kara leach

Kara Leach, MD

Hospitalist | Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Kara Leach is a Colorado native and earned her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology & Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University before her Medical Doctorate degree at University of Colorado Anschutz. She completed her residency with Swedish Family Medicine in Englewood and then explored several different aspects of medicine including primary care, hospitalist at rural critical access and big city community hospitals, before finding her passion at the intersection of medical and behavioral health that is the treatment of severe eating disorders. She started at ACUTE part time in 2018 in conjunction with work at Eating Recovery Center and transitioned full-time to ACUTE at Denver Health in 2020. Dr. Leach serves as the Chair of the Culture Committee which works to unite staff, boost morale, and promote a healthy unit culture. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is working towards her CEDS certification. Outside of her formal work, she conducts Asylum evaluations through Physicians for Human Rights and works in scuba diving medicine privately and through Denver Adaptive Divers, an organization that helps people with disabilities enjoy the benefits of diving.

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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