List of Deans

A. Lorris Betz, MD, PhD

A. Lorris Betz, MD, PhD

Title:  Interim Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Executive Dean, School of Medicine CEO, University of Utah Health

Dr. Betz served as the University of Utah’s senior vice president for health sciences, executive dean of the School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care from 1999 to 2011. He guided the university’s Health Sciences with a mission of providing world-class patient care, delivering outstanding medical education, and conducting transformation research. Dr. Betz’s Exceptional Patient Experience Initiative helped University of Utah Health become a top academic medical center in quality of patient care. Twice serving as interim president of the university, he was an early advocate of the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative, a state-sponsored program designed to fuel economic development.

Dr. Betz served as chair of the Association of American Medical College’s Council (AAMC) Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014. He was named an AAMC Distinguished Service Member in 2012 in recognition of his work with that organization for more than a decade. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 2011 and he is currently the chair-elect.

Dr. Betz held faculty appointments in the University of Utah’s Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and the Department of Physiology. Prior to coming to Utah, he served as the interim dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan. He served a residency and research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco after receiving his MD and PhD in Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Wisconsin in 1975. He also has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Utah in 2012.

Interim Dean

Wayne M. Samuelson, MD

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


Phone: 801-581-7806

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Education

Wyatt R. Hume, DDS, PhD


Phone: 801-587-1208

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, MD, MEd

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


Phone: 801-507-7000

Associate Dean, Inclusion & Outreach

Evelyn V. Gopez, MD

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


Phone: 801-585-0574

Associate Dean, Veteran's Affairs

Karen Gribbin, MD


Phone: 801-584-1207

Associate Dean, Faculty Development

Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH, FAAP

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


Phone: 801-585-1859

Associate Dean: Academic Affairs

Robert S. Fujinami, PhD

Robert Fujinami received his B.A. from the University of Utah through the then Honor Program in Microbiology.  He completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University and received post-doctoral training and Assistant Professorship at The Scripps Research Institute.  Prior to coming to the University of Utah as Professor, he was an Associate Professor at ... Read More


Phone: 801-585-3305

Associate Dean, Curriculum

Sara M. Lamb, MD

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


Phone: 801-662-3645

Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

William Bradley (Brad) Poss, MD, 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, MD

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


Phone: 801-662-3645

Associate Dean, Research

Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD


Phone: 801-585-0950

Assistant Dean, Admissions; Idaho Affairs

Benjamin R. Chan, MD

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


Phone: 801-581-7498

Assistant Dean, Global Health Education

Ty Triston Dickerson, MD, MPH

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


Phone: 801-662-3645

Assistant Dean, Curriculum

Janet E. Lindsley, PhD


Phone: 801-581-2797

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Assistant Dean, Curriculum

Danielle Roussel, MD

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


Phone: 801-581-6393

Assistant Dean, Assessment and Evaluation

Jorie Colbert-Getz, PhD


Phone: 801-213-3504

Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Alan Smith, PhD, MEd

Alan Smith, PhD, MEd

Assistant Dean, Community Faculty

Terry D. Box, MD

Dr. Terry Box is an Associate Professor (Clinical) of Medicine at the University of Utah and Assistant Dean for Community Faculty in the Office of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development.  He joined the faculty in 2009 after a very successful career in hepatology and liver transplantation at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City from 1983 to 2009.   ... Read More

Specialties: Hepatitis C, Hepatology, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Living Liver Donor Transplant


Phone: 801-585-9269

Assistant Dean, Community Faculty

Karly Ann Pippitt, MD, FAAFP

Attended medical school and residency at the University of Utah, residency in Family Medicine. Undergraduate degree at College of Idaho in Biology. Currently working as a co-director of the first semester of medical school (Foundations of Medicine) at the University and co-directs Layers of Medicine, a course for 1st and 2nd year medical students f... Read More

Specialties: Family Medicine, Headache


Phone: 801-581-2000

Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs

Devaprabu Abraham, MD

Dr. Dev Abraham completed his graduate and post graduate training in India and in England respectively.  He joined the University of Utah internal medicine residency program in 1993 and then pursued endocrine fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Following his fellowship training he returned to the University of Utah in 19... Read More

Specialties: Diabetes, Endocrine Surgery (Adrenal, Thyroid, Parathyroid), Endocrinology & Metabolism, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Parathyroid, Thyroid, Thyroid Disorders


Phone: 801-581-7761

Vice Dean for Innovation

John T. Langell, MD, PhD, MPH

John Langell, MD, PhD, MPH is the Executive Director of the Center for Medical innovation and a minimally invasive gastrointestinal and endocrine surgeon at the University of Utah and Chief of General Surgery at the George E. Wahlen VA medical Center. Doctor Langell completed his Bachelors of Science Degree at the University of California at Los A... Read More

Specialties: Endocrine, Oncology Surgery, Surgery, General, Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Surgery


Phone: 801-587-7288

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