Current Department Chairs

Anesthesiology

Talmage D. Egan, MD

Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Egan completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in the humanities.  He attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor society.  After completing a preliminary general surgery residency at t... Read More

Specialties: Anesthesiology, Neuroanesthesia, Obstetrical Anesthesia

Residency: Stanford University Medical Center

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Utah

Biochemistry Co-Chairs

Christopher P. Hill, DPhil

Christopher Hill, D.Phil., Vice Dean of Research for the School of Medicine, he is a distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. holds the H.A. and Edna Benning Medical Society Chair, and is a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program. He served&nbs... Read More

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Wesley I. Sundquist, PhD

Chair, Department of Biochemistry

Wesley Sundquist, PhD, is Samuels Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. He is also a member of the Cell Response and Regulation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.Sundquist received a bachelor's degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Techno... Read More

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Biomedical Informatics

Dermatology

John J. Zone, MD

Chair, Department of Dermatology, Chief of Dermatology Section

John J. Zone, MD has specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of blistering diseases of the skin. This includes dermatitis herpetiformis, linear IgA disease, pemphigus and pemphigoid. He is board certified in dermatology, immunodermatology and internal medicine. He runs both a research and clinical laboratory dedicated to diagnosis, tre... Read More

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

Residency: SUNY - Buffalo

Residency: SUNY at Syracuse

Medical School: SUNY at Syracuse

Family & Preventive Medicine

Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Kola Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H., is a board certified family medicine physician who specializes in acute and chronic diseases and full spectrum care for patients of all ages. He received his medical degree from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Dr. Okuyemi  completed a family medicine residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and obtain... Read More

Specialties: Family Medicine

Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Residency: University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital

Human Genetics

Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

Chair, Department of Human Genetics

My laboratory has long been involved in studies of human genetic variation and disease. We have been involved in studies of human limb malformations, autism, hypertension, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, type 2 diabetes, schizophrenia, and a number of other Mendelian and common, complex diseases. For more than a decade, we have been involved in rese... Read More

Internal Medicine- Interim

David J. Bjorkman, MD, MSPH, SM

Dr. Bjorkman completed his medical school training at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, MA, serving as chief resident at West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, MA.  He joined the faculty at the Unive... Read More

Specialties: Barrett's Esophagus, Colon Cancer, Constipation, Endoscopy, Esophageal Diseases, Gastric Mucosal Disorders, Gastroenterology, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Peptic Ulcers

Residency: Brigham & Women's Hospital

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

Neurobiology & Anatomy

Monica Vetter, PhD

Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

My laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular pathways controlling neural development and degeneration in the retina. The retina is of critical importance since disorders of eye development can lead to congenital blindness, while degeneration of retinal neurons can cause progressive blindness at later ages.Retinal development:   In the de... Read More

Neurology

Stefan M. Pulst, MD, Dr med

Chair, Department of Neurology

Stefan-M. Pulst, MD, Dr med is Professor and Chair of Neurology. His clinical and research interests focus on inherited diseases of the nervous system with an emphasis on spinocerebellar ataxias and Parkinson´s disease. He received his medical school training at Medizinische Hochschule, Hannover (Germany) and at Harvard Medical School, Bost... Read More

Specialties: Ataxia, Movement Disorders, Neurogenetics, Neurology, Parkinson's Disease

Residency: Harvard Medical School

Residency: Medizinische Hochschule Hanover

Medical School: Medizinische Hochschule Hanover

Neurosurgery

William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, FACS

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Couldwell specializes in Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors, Brain Aneurysms, Skull Base Surgery, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Head Trauma and Neuro Critical Care. William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah. He has served as Director of the American Board of Neurologic... Read More

Specialties: Acoustic Tumors, Brain Tumors, Lateral Skull Base Surgery, Neurosurgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Pituitary, Stroke, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care, Trauma Surgery

Residency: University of Southern California

Medical School: McGill University

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Robert M. Silver, MD

Chair, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Robert M. Silver, MD is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center who joined the University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division after completing his fellowship there in 1994. He is serving as the Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and as Co-Director of Labor and Delivery at the UUH... Read More

Specialties: Genetics/Fetal Diagnosis, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Placenta Accreta, Recurrent Miscarriage

