Internal Advisory Committee

J. Robinson Singleton, MD

I am a neuromuscular specialist with expertise in clinical investigation of metabolic nerve and muscle disease. My research has focused on the relationship between early hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, obesity and length dependent nerve injury. Our research group established an epidemiological link between otherwise idiopathic sensory predominant neur... Read More

Specialties: EMG, General Neurology, Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases


Lab: Lab Website

D. Ware Branch, MD

D. Ware Branch, MD is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Healthsciences Center, and serves as Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of the antiphosphilipid syndrome, thrombotic disorders in pregnancy, and recurrent pregnancy ... Read More

Research Interests: Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Pregnancy Complications, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Thrombotic Disorders in Pregnancy

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


Hilary Coon, PhD

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Child Psychiatry, Genetic Epidemiology, Nicotine Dependence, Obesity, Pulmonary fibrosis, Statistical Genetics, Suicide


Bonnie J. Baty, MS, CGC

Professor Baty established genetic counseling services at the University of Utah and has practiced as a genetic counselor for over 4 decades. Her research interests include genetic counseling education and practice and natural history of genetic conditions. She established and directed the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling from 2005 to 2016. S... Read More

Specialties: Genetic Counselor, Pediatric Genetics


Stephen L. Guthery, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Dr. Guthery received his medical degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University and completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He subsequently completed his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  He obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology ... Read More

Research Interests: Genetics of Childhood Crohn Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Genetics of Childhood Liver Disease, Genomics, Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis

Specialties: Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis, Pediatric Crohn's Disease, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology, Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis


Kimberly E. Hanson, MD, MHS

Dr. Kimberly Hanson is the Head of Immuncompromised Host Infectious Diseases Services at the University Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Center as well as Director of Clinical Microbiology within ARUP Laboratories. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, splitting her time between patient care, laboratory administration, research and t... Read More

Research Interests: Cytomegalovirus Infections, Diagnostics Assays, Systemic Fungal Infections

Specialties: Immunocompromised Host, Infectious Diseases


Richard Holubkov, PhD

Dr. Holubkov has over 25 years of experience as an applied biostatistician, focusing on the design, execution, and analysis of prospective interventional studies, with a focus on pediatrics and cardiology. Dr. Holubkov received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington in 1995, and was a faculty member at the University of Pitts... Read More


Richard E. Kanner, MD

Dr. Richard Kanner, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Respiratory, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine.His research interests are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and the health effects of air pollution. He is part of a multi-center study of COPD known as Spiromics that is trying to s... Read More

Specialties: Advanced Lung Disease, General Pulmonary, Pulmonary, Pulmonary Function, Pulmonary Rehabilitation


Robin L. Marcus, PT, PhD, OCS

Research Interests: Effects of Chronic Eccentric Ergometry on Functional Outcome After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Effects of Chronic Eccentric Ergometry on Muscle Size and Insulin Sensitivity in Post-Menopausal Females, Relationship Between Excessive Tibial Torsion and ACL Injury in Females

Specialties: Physical Therapy


Glen Morrell, MD, PhD

Dr. Morrell bridges the gap between technical research on new methods of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and real world patient care in the clinical practice of radiology. He completed a PhD degree at Stanford University in Electrical Engineering, where his research focused on new methods of MRI. He also completed medical school at Stanford and... Read More

Research Interests: Advanced MRI Imaging

Specialties: Body Imaging, Computed Tomography - CT, GYN Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Radiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray


Mark A. Munger, PharmD


Raoul D. Nelson, PhD, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Dr. Raoul Nelson received his medical degree and doctorate of philosophy from the Molecular Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, completed his Pediatric residency at University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center, and completed his Nephrology Fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Nephrology


Ginette A. Pepper, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research Interests: Gerontological Nursing, Pharmacology, Psychobiological Nursing

Specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner, Geriatrics


John D. Phillips, PhD

John D. Phillips, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Phillips is also Director of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (HSC) Core Research Fa... Read More


