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Dr. Michelle Barron is the senior medical director of infection prevention and control for UCHealth, a nationally recognized health care system with operating revenue of $5.0 billion, a workforce of more than 25,000 people and 12 hospitals, including the state’s only academic medical center. As one of the top infectious disease experts in Colorado, she brings her expertise to the entire UCHealth system, working from UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
After graduating from Yale in 1992, she returned to her home state of Texas for medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. While there, Dr. Barron found her calling in infectious disease while treating people affected by AIDS. She then completed her internship and residency program at Creighton University before coming to Colorado in 1999 to begin her fellowship at the University of Colorado.
For much of her career at University of Colorado Hospital, Dr. Barron has served as medical director of infection prevention and control. She is board certified in infectious disease and internal medicine. She’s also a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Dr. Barron has led the charge against infectious diseases including the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009 and Ebola in 2015. Since January 2020 and the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has worked around the clock with fellow leaders to protect patients, staff and providers across UCHealth. Her message has always been comforting and clear; “This is what we do. We take care of sick patients. We know how to do this.” While coping with the pandemic, Dr. Barron has kept twin missions top of mind; providing extraordinary care to patients while protecting caregivers. Dr. Barron is also a member of the Colorado Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee (GEEERC).
When Dr. Barron isn’t tackling infectious diseases and pandemics, you can find her traveling the globe with her husband Greg, playing with her dog Chase and inspiring others with her trademark positivity and strength.
Qualifications and experience
- Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine
- Languages spoken
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