Our Faculty

Anjali Dhurandhar, MD, FACP
The Colorado Health Foundation
Chair, Ethics and Human Values Committee
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Director, Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program
University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Denver Colorado

Dr. Dhurandhar is the Director of Ambulatory Care rotation for medical students at Uptown Primary Care. She has a primary care practice and also precepts medical students and primary care residents. She is a general internist who attended college at Tulane University, medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After residency, she completed a fellowship in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern University with a focus on developing curriculum in imaginative and reflective writing. She also did a fellowship in health services research, focusing on doctor-patient communication.

Since completing residency, her career has been focused on medical education and the medical humanities. She has worked at Presbyterian St. Luke’s (P/SL) and Uptown Primary Care for 10 years. Her professional interests include patient safety and improving processes, behavior change/preventive medicine, physical exam skills, bioethics, advance directives/end of life care and creating culture change by using progressive models such as Appreciative Inquiry.

She enjoys leading workshops on various topics including meditation and reflective writing for medical trainees, faculty and health care professionals. She has presented her work nationally, and has published articles and creative writings in several journals. Her personal interests include painting, improvisational comedy, creative writing, music, dance and travel.

Brian G. Dwinnell, MD, FACP
The Colorado Health Foundation
Director, Graduate Medical Education
Medical Staff President
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Dwinnell is the Director of Graduate Medical Education, which includes the oversight of the educational operation at Uptown, and the inpatient teaching service. He also serves as the Site Director for the University of Colorado Internal Medicine Residency as well as the Medical Staff President at P/SL. He is a general internist who attended college at Pepperdine University, medical school at Dartmouth, and completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado. Since completing his residency, his career has been focused on medical education. He has worked at Presbyterian St. Luke’s (P/SL) and High St. for eight years. He previously held a position at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was the Director of the Foundations of Doctoring and the Internal Medicine Clerkship.

Although much of Dr. Dwinnell’s role is administrative, he maintains a passion for teaching and the professional development of trainees at all levels. He has particular interests in patient safety, professionalism, healthcare reform, provider-patient communication, and preventive health measures. He has several national presentations and publications in journals such as Academic Medicine and the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. He maintains balance in his life by spending time with his wife, who is an OB/GYN, and 3 children.

Lynn Haley, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
The Colorado Health Foundation
Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Haley is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in integrated primary care. She received her undergraduate degree at Colgate University and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver. She completed a year-long internship at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and has previously worked at Denver Health Medical Center. She has been with the Behavioral Health Department at Uptown Primary Care for the past nine years. She is also an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

In her role at Uptown Primary Care, Dr. Haley educates internal medicine residents in behavioral health issues through didactics, consultations and co-visits with patients. She meets with patients individually, on a short-term basis, for purposes of behavioral health assessment, skill-building and connection to resources. She engages in research projects and co-leads the Depression Management Quality Improvement Team. She is also a member of the Intensive Care Management Team and the Patient Safety Committee. Dr. Haley has a particular interest in helping people make healthy lifestyle changes. Each year she and medical residents co-facilitate a class for patients entitled Healthy Lifestyles, which is open to any patient at the clinic who would like to lose weight.

In her free time Dr. Haley enjoys spending time with her husband and two energetic young sons. They enjoy mountain biking, skiing and hiking in the mountains of Colorado.

Elisabeth Ihler, MD
Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Ihler is the Assistant Medical Director of the Uptown Primary Care Practice. She is a general internist who attended medical school at the University of California-San Francisco and completed residency in the Internal Medicine-Primary Care Track at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. She joined the Uptown Primary Care faculty in 2015 after spending seven years at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, where she was the medical director of one of Montefiore’s internal medicine residency program’s ambulatory teaching practices. Dr. Ihler particularly enjoys working with students and residents. She has special interests in primary care education, hepatitis C, and asthma. She has presented research at several national meetings. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

Scott V. Joy, MD, MBA, FACP
The Colorado Health Foundation
Medical Director, Uptown Primary Care
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Professor of Clinical Practice
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Joy is the Medical Director of Uptown Primary Care with The Colorado Health Foundation/Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado and a Professor of Clinical Practice at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, he received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His postgraduate education included a residency in internal medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, and he completed a MBA degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Dr. Joy’s clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, men’s health, pre-operative evaluation and employee wellness programs.

Dr. Joy has practiced internal medicine in a private practice setting in Charlotte, NC, and was a faculty member for 15 years at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC. While at Duke, he served as medical director for Duke Primary Care, as an Associate Director of Managed Care for the Duke Private Diagnostics Clinics, was a member of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, and participated in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC Bridges to Excellence Program.

Dr. Joy’s research interests include process improvement in diabetes management and education, the role of genetic testing for pre-diabetes and cholesterol management, the application of pharmacogenomic principles in clinical decision-making, applications of digital health technology, and quality improvement process into clinical practice.

He has published articles and abstracts in such publications as Diabetes, The Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, SGIM Forum, The Journal of Personalized Medicine and The Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Joy is active in health policy issues, and has served as National Chairperson of the Clinical Practice Health Policy Committee for the Society of General Internal Medicine. He has also received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for excellence in diabetes care, heart and stroke care, and level 3 certification for the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). He is an active participant in both national and regional PCMH learning collaboratives.

Dr. Joy’s community interests include serving as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 376 in Denver, Colorado, and he has been active supporter and volunteer for the Colorado Chronic Care Collaborative, the American Diabetes Association, and the Dumb Friends League.

