2008 Big Shot of the Year - Dr. Ned Calonge

Dr. Ned Calonge is the Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) as well as the State Epidemiologist and the Executive Director of State Bioterrorism Preparedness. He is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

At CDPHE, Dr. Calonge’s responsibilities include the supervision of the following health divisions:

  • Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division
  • Disease outbreak investigation
  • Bioterrorism preparedness and response
  • Health Facilities Division
  • Licensing and regulatory oversight for long-term care facilities, personal care boarding homes, ambulatory surgical centers, convalescent centers, hospitals and HMOs
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Division
  • Direct and collaborative community-based disease prevention services
  • Policy support for emergency, trauma, and pre-hospital programs
  • Prevention and Intervention Services for Children and Youth Division
  • Community programs for disease prevention and health promotion for children

Dr. Calonge’s other professional affiliations include:

  • Colorado Board of Medical Examiners (Board member)
  • Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (Board member and former President)
  • Colorado Foundation for Medical Care
  • Colorado Prevention Center
  • Colorado Medical Society (Health Affairs Committee Chair)
  • Colorado Patient Safety Coalition

Previous to his appointment at CDPHE in 2002, Dr. Calonge was the Chief of Preventive Medicine and Research for Kaiser Permanente of Colorado. Dr. Calonge received his BA in Chemistry from The Colorado College, his M.D. from the University of Colorado in Denver, and his MPH from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is board certified in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.