Dr. Nick Tsipis is a board-certified emergency room physician at St. Vincent Health, treating acute illness, traumatic injuries and other health crises. He also serves the hospital as vice chief of staff. Dr. Tsipis comes to St. Vincent from CarePoint Health®, a multi-specialty physician group based in Denver. He splits his time between the Leadville ER and Swedish Medical Center in Denver.
Dr. Tsipis earned his undergraduate degree in biology and history at Duke University, then continued his study there to finish medical school. He completed his residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, working in the busiest high-acuity, high-volume trauma center in Washington, D.C. He identified his calling for his specialty early on, in medical school.
“When every second counts, when patients are in their most critical time of need, I’m honored to share in that. People in every walk of life in their moment of crisis are genuine; approachable,” says Dr. Tsipis. “It’s a powerful connection and interaction. I have the best job in the world.”
The other fulfilling part of Dr. Tsipis’s work is the team of ER doctors he works with at St. Vincent Health, who are also from CarePoint.
“I feel incredibly fortunate every day to go to work with people who are always striving to provide innovative, effective, efficient patient-centered care,” says Dr. Tsipis. “They know the latest literature, treatment and diagnoses. They push me to be better every day. There’s no better work environment.”
Dr. Tsipis and his wife Ryan are new parents to infant Theo. The two are both from small towns and the close-knit Lake County community resonates with them and feels like home. In fact, they’ve already completed a winter ascent of Mt. Elbert with their dog Gladstone.
“People take care of each other. That sense of community and camaraderie are reflected at St. Vincent Health,” says Dr. Tsipis. “Folks here are bootstrapping, hard-working, pioneering and resilient.”
Dr. Tsipis points out that he’s the first doctor in his family, but credits his mom, grandma and aunts—all nurses—with sparking his interest in medicine. That, and their family physician Dr. Sailors, who he saw regularly during his growing-up years for checkups, injuries and more.