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5280 Top Doctors Issue Spotlights 78 Children’s Colorado Providers

Children's Hospital Colorado | August 03, 2021
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Meeting unprecedented challenges and providing unparalleled care under pressure have long kept our providers at the top of their fields­—and the top of awards lists. This year is no exception. For the 28th year, dozens of Children’s Hospital Colorado experts have been recognized by their peers in 5280’s Top Doctors issue for their innovation, outcomes and the work they do every day to advance their fields.

The 78 doctors listed below have shown their trademark commitment throughout the biggest medical crisis in 100 years, persevering to treat patients and find creative ways to solve problems. In May, for example, Children’s Colorado declared a State of Emergency for Youth Mental Health because young people statewide are experiencing skyrocketing rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.

This year’s Top Doctors issue features stories about the pandemic’s toll on young people’s mental health. One story includes Chief Medical Officer David Brumbaugh, MD, one of 5280’s Top Doctors, and Michael DiStefano, MD, chief medical officer of the Southern Region, sharing concerns about the numbers of children in crisis and what steps parents, communities and state leaders must take to help them. Their recommendations are even more urgent since Jason Williams, PsyD, operations director from our Pediatric Mental Health Institute, warns of the pandemic’s “major trailing mental health effects” that we have yet to see.

This rallying cry for additional youth mental health resources and support is just one example of our providers working to ensure our patients receive the care they need when they need it.

Read 5280’s Top Doctors issue to learn more about our experts’ efforts to support kids’ mental health and view the entire list of our Top Doctors. Congratulations to our exceptional providers and the team members who support them. We are humbled by your service to the Children’s Colorado mission.

The following Children's Colorado physicians were recognized on 5280's 2021 Top Docs list:

Adolescent Medicine

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Child Abuse Pediatrics

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Austin Butterfield
  • Beau Carubia

Clinical Genetics & Genomics

Complex Family Planning

Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology

Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Interventional Cardiology

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Neurological Surgery

Neurology (Special Qualifications in Child Neurology)


Pediatric Anesthesiology

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Pediatric Dermatology

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Endocrinology

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Pathology

Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Pediatric Rheumatology

Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Transplant Hepatology

Pediatric Urology


Surgery of the Hand

  • Wade Faulk

Surgical Critical Care

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Children’s Colorado doctors also swept 16 categories, including: Adolescent Medicine; Adult Congenital Heart Disease; Clinical Genetics & Genomics; Complex Family Planning; Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Pediatric Cardiology; Pediatric Dermatology; Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Pediatric Endocrinology; Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Pediatric Pathology; Pediatric Pulmonology; Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine; Pediatric Rheumatology; Pediatric Transplant Hepatology and Pediatric Urology.

The doctors listed are based at Children's Hospital Colorado or have medical staff privileges. Children's Colorado's medical staff includes University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty as well as community-based providers, and we congratulate them all.