Academic Affairs & Faculty Development

Faculty Development

Past Award Winners

2020 Awards

Early Career Educator Award in Health Sciences Education

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 Science 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: South Main Clinic

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

Leigh Elrod, PA-C, MPAS

Amanda Leigh Elrod, MPAS, PA-C, Associate 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.  Sh... 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, Menopause Provider - NAMS Certified, 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

Vice-Chair of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics

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

2019 Awards

Early Career Educator Award in Health Sciences Education

Jeffrey Horn, MD

Dr. Horn received his degree in medicine from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 2011 after playing professional baseball for the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves organizations.  He completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2012 and anesthesiology residency at the University of Utah Sc... Read More

Specialties: Anesthesiology

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

Meghan M. O'Connor, MD

Dr. O’Connor completed her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine. She then moved to Utah where she completed her pediatric residency at Primary Children’s Hospital. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the division of General Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Dr. O’Connor is a general pediatrician who ... Read More

Specialties: General Pediatrics

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah

Outstanding Educator Award of Health Science Graduate Students

Timothy Brusseau, Jr., PhD

Chair, Department of Health & Kinesiology

Outstanding Educator Award of Health Science Professional Students

Interprofessional Team Award

Michael J. Battistone, MD

Michael Battistone, MD, is an Associate Professor at the George E. Whalen Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System. As an internist and rheumatologist, his clinical interests include the evaluation and management of shoulder pain and knee pain in the ambulatory setting, and in caring for patients with osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arth... Read More

Specialties: General Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: Duke University

Andrea M. Barker, MPAS, PA-C

Specialties: Physician Assistant

Curry L. Koening, MD, MS

Curry Koening, M.D., M.S., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Koening is a Rheumatologist whose primary clinical interest is in vasculitis. Dr. Koening received his M.D. degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in 2000. He completed ... Read More

Specialties: Rheumatology, Vasculitis

Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Center for Vasculitis Care and Research

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine

Scott P. Swasey, DO

Specialties: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Fellowship: University of Missouri

Residency: University of Missouri

Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Grant W. Cannon, MD

Grant W. Cannon is Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Utah and Associate Chief of Staff for Academic Affiliations at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. He received his education and postgraduate training at the University of Utah, completing his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1979, Internal Medicine Residency in 198... Read More

Specialties: Rheumatology

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Utah Hospital School of Medicine

2018 Awards

Early Career Educator Award in Health Sciences

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

Brigitte K. Smith, MD, MHPE, FACS, FSVS

Brigitte Smith, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery, Program Director for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery. She grew up in Wisconsin and received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. She continu... Read More

Specialties: Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery, Venous Insufficiency

Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Outstanding Educator Award of Health Sciences Graduate Students

Jim Sibthorp, PhD

Title:  Director of Graduate Studies, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism

Dr. Sibthorp is a Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. He is also the Program Coordinator for the Adventure and Outdoor Programs emphasis area and the Director of Graduate Studies. He primarily teaches courses in adventure and outdoor programming, experiential education, youth development, and research design and analysis.

Most of his research involves youth in recreation settings including outdoor expeditions, summer programs, and camps. He has been involved in measurement projects, interventions, and research on transfer and mechanisms of change. His current projects focus on self regulation and the role of youth mentoring. Much of his research has been collaborative projects with the National Outdoor Leadership School and the American Camp Association.

Outstanding Educator Award of Health Science Professional Students

Brian P. Good, MD

After a New England upbringing, Dr. Brian Good came to Salt Lake City in 2000 after graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He was drawn to the University of Utah by its academic reputation, the intelligent and friendly demeanor of the physicians, and the amazing outdoor environment. He completed pediatric residency and became boa... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Inpatient Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons - Ireland

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

William Bradley (Brad) Poss, MD, FACHE

Dr. Poss completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at the University of Kansas, pediatric residency at the Naval Hospital Oakland, and a pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Utah. He retired in 2007 after 20 years in the US Navy where he served a variety of leadership positions including Director of Graduate Medical ... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: Naval Hospital

Medical School: University of Kansas - Kansas City

Antonius "Tony" Tsai, MBA

Title:   Director of Education Strategy

Tony Tsai joined the University of Utah as the Director of Education Strategy in 2016. He graduated from The Wharton School with his BS and Columbia Business School with his MBA. Before moving to Utah, he served in a number of roles at the University of Michigan.

Stephanie T. Geisler, MBA, PMP

Title:  Full-Time MBA Director

As the director of the Full-Time MBA program, Stephanie is responsible for all aspects of the program from recruiting to program management to career placement. She works with prospective students, current students, alumni, staff, and faculty to lead a strong program to even greater heights.

Before becoming the director of the Full-Time MBA program, Stephanie was Executive Vice President at Innovations Group, a group of companies in the pharmaceutical industry where she worked on many strategic initiatives as third in command.

In 2006, Stephanie co-founded Uppercase Living, a direct sales party plan company selling customizable interior design products. Driving very fast growth in the early years of the company, Stephanie was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (2009 – Emerging category). Uppercase Living was ranked 123 on the INC 500 fastest growing companies in 2010.

2017 Awards

Early Career Educator Award in Health Sciences

Andrew G. Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  He is active in both undergraduate medical education (UME) and graduate medical education (GME).  In UME, Dr. Smith directs the cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal foundational science course during the preclinical years and a capstone c... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care

Fellowship: Academic Pediatrics Association

Fellowship: University of Utah

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Medical School: Goucher College

Mary Steinmann, MD

Mary Steinmann, MD, Associate Professor (Clinical), is triple board certified in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She practices clinically as an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University's Huntsman Mental Health Institute. Dr. Steinmann has a special interest in children and ... Read More

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Residency: University of Utah Triple Board Program

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine

Outstanding Educator Award of Health Sciences Graduate Students

Outstanding Educator Award of Health Science Professional Students

Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDE, BC-ADM

Title:  Professor (Clinical), Pharmacotherapy

Interprofessional Education Team Award

Interprofessional Telemedicine Core Team

Interprofessional Telemedicine Core Team

  • Sue Chase-Canterini, DNP, RN, CHSE
  • Terry Box, MD
  • Troy Andersen, PhD, LCSW
  • Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD
  • Jean Zancanella, RN, CD
  • Susan Hall, DNP, APRN, WHNP
  • Julie Balk, DNP, APRN, MS, ANP-BC
  • Valerie Flattes, APRN, MS, ANP-BC
  • Denise Ward, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC
  • Tamara Ekker, RN, MS