Endowed Chairs

Annual proceeds from the gift help fund the work of 12 faculty members, each of whom occupy an H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair. An appointment as an H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair is made in recognition of the dedication and achievement of the university’s top medical researchers and for their contribution to his or her respective field. Chair holders are named by the president of the university. 

“Endowed chairs are vital to the backbone of any University,” said University of Utah President Michael K. Young. “Having the ability to provide the University’s top researchers with this type of funding ensures that we can retain and recruit the brightest and most talented minds in the country.”


Brenda L. Bass, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry

Term: 2015 - 2020

(renewed 2015)


Matthew H. Samore, MD
Chief, Division of Epidemiology
Professor, Internal Medicine

Term: 7/2014 - 6/2019

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Christopher P. Hill, D.Phil
Distinguished Professor and Co-Chair, Biochemistry

Term: 3/2014 - 6/2019

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Jody Rosenblatt, PhD
Associate Professor
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Department of Oncological Sciences

Term: 7/2015 - 6/2020


Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Dean for Basic & Translational Sciences

Term: 7/15 - 6/2020

Michael Varner

Michael W. Varner, MD
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology Center for Clinical & Translational Science

Term: 2015 - 6/2020 (renwed 2015)

2015 Report


Mark Yandell, PhD
Professor, Human Genetics

Term: 8/2012 - 6/2017

tom greene, md

Tom Greene, PhD.

Chief, Division of Biostatistics

Term: 2016 - 2021

Kathleen Cooney

Kathleen Cooney, MD, FACP

Professor and ChairDepartment of Internal Medicine

Term: 2016 - 2021

 mario capecchi

Mario Capecchi, PhD

Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Term: 2016 - 2021

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Carrie Carrie Byington, MD 
Department of Pediatrics
, Center for Clinical & Translational Science

Read more about their research.
jorde Lynn B. Jorde, PhD 
Professor, Department of Human Genetics

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Thummel Carl S. Thummel, PhD 
Professor of Human Genetics

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Li Dean Y. Li, MD 
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Oncological Sciences and Human Genetics

Vice Dean for Research, and Chief Scientific Officer, University Health Care

Read more about their research.

Dale E. Abel, MD, PhD

Former Professor of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes

Former Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, University of Utah Faculty

D. Ware Branch, MD

Professor of Obstentrics and Gynecology

Cheryl Coffin, MD

Former Professor of Pathology
J. Michael Dean, MD  
Professor of Pediatrics
FY15 Benning Report

Jerry Kaplan, PhD 
Assistant Vice President for Basic Science

Gerald G. Krueger, MD
Professor of Dermatology
FY15 Benning Report
James P. Kushner, MD 
Former Professor of Medicine
Susan Mango, PhD

Professor of Oncological Sciences
Steve Prescott, MD, PhD

Former Director, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, PhD

Former Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Edwin A. Stevens, MD

Professor of Radiology

Wesley I. Sundquist, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry
FY15 Benning Report