Current Department Chairs


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 residenc... Read More

Specialties: Anesthesiology, Neuroanesthesia, Obstetrical Anesthesia

Biochemistry Co-Chairs

Christopher P. Hill, DPhil

Co-Chair, Department of Biochemistry

Christopher Hill, D.Phil., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He serves as department co-chair jointly with Wes Sundquist, holds the H.A. and Edna Benning Medical Society Chair, and is a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program. The Hill L... Read More

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Wesley I. Sundquist, PhD

Co-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

Wendy W. Chapman, PhD

Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Dr. Chapman earned her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics and her PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah in 2000. From 2000-2010 she was a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow and then a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, Sa... Read More


John J. Zone, MD

Chair, Department of Dermatology, Chief of Dermatology Section

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

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

Family & Preventive Medicine

Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

In March 2017, Kolawole S. Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H., was appointed as Professor and Chair for the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School Of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also holds the George D. Gross, M.D. & Esther M. Gross M.D. Presidential Endowed Chair in Family & Preventive Medicine. ... Read More

Specialties: Family Medicine

Human Genetics

Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

Chair, Department of Human Genetics

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

Internal Medicine- Interim

David J. Bjorkman, MD, MSPH, SM

Interim Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

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

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


Stefan M. Pulst, MD, Dr med

Chair, Department of Neurology

Dr. Stefan Pulst is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He received his neurological training at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover in Germany and in the Longwood Program at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He then joined Dr. Dennis Deen at the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center to study ... Read More

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


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, Neurosurgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Pituitary, Skull Base Surgery, Stroke, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care, Trauma Surgery

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 Healthsciences Center. Dr. Silver is serving as the Interim Chair of the Ob/Gyn Department and as Co-Director of Labor and Delivery at the UUHSC. Dr. Silver's clinical and research interests include recurrent pregnancy loss and stillbirth, cesarean d... Read More

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

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 Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center. He studies complications of cataract surgery and new technology related thereto and has published over two hundred peer reviewed articles. He is frequently asked to speak nationally and internationally on this s... Read More

Specialties: Ophthalmology


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


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


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 bache... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Cardiology

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

David P. Steinberg, MD, MMM

Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Specialties: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


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.


Radiation Oncology

Dennis C. Shrieve, MD, PhD

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.&nbs... Read More

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


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


Samuel R.G. Finlayson, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Surgery

Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah. He has a national reputation as a health services researcher focused on surgical access, quality, and outcomes. His interests include variation in use and outcomes of surgery, surgical care process innovation, surgeon workforce, and acc... Read More

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

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