Residency: University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania

Oncological Sciences

Bradley R. Cairns, PhD

Chair, Department of Oncological Sciences

 Biography: Dr. Cairns received his B.S. (Honors) in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1987. He conducted his graduate work at Stanford with Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg PhD on both signal transduction and chromatin remodeling. He received his PhD in Cell Biology from Stanford in 1996, and also conducted an early p... Read More

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Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Randall J Olson, MD

Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Randall J Olson, MD, is the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center. He specializes in research dealing with intraocular lens and cataract surgery. Dr. Olson is the author of more than 300 professional publications and has given many named lectures all over the country and worldwide.... Read More

Specialties: Ophthalmology

Residency: University of California - Los Angeles

Medical School: University of Utah Hospital School of Medicine

Orthopaedics

Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedics

Dr. Charles Saltzman is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah where he serves as the LS Peery Presidential Endowed Professor. For over two decades, Dr. Saltzman has focused on improving physical function of patients with limited mobility. His primary interests include care of patients with ankle arthritis, sports ... Read More

Specialties: Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Surgery

Residency: University of Michigan

Medical School: University of North Carolina

Pathology

Peter E. Jensen, MD

Chair, Department of Pathology

Dr. Jensen is Chairman of the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine and Chairman of the Board of Directors, ARUP Laboratories, University of Utah’s national diagnostic reference laboratory. He received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University, followed by residency training in Anatomic Pathology and research training in immunology at Washing... Read More

Specialties: Pathology

Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Medical School: Vanderbilt University

Pediatrics

Edward B. Clark, MD

Dr. Clark is Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs, President of the University of Utah Medical Group, and Professor, Department of Pediatrics of the University of Utah. He also holds adjunct professorships in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Bioengineering.  Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Clark received his... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Cardiology

Residency: University of Nebraska - Omaha

Residency: Johns Hopkins

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

David P. Steinberg, MD, MMM

Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. David P. Steinberg, MD, MMM serves as the Chief of the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Executive Medical Director of the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital.  He specializes in neurorehabilitation and pain management. Dr. Steinberg has a special interest in the implementation of evidence-based initiatives to... Read More

Specialties: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Residency: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Physiology

Population Health Sciences

Angie Fagerlin, PhD

Angie Fagerlin, PhD

Angie Fagerlin, PhD, is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah and a Research Scientist at the Salt Lake City VA. Dr. Fagerlin’s training is in experimental psychology, primarily in the areas of cognitive and social psychology. Her research focuses on testing methods for communicating medical data to patients and providers (e.g., the risks and benefits of cancer treatment) and the development and testing of decision support interventions. Her recent work is testing the impact of patient decision aids on patient-physician communication. Additionally, she is testing multiple methods for communicating about genetic testing and infectious diseases (e.g., the Zika virus, Ebola, influenza). Her research has been funded by VA, NCI, NIH, and the European Union.

Psychiatry

Radiation Oncology

Dennis C. Shrieve, MD, PhD, FACR

Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology

Dennis C. Shrieve, MD, PhD, is the Huntsman Cancer Institute Chair in Cancer Research and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and co-director of the Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at the University... Read More

Specialties: Brain Tumors, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Genitourinary Cancers, Lung Cancer, Pediatric Radiation Therapy, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Residency: University of California - San Francisco

Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine

Radiology

Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor and Chair in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the University of Utah.   Dr. Minoshima is a radiologist specialized in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  His scientific contributions in the field of Neuroscience include the discovery of very early sign of Alzheimer&#... Read More

Specialties: Molecular Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology

Residency: Chiba University Hospital

Medical School: Chiba University School of Medicine

Surgery

Samuel R.G. Finlayson, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Surgery

Dr. Finlayson's clinical specialty is minimally invasive abdominal surgery. His primary areas of clinical practice are colon surgery, including colon cancer, colon polyps, diverticulitis, and other conditions of the colon; abdominal wall hernias, including ventral, incisional, inguinal and femoral hernias; and gallbladder and gallstone disease.... Read More

Specialties: Colon Cancer, Gallstones, Hernia Surgery (open and laparoscopic), Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery

Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Medical School: Harvard Medical School

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