Current Department Chairs


Talmage D. Egan, MD

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Specialties: Anesthesiology, Neuroanesthesia, Obstetrical Anesthesia

Biochemistry Co-Chairs

Christopher P. Hill, DPhil

Christopher Hill, D.Phil., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He serves as department co-chair jointly with Wes Sundquist, holds the H.A. and Edna Benning Medical Society Chair, and is a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program.The Hill Lab us... Read More

Wesley I. Sundquist, PhD

Wesley Sundquist, PhD, is Samuels Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. He is also a member of the Cell Response and Regulation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.Sundquist received a bachelor's degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His hono... Read More

Biomedical Informatics

Wendy W. Chapman, PhD

Dr. Chapman earned her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics and her PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah in 2000. From 2000-2010 she was a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow and then a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, San Di... Read More


John J. Zone, MD

Dr. Zone has had an interest in celiac disease and the cutaneous manifestations of celiac disease since beginning his investigative career in 1977. This has included studies of basic mechanisms of mucosal immunology mediated by IgA. These studies have defined the mechanism by which IgA epidermal transglutaminase antibody is deposited in the skin in... Read More

Specialties: Bullous (Blistering) Disease, Dermatology, Immune, Autoimmune, and Rheumatic Diseases, Immunopathology

Family & Preventive Medicine

Michael K. Magill, MD

Michael K. Magill, M.D., is Hicken Professor and Chairman of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (FPM) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Magill also served for 10 years as Executive Medical Director of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics/Community Physician Group, a multidisciplinary medical practice located in... Read More

Specialties: Family Medicine

Human Genetics

Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

Dr. Lynn Jorde has been on the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine since 1979 and holds an H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Human Genetics. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Human Genetics in September 2009. Dr. Jorde’s laboratory has been involved in studies of human genetic variation... Read More

Internal Medicine

Kathleen A. Cooney, MD, FACP

Specialties: Medical Oncology, Oncology, Prostate Cancer

Neurobiology & Anatomy

Monica Vetter, PhD

My laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular pathways controlling neural development and degeneration in the retina. The retina is of critical importance since disorders of eye development can lead to congenital blindness, while degeneration of retinal neurons can cause progressive blindness at later ages.Retinal development:   In the de... Read More


Stefan M. Pulst, MD, Dr med

Dr. Stefan Pulst is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He received his neurological training at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover in Germany and in the Longwood Program at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He then joined Dr. Dennis Deen at the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center to study ... Read More

Specialties: Ataxia, Movement Disorders, Neurogenetics, Neurology, Parkinson's Disease


William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. William Couldwell was born in Canada and received his MD and Ph.D. Degrees from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. He trained in Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California.Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Couldwell did fellowship training in Canada at the Montreal Neurological Institute... Read More

Specialties: Acoustic Tumors, Brain Tumors, Neurosurgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Pituitary, Skull Base Surgery, Stroke, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care, Trauma Surgery

Obstetrics & Gynecology

C. Matthew Peterson, MD

Matthew Peterson, M.D., is a Reproductive Endocrinologist in the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Peterson received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1977 and his M.D. from the University of Utah in 1981. His residency training in obstetrics and gynecology was accomplished at M... Read More

Specialties: Adolescent Gynecology, Endometriosis, Gynecological Surgery, Gynecology, In Vitro Fertilization, Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, Pediatric Gynecology, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Tubal Ligation Reversal, Women's Genetic Counseling

Oncological Sciences

Bradley R. Cairns, PhD

Biography: Dr. Cairns received his B.S. (Honors) in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1987. He conducted his graduate work at Stanford with Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg PhD on both signal transduction and chromatin remodeling. He received his PhD in Cell Biology from Stanford in 1996, and also conducted an early phase o... Read More

Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Randall J. Olson, MD

Randall J Olson, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center. He studies complications of cataract surgery and new technology related thereto and has published over two hundred peer reviewed articles. He is frequently asked to speak nationally and internationally on this s... Read More

Specialties: Ophthalmology


Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Dr. Charles Saltzman is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah where he serves as the LS Peery Presidential Endowed Professor. For over two decades, Dr. Saltzman has focused on improving physical function of patients with limited mobility. His primary interests include care of patients with ankle arthritis, sports ... Read More

Specialties: Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Surgery


Peter E. Jensen, MD

Dr. Jensen is Chairman of the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine and Chairman of the Board of Directors, ARUP Laboratories, University of Utah’s national diagnostic reference laboratory. He received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University, followed by residency training in Anatomic Pathology and research training in immunology at Washing... Read More

Specialties: Pathology


Edward B. Clark, MD

Dr. Clark is Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs and President of the University of Utah Medical Group as well as Wilma T. Gibson Presidential Professor, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Utah and Chief Medical Officer Emeritus of Primary Children’s Hospital. He also holds adjunct professorships in the Departments... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Cardiology

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Richard W. Kendall, DO

Dr Kendall is involved in research on the impact of spinal interventions on outcomes for back and neck pain disorders, the impact of repetitive stress disorders on carpal tunnel syndrome, inter-rater reliability of electrodiagnostic testing.... Read More

Specialties: Acute Pain, Arthritis Rehabilitation, Back, Cycling Injury, Neck, Non-operative Musculoskeletal Disorders, Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine, Spine Evaluation, Spine Injection


Population Health Sciences

Angie Fagerlin, PhD

Angie Fagerlin, PhD

Angie Fagerlin, PhD, is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah and a Research Scientist at the Salt Lake City VA. Dr. Fagerlin’s training is in experimental psychology, primarily in the areas of cognitive and social psychology. Her research focuses on testing methods for communicating medical data to patients and providers (e.g., the risks and benefits of cancer treatment) and the development and testing of decision support interventions. Her recent work is testing the impact of patient decision aids on patient-physician communication. Additionally, she is testing multiple methods for communicating about genetic testing and infectious diseases (e.g., the Zika virus, Ebola, influenza). Her research has been funded by VA, NCI, NIH, and the European Union.


Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD

Dr. Zubieta is a remarkably trained top-level researcher who is currently the William H. and Edna Stimson Presidential Endowed Chair of Psychiatry. He completed an M.D. (1986) and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences (1992) at the Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain and finished his Psychiatry residency [Research track] (1993) while training a... Read More

Specialties: Psychiatry

Radiation Oncology

Dennis C. Shrieve, MD, PhD

Dennis C. Shrieve, MD, PhD, is the Rudolph S. and Edna Reese Research Professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and co-director of the Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at the University. Shrieve ... Read More

Specialties: Brain Tumors, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Genitourinary Cancers, Lung Cancer, Pediatric Radiation Therapy, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Soft Tissue Sarcomas


Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD

Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor and Chair in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the University of Utah. Dr. Minoshima is a radiologist specialized in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. His scientific contributions in the field of Neuroscience include the discovery of very early sign of Alzheimer's disease in the... Read More

Specialties: Molecular Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology


Samuel R.G. Finlayson, MD, MPH

Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah. He has a national reputation as a health services researcher focused on surgical access, quality, and outcomes. His interests include variation in use and outcomes of surgery, surgical care process innovation, surgeon workforce, and acc... Read More

Specialties: Colon Cancer, Gallstones, Hernia Surgery (open and laparoscopic), Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery

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