The physician faculty members of the Internal Medicine Residency program at Saint Joseph Hospital program are all Board Certified in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties, and are recognized for their excellence in both clinical and academic medicine. The faculty maintains an open-door policy, allowing residents to meet informally should issues arise. Each faculty member is committed to the education of our physicians and students, preparing them for success in their future careers.
In addition to the core faculty, there are numerous clinical instructors who come from various practice settings to supplement medical education. These include office-based internists and subspecialists, hospital-based internists, and specialists from the National Jewish Health and the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. Specialists also come from the University of Colorado and other academic institutions throughout the United States to teach and lecture in the program during the year.
Aaron J. Calderon, MD, FACP, SFHM
Dr. Calderon is a native New Yorker who moved to beautiful Colorado in 2002. He has worked at Saint Joseph Hospital since then in multiple roles and became Program Director in 2014. He is tremendously dedicated to teaching the house staff so that they can deliver the highest quality patient care. His interests include bedside ultrasound, procedural training, preventive medicine, evidence-based medicine, and mentoring. He has held several leadership positions at Saint Joseph Hospital, including founder of the hospital's GME Simulation/Procedural Skills Lab and founding Co-Chair of the hospital's GME Simulation Committee. On a national level, Dr. Calderon has been an editor for NEJM Journal Watch Hospital Medicine since 2007. He is a MKSAP 17 and 18 Committee member and a contributor/reviewer for Board Basics 4 and 5 and the American College of Physicians’ Board Prep Curriculum. He has been an editor/speaker for MedStudy and since 2014 the Co-Director for the MedStudy Internal Medicine Certification Board Review Course. In addition, he is very active in the American College of Physicians and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, where he served as Chair of the West Special Interest Group from 2006-2014. He has been a member of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine's Accreditation Committee, as well as, its subcommittee on Curricular & Teaching Aspects of Medical Education. Dr. Calderon is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Colorado where he has taught medical students the use of bedside ultrasound. He is a graduate of State University Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York, and completed a combined residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Richard H. Miranda, MD, FACP, FAAP
Associate Program Director
Dr. Miranda arrived to our group in October 2014. He is a Colorado native, and moved back to Colorado in 2002 after his medical training. Dr. Miranda graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been extensively involved with medical education and clinical care since completing residency. He is interested in providing the optimal clinical and educational experience for residents and students to provide the best care possible for patients, with a focus on the underserved. He has been acknowledged for his teaching receiving multiple awards including the University of Colorado Medical Student Teacher of the Year in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Clinician-Educator of the Year for the Mountain West Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr, Miranda is an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado. He serves as a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, as well as he is involved with the American College of Physicians where he serves as the Colorado Chapter Wellness Co-Champion and also is team lead for the National Doctor's Dilemma writing committee. Dr Miranda has also been heavily involved in many community activities supporting the underserved, and was named the 5280 Magazine Editors Choice Top Humanitarian in 2004. He has also volunteered as a youth soccer coach, and enjoys grilling, fly-fishing and tennis in his spare time.
Elizabeth Cyran, MD, MSPH, FACP
Director of Medical Student Services
Dr. Cyran is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr Cyran coordinates medical student teaching and lectures, and is actively involved in medical housestaff education through precepting in the ambulatory clinic and attending on the inpatient services. Dr Cyran is a graduate of Albany Medical College and completed an Internal Medicine residency and Hematology-Oncology fellowship at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine. After moving to Colorado, she obtained her MSPH at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where she was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the University Medicine-Denver Internal Medicine Resident Clinic. Her interests includes doctor-patient communication, medical professionalism, and mentoring students and housestaff.
Cuong Doan, MD, FACP
Assistant Director of Inpatient Services
Dr. Doan is an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Colorado and is actively involved in teaching on the inpatient services and also regularly attends the outpatient clinic. He is also one of the hospitalists of the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and facilitates educational goals between the residency and the volunteer faculty members. Dr. Doan is a graduate of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed his Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital. His interests include evidence based medicine, cultural diversity and family dynamics. Dr. Doan's family owns and operates a Vietnamese grocery store and often brings in exotic treats.
Michael L. Fisher, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP
Director of Medical Education, Cardiovascular Services
Dr. Fisher currently shares directorship of the Cardiology Education program with Drs. David Flitter and Steven Resnick. Dr. Fisher has been on the staff of Saint Joseph Hospital since 2003. From 2003 to 2009, he coordinated the resident cardiology lecture program and continued practicing as a member of the Kaiser Permanente Cardiology group. During this tenure, he also served as the administrative Director of the Saint Joseph Hospital's Cardiology Section. In 2009, Dr. Fisher retired from the Kaiser Permanente cardiology practice and assumed a part-time position as co-director of the SJH Cardiology Education program. Prior to coming to Denver, Dr. Fisher was Director of Clinical Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He maintains a volunteer faculty position with the University of Maryland after being on their full-time staff for 30 years. In 2018, the University of Maryland Department of Medicine established an annual cardiology visiting lectureship in honor of Dr. Fisher and his long-time colleague, Dr. Gary Plotnick (the Plotnick-Fisher is held during April each year).
David Flitter, MD, FACC
Co-Director of Medical Education, Cardiovascular Services
Dr. Flitter completed his Internal Medicine residency at Boston University Hospital and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. He came to Colorado in 1981 to join the Colorado Permanente Medical Group as an invasive cardiologist, a position he held until 2009. He is currently co-director (with Dr. Michael Fisher) of the weekly EKG course for medical students and house staff, including instruction in cardiac auscultation and clinical cardiology.
