Richard D. Krugman, dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was honored with the creation of an endowed dean’s chair that will carry his name.
E. Chester Ridgway, senior associate dean for academic affairs, and Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs at the University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus, made the announcement Dec. 12 during the dean’s 2012 State of the School of Medicine address.
Financial support for the Krugman chair has come from the clinical chairs, University of Colorado Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado and University Physicians Inc.
Krugman is the country’s longest-serving active medical school dean. Krugman became dean of the CU School of Medicine in 1992 after serving as acting dean for 20 months.
Krugman also is the first vice chancellor for health affairs for the University of Colorado, supporting the deans of the schools of Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health, the College of Nursing and the Graduate School for the health sciences. He oversees all clinical programs of the university at its five affiliated hospitals; the Center on Aging, the Center of Bioethics and Humanities, the Colorado Area Health Education (AHEC) system and Risk Management also report to him.
A board-certified pediatrician, he earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the CU School of Medicine. He joined the faculty in 1973.