Academic Affairs & Faculty Development

Faculty Development

Past Award Winners

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

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

Marissa P. Grotzke, MD

Dr. Grotzke received her degree from University of Colorado-Denver. She received training in medicine and endocrinology from University of Edinburgh and University of Utah School of Medicine.... Read More

Specialties: Endocrinology & Metabolism, Transgender Health

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: MOI University Medical School

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Edinburgh

Medical School: University of Colorado - Denver

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

Brigitte Smith, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, the Acting 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. ... 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 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