Steering Committee

Willard H. Dere, M.D., FACP


Michael W. Varner, M.D.

Michael W. Varner, MD joined the Department in 1987 and currently serves as Professor and Vice-Chair for Research. He developed and directs the Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Network, a consortium of over 50 research personnel who conduct and administer the many clinical trial networks - both obstetric and gynecologic - in which the Department ... Read More

Research Interests: Pregnancy, High-Risk

Specialties: Maternal-Fetal Medicine


Keely Coffrin Allen, PhD

Keely Coffrin Allen, PhD

Director, Office of Healthcare Statistics
Utah Department of Health

Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Vivian Lee Bio

Since July of 2011, Dr. Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. She is responsible for an annual budget of $3.3 billion; four hospitals, ten neighborhood health ... Read More

Specialties: Radiology


John J. Zone, M.D.

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

Research Interests: Bullous Disease, Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, Immunopathology, Lichen Planus, Linear IgA Disease, Melanoma, Pemphigus

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


Rose Marie Hunter, PhD, LCSW

Rose Marie Hunter, PhD, LCSW

Directory, University Neighborhood Partners
University of Utah

Edward B. Clark, M.D.

Dr. Clark is the Wilma T. Gibson Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Utah and Chief Medical Officer of Primary Children’s Medical Center. He also holds adjunct professorships in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Bioengineering. Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Clark received h... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Cardiology


Debra L. Scammon, Ph.D.


Lynn B. Jorde, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests: Gene Mapping and Cloning, Human Population Genetics, Medical Genetics


Brent Wallace, MD

Brent Wallace, MD

Chief Medical Officer & Director of Research
Intermountain Healthcare

Elizabeth A. Joy, M.D., M.P.H.

Research Interests: Eating Disorders, Exercise, Health and Exercise, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Physical Activity, Women's Health

Specialties: Family Medicine, Sports Medicine


Peter J. Haug, M.D.

Dr. Peter J. Haug earned his MD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently he directs the Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research at Intermountain Healthcare and is a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, where he is involved in research and postgraduate education. His expertise includes the foll... Read More

Research Interests: Clinical Decision Support Systems, Machine Learning/ Artifical Intelligence, Medical Information Systems, Natural Language Processing, Ontology, Predictive Modeling

Specialties: Internal Medicine, General


Laurence J. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.

Larry Meyer, MD, PhD, Professor of Dermatology and Internal Medicine, and Associate Chief of Staff, Research, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, has specialized expertise in medical dermatology, genetic skin disease, and management of complex patients with multiple medical problems. Dr. Meyer's main clinical focus is immunobullous disea... Read More

Research Interests: Genetic Diseases, Immunobullous Diseases

Specialties: Dermatology


Charlene R. Weir, Ph.D., R.N.

Dr. Charlene Weir is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah and the Associate Director for Education and Evaluation for the SLC GRECC as well as an investigator in the SLC IDEAS VA HSR&D center. Dr. Weir has a PhD in social cognitive psychology as well as a MS in Nursing. Her are... Read More

Research Interests: Biomedical Informatics, Cognitive Science, Health Information Technology, Psychology, Social, Statistics, Task Performance and Analysis

Specialties: Biomedical Informatics


Daniel O. Clegg, M.D.

Daniel O. Clegg, MD, is a professor in the Department of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Clegg’s career-long research interest has been in the optimization of outcome measures and the inception, design, execution and reporting of federally funded controlled clinical trials in rh... Read More

Specialties: Rheumatology


Dean Y. Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Li is Associate Vice President for Research and Chief Scientific Officer for University of Utah Health Sciences, and Vice Dean for Research for the School of Medicine. Dr. Li is responsible for oversight of the research enterprise in the health sciences, including development and realization of a strategic plan for research. As Chief Scientif... Read More

Research Interests: Vascular Development, Vascular Diseases

Specialties: Cardiology


Jeffrey R. Botkin, M.D., M.P.H.

Jeff Botkin is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and an Adjunct Professor of Human Genetics. He is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities in the Department of Internal Medicine. He obtained his BA from Princeton University, MD from the University of Pittsburgh, and MPH from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Botkin is the Assoc... Read More

Research Interests: Genetics, Medical Ethics, Neonatal Screening

Specialties: Medical Ethics


Jean Shipman, M.S.L.S.

Research Interests: Health Literacy, Scholarly Communications


Cynthia Furse, PhD

Cynthia Furse, PhD

Associate Vice President for Research
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Utah

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