Program Co-Directors

Willard H. Dere, MD, FACP

Dr. Dere has extensive experience in clinical research during his 25 year stint in the biopharmaceutical industry.  The experience was complemented by substantive regulatory and drug safety experience during that time. At the University of Utah, Dr. Dere serves as the Executive Director of the Program in Personalized Health and Co-Director of the U... Read More

Email: willard.dere@hsc.utah.edu

Rachel Hess, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Health System Innovation and Research

Specialties: Internal Medicine, General

Email: rachel.hess@hsc.utah.edu

Program Associate Directors

Julio C. Facelli, PhD

Vice Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Dr. Facelli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and attended the University of Buenos Aires where he got his Ph.D in physics in 1982. In 1983 he did post-doctoral research at the University of Arizona and the following year he joined the University of Utah.  At the University of Utah he was the Director of the Center for High Performance Computing... Read More

Research Interests: Protein Structure Prediction to Understand Variant Pathogenicity

Specialties: Biomedical Informatics

Email: julio.facelli@utah.edu

Michael W. Varner, MD

Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology

​Michael W. Varner, MD joined the Department in 1987 and currently serves as the HA and Edna Benning Endowed Presidential Professor and Vice-Chair for Research. His major interests lie in clinical trials and research administration. He developed and directs the Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Network, a consortium of over 50 research personnel w... Read More

Research Interests: Pregnancy, High-Risk

Specialties: Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Email: michael.varner@hsc.utah.edu

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

Email: mark.supiano@hsc.utah.edu

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.  Dr Okuyemi also ... Read More

Specialties: Family Medicine

Email: kola.okuyemi@hsc.utah.edu

David W. Wetter, PhD, MS

Interim Division Chief, Division of Cancer Population Science

David W. Wetter, Ph.D., is the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professor, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) at the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. His work is targeted at eliminating inequities in health-related behavior through translational research. Specific research foci inc... Read More

Research Interests: Development and Evaluation of Theoretically-Based Behavioral Interventions, Eliminating Inequities in Health-Related Behavior Through Translational Research, Theoretical Models of Addictive and Cancer Risk Behaviors, Translational Research to Implement and Disseminate Evidence-Based Interventions in Real World Settings

Email: u6009870@utah.edu

Lab: Lab Website

Louisa A. Stark, PhD

Dr. Louisa Stark is a Professor of Human Genetics and director of the Genetic Science Learning Center. Her research interests focus on science and health education for students and educators from the K-12 level through graduate and medical education as well as patients and members of the lay public. The Center's mission is "making science and healt... Read More

Research Interests: Community Engagement, Community Health Education, Community Partnerships, Education, Education, Medical, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Genetics/Genomics Education, Patient Education

Email: louisa.stark@utah.edu

Sarah Woolsey, MD, MPH

Title:  Medical Director, HealthInsight

Foundation Directors

Clinical Trials Support

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

Email: rob.singleton@hsc.utah.edu

Lab: Lab Website

Population Health Research

Tom H. Greene, PhD

Chief, Division of Biostatistics

Email: tom.greene@hsc.utah.edu

Angela Presson, PhD, MS

Angela Presson is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Internal Medicine and in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care. She has a PhD from the UCLA department of statistics and a BS in biological sciences from Cornell University. Dr. Presson develops statistical models for clinical data and large-sca... Read More

Email: angela.presson@path.utah.edu

Precision Medicine

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

Email: matthew.rondina@hsc.utah.edu

Workforce Development

Anthea Letsou, PhD

Email: anthea.letsou@genetics.utah.edu

Julie H. Shakib, DO, MS, MPH

Dr. Julie H. Shakib received her undergraduate education and Master of Public Health degree at the University of Utah and her medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Health Sciences Center. During her pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, she was awarded an American Academy of Pediatrics Resident ... Read More

Research Interests: Immunization, Passive, Infant Welfare, Influenza Vaccine, Maternal and Child Health Public Health, Pertussis Vaccine

Specialties: General Pediatrics

Email: Julie.Shakib@hsc.utah.edu

Contact Us

Rebekah Hendon
Program Manager
Phone: 801-581-6736
Email: rebekah.hendon@utah.edu

Twitter: @CCTSUtah