Mark Earnest, MD
Professor, Medicine-Internal Medicine

Medical School:
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1990)
Graduate School :
  • PhD, University of Colorado Denver (2001)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Wake Forest University (NC) (1986)
  • University of Colorado (1991)
  • University of Colorado, Internal Medicine (1993)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Internal Medicine

Recognition & Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award , Division of Internal Medicine (2010)
  • Member, Academy of Medical Educators (2010)
    Membership in the Academy recognizes excellence in medical education.
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2009)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Division of Internal Medicine (2009)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2008)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2007)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2006)
  • Thomas Jefferson Award, University of Colorado (2006)
    This award honors a faculty member whose life and work promote a Jeffersonian commitment to broad intellectual pursuits and to the advancement of democratic principles.
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2005)

Research Interests

My research interests include the impact of policy on access to care and the evaluation of educational interventions to improve professionalism, collaboration, and quality of care.


  • Director - Interprofessional Education (2009)
    School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Director - LEADS Program and Track (2005)
    School of Medicine, Medicine


  • Barocas, J, Earnest MA, The urgent public health need to develop ‘Crisis Standards of Housing’: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Public Health. Accepted April 9, 2021
  • Earnest MA - “Our Strength is Our Union” Invited commentary from History Colorado, Dec 28, 2020.
  • Earnest MA, Pfeifer D, Pandemic Lesson in Is This the City We Imagined? Decisions that Define Denver – published by History Colorado, 2021
  • Earnest MA, On Becoming a Plague Doctor. NEJM, online ahead of print, May 20, 2020
  • Cervantes L, Carr AL, Welles CC, Zoucha J, Steiner JF, Johnson T, Earnest MA, Camacho C, Suresh K, Hasnain-Wynia R, The Experience of Primary Caregivers of Undocumented Immigrants with End-Stage Kidney Disease that Rely on Emergency-Only Hemodialysis. JGIM 2020.
  • Byoff E, Kangovi S, Berkowitz S, DeCamp M, Dzeng E, Earnest MA, Gonzalez C, et al, A Society of General Internal Medicine Position Statement on the Internists’ Role in Social Determinants of Health. JGIM. 2020 Sep;35(9): 2721-2727. PubMed PMID: 32519320
  • Aagaard E, Earnest MA, Educational leadership in the time of a pandemic: Lessons from two institutions. FASEB Bioadvances, 2020;00, 1-7.
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Physicians (ACP), Fellow
  • Society of General Internal Medicine, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Internal Medicine - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct
5th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification (1993)
Care Philosophy
I strive to provide the best possible care for all of my patients and to provide that care in the context of a collaborate relationship where their values guide the care they receive.

Personal Interests
In my spare time I enjoy telemark skiing, guitar, photography, woodworking, running and spending time with my wife and kids.

Volunteer Activities
I am an elder at Central Presbyterian Church and former Vice President of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.

Public Speaking
Health care reform, conflicts of interest in medicine, interprofessional collaborative practice, and fostering effective teamwork

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1990)
Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, University of Colorado Denver (2001)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Wake Forest University (NC) (1986)
  • University of Colorado (1991)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Internal Medicine (1993)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Internal Medicine
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

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

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