focuses on children's health, particularly on reducing childhood deaths from pneumonia and acute lower respiratory infections.

Also honored at the Oct. 1 kickoff of the second annual Global Health Symposium were Gretchen Berggren, M.D., and Warren Berggren, M.D. The awards recognized their work serving large populations in developing nations such as the Congo, Haiti and Ethiopia.

The Berggrens have been associates of the Center for Global Health for years, working on projects and serving as mentors to students in the global health track. Gretchen Berggren is obtaining a faculty appointment in the School of Public Health at UC Denver.