Matthew T. Rondina, MD, MS

Our research program focuses on platelet and megakaryocyte functions in infectious and inflammatory disorders where thrombosis is common.  The majority of our research, physically housed within the Molecular Medicine Program in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, is NIH-funded and utilizes primary human cells and samples from patients as well a... Read More

Specialties: Thrombotic Disorders


Hillarie Slater, BS, RPT, CBDT, CCRC

Hillarie Slater, BS, RPT, CBDT, CCRC

Department of Pediatrics
University of Utah
Intermountain Healthcare

Mark A. Supiano, MD

Chief, Division of Geriatrics

Mark A. Supiano, MD, is a geriatrician in the University Hospital Geriatrics Clinic. As a geriatrician, his research interests pertain to the mechanisms that contribute to the age-related increase in blood pressure (hypertension) and disorders of blood pressure regulation (orthostatic or postural hypotension). His patient-oriented research progra... Read More

Specialties: Geriatrics


David H. Viskochil, MD, PhD

David Viskochil, MD, PhD, is professor of pediatrics and one of the clinical geneticists in the Division of Medical Genetics. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arizona, and his doctorate in biochemistry and medical degree from the University of North Carolina 1985. He completed his pediatric residency and clinical ... Read More

Specialties: Medical Genetics, Pediatric Genetics


Stacie L. Wing-Gaia, PhD, RD, CD, MS, CSSD


Jamie W. Rhoads, MD

Dr. Jamie Rhoads is a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at the University of Utah. She completed medical school at the University of Florida, and an internship in internal medicine at the University of Florida Jacksonville Program. She subsequently completed a 2-year clinical trials research fellowship in psoriasis followed by a residency in derma... Read More

Research Interests: Immunobullous Diseases, Psoriasis

Specialties: Dermatology, Dermatology Infectious Diseases, General Dermatology, Immune, Autoimmune, and Rheumatic Diseases, Psoriasis and Phototherapy


D. Walter Wray, PhD, MSc

Dr. Wray joined the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Utah as a Research Assistant Professor in 2008. He is a founding member of the Utah Vascular Research Laboratory (, a consortium that is affiliated with the University of Utah (Departments of Internal Medicine and Nutrition and Integrative Physiology) and the Salt Lake Cit... Read More

Research Interests: Angiotensin II, Autonomic Nervous System, Baroreflex, Endothelin-1, Endothelium, Exercise and Aging, Nitric Oxide, Oxidative Stress and Disease, Peripheral sympathetic nerve recording, Receptors, Adrenergic, alpha, Regional Blood Flow, Sympathetic Nervous System, Ultrasonography, Doppler


Internal Advisory Committee (Ad Hoc)

Bernard A. LaSalle, BS

Bernard (Bernie) A. LaSalle earned his BS in Biology from the University of Utah. He is a clinical instructor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics with a focus on research data management, terminology and data integration. He is also the Operations Director of the Biomedical Research Informatics Service Core, which is part of the Center for ... Read More

Research Interests: Biomedical Informatics, Clinical Trials, Electronic Health Record Systems, Genomic and Personalized Medicine, Medical Ethics, Research Data Governance, Research Data Warehouse

Specialties: Biomedical Informatics


Deanna Palma, RN

Deanna Palma, RN

Nurse Manager

Clinical Services Core
Clinical Trials Support, Foundation for Discovery, CCTS
University of Utah

Deanna Palma, RN, is the Clinical Services Core nurse manager of the Clinical Trials Support Foundation. She manages the CSC nurses and support staff that are integral to the successful implementation of research protocols and skilled in caring for research participants from diverse medical services. She facilitates synergistic collaborations between investigators, research teams, and the CSC staff to ensure fidelity to the research protocol, quality research data, and participant safety. She also ensures the provision of excellent care to all participants and that the research visits are as efficient and comfortable as possible.

Phone: (801) 581-2224


Wayne Hout

Wayne Hout

HUC/IAC Specialist

Dixie D. Thompson, BSN, RN

Dixie D. Thompson, BSN, RN

Internal Advisory Committee Administrator

Clinical Nurse Coordinator/Program Development

Office: 801-585-3993


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