List of Deans


Michael L. Good, MD

CEO, University of Utah Health Dean, University of Utah School of Medicine Senior Vice-President for Health Sciences, College/School Dean, College/School

Dr. Michael L. Good is the CEO of University of Utah Health, the Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and the Senior Vice President of Health Sciences. As the only academic medical center in Utah, the health system is an anchor in the community and provides world-class health care, research, education and service to the state, region,... Read More

Vice Dean for Education

Wayne M. Samuelson, MD

Wayne Samuelson, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine (Clinical) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received both B.A. (Sociology) and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary Disease at Duke University Medical Center. At the completion of his fellowship training ... Read More

Specialties: Asthma, Critical Care, General Pulmonary, Pulmonary

Associate Dean, Faculty Development; Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education

Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH, FAAP

Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH has focused her career as a general pediatrician on education and caring for the underserved. Dr. Hobson-Rohrer graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies and with Distinction in All Subjects. She then completed her M.D. degree at Cornell University Medical College. She moved... Read More

Specialties: General Pediatrics

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Robert S. Fujinami, PhD

Robert Fujinami received his B.A. from the University of Utah through the then Honor Program in Microbiology.  He completed his Ph.D. at Northwestern University and received post-doctoral training and Assistant Professorship at The Scripps Research Institute.  Prior to coming to the University of Utah as Professor, he was an Associate Pro... Read More

Associate Dean, Finance

Cynthia Best

Cynthia Best

Title:  Associate Dean, Finance

Cynthia Best is currently the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah.  In this position, which she has held since July 2011, Cynthia is responsible for all Dean’s Office financial operations, the malpractice insurance trust fund, and School of Medicine department oversight.  She serves as a liaison with and resource for the AAMC, the University campus, and the School department administrators.


Cynthia also concurrently functions as the Director of Mission-Based Management (MBM) at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.  She has held this position since 1999, the beginning of the MBM initiative.  In this capacity she directs and is responsible for all aspects of Mission-Based Management, including financial reporting, budgeting, and oversight, mission activity analysis, policy setting, and the development and management of an integrated information system that includes an electronic CV tool for over 1,600 faculty.


Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and earned a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in health care.  Her professional areas of expertise, from experience in both academic health care and the private sector, include financial management, system development, and organizational change.


Phone:  801-585-0944

Associate Dean, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Paloma F. Cariello, MD, MPH

Paloma F Cariello, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is a clinical educator who graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 2003 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from University of Massachusetts in 2013. Dr. Cariello’s clinical ... Read More

Specialties: Infectious Diseases, Solid and Bone Marrow Transplant

Associate Dean, Admissions; Idaho Affairs

Benjamin R. Chan, MD, MBA, MEd

Benjamin R. Chan, MD, MBA, MEd, Associate Professor (Clinical), attended Stanford University, graduating in 2000 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Human Biology. He attended the University of Utah School of Medicine (Class of 2004) and trained in General Psychiatry at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.... Read More

Specialties: Autism, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Mood Disorders, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Associate Dean, Clinical Research

J. Michael Dean, MD, MBA

Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Vice-Chair, Research, Vice-Chairman for Finance, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Dean is Professor and Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He directs the Clinical Trials Office in the Department, and serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at University of Utah Health.  He attended Northwestern University Medical School (1977) and performed... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care

Associate Dean, Veteran's Affairs

Karren Gribbin, MD

Karren Gribbin, MD

Title:  Associate Dean, Veteran's Affairs


Phone:   801-584-1207

Associate Dean, Clinical & Translational Science

Rachel Hess, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Health System Innovation and Research

As a General Internist, Rachel Hess, MD, MS, provides primary care for adults. She has a special interest in women's health, particularly mid-life women's health. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding and improving patient-centered outcomes, such as health-related quality of life. She directs the Univeri... Read More

Specialties: General Internal Medicine

Associate Dean, Curriculum

Sara M. Lamb, MD

Since her faculty appointment in 2004, Dr. Sara Lamb has been invested in improving the education of residents and students at the University of Utah. She has been a residency program director for the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Training Program and an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Training Program since 2004. I... Read More

