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Awards & Recognition

Here are some of the awards and recognition that have been given to the South Denver Heart Center cardiologists and staff who make up our outstanding team.

Company Awards
South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Leadership Award – 2007
American Heart Association: Richard M. Hall, Jr. Corporate Recognition Award – 2002
American Heart Association: Chairman’s Award – 2001

Individual Awards

5280 Magazine, Denver’s Best Doctors
Steve Friedrich, MD – 1998, 2000, 2001
Sri Sundaram, MD – 2012, 2013, 2016
Ira Dauber, MD – 2016

American Heart Association, Non-Medical Volunteer of the Year Award
Brenda Lambert, MBA, RNC – 2000

American Heart Association, Medical Volunteer of the Year Award
Ira Dauber, MD – 2002

America’s Top Doctors – (in the field of Interventional Cardiology)
Dimitri Kaufman, M.D. – 2012
Jeb Burchenal, M.D. – 2012

Best Doctors in America®
Richard Collins, MD – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
Ira Dauber, MD – 1996-2013, 2014, 2015
Roger Damle, MD – 2009, 2010, 2015
Richard Mathe, MD – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
Mark Sheehan, MD – 2009, 2010
Karyl VanBenthuysen, MD – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015

Best Doctors in US
Ira Dauber. MD – 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002

Bridges to Excellence Recognition in Cardiac Care
Mark Sheehan M.D. – 2009-2012
Steven Friedrich M.D.- 2009-2012
Dimitri Kaufman M.D. – 2009-2012
William Choe M.D. – 2009-2012
Roger Damle M.D. – 2009-2012
JEB Burchenal M.D. – 2009-2012
Harvey Schuchman M.D. – 2009-2012

Denver Business Journal, Businesswoman of the Year

Brenda Lambert MBA, RNC – 2000

Excellence in Teaching Award
Ira Dauber, M.D. – 1996-2011 / Preceptor of the Year- 1996-2010

Guide to Top Doctors (Center for the Study of Services Publications; Consumer Checkbook)
Karyl VanBenthuysen, MD – 2001

Guide to Top Doctors (Center for the Study of Services Publications; Consumer Checkbook)
Karyl VanBenthuysen, M.D. – 2002
Steve Friedrich, M.D. – 2002

Rocky Mountain Hospital Medicine Symposium Peak Performers Award
Ira Dauber, M.D. – 2011
Joan Eldridge, M.D.- 2011
Ira Dauber, M.D. – 2012
Ira Dauber, M.D. – 2013

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award, Business Leader
Brenda Lambert MBA, RNC – 2012

The Denver Post Physician’s Excellence in Healthcare Award
Richard Collins, MD – 2015

Top Cardiologist in Denver, Digital City AOL
Ira Dauber, M.D. – 2006
Karyl VanBenthuysen, M.D. – 2006