Jeffrey Pickard, MD, FACP
Director, Transitional Internship
The Colorado Health Foundation
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado
Uptown Primary Care
Presbyterian/St Luke’s Medical Center

Dr. Pickard is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been on the faculty of The University of Colorado School of Medicine since 1983. He attended undergraduate school at The Johns Hopkins University, medical school at the George Washington School of Medicine and did his residency training at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Pickard joined the faculty at the medical school after completing his fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado. His initial appointment was at Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) where he cared for patients on both the inpatient and outpatient services, as well as teaching and supervising medical students, interns and residents. In addition to Internal Medicine, Dr. Pickard also supervises obstetric interns and residents at DHMC where he helped establish the medical high-risk obstetric clinic. Dr. Pickard joined the faculty at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in 1997 and became Director of the Transitional Internship in 2006 where he continues to teach and see patients in the Uptown Primary Care Clinic.

Leanne Rupp, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
The Colorado Health Foundation
Uptown Primary Care
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Denver, Colorado

Leanne has served as a Faculty member in the Graduate Medical Education program and the Social Worker at Uptown Primary Care since 2006. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Alabama, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Leanne’s career has focused on advocacy and resource provision for Uptown’s patient population, while working to educate Resident physicians about community programs and integrated care. She is also passionate about advancing the profession of Social Work as a whole, and she serves in a voluntary leadership position with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Leanne is an active participant in several ongoing research projects at Uptown Primary Care, and she has been a co-author on multiple poster presentations and publications. She was selected as Colorado Social Worker of the Year by NASW-CO in 2011. She has particular interests in depression management in a primary care setting, health care reform, women’s health, and managing high-acuity patient populations.

She spends her free time enjoying many of Colorado’s outdoor activities (running, mountain biking, & snowboarding) with her husband and their dog, Calypso.

Carol A. Stamm MD. FACOG
The Colorado Health Foundation
Director of Women’s Services
Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Stamm is the Director of Women’s Services, which includes training the next generation of residents and medical students about women’s health. She is a general obstetrician gynecologist who attended college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, obtained a teaching certificate there as well, and attended medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has worked at our clinic for 12 years and medical education has always been her primary focus. Previously, she worked at Denver Health Medical Center, where she was also involved in graduate medical education and research on vaginal infections.

Dr. Stamm fosters professional development of medical trainees at all levels. She is interested in patient safety, preventive health, growth and development of health care, team development, and history of medicine. She has several national presentations and publications in journals such as American Journal of Epidemiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Stamm is a Denver native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends in Colorado.

Brandon Sucher, Pharm.D., BCACP, CDE, AE-C
Clinical Pharmacist, Uptown Primary Care
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Regis University School of Pharmacy
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Sucher is a clinical pharmacist at Uptown Primary Care and a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Regis University School of Pharmacy. In his role at Uptown Primary Care, he focuses on a variety of collaborative patient care initiatives and helping patients optimize care for asthma, COPD, and diabetes.

He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2001 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy. He subsequently completed a Primary Care Specialty Pharmacy Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and is recognized as a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Asthma Educator.

Prior to joining the faculty of Regis University in 2009, Dr. Sucher made his debut as a pharmacy educator with Palm Beach Atlantic University Gregory School of Pharmacy in 2002. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he practiced as a primary care clinical pharmacy specialist at the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His duties included therapeutic management of patients with hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes and serving as a preceptor of pharmacy students for Ambulatory Care and Advanced Ambulatory Care. He also developed and served as the primary preceptor for an academia elective rotation for pharmacy practice residents.

Dr. Sucher’s publications and abstracts have appeared in such journals as The American Journal of Hypertension, The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Journal of Asthma, U.S. Pharmacist, and U.S. Pharmacist Health Systems Edition. In addition, he has authored over 80 non-peer reviewed publications, workshops, and pharmacist certification courses and has given a number of presentations at the local, regional, and national levels. His scholarship interests include the impact of supplemental instruction on student progression, leader-development, and evidence-based medicine for the treatment of asthma, COPD, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension.

Dr. Sucher has been highly involved in the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, whose mission is “…to develop leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy.” His positive experiences as a founding member of TTUHSC’s Phi Delta Chi chapter instilled an unwavering commitment, ultimately inspiring him to give back by contributing in a number of leadership roles, including serving as Phi Delta Chi’s national president. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute. His personal interests include enjoying time with his wife and daughter, exploring other countries, and diving.

Angie Thompson, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist, Uptown Primary Care
University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Angie Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist at Uptown Primary Care. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy in 2010, her Pharmacy Practice residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in 2011, and a specialty residency in Family Medicine/Ambulatory Care at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy in 2012. Prior to starting at the University of Colorado and Uptown Primary Care, Angie was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Clinic.

In her role at Uptown Primary Care, Angie educates internal medicine residents on pharmacotherapy through didactic education, consultations, and co-visits with patients. She works individually with patients to manage complex medication regimens and works to ensure patients are prescribed the safest and most appropriate medications. She also helps manage chronic disease states through one on one pharmacy in person or telephonic visits. She is involved in research and co-leads the Pain Management team. Special interests include medication safety, pain, smoking cessation, and diabetes.

She spends her free time with her husband chasing after their young daughter. She also enjoys reading, skiing, and yoga.