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2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Charles W. Sorenson, MD, FACS, is President Emeritus of Intermountain Healthcare (President and CEO from January 2009 until October 2016), prior to that he served for eleven years as Intermountain’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Under Dr. Sorenson’s leadership, Intermountain Healthcare implemented a disciplined and system-wide focus on best clinical and operational practices aimed at producing measurably better outcomes for patients at sustainable costs. Currently he is the Founding Director of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute. Opening in 2018, the Institute will offer select high potential leaders a variety of leadership development courses focused on principle-based decision making and leading at the juncture of clinical and administrative expertise.  

Dr. Sorenson, a graduate of the University of Utah (BA Biology) and Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University (MD), is a board-certified Urologic Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His professional activities include serving as President of the Medical Staff at LDS Hospital, chairing the Committee on Young Surgeons for the American College of Surgeons, and serving as President of the Utah Urologic Society and as Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Utah Medical Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah.

Dr. Sorenson has a long-standing interest in clinical process improvement and in the development of Intermountain’s integrated delivery system. In 1994 he was a founding member and board chair of the Intermountain Medical Group, an integrated practice of physicians and advanced practice clinicians employed by Intermountain.

Dr. Sorenson continues to be involved in the practice of urologic surgery at the Intermountain Medical Center. He and his wife, Sharee, are the parents of four adult children.