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.”

BassBrenda L. Bass, PhD 
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry

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

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jordeLynn B. Jorde, PhD 
Professor, Department of Human Genetics

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

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

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


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

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SamoreJody Rosenblatt, PhD
Associate Professor
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Department of Oncological Sciences
ThummelCarl S. Thummel, PhD 
Professor of Human Genetics


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

Michael VarnerMichael W. Varner, MD 
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology Center for Clinical & Translational Science

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YandellMark Yandell, PhD
Professor, Human Genetics


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2015 Benning Chair Appointees

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

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

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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