Michael T. Morton, MD, FACP
Director of Hospital Medicine, National Jewish Health – Saint Joseph Hospital
A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Morton completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident. After spending five years in private practice in Manchester, New Hampshire, he returned to Saint Joseph Hospital as Director of Inpatient Services. Dr. Morton is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine for both the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is extensively involved in teaching on the inpatient services, acting as Medical Director for the Faculty Inpatient Team, administrating inpatient rotations, coordinating procedures courses in the Simulation Lab, and developing and mentoring Hospital-based quality projects for our Residents. Dr. Morton also serves as the Director of Hospital Medicine for National Jewish Health - Saint Joseph Hospital, coordinating efforts between the hospital and the Hospital Medicine groups to improve patient care, quality, and safety. Dr. Morton’s interests include physical examination skills, teaching a logical diagnostic approach, use of technology in practice, and resident advocacy.
Steven Resnick, MD, FACC
Co-Director of Medical Education, Cardiovascular Services
Director Coronary Chronic Total Occlusion Program
Dr. Resnick completed his residency, cardiology fellowship, and was Co-Chief Resident in Medicine at University of Maryland/Baltimore VA Medical Center Hospital System. He joined the Colorado Permanente Medical Group in 1982 where he practiced Interventional and General Cardiology until retiring, December 2013. Post retirement he has been Director of the Chronic Total Occlusion program at NJH/SJH and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 2015, he joined Drs. Fisher and Flitter as a Co-Director Of Medical Education, Cardiovascular Services where he teaches the EKG course/Cardiovascular Diagnostics class to medical students and residents.
Eric Seger DO
Director of Outpatient Services
Dr Seger is a graduate of Rocky Vista University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his D.O. degree in 2016. He completed his internal medicine residency at Saint Joseph Hospital and a year as Chief Resident prior to joining the faculty full time. Born and raised in rural Nebraska, he moved to Wyoming where he completed his primary education. He is a previous EMT, paramedic and has a Bachelors of Science degree from Montana State University prior to obtaining his D.O. degree. He and his wife of 25 years lived in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho before moving to Colorado to attend medical school where the family has decided to call home. In addition to one granddaughter, they have four children ages 27, 24, 22 and 18.
As Director of Outpatient Services for the Residency Program, Dr Seger supports the residents as Medical Director for Caritas Clinic. This resident operated ambulatory clinic provides a direct experience as the primary care physician with hands-on experience managing a wide range of chronic disease in the ambulatory setting. He has a strong passion for serving the homeless and uninsured populations of the community and champions healthcare equality for the underserved. He has a passion for wellness, mental health and is an active member on the hospital ethics committee.
Outside of the hospital he is an avid biker, skier and outdoor enthusiast. He and his wife are supporters of Aurora and Colorado Special Olympics and often are seen cheering on the two youngest children. Please feel free to contact him directly with any questions you may have about the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Saint Joseph Hospital.
Bree Ashdown, MD
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine
Bree is a recent graduate of the Saint Joseph Internal Medicine residency. She became very passionate about the program after first rotating here as a third year medical student. She is excited to be the liaison between residents and faculty and is interested in improving work/life balance, educational opportunities and leadership. Prior to her graduate medical training she attended CU School of Medicine and she received her BA in English Literature and BS in Integrative Physiology at CU Boulder. She is originally from Bozeman Montana but moved to Colorado after high school to pursue her love of rock climbing. When not working she can be found camping, climbing or hiking around Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. She also enjoys gardening (especially tomatoes), yoga, travelling and reading fiction.
National Jewish Health | Saint Joseph Hospital Educational Leaders
Ultrasound Education Leadership
Gerard Salame, MD
Director, Internal Medicine Bedside Ultrasound Program at Saint Joseph Hospital
Dr Gerard (Jerry) Salame is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Denver Health Hospital where he currently serves as Director of the Internal Medicine Procedure Service and Assistant Director of Point of Care Ultrasound Training for Internal Medicine faculty and house staff. After completing his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago he has devoted his career to care for the underserved less fortunate communities and to the continuous training & education of both house staff and faculty. He has a particular emphasis on integration of bedside ultrasonography into daily clinical practice. He is the co-founder and Director of the Master Clinician’s elective at Denver Health which focuses on weaving clinical reasoning, hypothesis driven physical exam with bedside ultrasonography. He has earned the outstanding clinical performance and excellence in education awards at Denver Health hospital for his commitment to evidence base practice and bedside teaching. He currently serves on the national ultrasound task force committee sponsored by the Society of Hospital Medicine. In this role, he is charged with the creation of national position statements on common ultrasound guided procedures and has been invited as a guest speaker and instructor to multiple regional and national conferences on the topic. Dr. Salame started his position at Saint Joseph Hospital on July 2019 and is excited to help expand the ultrasound point of care program for the internal medicine residency program and hopes to implement ground-breaking innovative approaches to ultrasound training, quality assessment and education.
Kenneth Lyn-Kew, MD
Director of Medical Education, National Jewish Health
Co-Director, Internal Medicine Bedside Ultrasound Program at Saint Joseph Hospital
Dr. Lyn-Kew is the Section Head of Critical Care Medicine for National Jewish Health where he is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. He attended Saint Louis University for medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital. This was followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. Dr. Lyn-Kew has been with National Jewish Health, recognized as the top respiratory center in the United States over the last 100 years, since 2009. Dr. Lyn-Kew's practice specializes in the care of the critically ill. Dr. Lyn-Kew’s interests include critical care ultrasonography, ARDS, sepsis and processes of critical care delivery. Dr. Lyn-Kew is a member of the Critical Care Steering Committee at the American College of Chest Physicians.