Academic Affairs & Faculty Development

Faculty Development Coaching Program

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UCAN Directors

Antonius (Tony) Tsai, MBA

Antonius (Tony) Tsai, MBA

Tony Tsai currently serves as the director of education strategy and leadership development at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Tony is seeking to bring greater balance between the "why" and the "how" in education and education culture. He has worked with thousands of students, faculty, and staff to promote a greater sense of meaning and purpose within their experience of education. In his leadership role, he has helped lead changes in higher education towards greater student leadership and empowerment.

 He graduated with a degree in business from the Wharton School of Business. After college, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army in the 3rd Infantry Division. He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. He continues to work in medical education, transforming educational programs and culture towards greater physician leadership.

Harriet W. Hopf, MD

Harriet W. Hopf, MD

Dr. Hopf is Professor of Anesthesiology and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. As Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Anesthesiology (2011-2018), she focused on career coaching for early career faculty. As Director of the Women in Medicine and Science Program (2009-2012) and SOM Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2012-2016), she focused on faculty advancement. As Senior Special Assistant to the University of Utah Office for Faculty (2016-2018) and Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty (2018-2019), she gained university-wide experience, especially in coaching difficult conversations.

She is an Associate Editor for Anesthesiology and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). She is on the faculty of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel. Her contributions as a mentor and coach have been recognized by the FAER Research Mentoring Excellence Award (2013), the YWCA Utah Outstanding Achievement Award (2013), and the Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women (2017).

Early Career Coaches

Katherine Anderson, MD

Katherine Anderson, MD

I came to the University of Utah in 2005 and after completing my residency in Internal Medicine I went on to pursue a clinical geriatrics fellowship and an advanced fellowship in faculty development and education.  As a clinician educator I have been involved in patient care, teaching and programmatic development in multiple clinical and educational settings involving a wide spectrum of learners.  I am a “yes” person which makes for being a “good citizen” in the field of academic medicine however, it has at times been challenging to focus my career on the things I am most passionate about. While I had pieces of mentorship along the way, I would have greatly benefited from a more formal coaching model such as this to help me more confidently navigate the direction I wanted my career to go while also supporting my spouse through his training and growing our family.
Deborah Bilder, MD

Deborah Bilder, MD

Deborah Bilder, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Utah.  She also holds adjunct appointments in the departments of Pediatrics and Educational Psychology.  She completed the triple board residency program (Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) at the University of Utah and maintains board certification in all three specialties. Following residency, she participated in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (URLEND) and is now a consultant for this program.

Through her leadership, she facilitated the growth of Neurobehavior HOME program, a fiscally viable, Medicaid-funded sub-specialty medical home program for individuals throughout the lifespan with neurodevelopmental disabilities.  She is a clinical and research expert in autism and is the Principal Investigator for the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Co-Principal Investigator for the Utah site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. She also consults for pharmaceutical companies on clinical trial protocol development for drugs and biologics that target rare genetic conditions.

Susan Cochella, MD, MPH

Susan Cochella, MD, MPH

Dr. Cochella is a Clinical Professor and Associate Residency Program Director in Family Medicine. She practices and teaches at the Sugarhouse clinic and Primary Children’s Hospital. She is passionate about our professional responsibility to train physicians and influence our system to deliver excellent care that is cost effective, fair, and evidence based. This requires leadership, culture change, and a big picture perspective. She has trained practicing physicians throughout Utah to treat pain more safely, directed courses in all four years of the medical school curriculum, led Family Medicine’s National Clerkship Curriculum, and studied the impact of teams and the needs of patients, learners, and educators. She is enriched by working with wise caring colleagues at all levels in systems that support progress, and seeing her patients and colleagues grow and thrive.
Megan Fix, MD

Megan Fix, MD

Dr. Megan Fix is the Director of Education for the Division of Emergency Medicine and she also holds multiple roles in School of Medicine at the University of Utah including: CMC Core Faculty, Faculty Director of Mentoring, and Transitions to Internship Course Director.  Dr. Fix is originally from Michigan and completed her undergrad and medical school at Stanford University and then residency at the Harvard Affiliated EM Program in Boston.  She has always loved education and medical education of faculty, residents and students is her major academic focus.  She also believes in commitment to her personal well being and family, which includes her husband Bill and three young sons.
Tiffany Glasgow, MD

Tiffany Glasgow, MD

I joined the U faculty in 2001 after spending 4 years flexing my early career to fit my husband’s training. I had practiced primary care pediatrics, hospital medicine, emergency medicine and a bit of PICU and NICU coverage all while growing our family. When recruited to the U as the “me-too” spouse, I told my new boss (and myself) that I was willing to do anything needed. I did exactly that for many, many years. I covered clinics, directed the nursery, launched a hospitalist program, published papers, taught students and residents. While I have had a very rewarding “mile-wide, inch-deep” career, I would have greatly benefited from some early coaching to understand my personal strengths, values and desires for my professional life.
Mark Harris, MBCHB, MPH

