Academic Affairs & Faculty Development

Faculty Development

Award Winners

2020 Awards

Early Career Educator Award in Health Sciences

Paloma F. Cariello, MD, MPH

Paloma F Cariello, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is a clinical educator who graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 2003 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from University of Massachusetts in 2013. Dr. Cariello’s clin... Read More

Specialties: Infectious Diseases, Solid and Bone Marrow Transplant

Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh

Fellowship: University of Massachusetts

Residency: MetroWest Medical Center

Medical School: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Medical School

Outstanding Educator Award of Health Sciences Graduate Students

Maria Newton, PhD

After spending my youth moving all over the United States I received undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Davis in Art History and Kinesiology.  Even though I loved art history I certainly did not have the wardrobe to be a museum curator so I ventured on to graduate school in sport psychology.  I received my Masters degree at the California State University, Chico and went on to earn my PhD from Purdue University.  I arrived at the University of Utah in 2000 after being on faculty at the University of New Orleans for seven years.  Even though I love Utah I have a soft spot for New Orleans and return every year to support the people and culture of Louisiana.  I enjoy teaching sport and exercise psychology, sociology of sport, motivation as well as mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.  I am an avid reader, swimmer, hiker, golfer and tennis player.

Outstanding Educator Award of Health Science Professional Students

Jeanette Koski, OTD

I graduated with an MS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1998, after completing a BS at the University of Utah in 1996.  I have worked with adults in neuro-rehabilitation settings since that time.  I started teaching as an adjunct faculty member in 2006, and became a full time assistant professor, clinical in 2008.  In addition to teaching, I am the academic fieldwork coordinator and enjoy meeting occupational therapist's across the state and the country and providing them with support as they mentor our students on their internships. 

Interprofessional Education Team Award: MD-MBA Dual Degree Program Team

Joni A. Hemond, MD, FAAP

Joni Hemond, MD is an Assistant Professor of General Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children´s Medical Center. She is also the Medical Director for the Teen Mother and Child Program/Teen Health Clinic which is located at the South Main Public Health Center. Dr. Hemond is a general pediatrician who sees infants, ... Read More

Specialties: General Pediatrics

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Amanda Leigh Elrod, PA-C, MPAS

Amanda Leigh Elrod, PA-C, the Associate Division Chief for the Division of Physician Assistant Studies, is a physician assistant specializing in family medicine at the University of Utah, South Main Clinic, a mission based, inter-professional clinic where she also serves as the Medical Director for the family medicine service.&n... Read More

Specialties: Family Medicine

Jeri Bullock, DDS

Specialties: Dentistry

Abigail H. Rizk, CNM

Abigail Rizk is a Certified Nurse Midwife with Birthcare Healthcare at the University of Utah. She is currently serving as the Clinical Director of the BirthCare HealthCare practice. She offers prenatal care through the University of Utah Health Virtual Prenatal Care Program, which provides convenient and personalized prenatal care to low-risk preg... Read More

Specialties: Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse-midwifery

Trece B. Swanson, DNP, CNM

Trece Swanson, DNP, CNM is the Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians (APC) and a Certified Nurse Midwife at the University of Utah. She received both a Master of Science (MS) degree and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Utah. She is a board certified nurse-midwife, and a member of the Utah Chapter of the America... Read More

Specialties: Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics

Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH, FAAP

Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH has focused her career as a general pediatrician on education and caring for the underserved. Dr. Hobson-Rohrer graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies and with Distinction in All Subjects. She then completed her M.D. degree at Cornell University Medical College. She moved... Read More

Specialties: General Pediatrics

Fellowship: University of Utah, School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: Cornell University Medical College

Karen F. Buchi, MD, FAAP

Karen Buchi, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Utah. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she cares for pediatric patients at South Main Clinic which is a collaboration between the University of Utah and the Salt Lake Valley Health Department that provides care to un... Read More

Specialties: General Pediatrics

Fellowship: University of Illinois - Chicago

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: University of Utah

Leissa A. Roberts, DNP, CNM, FACNM

Dr. Leissa Roberts is currently seeing patients at the University of Utah Madsen Woman’s Health Clinic. Her practice is open for well woman care, gynecology and pregnancy care. Leissa is a Certified Nurse Midwife who has been faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing since 1993. As a clinician, she is committed to listeni... Read More

Specialties: Certified Nurse Midwife, Gynecology, Nurse-midwifery, Obstetrics, Women's Health