About Us

Advocacy, Student Engagement, & Financial Support

New Med StudentsThe University of Utah School of Medicine Alumni Association exists to strengthen and support the University of Utah's School of Medicine by promoting life-long relationships between alumni, current students, trainees, and the School of Medicine.

The Alumni Association promotes the overall vision and purpose of the medical school through advocacy, student engagement, and financial support. Participate with the association by learning about our events and programs, read the latest issue of Illuminations magazine, volunteer some of your time to assist current medical students, and contribute to the overall success of the U's medical school by making a contribution. We look forward to hearing from you and invite you to update your information and share with us your career highlights and achievements!


The Alumni Association Board of Directors and staff are organized into the following project committees. Each committee is comprised of a staff member, committee chair, and supporting board members. Each committee meets bi-monthly and then convenes jointly to discuss issues and strategies of collective merit.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees all activities of the Alumni Association. The Executive Director relies on the Executive Committee for organizational direction, strategic planning, and fiscal oversight.

  • President, Bryan Stone, MD'86
  • President Elect, pending
  • Past President, Dale Hull, MD'85
  • Secretary/Treasurer, J. Eric Vanderhooft, MD'88
  • Committee Chairs
    • Communications - Jennie Coombs, Phd
    • Education - Karen Miller, MD'80
    • Alumni Programs, Angelica Putnam, MD 02
    • Student Programs, Teresa Ota, MD'88
  • Alumni Association Staff


Alumni Programs

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The Alumni Programs Committee oversees all events of the medical alumni weekend and other events scheduled for the Alumni Association. A representative of the Half Century Society also participates in this committee.

Chair - Angelica Putnam, MD'02

  • J. Charles Rich, MD'65
  • Kent R. Jex, MD'82
  • Thomas Skidmore, MD' 07
  • John Wood, MD'77
  • Stephen Warner, Snr. Gift Officer

Education Relations

Oversees the planning for the CME Conference during Alumni Weekend. Select presenters and assures all topics comply with accreditation requirements. Encourages Health sciences and medical school department collaboration and hosts the residents’ program: Transitioning Into Practice.

Chair -Karen Miller, MD'90

  • Terry Box, MD HS83
  • Glen M. Bowen, MD'90
  • Marcia Feldkamp, PhD'86
  • Brent James, MD'78
  • Kristin Anderson, Exec. Director, USOM Alumni

Communications Committee 

Chair - Jennie Coombs, MPS, PhD

  • J. Eric Vanderhooft, MD'88
  • Dale Hull, MD'85
  • Kathy Pederson, PA-C, MPA
  • Kristin Anderson, Exec. Director, UUSOM Alumni
  • P. Daniel Ward, MD'04
  • Student Representative - one year term MSIII

Advises on the website content and design, oversees the content and distribution of the Alumni Association Illuminations Magazine and all outside communication with alumni, faculty, housestaff, dean’s office, and community physicians via the internet, e-newsletter, direct mail, and the Illuminations magazine.

Student Programs

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Chair - Teresa Ota, MD'80

  • Tom Coppin, MD'67
  • John Edwards, MD'87
  • Karly Pippitt, MD'06
  • Adam Stevenson, MD'01 - Assoc. Dean Student Affairs
  • Jacqui Voland, Assoc. Director, USOM Alumni
  • Student representatives with voting rights - one year term each class year.

Oversees student programs, which include Freshman Barbeque, the 4th Year Alumni Awards, H.O.S.T., Dinner with a Doc, student thank-you calling, and medical school class financial support. Continually evaluates student programs for effectiveness. Researches new ideas for student programming that builds relationships between students and alumni.

Contact Us

School of Medicine Alumni Association

Email: somalumni@hsc.utah.edu

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