Academic Affairs & Faculty Development

VPCAT Research Scholars Program

2019-2020

2019-2020 Scholar Cohort

Matthew Alexander, MD

Matthew Alexander, M.D. is a neurointerventional radiologist in the Departments of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Neurosurgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His expertise cerebral and spinal angiography, treating a broad range of vascular disorders affecting the nervous system. His research involves clinical, translational and basic science investigation of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural arteriovenous fistulae, and intracranial atherosclerosis.
 
 
 

 

 

 

Email:  Matthew.Alexander@hsc.utah.edu

Nathan Blue, MD

Nathan R. Blue, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. As a Women’s Reproductive Health Research scholar, Dr. Blue is interested in studying the treatment of placental abnormalities, unanticipated pregnancy events, and fetal growth restriction. He has carried out research and published on the management of preeclampsia and preterm birth, with an ongoing focus and special expertise in stillbirth and fetal growth restriction.

Dr. Blue received his Medical Degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, followed by a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Los Angeles County – USC Medical Center, where he developed a passion for research and caring for underserved women. He completed a Fellowship at the University of New Mexico and has joined University of Utah Health as a Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) grant recipient. Dr. Blue is also fluent in Spanish and has enjoyed working with Spanish speaking populations.

Email:  nathan.blue@hsc.utah.edu

Kimberly Brunisholz, PhD, MST

I have over 10 years of research experience working for Intermountain Healthcare. I currently serve in an inaugural fellowship position within Intermountain Healthcare, the Delivery System Science fellowship, which is co-sponsored by AcademyHealth. As an adjunct faculty member within the Division of Epidemiology and the University of Utah School of Medicine, I teach a masters-level course in Health Services Research.

More recently, I have conducted research within innovative practice re-design initiatives such as Shared Decision Making and Disruptive Innovation (both funded by CMMI Innovation Challenge Awards), and Intermountain Healthcare’s long-term investment in Mental Health Integration and its Patient Centered Medical Home. At Intermountain, I lead research and evaluation efforts for our Diabetes Prevention Program and the Collaborative Pharmacist Support Services program.

Email:  Kimberly.Brunisholz@hsc.utah.edu

Mark Dodson, MD, PhD

Dr. Dodson is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Intermountain Medical Center, where Dr. Dodson is a part of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center and the Medical Director of the Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) Program. Dr. Dodson completed his MD and PhD degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles, his Internal Medicine Residency also at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah.

 

 

Email:  M.Dodson@hsc.utah.edu

Peter Fino, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  peter.fino@utah.edu

Isaac Hall, MD, MS

Isaac E. Hall, M.D., M.S. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and his M.D. from the University of New Mexico. During nephrology fellowship training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he received additional research training and completed an M.S. in Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University. Dr. Hall’s primary research focus is to improve current diagnostic strategies for early complications in kidney transplantation and involves the study of novel imaging techniques and non-invasive biochemical markers of acute kidney injury and rejection.

 

 

 

 

Email:  isaac.hall@hsc.utah.edu

Dustin Hammers, PhD

Dustin B. Hammers, Ph.D. joined the University of Utah in 2011 as Assistant Professor of Neurology and clinical neuropsychologist for the Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR). 
Dr. Hammers obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University. Following his neuropsychology internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan, Dr. Hammers completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. 

Dr. Hammers’ research has focused primarily on the aging process, including the detection of early memory decline in dementia populations through computerized batteries or executive functioning tasks. Additional areas of interest have included research evaluating diagnostic consistency between clinical (neurological and neuropsychological assessment) and imaging (PiB, FTG-PET, etc.) data in an effort to improve diagnostic accuracy. 

Email:  dustin.hammers@hsc.utah.edu

Audrey Jones, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  Audrey.Jones@hsc.utah.edu

Michael Jurynec, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  mjurynec@genetics.utah.edu

Morgan Millar, PhD, MA

I am a survey methodologist primarily interested in experimental research to identify methods of improving response rates for web and mixed-mode surveys. I participate in survey study design, questionnaire development and assessment, and survey implementation strategies. I am also investigating how survey recruitment and retention methods apply to other types of studies. I am also interested in research to understand and alleviate health disparities, particularly in terms of cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  morgan.millar@hsc.utah.edu

Dominik Ose, DrPH, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  Dominik.OSE@hsc.utah.edu

Ami Patel, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  ami.patel@hci.utah.edu

David Rozek, PhD

David Rozek, PhD, Instructor, is a clinical psychologist and holds a primary appointment at the University of Utah in the Department of Psychiatry. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and completed his residency at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Rozek’s research and clinical expertise are in cognitive and behavioral therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidal behavior. He regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals about managing suicidal patients and is an active researcher focusing on how to best improve clinical care.

 

 

 

 

Email:  David.Rozek@utah.edu

Windy Tanner, PhD, MSPH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  windy.tanner@hsc.utah.edu

Lauren Theilen, MD

Lauren H. Theilen, MD is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Utah Health. She specializes in managing high-risk pregnancies and she currently provides both longitudinal prenatal care and consultations before, during, and after pregnancy. Dr. Theilen’s clinical and research interests include hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, pregnancy as a window to future health, and optimizing postpartum care. She also offers convenient and personalized prenatal visits for women with low-risk pregnancies through the University of Utah Virtual Prenatal Care Program.

 

 

 

 

Email:  Lauren.Theilen@hsc.utah.edu

Rayma Thota, MBBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Workman, MD, MSCI

Dr. Workman received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her medical degree from teh Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She completed both her Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Workman joined the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2014 as an Instructor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care. Her research interestes include health services research and the delivery of efficient, cost-effective care for children with critical illness.

 

 

 

 

Email:  jennifer.workman@hsc.utah.edu