University of Colorado Hospital Advanced Practice Provider appointed to medical board

Nov. 7, 2018
Nurse Practitioner Amanda Brill shakes hands with Dr. Ethan Cumbler
Dr. Ethan Cumbler, president of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital’s medical board, congratulates Amanda Brill, a nurse practitioner who specializes in neurosurgery, on her election to the board. Photo by UCHealth.

A nurse practitioner who specializes in neurosurgery has been elected to serve on the medical board of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, located on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Amanda Brill is believed to be one of a few Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) in the country to serve as an elected member at-large on a hospital medical executive committee.

Advanced Practice Providers perform key functions throughout UCH and UCHealth’s networks of hospitals and clinics. APPs include physician assistants (PA-Cs), nurse practitioners (NPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), and anesthesia assistants (C-AAs).

APPs are considered full voting members of the medical staff, and three years ago, were granted the opportunity to stand for election to University of Colorado Hospital’s medical board.

A photo of Amanda Brill
Amanda Brill

Since 2002, Brill has worked as an acute care nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurosurgery, working with Dr. Robert Breeze, and other outstanding neurosurgeons, neurologists and APPs. Throughout her career as a faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Brill has provided medical care for patients both in the hospital and in outpatient clinics. She specializes in neurovascular, tumor and gamma knife radiosurgery. Since becoming the neurosurgery department’s first APP in 2002, Brill has been joined by an additional 14 APPs and provides leadership to her colleagues along with excellent patient care.

“We are proud to have APPs with full medical staff voting privileges. Adding Amanda to our medical board is a critical milestone. We hope to be a model for other institutions as we recognize and reward APPs for their contributions to hospitals and patients,” said Dr. Ethan Cumbler, president of the UCH medical staff.

“I am enthusiastic about working with inter-professional care teams and providing a voice for the medical staff members,” said Brill. “As an APP, I value team-based care and work with attending physicians, resident physicians and medical learners on a daily basis, and promote working as a coherent care team with our nursing staff and allied health staff.”


About the author

Jessica Berry is a spokesperson for UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. She brings a rich mixture of military, political and journalistic experience to the position.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a degree in Communications, she traveled the country working in television news for stations in Texas, Montana, Alabama and Georgia.

Her travels brought her up close and personal with military issues post 9-11, and she found herself inspired to leave the world of television behind to enlist in the Air Force Reserve. She also worked for a state senator in Denver, a retired Air Force Colonel whose district covered a large portion of Colorado Springs, home to a sizeable military community. 

On July 2, 2008, Berry left the Air Force and was sworn-in as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Ms. Berry has been a spokesperson for Nashville Navy Week, Denver Navy Week, L.A. Navy Week, Cincinnati Navy Week, Fargo Navy Week, Albuquerque Navy Week, Fleet Week New York, the USS New Mexico commissioning, and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. In addition, she provided media training for more than 300 foreign and U.S. senior officers for the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.