List of Deans

Dean, School of Medicine

Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Vivian Lee Bio

Since July of 2011, Dr. Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. She is responsible for an annual budget of $3.3 billion; four hospitals, ten neighborhood health ... Read More

Specialties: Radiology

Vice Dean, Academic Affairs and Faculty Development

Vice Dean, Research

Vice Dean, Education

Wayne M. Samuelson, M.D.

Wayne Samuelson, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine (Clinical) in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Respiratory, Critical Care and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is the medical director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. He is also the Vice Dean for Education in the University of U... Read More

Specialties: Asthma, Critical Care, General Pulmonary, Pulmonary

Associate Dean, Finance

Cynthia Best

Cynthia Best

Title:  Associate Dean, Finance

Cynthia Best is currently the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah.  In this position, which she has held since July 2011, Cynthia is responsible for all Dean’s Office financial operations, the malpractice insurance trust fund, and School of Medicine department oversight.  She serves as a liaison with and resource for the AAMC, the University campus, and the School department administrators.


Cynthia also concurrently functions as the Director of Mission-Based Management (MBM) at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.  She has held this position since 1999, the beginning of the MBM initiative.  In this capacity she directs and is responsible for all aspects of Mission-Based Management, including financial reporting, budgeting, and oversight, mission activity analysis, policy setting, and the development and management of an integrated information system that includes an electronic CV tool for over 1,600 faculty.


Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and earned a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in health care.  Her professional areas of expertise, from experience in both academic health care and the private sector, include financial management, system development, and organizational change.


Phone:  801-585-0944

Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education

Jack L. Dolcourt, M.D., M.Ed.

Dr. Dolcourt is Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education at the University of Utah, School of Medicine.Dr. Dolcourt's research interest revolves around continuing medical education and physician learning, including commitment to change strategy, factors influencing attendance at live activities, audience response systems, Internet searching ... Read More

Specialties: Neonatology

Associate Dean, Inclusion & Outreach

Evelyn V. Gopez, M.D.

Dr. Gopez obtained her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency training at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She later went to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she did a fellowship in Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology. She is board certified in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and Cytopathology... Read More

Specialties: Cytopathology, Pathology, Anatomical

Associate Dean, Veteran's Affairs

Associate Dean, Faculty Development

Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, M.D., M.S.P.H., F.A.A.P.

Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH has focused her career as a general pediatrician on education and caring for the underserved. Dr. Hobson-Rohrer graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies and with Distinction in All Subjects. She then completed her M.D. degree at Cornell University Medical College. She moved... Read More

Specialties: General Pediatrics

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Faculty Development

Harriet W. Hopf, M.D.

Harriet W. Hopf, MD is Professor, Vice Chair for Faculty Development, and Director of Resident Research Training in the Department of Anesthesiology; and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering. She received her BA from Yale University and her MD from Dartmouth Medical School. She completed surgical internship at the University of Minnesota and anesthe... Read More

Specialties: Anesthesiology

Associate Dean: Academic Affairs

Associate Dean, Curriculum

Sara M. Lamb, M.D.

Since her faculty appointment in 2004, Dr. Sara Lamb has been invested in improving the education of residents and students at the University of Utah. She has been a residency program director for the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Training Program and an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Training Program since 2004. I... Read More

Specialties: General Pediatrics, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, General

Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

William Bradley (Brad) Poss, M.D., FACHE

Dr. Poss has research interests include healthcare operations, pediatric workforce issues, disaster management, and pandemic influenza planning. He has served on local, regional, and national task committees related to these issues as well as published numerous articles and book chapters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a memb... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care

Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Adam T. Stevenson, M.D.

Dr. Stevenson completed a year as Pediatric Chief Resident at the University of Utah in 2004 and subsequently joined the University Of Utah Division Of Inpatient Medicine as a pediatric hospitalist. Dr. Stevenson became the Pediatric Clerkship Director in 2005. In addition to mentoring third year medical students on the pediatric clerkship, he als... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Inpatient Medicine

Associate Dean, Research

Assistant Dean, Admissions; Idaho Affairs

Benjamin R. Chan, M.D.

Benjamin R. Chan M.D. attended Stanford University and graduated in 2000 with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Human Biology. He then attended the University of Utah School of Medicine (Class of 2004). He trained in General Psychiatry at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and completed a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiat... Read More

Specialties: Autism, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Mood Disorders, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Assistant Dean, Global Health Education

Ty Triston Dickerson, M.D., M.P.H.

Ty Dickerson, MD, MPH, FAAP is Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he also serves as the Assistant Dean of Global Health Education. He practices as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah where he combine... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Inpatient Medicine

Assistant Dean, Curriculum

Assistant Dean, Curriculum

Danielle Roussel, M.D.

Danielle Roussel, MD is Associate Professor, Clinical in the Department of Anesthesiology and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. She received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering, BA degree in English, and MD degree at the University of Kansas. She completed a pediatrics internship and anesthesiology residency ... Read More

Specialties: Anesthesiology, Neuroanesthesia, Obstetrical Anesthesia

Assistant Dean, Assessment and Evaluation

Jorie Colbert-Getz, Ph.D.


Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Alan Smith, PhD, MEd

Alan Smith, PhD, MEd

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