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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Susan Carter, MD, FACOG, FACS

Interim Chair
Department of Specialty Medicine

Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery
RVUCOM-CO Campus • D116

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



  • Residency – Obstetrics/Gynecology
    Chief Resident
    University of Colorado Health Science Center
    Denver, CO
  • Post-Doctoral Internship
    Oncology, Intensive Care, Neonatology, Pediatrics
    University of Texas Medical Center
    Houston, TX
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    University of Texas Medical Branch
    Galveston, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts
    University of Texas
    Austin, TX


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Professional Experience

  • 2018 – Present: Director of the ACS-AEI Comprehensive Simulation Center
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2018 – Present: Physician Surgical Consultant
    Center for Personalized Education for Physicians
  • 2017 – Present: Faculty, Lecturer and Instructor
    American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 2010 – 2018: Physician and Surgeon
    Northern Colorado Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital
  • 2012 – 2017: Clinician and Surgeon
    Banner Medical Group, Western Region
  • 1987 – 2017: Physician and Surgeon
    North Colorado Medical Center
  • 2009 – 2016: Affiliate Professor, Core Gynecology
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 1989 – 2016: Team Physician, Department of Sports Medicine
    University of Northern Colorado, NCAA Division I
  • 1996 – 2013: Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute
    University of Northern Colorado
  • 1989 – 2012: Instructor, Clinical Medicine/Surgery
    GYN Consultants, PC and Regional Breast Center of Northern Colorado
  • 1997 – 2010: Affiliate Professor, Medical Director of Clinical Medicine
    University of Northern Colorado
  • 1987 – 1989: Staff Physician
    Women’s Clinic of Greeley

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Physician License (Present)
    State of Colorado
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Board Certification
  • American Holistic and Integrative Medicine
    Board Certification
  • Single-site Robotic Hysterectomy Certification
  • Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Certification
  • Novasure Endometrial Ablation Certification
  • Implanon/Nexplanon Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Certification
  • Percutaneous Nerve Stimulation Certification
  • Contigen Urethral implant Certification
    Uroplasty, Inc.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Certification
    Cooper Instruments
  • Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification

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Service and Contributions

North Colorado Medical Center: 

  • Board of Trustees, NCMC, INC Governing Board (2012 – 2018)
  • Medical Director, Center of Excellence – American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (2012 – 2017)
  • Site Lead, Department of Gynecology (2012 – 2017)
  • Medical Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Division (2011 – 2017)
  • NCMC INC Internal Committee Member (2014 – 2016)
  • President, Board of Trustees (2015)
  • AORN Physician Team, Fire in the O.R. Simulation (2015)
  • Medical Director, Steering Committee on Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery Program (2010 – 2012)
  • Instructor, Cancer Rehabilitation Workshops (2001 – 2008)
  • Medical Director, Breast Cancer Committee (1995 – 2005)
  • Medical Director, Breast Cancer Clinical Pathway Committee (2004)
  • Consultant, Integrated Regional Cancer Services (2001 – 2004)
  • President, Board of Trustees (1999 – 2003)
  • Medical Director, Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute Clinical Community Program (1996 – 2001)
  • Medical Director, Stereotactic Biopsy Multi-specialty Program (1998 – 2000)
  • Medical Executive Committee Member (1992 – 1996)
  • Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1992 – 1997)
  • Chairman, Laser Safety Committee (1989 – 1991)
  • Perinatal Committee Member (1987 – 1989)

Research Investigator Registration:

  • National Institute of Health
  • National Cancer Institute Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Gynecology Oncology Group
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Consortium
  • Southwest Oncology Group
  • Colorado Cancer Research Program
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
  • National Cancer Institute, North Central Cancer Treatment Group
  • Western Cancer Cooperative
  • Academic and Community Cancer Research United


  • Women in Sport Consultant, Summer Olympic Games and Olympic Trials (2008 – 2016)
  • Steering Committee, University of Northern Colorado (1987 – 2014)
  • Colorado Cancer Coalition (2001 – 2006)
  • Organizing Committee, “In the Pink” Breast Cancer Survivor Gala (2000 – 2001)
  • Chairman, North Colorado Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen Foundation (1998 – 2000)
  • Physician Volunteer, Community Health Fairs (1998 – 2000)
  • Chairman, “Race Against Breast Cancer” (1997)
  • Chairman, Breast Cancer Awareness (1996 – 1997)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Society of Simulation in Healthcare
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • American Holistic Medicine Association
  • Society for Integrative Oncology
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • Weld County Medical Society
  • American College of Health Care Executives
  • American Association of Physician Leaders
  • Colorado Association of Health Care Executives
  • International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Women
  • Performing Arts Medicine Association
  • International Association for Dance, Medicine and Science

