David Kaplan, MD, MPH/MSPH
Professor, Pediatrics-Adolescent Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1970)
Graduate School :
  • MPH, Harvard University (1975)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Rochester (NY) (1966)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (1971)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (1972)
Fellowships:
  • Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Adolescent Medicine (1975)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Adolescent Medicine

Recognition & Awards

  • 5280-One of Denver's Best Physicians, 5280 Magazine (2020)
    2005-2020
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in America (2020)
    1997-2020
  • Oration Address, Adolescon, Indian Academy of Pediatrics (2008)
    Oration Address, Adolescon - 2008 The Annual National Adolescent Medicine Conference of Indian Academy of Pediatrics,
  • Milton J.E. Senn Lectureship Award, American Academy of Pediatrics (2008)
  • Elected to American Pediatric Society, American Pediatric Society (2007)
  • Visiting Professor, Kolkata Medical College, Kolkata India (2006)
  • Founders of Adolescent Health Award, American Academy of Pediatrics (2006)
  • Dr. Minnie C.T. Love, Medicine Award, The Childrens Hospital (2005)
  • Katherine Mullen Award, Rocky Mountain Society of Adolescent Medicine (2005)
  • James E. Strain Award, The Childrens Hospital (2005)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, National Assembly for School Based Health Care (2004)

Research Interests

I am studying Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and associated emotional symptoms

Teaching

  • Professor of Pediatrics & Head, Adolescent Medicine (1985)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics
    Adolescent Health; Complex physical and emotional issues in Adolescents; Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia; Adolescent depression and anxiety; Chronic fatigue in adolescents.

Publications

  • Shirek G, Shahi N, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Pitula C, Moulton S, Kaplan D.W. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Patients and their Families: A Call for Integrated Therapies. Pediatric Academic Societies 2020. Oral Presentation PAS Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group. Meeting cancelled due to COVID19. May 3rd, 2020.
  • Schwartz A, Shahi N, Shirek G, Moulton S, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W. Functional Impairment in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: The Roles of Depression and Anxiety. Pediatric Academic Societies 2020. (Poster Presentation)*Meeting cancelled due to COVID19. May 4th, 2020.
  • Shirek G, Shahi N, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Pitula C, Moulton S, Kaplan D.W. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Patients and their Families: A Call for Integrated Therapies. Pediatric Academic Societies 2020. (Poster Presentation)*Meeting cancelled due to COVID19. May 4th, 2020.
  • Shahi N, Shirek G*, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Phillips R, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W., Moulton S. Analysis of the Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI) and Psychosocial Function in POTS Patients. Pediatric Academic Societies 2020. (Oral Presentation; presented by Gabrielle Shirek) *Meeting cancelled due to COVID19. May 4th, 2020.
  • Shahi N, Shirek G, Pickett K, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Phillips R, Workman R, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W., Moulton S. Re-examining Physiologic Diagnostic Criteria: A Pilot Study using the Compensatory Reserve Index to Evaluate Individuals with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Submitted to AAP Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2020.
  • Shirek G, Shahi N, Picket K, Schwartz A, Shoop, Phillips R, Workman R, Moulton S, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W. An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Associated Symptoms. Submitted to AAP Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2020.
  • Shirek G, Schwartz A, Shahi N, Moulton S, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W. Functional Impairment in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: The Roles of Depression and Anxiety. CCTSI Winter Poster Session 2020. January 17th, 2020.
  • Shirek G, Shahi N, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Pitula C, Moulton S, Kaplan D.W. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Patients and their Families: A Call for Integrated Therapies. CCTSI Winter Poster Session 2020. January 17th, 2020.
  • Shahi N, Shirek G, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Phillips R, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W., Moulton S. Analysis of the Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI) and Psychosocial Function in POTS Patients. CCTSI Winter Poster Session 2020. January 17th, 2020.
  • Shahi N, Shirek G, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Phillips R, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W., Moulton S. Re-examining Physiologic Diagnostic Criteria: A Pilot Study using the Compensatory Reserve Index to Evaluate Individuals with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. CCTSI 2020 Annual Spring Poster Session. May 29th, 2020.
  • Shirek G, Shahi N, Pickett K, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Phillips R, Workman R, Moulton S, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W.. An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Associated Symptoms: A Call for Integrated Therapies. CCTSI 2020 Annual Spring Poster Session. May 29th, 2020.
  • Shahi N, Shirek G, Pickett K, Schwartz A, Shoop J, Phillips R, Workman R, Pitula C, Kaplan D.W., Moulton S. A Pilot Study using the Compensatory Reserve Index to Evaluate Individuals with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Cardiology in the Young.
  • Teal SB, Romer SE, Goldthwaite LM, Peters MG, Kaplan DW, Sheeder J. Insertion characteristics of intrauterine devices in adolescents and young women: success, ancillary measures, and complications. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Oct;213(4):515.e1-5. PubMed PMID: 26116873
  • Bakel LA, Wilson K, Tyler A, Tham E, Reese J, Bothner J, Kaplan DW. A quality improvement study to improve inpatient problem list use. Hosp Pediatr. 2014 Jul;4(4):205-10. PubMed PMID: 24986988
  • Ganguly S, Samanta M, Roy P, Chatterjee S, Kaplan DW, Basu B. Patient health questionnaire-9 as an effective tool for screening of depression among Indian adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2013 May;52(5):546-51. PubMed PMID: 23299020
  • Ganguly S, Samanta M, Roy P, Chatterjee S, Kaplan DW, Basu B. Patient Health Questionnaire-9 as an Effective Tool for Screening of Depression Among Indian Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23299020
  • Fortune RS, Kaplan DW. Leg swelling a patient with anorexia nervosa. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2012 Aug;23(2):266-70. PubMed PMID: 23162930
  • Gulati AK, Kaplan DW, Daniels SR. Clinical tracking of severely obese children: a new growth chart. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec;130(6):1136-40. PubMed PMID: 23129082
  • Hyman D, Laire M, Redmond D, Kaplan DW. The use of patient pictures and verification screens to reduce computerized provider order entry errors. Pediatrics. 2012 Jul;130(1):e211-9. PubMed PMID: 22665415
  • Gulati AK, Kaplan DW, Daniels SR. Clinical tracking of severely obese children: a new growth chart. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec;130(6):1136-40. PubMed PMID: 23129082
  • Fortune RS, Kaplan DW. Leg swelling a patient with anorexia nervosa. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2012 Aug;23(2):266-70. PubMed PMID: 23162930
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Professional Memberships

