Brandon Combs, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine-Internal Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine (2007)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (IL) (2003)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2008)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Internal Medicine (2010)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Internal Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Senior Fellow for Medical Education, the Lown Institute
  • Editor JAMA Internal Medicine, Teachable Moments Section

Recognition & Awards

  • Young Physician of the Year, American College of Physicians, Colorado Chapter (2015)
  • Elaine Cleary Award (Educator of the Year) , Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2015)
  • Clinician-Educator of the Year - Mountain West Region, Society of General Internal Medicine (2014)
  • Evergreen Award - Do No Harm Project, American College of Physicians (2014)
  • Rising Star Award, University of Colorado Department of Internal Medicine (2013)
  • Innovation Award, Teaching Value/Choosing Wisely Competition - Do No Harm Project, American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (2013)

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the delivery of evidence based care and reducing the provision of medical interventions that do not lead to improvements in health.

Teaching

  • Lecturer, Evidence Based Medicine - University of Zimbabwe Health Sciences (2013)
    School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Lecturer, Physician Assistant Program (2013)
    Graduate School, Medicine
    Evidence Based Medicine
  • Associate Director of Evidence Based Medicine (2016)
    School of Medicine, University of Colorado - Denver
  • Visiting Professor, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (2015)
    School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Lecturer, Adult Ambulatory Care Clerkship (2016)
    School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Lecturer, Housestaff Education Series (2016)
    School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Visiting Professor, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (2016)
    School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Visiting Professor, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (2018)
    School of Medicine, Medicine

Publications

  • Caverly T, Matlock D, Thompson J, Combs B. Qualitative evaluation of a narrative reflection program to help medical trainees recognize and avoid overuse: "Am I doing what's right for the patient?". Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Mar;101(3):475-480. PubMed PMID: 28899714
  • Turakhia P, Combs B. Using Principles of Co-Production to Improve Patient Care and Enhance Value. AMA J Ethics. 2017 Nov 1;19(11):1125-1131. PubMed PMID: 29168684
  • Caverly T, Matlock D, Thompson J, Combs B. Qualitative evaluation of a narrative reflection program to help medical trainees recognize and avoid overuse: "Am I doing what's right for the patient?". Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Sep 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28899714
  • Stenehjem K, Herren D, Pulver G, Combs B. Association of Frequency of Lipid Testing With Changes in Lipid-Lowering Therapy. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Oct 1;177(10):1529-1531. PubMed PMID: 28846768
  • Ashok A, Combs B. Teaching High-Value Care. AMA J Ethics. 2015 Nov 1;17(11):1040-3. PubMed PMID: 26595245
  • Murphy EN, Tad-y D, Combs B. Exploring Drivers of Medical Overuse Through Transformation of Grand Rounds Into "Right Care Rounds". J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Jun;7(2):283-4. PubMed PMID: 26221457
  • Liu P, Nikels M, Combs B. Diuretics and diarrhea: a dangerous combination: a teachable moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Feb 1;174(2):182. PubMed PMID: 24275796
  • Caverly TJ, Combs BP, Moriates C, Shah N, Grady D. Too much medicine happens too often: the teachable moment and a call for manuscripts from clinical trainees. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jan;174(1):8-9. PubMed PMID: 24080955
  • Caverly TJ, Prochazka AV, Combs BP, Lucas BP, Mueller SR, Kutner JS, Binswanger I, Fagerlin A, Matlock DD. Doctors and Numbers: An Assessment of the Critical Risk Interpretation Test. Med Decis Making. 2014 Nov 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25378297
  • Combs BP, Rappaport M, Caverly TJ, Matlock DD. "Due" for a scan: examining the utility of monitoring densitometry. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Nov 25;173(21):2007-9. PubMed PMID: 23877530
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Physicians (ACP), Fellow
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Member

Practice Locations

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

University Internal Medicine Denver at Lowry
8111 E. Lowry Blvd
Denver, CO 80230
720-848-9500

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification (2010)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Primary Care
  • Seniors' Health
Clinical Interests
I am interested in providing compassionate, patient centered care that is individually tailored and grounded in science. I strive to translate clinical evidence into practice that leads to the betterment of the overall health of my patients. My patients are active and engaged participants in their care.

Care Philosophy
As much as possible for the patient and as little as possible to the patient. (Dr. Bernard Lown)

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine (2007)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (IL) (2003)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2008)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Internal Medicine (2010)
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Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Internal Medicine
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