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Honors and Awards

  • 30-Year Service Award
    North Colorado Medical Center
  • Honorary Chair – Women’s Walk Athletic Scholarship
    University of Northern Colorado
  • Best GYN Minimally Invasive Surgeon – “The 300 Club”
    American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Teaching Excellence Award
    University of Colorado Medical School
    2011, 2012, 2013
  • Teaching Appreciation Award
    University of Colorado Medical School Class
  • Departmental Excellence in Scholarship Award
    University of Northern Colorado
  • Physician Recognition Award
    American Medical Association
    1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Active Teacher Recognition Award
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    1988, 1989
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award
    University of Colorado Residency Program
    1985, 1987
  • Honors Award – Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Texas Medical Branch

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Publications and Presentations



  • “Appropriate Consultation of General Surgery and Urology in Gynecologic Surgery”
    Surgical Excellence Network/Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare
  • “Safety in Robotic Surgery”
    Surgical Excellence Network
  • “Exercise in Pregnancy”
    American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
  • “Update on Incontinence in the Female Athlete”
    American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
  • “Menopause, Hormones and Insomnia”
    Spirit of Women
  • “Future of Robotic Surgery”
    American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • “Are Hormones Really Performance Enhancers?”
    American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting
  • “Exercise is Medicine: Women in Sport and Health”
    Spirit of Women Community Event
  • “Position Stand: The Female Athlete Triad – Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport”
    International Olympic Committee (Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • “Menopause, the Change of Life”
    American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting
  • “The Physician’s Role in Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport”
    Women Sport International Conference
  • “Secret Garden: What Women Don’t Discuss with their Gynecologist – Pelvic Organ Prolapse”
    Spirit of Women Community Event
  • “Medical Sequelae in the Elite Female Athlete”
    Glasgow International Conference on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport
  • “Hyperandrogenism and Transgender Issues in Sport”
    American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
  • “Update on the Female Athlete Triad – RED-S”
    Banner Health System Continuing Medical Education
  • “Robotic Gynecologic Surgery and Elevated Body Mass Index”
    State of Colorado Robotic Excellence Series
  • “Hips Don’t Lie: Bone Health, Exercise and Flexibility”
    Spirit of Women Community Event
  • “Advanced GYN Robotic Surgery – Myomectomy, Sacrocolpopexy, Extensive Endometriosis, Large Uteri”
    Medical Staff Department OB/GYN
  • “Disorders of Sexual Differentiation”
    American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
  • “Athletes with Disorders of Sex Development and their Participation in Competitive Sport”
    International Olympic Committee Lausanne Conference
  • “Exercise and Cancer”
    Brisbane International Union Against Cancer Conference
  • “Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise – Mediated Improvements Over a Twelve-Year Period in Cancer Survivors”
    Vrije Universiteit International World Rehabilitation Congress
  • “Cancer and Innovation Physical Activity”
    Italian Campaign Against Cancer/Veneto Regional Government
  • “Managing the Female Athlete: Revisiting the Female Athlete Triad (Amenorrhea, Osteoporosis, Anorexia)”
    Johannesburg International Team Physician Course
  • “Clinical Research Experience of Prescriptive Exercise in Cancer Patients”
    Verona Multi-specialty Conference on Cancer and Human Locomotion Science
  • “Breast Conditions, a Surgical Perspective”
    Latino Community Health Initiative
  • “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Cancer in Women”
    Public Health Forum
  • “Physiologic Manifestations of Prescriptive Exercise on Cancer Treatment and Related Fatigue”
    American Physiological Society National Conference
  • “Cancer Fatigue and Current Research”
    NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw
  • “What Every Woman Should Know about Cancer”
    Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell Congressional Records Proceedings and University of Northern Colorado Sponsored Forum
  • “Breast Cancer Prevention: Incorporating New Data into Clinical Pratice”
    Colorado Cancer Research Program
  • “Pathway to Breast Health: An Interactive, Multimedia Tool”
    Susan G. Komen Breast cancer Foundation National Conference
  • “Women’s Health Update”
    The Nebraska Commission on the Status of Women
  • “The Rose Project: Genetic BRCA1, BRCA2 Mutation Screening and Research Project”
    Lutheran Health Systems

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Research Interests

Research Areas:

  • Surgical Excellence: Minimally Invasive Surgical Recovery; Laparoscopic and Robotic Metrics; Cancer and Exercise: effects of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy; Exercise as cardio-protective during cardiotoxic chemotherapy; Breast cancer and fatigue; Screening and generational testing of oncogenetic mutations BrCa1, BrCa2; Sports Medicine- the female athlete; Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport; Reproductive injuries in sport; Dance therapy and surgical recovery

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Biographical Information

Dr. Carter hails from Galveston Island, Texas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She completed an internship at the University of Texas Houston Hermann Hospital/MD Anderson Cancer Center and her OB/GYN residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Most recently, Dr. Carter served as the Medical Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at Banner Health Clinic and as faculty in the Surgical Excellence Network at the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery. In her new role at RVU, Dr. Carter is excited to be working with the Institute of Medical and Surgical Simulation that “has placed us as leaders in the industry, with limitless possibilities for the future.”

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