  • American Pediatric Society (APS), Elected Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Chair of the Child and Adolescent Health Action Group
  • Center for Adolescent Health and the Law, Board Chair
  • Society for Adolescent Medicine and Health, Member
  • Academic Pediatric Association, Member
  • Association for Health Services Research, Member
  • American Informatics Association, Member
  • Western Society for Pediatric Research (WSPR), Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado Adolescent Medicine
860 N Potomac Cir
Aurora, CO 80011
720-777-6131

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1984)
  • Adolescent Medicine, Board Certification (1994)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Child and Teen Health - Teen Health
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Anxiety
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Depression
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Stress
  • Symptoms and Manifestations - Headache
  • Symptoms and Manifestations - Nausea and Vomiting
  • Symptoms and Manifestations - Abdominal Pain
  • Symptoms and Manifestations - Breathing Problems
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Symptoms and Manifestations
Clinical Interests
I am interested in seeing adolescents with complex physical and emotional problems. Many of the teens I see have been out of school for a number of weeks because of poorly controlled symptoms such as overwhelming fatigue, dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, POTS and other chronic symptoms.

Care Philosophy
Working with adolescents couldn't be more fun. I strive to provide the best care for my patients. I believe in treating the person as a whole, taking every aspect of a patient's physical and emotional health into consideration during diagnosis and treatment.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I love to: paint (abstract expressionist); fly fish; build computers; take macro photographs; hike & camp; cross country ski; garden; raise chickens; make wine; and read mysteries.

Volunteer Activities
I am dedicated to improving adolescent health in rural areas and developing countries. Following residency I worked on the Yakima Indian Reservation, and have continued to contribute to Native American Health in a number of capacities. Over the last 5 years, I have been collaborating with Pediatricians in India interested in developing Adolescent Medicine in their country.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1970)
Graduate Schools:
  • MPH, Harvard University (1975)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Rochester (NY) (1966)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (1971)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (1972)
Fellowships:
  • Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Adolescent Medicine (1975)
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Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Adolescent Medicine
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