Mark Harris, MBCHB, MPH

Although I have always wanted to work in academic medicine, I am not a dedicated researcher. Rather, I enjoy the GME environment. In addition, I have been deeply engaged in global health since early in my career – unusual for an anesthesiologist. Ironically, that peculiarity has enabled me to earn something of a reputation in this admittedly small circle. So, entrenched in two notoriously challenging niches from which to gain promotion, I have managed to have a somewhat successful academic career.
Maija Holsti, MD, MPH

Maija Holsti, MD, MPH

I have been a member of the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine since I moved here from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with my husband and six-week-old baby for my fellowship in 2002.  Currently, I am a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Primary Children’s Hospital. I have been the Director of Research Education for the Department of Pediatrics since 2009 and responsible for several NIH funded and University of Utah undergraduate research programs.  I am committed to the development of research education for undergraduate, graduate, and physicians in training. I also have clinical and research interests in the area of pediatric status epilepticus treatment and has completed several multi-centered projects that require Exception from Informed Consent.  I enjoy relaxing and traveling with my family (my husband, 16 and 12 year old boys, and 85 year old father), running and yoga with friends, Nordic skiing with my husband, and watching my children in their various activities.
Randy Jensen, MD, PhD

Randy Jensen, MD, PhD

Randy Jensen MD, PhD, was born in Utah. He completed a dual major in Chemistry and Biology at the University of Utah. He and his wife Elizabeth were classmates at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Upon graduation, he began a residency in Neurological Surgery at Loyola University of Chicago. During this time, he was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience with research emphasis on meningioma signal transduction and biology. Following residency, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Utah where he has been since 1998.

He is currently Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, and Oncological Sciences. He serves as Residency Program Director. Dr. Jensen co-directs the brain tumor group at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. His clinical work focuses in the surgical management of intracranial tumors and stereotactic radio surgery. He has special interest in preoperative and intraoperative cortical mapping and imaging for resection of tumors in eloquent areas of the brain. His laboratory interests are the role of hypoxia in brain tumor growth and angiogenesis, animal models of pseudo progression, and preclinical models of meningioma. The Jensen family enjoys running, biking, canyoneering in Zion National Park, boating on Lake Powell, skiing at Snowbird, and most outdoor activities. Randy and Liz are involved in many church and community volunteer and leadership roles.

David Sandweiss, MD

David Sandweiss, MD

After completing pediatric residency in Seattle, WA in 1999, my wife and I joined the Navajo Area Indian Health Service in Chinle, AZ, where, for 5 years, we served a rural American Indian community.  To this day, the experience continues to inform my medical practice.  In 2006 I joined the University of Utah Dept of Pediatrics Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and currently divide my professional time between clinical care, global health, and provider wellness.  I am very excited to work with University faculty in the Career Coaching Program.
Mary Beth Scholand, MD

Mary Beth Scholand, MD

I came to the University of Utah two for my pulmonary fellowship and have remained on faculty.   I developed the Interstitial Lung Disease program and have grown this program into an internationally recognized center of excellence.   I have been a principle investigator on dozens of clinical trials and research programs focused on a cure for pulmonary fibrosis.  In addition, I have been devoted to improving the quality of patient and provider experiences at the University of Utah and am currently the ambulatory chief value officer for Internal Medicine.    While I have had marvelous mentors throughout my career that have guided my way, I would have truly appreciated a coach who saw my big picture and helped me navigate my early career.
Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP

I am a Family Medicine physician with 18 years of experience as a clinician educator. I graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed residency and a two-year academic fellowship at the University of Utah, combining a Masters of Public Health and a focus on curriculum development. I became Residency Program Director at the University of Utah Family Medicine Residency Program in 2005 at the age of 32. Shortly thereafter, I started a family. In tandem, I grew up both professionally and personally as a clinician, program director and a mother over the following decade. It was no short of a great challenge and a gift.

I served as the Residency Program Director until 2018, working to create a dynamic and evolving residency training program responsive to the needs of the community and our trainees. This leadership role informed my passion for educational programming in leadership skills, quality improvement, and provider wellness. I enjoy an active clinical practice in Family Medicine, in which I practice full spectrum care (newborns to the elderly), including maternity care and obstetrics. I enjoy running with my dog, cooking with my husband, learning from my children (ages 9&12), mountain biking, alpine and Nordic skiing, yoga, and tennis.

Theresa Werner, MD

Theresa Werner, MD

Dr. Theresa L. Werner, MD, is an Associate Professor in Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Utah and a Clinical Investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Dr. Werner is the Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Office and is the recipient of the 2016 the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. Dr. Werner specializes in women’s cancers and serves as the PI for numerous clinical trials in gynecologic and breast cancer. She writes investigator-initiated trials with a focus on genomic biomarkers aimed at predicting response to targeted therapy in cancer patients. She has developed a practical training course for PIs in Clinical Research for the University of Utah.

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