Specialties: General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, Hospitalist

Associate Dean, Research & Infrastructure

John D. Phillips, PhD

John D. Phillips, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Phillips is also Director of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (HSC) Core Research Fa... Read More

Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

William Bradley (Brad) Poss, MD, FACHE

Dr. Poss completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at the University of Kansas, pediatric residency at the Naval Hospital Oakland, and a pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Utah. He retired in 2007 after 20 years in the US Navy where he served a variety of leadership positions including Director of Graduate Medical ... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care

Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Adam T. Stevenson, MD

Dr. Stevenson completed a year as Pediatric Chief Resident at the University of Utah in 2004 and subsequently joined the University Of Utah Division Of Inpatient Medicine as a pediatric hospitalist.Dr. Stevenson became the Pediatric Clerkship Director in 2005. In addition to mentoring third year medical students on the pediatric clerkship, he also ... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Inpatient Medicine

Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education

Richard H. Wiggins, III, MD

Dr. Wiggins is the Associate Dean of CME and Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and BioMedical Informatics, and the Director of Head and Neck Imaging and Imaging Inform... Read More

Specialties: Biomedical Informatics, Computed Tomography - CT, Head and Neck Imaging, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Medical Informatics, Neurointerventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Radiology, X-Ray

Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs

Devaprabu Abraham, MD

Dr. Dev Abraham completed his graduate and post graduate training in India and in England respectively.  He joined the University of Utah internal medicine residency program in 1993 and then pursued endocrine fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Following his fellowship training he returned to the University of Utah ... Read More

Specialties: Endocrine Surgery (Adrenal, Thyroid, Parathyroid), Endocrinology & Metabolism, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Parathyroid, Thyroid, Thyroid Disorders

Assistant Dean, Community Faculty

Terry D. Box, MD

Terry Box, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is also a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and a member of HCI's Gastrointestinal Cancer Program. Dr. Box is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners.Dr.... Read More

Specialties: Hepatitis C, Hepatology, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Living Liver Donor Transplant

Assistant Dean, Education Quality Improvement

Jorie Colbert-Getz

Jorie Colbert-Getz

Title:  Assistant Dean of Evaluation and Assessment

Jorie Colbert-Getz, PhD, MS, is the Assistant Dean of Education Quality Improvement for the University of Utah School of Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Colbert-Getz is currently the MESRE (Medical Education Scholarship, Research, and Evaluation) chair of the Western Group for Education Affairs, and a faculty member of the AAMC’s Medical Education Certificate Program. In 2017, Dr. Colbert-Getz became the founding director of the Learning Communities Institute Research Network. She has over 30 publications, mostly focused on medical education assessment. Her overarching mission is to ensure assessments measure developmentally appropriate learning objectives/milestones. To that end, her research focuses on validity frameworks and other elements of assessment utility, survey design, and program evaluation. Dr. Colbert-Getz received her MS degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and her PhD degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah.


Assistant Dean, Global Health Education

Ty Triston Dickerson, MD, MPH

Ty Dickerson, MD, MPH, FAAP is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he also serves as the Assistant Dean of Global Health Education. He practices as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah where he combines th... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Inpatient Medicine

Assistant Dean, Curriculum

Assistant Dean, Community Faculty

Karly Ann Pippitt, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Pippitt attended medical school at the University of Utah and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Utah, where she was a chief medical resident. She practices at Sugarhouse clinic part time and teaches 1st and 2nd year medical students at the University. Dr. Pippitt enjoys seeing patients of all age ranges and has an ... Read More

Specialties: Family Medicine, Headache


Phone: 801-581-2000

Assistant Dean, Curriculum

Danielle Roussel, MD

Danielle Roussel, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist. She has specialized interest in obstetric and neurosurgical anesthesia. Additionally she provides anesthesia for patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures. ... Read More

Specialties: Anesthesiology, Neuroanesthesia, Obstetrical Anesthesia

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