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Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBALeading the Leaders - Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA

Since July of 2011, Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health. She is responsible for an annual budget of $3.3 billion, including a health care system comprised of four hospitals, numerous clinical and research specialty centers like the Huntsman Cancer Institute and John Moran Eye Center, a network of 11 neighborhood health centers; an insurance plan; over 1,330 board certified physicians; and Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health, Dentistry.

A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe, Vivian received a doctorate in medical engineering at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Returning to Harvard, she earned her M.D. with honors. Following a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Duke, she trained as a fellow in MRI at NYU. Prior to coming to Utah, she served as the inaugural Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer at New York University Langone Medical Center.
Vivian is currently the principal investigator for two NIH R01 grants. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, she serves on NIH Council of Councils and the Journal Oversight Committee for JAMA. A Fellow and past President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), Dr. Lee has authored over 150 papers and a popular textbook, Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols. Her research focuses on quantitative functional MRI for the improved understanding of physiology and disease.


Dale Hull, MD., MPHPleased but Not Satisfied: A Remarkable Journey with Paralysis Dale Hull, MD, MPA, ‘85

Dale currently serves as the executive director of Neuroworx. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1985. Following graduation, he completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah Medical Center. He practiced general obstetrics and gynecology for ten years in the south portion of the Salt Lake metropolitan area. In 1999, he suffered a spinal-cord injury that resulted in paralysis from the neck down. This life-altering event, which prevented him from returning to active practice, required Dale to devote approximately three-and-a-half years to his rehabilitation. His physical therapist during this time was Jan Black.

He was fortunate to have an early return of neurological function. With hard work and Jan's expert guidance, he was able to take advantage of that return to make significant progress. Dale and Jan realized there was an unmet need to provide others with access to the extraordinary rehabilitation he had experienced. He joined his therapist in forming a non-profit organization and opened Neuroworx in 2004. During 2002, Dale had the opportunity to be an Olympic torchbearer for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. In 2009, he completed an underwater marathon in the Neuroworx pool to commemorate the ten-year mark of his injury. He is married and has four sons.

Kevin Jones, MDWhat Doctors Can't Tell You  - Kevin Jones, MD

After studying English literature at Harvard and medicine at Johns Hopkins, Kevin trained in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa and completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncologic surgery in Toronto at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children. He and his wife then brought their four children here to Salt Lake City, when he joined the Department of Orthopaedics as a sarcoma surgeon and began his pursuit of mouse genetic modeling of sarcomas under the mentorship of Mario Capecchi. He moved his laboratory to the Huntsman Cancer Institute three years ago, continuing to provide surgical oncology care for sarcoma patients there and at Primary Children’s Hospital. His book, What Doctors Cannot Tell You: Clarity, Confidence, and Uncertainty in Medicine was published in 2012.


Terry Box, MDA Career in Liver Transplantation: My Perspective - Terry D. Box, MD, HS ‘83

Dr. Terry Box arrived at the University of Utah School of Medicine from his native state of Texas in 1977 to train in Internal Medicine after graduating from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1981 and Fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Utah in 1983. Currently, Dr. Box is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He joined the faculty in 2009 after a lengthy tenure in hepatology and liver transplantation at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City from 1983 to 2009, where he served as Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program from 1992 until his departure.

At the University of Utah, as a member of the Liver Transplant Program, he continues his duties in the clinical care of patients with liver disease both before and after liver transplantation. Since 1995, he has been actively involved in clinical research in the areas of chronic viral Hepatitis B and C as well as transplant hepatology. He has been an invited speaker at many seminars, congresses and educational events in the disciplines of hepatology and liver transplant and has served on national committees that oversee liver transplant programs in the United States. Since his introduction to the innovative use of interactive video conferencing to advance healthcare in remote and underserved areas, he has been committed to replicating the same at the University of Utah. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome) was launched in October 2011 and has rapidly proliferated throughout Utah and the intermountain West.


Joshua Schiffman, MDWhy Elephants Don't Get Cancer - Josh Schiffman, MD

Dr. Schiffman is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Primary Children's Hospital (PCH) and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. He attended the Brown University School of Medicine, followed by pediatric residency and chief residency at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he began their Pediatric Cancer Genetics Program. Dr. Schiffman has been on the faculty at the University of Utah since 2008, where he is Professor of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor of Oncological Sciences. He serves as the Medical Director for the High-Risk Pediatric Cancer Clinic at the University of Utah, where he cares for children and families with inherited risk for cancer. Dr. Schiffman also is the Education Director for the Program in Personalized Health, where he oversees the teaching of translational and individualized clinical medicine to physicians and their patients. Dr. Schiffman's research focuses on the development of pediatric cancer and he runs a translational genomics laboratory to identify which children are at risk for cancer and why. Dr. Schiffman works closely with epidemiologists, population scientists, and molecular biologists to try to answer this question. Most recently, Dr. Schiffman has recognized the power of comparative oncology to advance the field of cancer research. Teaming up with collaborators from across the country, the Schiffman Lab is now actively involved in comparing the genomics and functional biology of different species across the animal kingdom and using this information to generate hypotheses and guide experimental design in cancer research. Dr. Schiffman holds the inaugural Edward B. Clark, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research.


Carrie Byington, MDAddressing a Public Health Emergency of Olympic Proportions - Carrie Byington, MD

Carrie Byington is the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics and one of two PIs for the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). Her specialty as a physician/scientist is in pediatric infectious diseases and diagnostic test development. Nationally, she serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee) and works closely with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result of these experiences, she was asked to serve as the Chair of the Infectious Diseases Advisory Group for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to address the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil and the planned travel to Rio for the Olympic and Paralympic games.


John Langell, MDInnovation, Medicine and Miracles - John Langell, MD, PhD, MPH

John Langell, MD, Ph.D, MPH completed his surgical training at Stanford University Medical Center and completed advanced training in Space and Aerospace Medicine with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. His clinical focus is in the application of advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques in laparoscopic surgery with special focus on diseases of the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tree. Additionally, Dr. Langell has expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of hernia disease, including abdominal wall and groin hernias, Hiatal hernias, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. He currently serves as Chief of General Surgery at the George E Wahlen VA Medical Center and Executive Director for the Center for Medial Innovation at the University of Utah.


Donald Shields, MDGood Fortune as an Unexpected Consequence - W. Donald Shields, MD ‘73

Dr. Don Shields graduated from University of Utah College of Medicine in 1971. Following a residency in Pediatrics at the LAC-USC Medical Center, he returned to the "U" for residency in Neurology and Fellowship in Pediatrics Neurology under the tutelage of Dr. Patrick Bray. In 1976 Don was recruited to UCLA and became chief of Pediatric Neurology in 1980. During his 25 years of tenure as division chief, his research, and patient care focused on “Improving the lives of the unfortunate children afflicted with catastrophic childhood epilepsy.” Don and the division developed a national and international reputation for epilepsy research and patient care, notably in the surgical approach to medically intractable epilepsy in very young children and development of anticonvulsant medications. He has trained more than 40 child neurologist residents and pediatric epilepsy fellows, several of whom are now national and international leaders in child neurology and pediatric epilepsy. He has received numerous teaching awards including two Pediatric and two Neurology teaching awards from the residents. At the 2010 commencement, he received the UCLA School of Medicine Sherman Mellinkoff Faculty Award given for “Dedication to the art of medicine and to the finest in doctor-patient relationships.”


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