Vineet Chopra is the Department of Medicine’s Robert W. Schrier Chair of Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to being recruited to CU Anschutz in October, 2021, Dr.Chopra served as the inaugural Chief of Hospital Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, leading and building the first new division created in the department in more than 40 years. He is an accomplished physician-scientist and health services researcher focused on patient safety, hospital-acquired complications and the art and science of mentorship.
Dr. Chopra joined the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 2008. Prior to that, he completed residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005. He earned his MBBS in 2001 from the Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. Dr. Chopra’s father was a diplomat and an ambassador from India to many countries. As a child, Chopra attended elementary school in Paris, middle school in Cairo, and high school in Japan. He speaks seven languages and continues to partner with many universities in countries where he previously lived.
Dr. Chopra’s research is dedicated to improving the safety of hospitalized patients through prevention of hospital-acquired complications. His work focuses on identifying and preventing complications associated with vascular access devices, with a particular emphasis on peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). Chopra’s research has informed national and international policies and guidelines related to vascular access in hospitalized patients including those of the Centers for Disease Control.
Dr. Chopra has also focused much of his research interest on the art and science of mentoring and has published several papers in Harvard Business Review, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, BMJ, among others on this topic. He has received grant support and research funding from the National Institute of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, Veterans Health Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others.
He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the Kaiser Permanente Award for Clinical Teaching, the Jerome W. Conn Award for Outstanding Research in the Department of Medicine at Michigan, the Society of Hospital Medicine Excellence in Research Award, and the McDevitt Award for Research Excellence.
In recognition of his efforts to mentor and train the next generation of physician scientists, Dr. Chopra received the Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award by the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research in 2019. Chopra has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, edited and authored 5 textbooks and serves as Deputy Editor for the Annals of Internal Medicine.