Utah CCTS Liaison Team

CTSA Co-PIs

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-Di... Read More

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: University of California, Davis

Email: willard.dere@hsc.utah.edu

Rachel Hess, MD, MS

As a General Internist, Rachel Hess, MD, MS, provides primary care for adults. She has a special interest in women's health, particularly mid-life women's health. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding and improving patient-centered outcomes, such as health-related quality of life. She directs the Univeri... Read More

Specialties: General Internal Medicine

Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh and VA Pittsburgh Medical Center

Medical School: University of New Mexico, School of Medicine

Email: rachel.hess@hsc.utah.edu

Liaison Team Medical Director

J. Robinson Singleton, MD

J. Robinson Singleton, MD is Director of the Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Salt Lake City Veterans Administration Hospital. He teaches neuromuscular disease diagnosis and electrodiagnostic techniques to neurology, physical medicine, and rehabilitation residents, and has helped train 15 neuromuscular fellows. Dr. Singleton also serves on the Cen... Read More

Specialties: EMG, General Neurology, Neurology, Neuromuscular Diseases

Fellowship: University of Michigan

Residency: University of Michigan Hospitals

Medical School: University of Colorado

Email: rob.singleton@hsc.utah.edu

Lab: Lab Website

Associate Medical Directors

Alfred K. Cheung, MD

Alfred K. Cheung, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of Division of Nephrology & Hypertension and Executive Director of the Dialysis Program at the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics. As a nephrologist, he manages a variety of kidney diseases, with particular interests in chronic kidney disease, hypertension and chronic dialysis. H... Read More

Specialties: Dialysis, Nephrology & Hypertension

Fellowship: University of California - San Diego

Fellowship: University of California - San Diego

Residency: Loma Linda University

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Email: alfred.cheung@hsc.utah.edu

Stephen L. Guthery, MD, MS

Dr. Guthery is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition. His interests include the care of infants, children and adolescents with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and liver disease. His research involves understanding the genetic basis of and improving treatments for these conditions. Dr. Guthery is boar... 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

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Medical School: Oregon Health Sciences University

Email: Stephen.Guthery@hsc.utah.edu

Molly B. Conroy, MD, MPH, FACSM, FAHA

Molly Conroy MD, MPH is a Primary Care Provider and General Internist at the Madsen Internal Medicine Clinic. As a General Internist, her clinical interests include physical activity and lifestyle counseling, weight management, cardiovascular disease prevention, hypertension management, and women’s health.Dr. Conroy received her undergraduate... Read More

Research Interests: Body Composition, Hypertension Management and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction, Physical Activity, Translation of Lifestyle Intervention to Primary Care Setting, Use of Electronic Health Record to Promote Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Specialties: Endocarditis, General Internal Medicine

Fellowship: Harvard Medical School

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Email: Molly.Conroy@hsc.utah.edu

Samuel M. Brown, MD

Samuel M. Brown, MD

Title:  Associate Medical Director

Samuel Brown, M.D., M.S., is an attending physician in the Shock Trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center and assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Board-certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine and a testamur of the National Board of Echocardiography. His clinical interests include life-threatening infection (“sepsis”), acute lung injury, and the function of the heart and blood vessels during life-threatening illness.

Email:  Samuel.Brown@imail.org

M. Sean Esplin, MD

M. Sean Esplin, MD

Title:  Associate Medical Director

M. Sean Esplin, MD is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician based at Intermountain Medical Center.  He is the Chair of the Women and Newborn Research Group at Intermountain and collaborates regularly with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah as part of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units network and with the Division of Neonatology and the Neonatal Research Network.  Dr. Esplin also serves as the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Intermountain Medical Center.  His main research interests include the prevention of preterm birth and fetal heart rate monitoring.

Email:  Sean.Esplin@hsc.utah.edu

Scott C. Woller, MD

Scott C. Woller, MD

Title:  Associate Medical Director

Dr. Woller’s academic interest is in the arena of thromboembolism and anticoagulation management. With a particular interest in the prevention of venous thromboembolic disease, Dr. Woller is an investigator on multiple ongoing and recently completed clinical trials including two NIH-funded studies (COAG, GIFT) and served as site PI for one (GIFT). Dr. Woller is presently serving as Co-Chair for the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Clinical Practice Guideline that addresses antithrombotic therapy for venous thromboembolic disease, and as was a panelist for the Vascular Access Appropriateness Panel housed at the University of Michigan. Dr. Woller is an invited panelist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Risk Assessment Model for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolic Disease in Medical Patients program.

Email:  Scott.Woller@hsc.utah.edu

Executive Director

Dixie Thompson, BSN, RN

Dixie Thompson, BSN, RN

Title:  Utah CCTS Trial Innovation Network Liaison Team, Executive Director

Email:  dixie.thompson@hsc.utah.edu

Jon White, MD

Jon White, MD

Title:  Liaison Team Member

Email:  Paul.White2@va.gov

Institutional Review Board

Ann Johnson, PhD

Ann Johnson, PhD

Title:   IRB Acting Director

Email:  ann.johnson@hsc.utah.edu

Sarah Mumford

Sarah Mumford

Title:  IRB Operations Manager

Email:  Sarah.Mumford@hsc.utah.edu

Office of Sponsored Projects - Director

Brent Brown, JD

Brent Brown, JD

Title:  Director, Office of Sponsored Projects

Email:  brent.brown@osp.utah.edu

Clinical Trials - Navigator

Jaci Skidmore, BS

Jaci Skidmore, BS

Title:  Director, Clinical Research OPS

Email:  jaci.skidmore@hsc.utah.edu

Clinical Trials Information Specialist

Emily Campbell

Emily Campbell

Title:  Clinical Trials Information Specialist

Email:  Emily.A.Campbell@hsc.utah.edu

Administrative Assistant

Stacey Peterson

Stacey Peterson

Title:  Administrative Assistant

Email:  Stacey.Peterson@hsc.utah.edu

Nathaniel Tevlin

Nathaniel Tevlin

Title:  Information Coordinator

Email:  Nathaniel.Tevlin@hsc.utah.edu

Contact Us

Dixie D Thompson
Liaison Team Executive Director
Stacey Peterson
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 801-213-1359
Email: Stacey.Peterson@hsc.utah.edu