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The Society of Hospital Medicine Honors Marisha Burden, MD, SFHM, With 2022 Award of Excellence: Clinical Leadership for Physicians

April 18, 2022

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Dr. Burden Strives to Build a Thriving Workforce, Driving Positive Patient and Institutional Outcomes

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) recently announced the recipients of its 2022 Awards of Excellence, honoring hospitalists who exemplify hospital medicine best practices in areas such as clinical leadership, teaching, teamwork, research, and humanitarian services, among others.

“Hospitalists have always been known as innovators in medicine and contribute to improving patient care at their institutions in unique ways,” explains Eric E. Howell, MD, MHM, Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Hospital Medicine. “This year’s Awards of Excellence winners exemplify what it means to be leaders in the field and showcase the many ways that hospitalists are positively impacting the future of healthcare.”

Marisha Burden, MD, SFHM, is this year’s recipient in the “Excellence in Clinical Leadership for Physicians” category. She is the Division Head of Hospital Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Burden completed her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine graduating with the honor of Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her residency at the University of Colorado in the hospitalist training track.

Dr. Burden’s interest in building a thriving workforce and building clinical staffing models drives outstanding patient and institutional outcomes. She has led numerous clinical innovations including building novel clinical service lines and building large scale surge plans for the COVID-19 pandemic. She also devotes considerable time and effort to mentoring, faculty advancement, and educational efforts.

Dr. Burden utilizes research methods to develop and understand best practices. She is the co-lead for the Hospital Medicine Reengineering Network (HOMERuN) Research Network Workforce Planning Group, principal investigator on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study “Discharge in the AM: A Randomized Control Trial of Physician Rounding Styles to Improve Hospital Flow”, and recently received a Total Worker Health Pilot Grant to study hospitalist work.

Dr. Burden has been a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine since 2009. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair for the Society of Hospital Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Special Interest Group.

Awards of Excellence winners were recognized at SHM’s annual conference, SHM Converge, which was held from April 7-10, 2022, in Nashville, TN. For more information on SHM’s Awards of Excellence, visit