Growing up in Moline, Illinois, Mark McCaulley considered being a doctor or playing drums in a rock and roll band. Lucky for his patients, he got hooked on the T.V. show M*A*S*H, which made practicing medicine cool. It was his first nudge toward a rewarding career in internal medicine that is still going strong.
A “medical nerd” at heart, Dr. McCaulley exhibits a down-to-earth demeanor and enthusiasm for understanding disease have made him a valuable asset to the Yampa Valley medical community for 30 years. Fresh out of residency, Dr. McCaulley thought that starting his career in the hamlet of Steamboat Springs might be a professional compromise. But as he interacted with patients, he was struck by their kindness and appreciation.
Dr. McCaulley began his medical studies at the University of Illinois, where he also met his future wife, Marilyn, who was studying occupational therapy. They married and moved West for his residency at Denver Presbyterian Medical Center. In 1982, they purchased Mountain Medical Associates in Steamboat Springs from Lambert Orton.
In 1993, Dr. McCaulley sold his practice to Focus Health Services, which later was acquired by Routt Memorial Hospital, or Steamboat Springs Health Care Association. He remained as a staff physician until 2001, when he joined Kevin Borgerding and Lambert Orton in buying back the practice, renamed Yampa Valley Medical Associates, at the new Yampa Valley Medical Center campus.
Dr. McCaulley is fascinated by medical puzzles and enjoys deciphering complex ailments and infectious diseases. Since 2008, he has served as Medical Director of the YVMC Infection Prevention Committee.
In 2012, Dr. McCaulley and YVMC hospital staff celebrated Consumer Reports’ rating of the hospital as safest in the state – a ranking based in part on YVMC’s low infection rate. “It was pretty gratifying to receive that recognition,” he says. “A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into making the facility as good as it can be.”
In addition to safety, Dr. McCaulley also focuses on endoscopy, and performs a large many of the endoscopies in Steamboat.
An Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine through the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Mark has provided clinical instruction to medical students for more than 20 years. “I enjoy being around people who are enthusiastic about medicine, take it seriously and are willing to engage in discussions about it,” says Mark, who has earned several teaching awards, including recognitions by students for Teaching in Excellence.
Outside of work, Dr. McCaulley enjoys family time, woodworking, photography. songwriting and playing guitar. He also appreciates hiking and skiing with his wife and in the picturesqueYampa Valley.
Dr. McCaulley received the Doc Willet Award, Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2012. The award celebrates the ongoing legacy of caring, personalized, quality healthcare established by Dr. Frederick E. Willett, who played an integral part in establishing the first hospital in Steamboat Springs and whose dedication to patients is legendary.