Saving Limbs and Lives Everyday®
Team Approach to Limb Preservation

The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk is a team of medical professionals who specialize in management and treatment of conditions and diseases that place people at risk of losing an extremity. At Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children for over 20 years, this group has established itself as the Rocky Mountain region's premier medical community to evaluate and treat diseases and trauma that affect the extremities.

 

The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk, originally the Institute for Limb Preservation, was first envisioned in mid to late 1986 when Dr. Ross Wilkins and Dr. Tom Arganese discussed plans for a multi-disciplinary organization to treat patients with limbs that are in danger of amputation from a cancer, infection and non-healing bones. In addition, it was felt that providing a service for replantation of traumatically amputated extremities was also necessary in the Rocky Mountain west. 

 

The concept of this umbrella organization to evaluate and treat a person with a "limb in jeopardy" no matter what the cause was quite unique and remains unique in the medical community, not only in this country but worldwide. There are institutions that specialize, for instance, in treatment of limbs with cancer, and there are other institutions that deal with severe infections, but there really is no other organization that deals with all of these under the umbrella of the same organization.

 

 

meet the team

Raymond N. Blum, MD

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Dr. Ray Blum is an infectious disease specialist with a special interest in patients with osteomyelitis. As an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center he has been recognized as an outstanding physician-teacher. 5280 Magazine has named him one of the Top Doctors in Denver. A Denver native, Dr. Blum has been active in the HealthONE Alliance as a trustee and chair of the Medical Education Alliance. He currently is the chairman of the Denver Medical Library, based at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center.

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