The University of Colorado School of Medicine will honor four alumni—outstanding physicians for their delivery of health care, pioneering research, and service to their country and communities—at its Silver and Gold ceremony May 25.
John E. Elliff, MD, and William S. Buchanan, MD, both ophthalmologists and native Coloradans, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for their work in bringing health care to northeastern Colorado, where access to health care has been limited. For a combined 50 years, Drs. Buchanan and Elliff served the community of Sterling at the Sterling Eye Center, which Dr. Elliff’s father, Edgar Elliff, MD, built. Both physicians served on the faculty of the School of Medicine for decades. In addition to continuing his father’s work in the community, Dr. Elliff organized and built a 110-bed nursing home in Sterling.
John R. Sharp, MD, a gastroenterologist, will receive the Distinguished Service Award. He served in the United States Air Force for the first 22 years of his medical career, rising through many levels of leadership before returning to civilian medicine. He greatly contributed to advancing the understanding of gastroenterology in his research and publishing, and in educating medical students. He has practiced in locum tenens positions across Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Currently Dr. Sharp practices locum tenens in Longmont.
Bonnie W. Camp, MD, highly regarded as a pioneer and leader in pediatric medicine, will receive the Alumni Association’s Silver and Gold Award, the School of Medicine’s highest alumni award. Dr. Camp has published more than 100 articles, abstracts, presentations and workshops on early childhooddevelopment and language. Her early work in language development and social behavior in very young children is still cited today, nearly 50 years after her first publications, and in programs dedicated to helping young children develop intellectually and socially.
For more information on the Silver and Gold Alumni Banquet go to www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/reunion or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 303-724-2518.
Guest Contributor: CU Anschutz Office of Alumni Relations