Alumni Association Board of Directors
Alumni Association Executive Committee and President
Teresa Ota, MD'88
Title: President, 2018 - 2020
Dr. Teresa Ota was raised in Wyoming. She attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. She obtained her M.D. at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Concurrently, she obtained her Mrs. as she met and married her classmate, Peter Novak. They moved to Chicago where Dr. Ota completed her anesthesia residency at Northwestern University.
Dr. Ota practiced at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago for 3 years while her husband completed his orthopedic surgery residency and fellowship. They returned to Utah where she practiced at Paracelsus Hospital for a year. She now practices anesthesia at St. Mark’s Hospital, St. Mark’s Outpatient Surgery Center and Lone Peak Hospital in Salt Lake City. She has held the position of Anesthesia Department Chairman at St. Mark’s Hospital.
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.
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.
- Past President, Bryan Stone, MD'86
- President, Teresa Ota, MD'88
- Secretary/Treasurer, J. Eric Vanderhooft, MD'88
- Committee Chairs
- Communications - Jennie Coombs, PhD, PA-C
- Education - Karen Miller, MD'80
- Alumni Programs, John Wood, MD'77
- Student Programs, P. Daniel Ward, MD'04
- Alumni Association Staff - Kristin Wann Anderson, Jacqui Voland
John Wood, MD'77
Title: Chair - Alumni Programs
Dr. John Wood is a retired Family Medicine and Palliative Care physician and looks forward to his new role on the Alumni Board as Alumni Programs Chair. He and his wife Bonnie, a retired nurse, live in the beautiful Ogden Valley, and enjoy snow skiing, water sports, and golf. Their two children, Sunee and Bridger, attended the University of Utah.
Dr. Wood grew up in Ogden Utah receiving his BA from Weber State University. He then attended the University of Utah School of Medicine graduating in 1977, going on to a UCLA affiliated residency in Family Medicine at San Bernardino County Hospital in San Bernardino, California. He entered private practice in 1980 at Herefordshire Family Physicians in Roy, Utah where he continued for the next twenty-five years.
In 1998 he attended a comprehensive course in acupuncture at UCLA and incorporated this into his family practice for a number of years. Since the early 1990s he has been the medical director at the Weber County Jail and now owns a business caring for over 1800 inmates at both the Weber and Davis County jails. In 2001 he started working part time for Intermountain Homecare and Hospice in the capacity of medical director throughout northern Utah. He eventually gave up his private practice to exclusively focus on hospice full time. He has spoken at national meetings and he is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Care. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Intermountain Homecare and Hospice.
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 - John Wood, MD'77
- J. Charles Rich, MD'65 -Half Century Society Representative
- Thomas Skidmore, MD'07
- Stephen Warner, Snr. Director of HSC Development
- Bob Bunnell, PA-C
- Ronald Larkin, MD'75
P. Daniel Ward, MD'04
Title: Chair - Student Programs
Dr. Ward is a native of Utah and graduated from the University of Utah. He began practicing facial plastic surgery after completing residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan, which was then followed by a faculty appointment at the University of Utah. Although, he still serves as an adjunct associate professor, he left the University in 2016 to start his own practice, launch FormRx skin care, and found Form Medical Spa. His surgical practice involves advanced techniques in rhinoplasty, facelift, hair restoration, brow lift, blepharoplasty, facial reconstruction following skin cancer, and facial reanimation surgery. He is a RealSelf100 Doctor (recognizing the top 100 plastic surgeons in the world), Castle Connolly Top Doctor, an internationally sought out speaker, and most importantly, a husband to Janie and father of four great children.
Chair - P. Daniel Ward, MD'04
- Karly Pippitt, MD'06
- Adam Stevenson, MD'01 - Assoc. Dean Student Affairs
- Jacqui Voland, Assoc. Director, USOM Alumni Relations
- Thomas Skidmore, MD '07
- Student representatives with voting rights - one year term each class year.
Oversees student programs, which include All Class Picnic, the 4th Year Alumni Awards, Winter Social, 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.
Karen Miller, MD
Dr. Miller came from Oklahoma to Utah in 1982 for an internship in general surgery at the University. She then served as a General Medical Officer in the Indian Health Service on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, practiced industrial medicine in San Diego, and returned to the University in 1986 for obstetrics and gynecology residency. From 1990 to 2008 Dr. Miller was on faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine.
Since 2008 Dr. Miller has been an active volunteer at the Maliheh Free Clinic and serves on its Board of Directors. She has assisted Juneau Biosciences’s research into the genetics of endometriosis and traveled to Nepal with One Heart World-Wide, a nonprofit founded at the University of Utah in 1997. Dog training, Mandarin Chinese, German, piano, and skiing fill other hours. Having great respect for the quality and integrity of the University of Utah School of Medicine alumni, she is honored and pleased to serve on the Alumni Board.
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
Jennifer M. Coombs, PhD, PA-C, MPAS
Title: Chair - Communications Committee
Chair - Jennifer M. Coombs, PhD, PA-C, MPAS
Jennifer Coombs has been a Physician Assistant (PA) for over 25 years. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine Division of Physician Assistant Studies. She graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program (UPAP) in 1991. She recieved her undergraduate degree from Colorado College in psychology in 1986. She became a Licensed Midwife (LM) in the state of New Mexico in 1989. She obtained her Master in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) in 2001, and her PhD in Public Health in 2010 from the University of Utah. She began her clinical practice as a PA in family practice at Northwest Community Health Centers (now Steven D. Ratcliffe). She practiced there for 14 years with a special emphasis in Vietnamese and Laotian refugees. She was the Director of Admissions at UPAP from 1998 to 2005, and is currently Director of Outcomes. Jennifer’s teaching includes the Pelvic and Breast Exams for PA students, the social medicine course for medical students and a doctoral-level public health course entitled, “Health Policy and Leadership”.
- J. Eric Vanderhooft, MD'88
- Kathy Pederson, PA-C, MPA
- John MacFarlane Jr., MD'90
- Jeremy Chidester, MD'11
- Kristin Anderson, Exec. Director, UUSOM Alumni
- 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,