Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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James Small, MD, PhD, FCAP

Associate Professor of Pathology
Department of Specialty Medicine • (720) 874-2408
RVUCOM-CO Campus  • FB-05

Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Honors and Awards | Publications and Presentations | Biographical Information


  • Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Doctor of Medicine / Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Scientist Training Program
    Duke University School of Medicine and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Durham, NC
  • Bachelor of Arts – summa cum laude
    The Colorado College
    Colorado Springs, CO

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Professional Experience

  • 2018-present: Associate Professor of Pathology
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2017: Laboratory Medical Director
    Yuma Hospital
  • 2017: Laboratory Medical Director
    Kit Carson Hospital
  • 2017: Laboratory Medical Director
    Lincoln Community Hospital
  • 2015-2017: Epic Pathology Champion and Superuser
    Centura Health Care System
  • 2004-2017: Active Staff
    Avista Adventist Hospital
    Parker Adventist Hospital
  • 2002-2017: Active Staff
    Porter Adventist Hospital
    Littleton Adventist Hospital
  • 2002-2017: Courtesy Staff
    North Suburban Medical Center
    Platte Valley Medical Center
  • 1998-2017: Associate Pathologist
    Unipath, PC
  • 1990-2017: Staff Pathologist
    HealthOne PSL, Medical Center of Aurora
  • 2010-2014: Medical Director, Pathology and Laboratory
    Porter Adventist Hospital
  • 1995-2003: Consulting Staff and Laboratory Medical Director
    Vencor Hospital-Denver
  • 1995-2002: Laboratory Medical Director
    Kindred Hospital of Denver
  • 1995-2000: Consulting Pathologist
    Routt Memorial Hospital
  • 1995-1999: Laboratory Medical Director
    Routt Memorial Hospital
  • 1990-1998: Associate Pathologist
    Denver-Aurora Pathology Association
  • 1995-1997: Courtesy Staff
    Vail Valley Medical Center
  • 1993-1997: Vice Chairman and Pathologist
    Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center
  • 1987-1989: Associate Pathologist
    Associated Pathologists, Chartered
  • 1987-1989: Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology
    University of Nevada
  • 1987-1989: Courtesy Staff Pathologist
    Boulder City Hospital
    Community Hospital of North Las Vegas
    St. Rose de Lima Hospital
    Women’s Hospital
  • 1987-1989: Staff Pathologist
    Desert Springs Hospital
    University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
    Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • 1987-1989: Consulting Pathologist
    Veterans Administration
  • 1987-1989: Laboratory Director
    Clark County Health Department

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Management Certificate Program (1984-1987)
    University of Utah
  • Medical Licenses:
    • State of Arizona (2012-present)
    • State of Colorado (1990-present)
    • State of Florida (2013-present)
    • State of Kansas (2013-present)
    • State of Missouri (2013-present)
    • State of Montana (2004-present)
    • State of Nevada (1987-present)
    • State of Utah (1985-present)
    • State of Wyoming (2013-present)
  • Nevada Medical Laboratory Director (1987-1990)
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners (1985)

