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Ross M. Wilkins, MD; Lifetime Champion in Healthcare

The Denver Business Journal recognizes those who have made an impact on health care in our community through their concern for patients, their research and inventions, their management skills, their innovative programs for employees and their service to the poor and uninsured.  Dr. Ross Wilkins is The Denver Business Journal's 2007 Lifetime Champion.  Dr. Wilkins is a co-founder and orthopedic surgeon with The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.


Dr. Wilkins is known internationally as an expert on limb preservation, bone and soft-tissue tumors and bone transplantation.  In The Denver Business Journal article, reporter Bob Mook writes, "Wilkins has improved the survival rate of his patients through innovative approaches in dealing with bone cancer and fractures.... Perhaps because of Wilkins' leadership, Colorado has one of the best survival rates in the nation for pediatric patients with bone cancer.  ‘When the practice of bone cancer treatment started, nearly 90 percent of the kids with bone cancer died,' Wilkins said.  ‘Now, 90 percent of them live and 90 percent keep their limbs.'" 

Dr. Wilkins and the pediatric oncologists at the Rocky Mountain Pediatric Hematology Oncology clinic were part of a larger team who pioneered a treatment called Intra-Arterial (IA) Chemotherapy for pediatric patients with a form of bone cancer called Osteogenic Sarcoma.  The research shows the kids treated with Intra-arterial Chemotherapy have a 93.2 percent chance of survival 10 years after treatment.  In addition, 93.5 percent of their patients still have their affected extremity.  What they've found is the IA Chemotherapy gives their young bone cancer patients the best chance at life more than any other treatment facility in the country.


Julie Zimbelman, MD, at Rocky Mountain Pediatric Hematology Oncology was also nominated by The Denver Business Journal as a Physician Champion Finalist.  She is a board-certified pediatrician and oncologist/hematologist.  In addition to her busy practice as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist she has served on the boards of Ronald McDonald House and Teen with a Dream Foundation. 


Presbyterian/St. Luke's third physician recognized as a Champion in Health Care is Larry Wolk, MD.  Dr. Wolk is a Lifetime Champion finalist.  Dr. Wolk is the Founder and CEO of The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics.  The clinics are non-profit and provide pediatric primary care for low-income and at-risk children and adolescents. 


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Laurel Benson, MD

thumb_Dr-L-BensonDr. Laurel Benson is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Rocky Mountain Pediatric Orthopedics. Dr. Benson graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School and completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois.  She completed her fellowships in pediatric orthopedics at Children's Hospital - University of California, San Diego and the Solfield Travelling Fellow, Australia.  Dr. Benson went on to complete a second fellowship in pediatric hand surgery at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, Texas.