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Dr. Crisman brings over 20 years of academic and private practice to his concierge cardiology service.

Among his credentials:

  • Director of Echocardiography, Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, 2010-2015
  • Director of Chest Pain Management, Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital 2012-2015
  • Top Doctors Award in Cardiovascular Disease 5280 Magazine August 2013
  • Member of Ethics Committee, St. Joseph Hospital, 2000–2007
  • Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, 2003–2010
  • Cardiology Fellowship, University of Colorado, 1994–1997
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Colorado, 1992–1994
  • Internship, University of Nebraska, 1991
  • MD, PhD in Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine, 1990
  • Board Certification in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Initial Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease
  • BS in Microbiology, Colorado State University, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1983

Personal story

Dr. Crisman has been happily married for 40 years. He has two adult daughters in their 20’s. He has lived in the same home—a hand-built log cabin that sits above Denver at an elevation of 8,900 feet—for the past 20 years.

Dr. Crisman has been a lifetime student of meditation. He learned Transcendental Meditation at age 16 and did his first sitting in a Zen Temple at age 18. After 17 years as a lay ordinee he was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest at Crestone Mountain Zen Center in 2014. His teacher for over 15 years has been Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He continues to serve as a member of the board of directors of Dharma Sangha Boulder (formerly the Boulder Zen Center). Dr. Crisman holds meditation sessions regularly. (Please see the Meditation page.)

The brushwork symbol you see on this website is called an “enso.” Dr. Crisman paints one every night. A longtime student of East Asian calligraphy, Dr. Crisman has studied with Harrison Xiu Shin Tu, Kobun Chino Roshi, and for the last 16 years with Kazuaki Tanahashi Sensei. In addition to the enso you see displayed here, Dr. Crisman’s works are on display in Zen centers in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Dr. Crisman also holds a brown belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art that is based on jujitsu techniques and meditative stillness.