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Service and Contributions


  • Porter Breast Center Leadership Council (2010-present)
  • Porter Ethics Committee (2010-present)
  • Porter Cancer Activities Committee (2010-present)
  • 401(k) Committee, UniPath (2008-present)
  • Secretary, Christian Medical and Dental Association (2002-present)
  • Coding/Compliance Auditor, Denver Aurora Pathology Associates and UniPath (1992-present)
  • Denver Council Member, Christian Medical and Dental Association (1998-present)
  • Spokesperson, College of American Pathologists (1994-present)
  • Physicians Advisory Committee, Hospital Information System Installation, PSL (1993-present)
  • Pathology Champion for EPIC Information System, Centura (2015-2017)
  • Porter Infection Control Committee (2015-2017)
  • Porter Mission Advisory Committee (2013-2017)
  • Anatomy Pathology Advisory Group, Centura (2013-2017)
  • Centura Network Cancer Committee (2014-2015)
  • Medical Directors Committee, Centura (2013-2015)
  • Centura Oncology Advisory Council (2013-2015)
  • Porter Credentials Committee (2012-2014)
  • Medical Advisory Committee, 9 Health Fair (2007-2014)
  • Board of Elders, Hope Fellowship Church (2008-2011)
    • Chair (2009-2011)
  • Compliance Committee, UniPath (2000-2010)
  • Council on Membership and Professional Development, College of American Pathologists (2006-2007)
  • QA Committee, Pathology Department, PSL (2002-2007)
  • Anatomic Pathology Information System Manager, Cerner Classic, PSL/Aurora/Centennial (1998-2007)
  • Hospital Ethics Committee, PSL (2004-2006)
  • Finance Committee, UniPath (2003-2006)
  • Pathology Reviewer, Gynecologic Oncology Group (1990-2006)
  • Council on Membership and Public Affairs, College of American Pathologists (2004-2005)
  • Internet Editorial Board, College of American Pathologists (2003-2005)
  • Public and Patient Relations Committee, College of American Pathologists (2003-2004)
    • Chair (2003-2004)
  • Public Communication Working Group, College of American Pathologists (2002-2003)
    • Chair (2002-2003)
  • Council on Public Affairs, College of American Pathologists (2000-2003)
  • Infection Control Committee, Kindred Hospital of Denver (2000-2002)
    • Chair (2002)
  • Investigator, Colorado Cancer Research Program (1991-2002)
  • Nominating Committee, College of American Pathologists (1999)
  • Informatics Committee, College of American Pathologists (1992-1999)
    • Vice-Chair (1994)
  • Benefits Manager, Denver Aurora Pathology Associates (1993-1997)
  • Anatomic Pathology Information System Manager, Cerner Classic, PSL/Aurora/Centennial (1990-1997)
  • President, Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists (1995-1996)
  • Board of Directors, GEMS Preschool for learning disabled children (1994-1996)
  • Laboratory Consolidation Task Force, HealthOne System (1994-1996)
  • Transfusion Committee, St. Luke’s Hospital (1990-1992)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee, Clark County Community College (1989)
  • Hospital Infection Control Committee, Desert Springs (1988-1989)
  • Continuing Education Committee, Valley Hospital (1988-1989)
  • Residency Academic Track Committee, University of Utah (1987)
  • Mycology Section Director, Sophomore Medical Microbiology Committee, University of Utah Medical School (1986-1987)
  • Residency Committee, University of Utah (1986-1987)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • Christian Medical and Dental Association
  • Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists
  • American Society of Clinical Pathologists
  • College of American Pathologists
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Bariatric Physicians
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • American Society for Quality

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Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    College of American Pathologists
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • F.H.J. Figge Award for Outstanding Pre-Medical Student
  • Merck Index Award for Outstanding Chemistry Major
  • Thomas Post Rawles Prize in Mathematics
  • Boettcher Foundation Scholarship
  • U.S. President’s Australian Science Scholarship
  • National Merit Scholarship

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Publications and Presentations




  • “Infectious Disease Pathology”
    Duke University Department of Pathology
  • “What should the laboratory do for Mycology?”
  • “The Rickettsiae”
  • “Histological Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases”
  • “The Diagnosis of Systemic Fungi”
    University of Utah Annual Update in Clinical Microbiology & Immunology

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Biographical Information

Dr. Small is a native of Colorado. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High school in Denver and completed his undergraduate degree at Colorado College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. He obtained an MD and PhD in Microbiology from Duke University. He completed his residency in Clinical Pathology at the University of Utah. Dr. Small’s first job after medical school moved him to Las Vegas. In 1990, he moved back to Colorado and began a position at Presbyterian St. Luke’s, Centura in Aurora. He worked there until he accepted a position at RVU in 2018.


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