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)


  • Gupta R, Tat Q, O'Brien J, Shaw M, Cumbler E, McPherson R, de la Cruz D, Dua A, Yi JA. Utilization of lean project management principles and health informatics to reduce operating room delays in a vascular surgery practice. Am J Surg. 2022 Jan;223(1):176-181. PubMed PMID: 34465448
  • Leonard LD, Shaw M, Moyer A, Tevis S, Schulick R, McIntyre R Jr, Ballou M, Reiter K, Lace C, Weitzel N, Wiler J, Meacham R, Cumbler E, Steward L. The surgical debrief: Just another checklist or an instrument to drive cultural change?. Am J Surg. 2022 Jan;223(1):120-125. PubMed PMID: 34407917
  • Davis C, Faruki A, Breyer D, Cumbler E, Fisher B, Hassell A, Hess S, Pierce R, Wiler J, Zane R. The Case for Virtual Sepsis Surveillance and Intervention. Telemed J E Health. 2022 Jan;28(1):102-106. PubMed PMID: 33826409
  • Leonard LD, Himelhoch B, Huynh V, Wolverton D, Jaiswal K, Ahrendt G, Sams S, Cumbler E, Schulick R, Tevis SE. Patient and clinician perceptions of the immediate release of electronic health information. Am J Surg. 2021 Dec 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34903369
  • Cumbler E, Wittig M, Jacobson N, McClain H, Treat A, Radin J, Stowell S, Harry E. Contingency planning for health care worker masks in case of medical supply chain failure: Lessons learned in novel mask manufacturing from COVID-19 pandemic. Am J Infect Control. 2021 Oct;49(10):1215-1220. PubMed PMID: 34363872
  • Glasheen JJ, Cumbler E, Hyman D, Kneeland P, Armstrong G, Caffrey S, Wiler J, Fuhlbrigge A, Jones D, Pierce RG. The Institute for Health care Quality, Safety, and Efficiency: A Comprehensive Approach to Improving Organization-Level Quality Performance. Am J Med Qual. 2021 Jul 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34225273
  • Naderi R, Oberndorfer TA, Jordan SR, Dollar B, Cumbler EU, Jones CD. Resident perspectives on the value of interdisciplinary conference calls for geriatric patients. BMC Med Educ. 2021 Jun 3;21(1):314. PubMed PMID: 34082723
  • Leonard LD, Cumbler E, Schulick R, Tevis SE. From paternalistic to patient-centered: Strategies to support patients with the immediate release of medical records. Am J Surg. 2021 Nov;222(5):909-910. PubMed PMID: 33933209
  • Huynh V, Colborn K, Rojas KE, Christian N, Ahrendt G, Cumbler E, Schulick R, Tevis S. Evaluation of opioid prescribing preferences among surgical residents and faculty. Surgery. 2021 Oct;170(4):1066-1073. PubMed PMID: 33858683
  • Valverde PA, Ayele R, Leonard C, Cumbler E, Allyn R, Burke RE. Gaps in Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility Responsibilities During Transitions of Care: a Comparison of Hospital and SNF Clinicians' Perspectives. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Aug;36(8):2251-2258. PubMed PMID: 33532965
  • Lessing JN, Yazdani Farsad Y, Cumbler E. Letter to the Editor: Eradicating Jargon-Oblivion-A Proposed Classification System of Medical Jargon. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Apr;36(4):1111. PubMed PMID: 33506389
  • Huynh V, Colborn K, Christian N, Rojas K, Nehler M, Bronsert M, Cumbler E, Ahrendt G, Tevis S. Resident Opioid Prescribing Habits Do Not Reflect Best Practices in Post-Operative Pain Management: An Assessment of the Knowledge and Education Gap. J Surg Educ. 2021 Jul-Aug;78(4):1286-1294. PubMed PMID: 33386285
  • Bruny J, Inge T, Rannie M, Acker S, Levitt G, Cumbler E, Brumbaugh D. Transforming surgical morbidity and mortality into a systematic case review. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Jan;56(1):80-84. PubMed PMID: 33139023
  • 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
  • Leonard L, Joiner K, Kovar A, Cumbler E, Tevas S. Variability in Site Preparation Technique: An Opportunity for Improvement. AORN Journal. 
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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

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

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Hospital 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
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CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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