Ethan Cumbler, MD
Professor, Medicine-Hospital Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Kentucky College of Medicine (1999)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (1993)
  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Program, Internal Medicine (2003)
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital Program, Pediatrics (2003)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Hospital Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Medical Director Acute Care for the Elderly Service and 12W unit
  • President of the Medical Staff University of Colorado Hospital
  • Institute for Healthcare Quality Safety and Efficiency Faculty
  • Associate Chief of Hospital Medicine for Faculty Advancement

Recognition & Awards

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in General Internal Medicine Education-Elaine Cleary Award, Division of General Internal Medicine- University of Colorado School of Medicine (2015)
  • President’s Excellence in Teaching Award from School of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2015)
  • First Place Innovation in Hospital Medicine, National Award from Society of Hospital Medicine (2013)
  • Humanitarian Award, University of Colorado Hospitalist Training Program (2012)
  • Excellence in Education Award, University of Colorado Division of General Internal Medicine (2012)
  • National Excellence in Quality Improvement Award, Society of Hospital Medicine (2012)
  • Peak Performer Award- Colorado Top Inpatient Physician, Rocky Mountain Hospital Medicine Symposium (2010)
  • Excellence in Education Award, UCDenver General Internal Medicine (2010)
  • Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Award, University of Colorado Hospital Medical Staff Awards (2010)
  • Peak Performer Award- Colorado Top Inpatient Physician, Rocky Mountain Hospital Medicine Symposium (2009)
  • Excellence in Education Award, Hospitalist Training Track (2008)
  • Leadership and Management in Geriatrics Scholarship, Reynolds Foundation (2008)


  • 51. Cumbler E, Rosenthal L. Evaluation of Peripheral Edema. BMJ Point-of-Care. Epocrates Online [database on the Internet}. San Mateo (CA): Epocrates, Inc c2006 [continuously updated; cited 2008 ]. Available from: First edition published July 15 2008. Updated November 2009, May 2011,October 2014, October 2016, October 2017, October 2018, and October 2020.
  • Wallace MA, Hammes A, Rothman MS, Trizno AA, Jones CD, Cumbler E, McDevitt K, Carlson NE, Stoneback JW. Fixing a Fragmented System: Impact of a Comprehensive Geriatric Hip Fracture Program on Long-Term Mortality. Perm J. 2019;23. PubMed PMID: 31702983
  • Burke RE, Leonard C, Lee M, Ayele R, Cumbler E, Allyn R, Greysen SR. Cognitive Biases Influence Decision-Making Regarding Postacute Care in a Skilled Nursing Facility. J Hosp Med. 2019 Aug 16;14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31433771
  • Wilson J, Maloney K, Bookman K, Stoneback JW, Browne VA, Ginde A, Wallace M, Jacknin G, Cumbler E, Lewiss RE. Training Emergency Physicians in Ultrasound-guided Fascia Iliaca Compartment Blocks: Lessons in Change Management. Cureus. 2019 May 28;11(5):e4773. PubMed PMID: 31363454
  • Falvey JR, Mangione KK, Nordon-Craft A, Cumbler E, Burrows KL, Forster JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Progressive Multicomponent Intervention for Older Adults in Home Health Settings Following Acute Hospitalization: Randomized Clinical Trial Protocol. Phys Ther. 2019 Sep 1;99(9):1141-1149. PubMed PMID: 31004493
  • Pahwa AK, Qureshi I, Cumbler E. Things We Do For No Reason: Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Patients with Delirium. J Hosp Med. 2019 Mar 20;14:E1-E3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30897059
  • Ayele R, Jones J, Ladebue A, Lawrence E, Valverde P, Leonard C, Cumbler E, Allyn R, Burke RE. Perceived Costs of Care Influence Post-Acute Care Choices by Clinicians, Patients, and Caregivers. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Apr;67(4):703-710. PubMed PMID: 30707766
  • Cumbler E, Kutner JS. Random Drug Testing of Physicians: A Complex Issue Framed in 7 Questions. J Hosp Med. 2019 Jan 8;14(1):56-57. PubMed PMID: 30379142
  • Burke RE, Lawrence E, Ladebue A, Ayele R, Lippmann B, Cumbler E, Allyn R, Jones J. How Hospital Clinicians Select Patients for Skilled Nursing Facilities. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Nov;65(11):2466-2472. PubMed PMID: 28682456
  • Cumbler E, Pierce R. The Search for Perpetual Motion: Fatigue, Friction, and Drag in Quality Improvement. Qual Manag Health Care. 2017 Jul Sep;26(3):129-130. PubMed PMID: 28665902
  • Moutsoglou DM, Merritt F, Cumbler E. Disseminated Mycobacterium chimaera Presenting as Vertebral Osteomyelitis. Case Rep Infect Dis. 2017;2017:9893743. PubMed PMID: 28523197
  • Anderson ME, Mcdevitt K, Cumbler E, Bennett H, Robison Z, Gomez B, Stoneback JW. Geriatric Hip Fracture Care: Fixing a Fragmented System. Perm J. 2017;21. PubMed PMID: 28488991
  • Burke RE, Cumbler E, Coleman EA, Levy C. Post-acute care reform: Implications and opportunities for hospitalists. J Hosp Med. 2017 Jan;12(1):46-51. PubMed PMID: 28125831
  • Jones CD, Cumbler E, Honigman B, Burke RE, Boxer RS, Levy C, Coleman EA, Wald HL. Hospital to Post-Acute Care Facility Transfers: Identifying Targets for Information Exchange Quality Improvement. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 Jan;18(1):70-73. PubMed PMID: 27815110
  • Cumbler E, Herzke C, Smalligan R, Glasheen JJ, O'Malley C, Pierce JR Jr. Visiting professorship in hospital medicine: An innovative twist for a growing specialty. J Hosp Med. 2016 Oct;11(10):714-718. PubMed PMID: 27334568
  • Rigual D, Rove M, Robison Z, Nordenholz K, Cumbler E, Dodd G, Borgstede J. Emergency Department CT Expediency: A Time Reduction by Redesign. J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26507822
  • Stevens-Lapsley JE, Loyd BJ, Falvey JR, Figiel GJ, Kittelson AJ, Cumbler EU, Mangione KK. Progressive multi-component home-based physical therapy for deconditioned older adults following acute hospitalization: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2015 Sep 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26337626
  • Cumbler E. In-Hospital Ischemic Stroke. Neurohospitalist. 2015 Jul;5(3):173-81. PubMed PMID: 26288675
  • Cumbler E, Simpson J. Code stroke: multicenter experience with in-hospital stroke alerts. J Hosp Med. 2015 Mar;10(3):179-83. PubMed PMID: 25537887
  • Mramor B, Hagman J, Ford D, Oman KS, Cumbler E. Purposeful visits for hospitalized older adult patients. J Gerontol Nurs. 2015 Mar;41(3):42-8. PubMed PMID: 25486113
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Physicians (ACP), Fellow
  • Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), Member
  • Society of Hospital Medicine Rocky Mountain Chapter , Board Member

Practice Locations

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

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification (2006)
Clinical Interests
This physician treats inpatients only and does not make office appointments.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Kentucky College of Medicine (1999)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (1993)
Residency Programs:
  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Program, Internal Medicine (2003)
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital Program, Pediatrics (2003)
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Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Hospital Medicine