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Alumni VPCAT Mentors

Rena D'Souza, DDS, MS, PhD


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Julie M. Fritz, PhD, PT, ATC


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Adi V. Gundlapalli, MD, PhD


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Kimberly E. Hanson, MD, MHS


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Kimberly Kaphingst, ScD


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Kristen A. Keefe, PhD


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Siam Oottamasathien, MD


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John D. Phillips, PhD


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Michael A. Rubin, MD, PhD, MS


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Alumni VPCAT Mentors

Title:  Professor, Department of Pathology, Wake Forest School of Medicine | Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Utah

Dr. Michael Cohen is currently a Professor of Pathology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is board certified in both anatomic pathology and cytopathology. Dr. Cohen’s clinical work focuses on cytopathology, including fine-needle aspiration biopsies. He has been an extramurally funded investigator focused on prostate cancer, and more recently has focused on lung cancer and diagnostic errors, as well as process improvement.

He was previously at the University of Utah where he was a Professor and Vice Chair in Pathology, Director of Research in the Department of Orthopaedics, and Ombudsman for the Health Sciences Center. Before joining the University of Utah, he was a faculty member at Columbia University, UCSF, and the University of Iowa, where he was a professor and head of the Department of Pathology. 

Dr. Cohen was a member of the IOM Committee that wrote Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. His research has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as books, book chapters, and presentations. He has received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Regents Award for Faculty Excellence (University of Iowa), and a President’s Award from the CAP. 

Email:  mbcohen@wakehealth.edu

Title:  Professor, Department of Communication and Associate Dean for Research, College of Humanities | Member, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, HCI, University of Utah

Dr. Jakob Jensen is an Associate Dean for Research in the College of Humanities, a Professor in the Department of Communication, and a member of the Cancer Control & Population Sciences Core in the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is an expert in health communication with a research focus on the strategic communication of health information to the public, with a special focus on cancer. Dr. Jensen routinely works with public health departments to design and evaluate their campaigns, interventions, and programs. Most recently, he worked with the Utah Department of Health on the design and evaluation of colorectal and breast cancer screening campaigns.

Email:  jakob.jensen@bsh.utah.edu

Dr. Nichols began his academic career on the faculty at Indiana University. His mid-career was as division chief and Vice Chair of the Cancer Center at Oregon Health and Science University. He has been involved in oncology leadership through board positions with Leukemia Lymphoma Society and LIVESTRONG. Since joining ASCO in 1986, Dr. Nichols has served the Society in numerous volunteer capacities, including as a member of the CancerLinQ Board of Governors and as ASCO Treasurer.

Title:  Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, College of Social & Behavioral Science, University of Utah

For over two years, Dr. Bert Uchino served as a VPCAT senior mentor strongly guiding his scholars. He utilized his knowledge of the University of Utah along with his mentoring experience to engage and participate in the program. Dr. Uchino's research has been aimed at examining how social relationships influence health at multiple levels of analysis. He has been examining the social (e.g., types of social interactions), cognitive (e.g., how these interactions are interpreted or construed), and physiological (e.g., cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune) processes associated with our all important social relationships.

Email:  bert.uchino@psych.utah.edu