Dr. Maria (Gaby) Frank, MD, FACP, FHM
was born in Buenos Aires and grew up in the Argentinian Patagonia. She attended Medical School at the University of Buenos Aires, graduating at the age of 24, and pursued both Internal medicine and emergency medicine residencies in Argentina at a level-one trauma center in Buenos Aires. She moved to the United States in 2004 and finished her training at the University of Colorado. Currently, she is the Chief of Hospital Medicine at an Academic, University Affiliated, Regional Level One Trauma Center in Denver and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is also the Co-Director of the Human Body Block (a.k.a. anatomy) and spends 3 months out of the year in the cadaver lab. Dr. Frank has a strong work ethic and extensive clinical and academic experience that spans over 20 years in a variety of settings including academic, community, and private practice in both internal and emergency medicine. Her research and academic publications can be found in PubMed Health.
During and after medical school she was a Teaching Assistant in Anatomy, Microbiology, and Pharmacology for the University of Buenos Aires, School of Medicine,
participated in the training of residents and medical students of both internal medicine and surgery for the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is passionate about medical education and
medical humanities, more specifically History of Medicine. She is uniquely positioned as a bicultural and bilingual physician to help students connect with, and understand, patients in a
culturally sensitive way. Dr. Frank has a strong leadership background both regionally and nationally.
Dr. Frank is the proud mother of Logan and Lucas with whom she enjoys doing homework and cheering at their after school activities. When she is not being a doctor and a teacher (she never stops being a mother), she likes reading and working out in all sorts of ways – she was a national BMX champion in Argentina!. She is passionate about keeping up-to-date with movie releases, performing arts, and music. She is excited to apply her vast medical expertise in the arena of entertainment.
Dr. Smitha R. Chadaga MD, FHM, FACP
knew from the age of 5 she wanted to become a doctor. Her intense and passionate nature led her to the University of Missouri - Kansas City's combined BA/MD program. From Kansas City she headed out west to the University of Colorado where she did her internal medicine residency and was chosen to serve as Chief Medical Resident. After residency , Dr. Chadaga moved to Chicago to work as an academic hospitalist at Northwestern Hospital with Northwestern Medical School. After spending four years in Chicago, Dr. Chadaga returned to Denver to work at Denver Health as an academic hospitalist and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado. At Denver Health she was promoted to the director of admissions service and became the Associate Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine. After five years in Denver, Dr. Chadaga moved to Oregon where she is an academic hospitalist at a Level One Trauma Center in Portland, Oregon.
In her 20+ years in medicine Dr. Chadaga has worked with all levels of learners from students to attendings, and in a variety of hospital types including private, county, trauma centers, nonprofit, and veterans. Throughout her career she has seen patients in the clinic, medical ward, intensive care unit, and emergency department, and continues to work with physicians in all specialties, both in and out patient. Her areas of interest, outside of providing excellent patient care, include patient flow and observation care and she has published scholarly articles on these topics.
Dr. Susan Brion, MD
is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Colorado, Boulder, followed by obtaining her Masters of Science at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies. She practiced as a Family Practice PA full time for two years, and then part time for an additional four years in the Watts District of South Central Los Angeles. This is where she came to realize that her ultimate calling was for Emergency Medicine. She pursued her Medical Doctor degree at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Emergency Medicine residency at Denver Health Hospital Authority in Denver, CO, where she also served as chief resident. She is now an Emergency Medicine physician at an Academic Level One Trauma Center in Englewood, Colorado. This Institution is a busy, urban hospital, serving over 60,000 patients in the Emergency Department annually. She is currently the Associate Medical Director of the Emergency Department and serves as the Emergency Department Chair as well.
During all Dr. Brion's healthcare endeavors, she has been happily married and is the proud mother of twin boys and their younger brother. Dr. Brion’s experience is enhanced by her exposure to the world of entertainment for over 20 years due to her husband’s career as creative director for one of TV's longest running shows. She feels this has provided her with a unique perspective on entertainment and how to meld it with the world of medicine.