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New Employees - July 2021

New Faculty - July 2021

Alex Jepsen, MD
General Internal Medicine - U of U Hospital

Alex Jepsen, MD is an Assistant Professor with the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah Hospital. As a hospitalist, his interests include the care of medically complex patients, point-of-care ultrasound, and medical education.

Dr. Jepsen received his MD from the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. He received training in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia where he also served as Chief Medical Resident.

Bryan Still, MD
BMT Hospitalist
Hematology - Huntsman Cancer Hospital

Bryan is originally from Raleigh NC, and went to UNC for undergraduate, then Wake Forest for medical school, before coming to Utah for Internal Medicine residency. He has previously also lived in South Florida, San Diego, and NYC over the years. He remained interested in malignant hematology throughout his training, including research involving Systemic Mastocytosis at the Huntsman. One personal fact is that he loves to travel and has spent significant time in places like Buenos Aires, Singapore, and Tokyo. He is excited to be a part of the BMT team at Huntsman!

Jeffery Russell
Assistant Professor

Jesse Christensen
Assistant Instructor
Physical Therapy

Jessica Stout, DO
Clinical Instructor
Gastroenterology - U of U Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Center, U of U Redwood Clinic, Mountain West Medical Center

Jessica spent most of her life along the Interstate 70 latitude. She grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, moved 500 miles west to Kansas City for medical school, and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Chief residency in Columbia, Missouri. Her interest in nutrition and the microbiome and her passion for a procedural-based subspecialty took her down to Little Rock, Arkansas where she completed her Gastroenterology fellowship. After fellowship, Jessica sought positions at academic centers in the mountains to call home, and is grateful to begin her career at University of Utah. She is joined by her husband, Mitch, and a small zoo which includes a dog and two cats.

Manni Mohyuddin, MD
Assistant Professor
Hematology - Huntsman Cancer Center

Dr Mohyuddin originally is from Pakistan where he completed his medical school before moving to Kansas City for residency and fellowship. He is passionate about medical education, end of life, cost-effective care and evidence based medicine. His clinical and research interests center around multiple myeloma, and he is working in the Multiple Myeloma Program at the Huntsman Cancer Center to help advance treatment for this disease. He is an avid biker and is excited to explore Utah's trails.

Matthew Morrell, MD
Medical Director of Lung Transplantation
Pulmonary - U of U Health

Dr. Morrell obtained a bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Utah, where he graduated summa cum laude. He attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society after his second year and ultimately graduated with honors. Dr. Morrell completed his internal medicine residency and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh in the division of pulmonary, allergy and critical care medicine as an assistant professor and a lung transplant pulmonologist. Dr. Morrell served as the director of the pulmonary stepdown unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2016, he was appointed as the medical director of the lung transplant program and promoted to the academic rank of associate professor. His passion for expanding access to lung transplantation through organ donation led him to be appointed the medical director of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), the region’s local organ procurement organization.

Dr. Morrell has been involved in medical education of medical students, residents and fellows and has served as the pulmonary transplant fellowship director at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an active member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Morrell is excited to join the faculty at the University of Utah and the lung transplant program as the medical director. He hopes to promote organ donation and provide increased opportunities for lung transplantation to the people here in the mountain west. In his spare time, Dr. Morrell enjoys attending his children’s football games and swim meets. He is an avid cross country runner and pipe organ player.

Michael Strong, MD
General Internal Medicine - Univeristy Hospital

Dr. Strong is from San Diego but has been living in Utah for nearly 30 years. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. Shortly after he completed his residency, he was invited to establish the hospitalists program at the University of Utah which at that time was a new specialty. He led the hospitalist group and oversaw its growth until 2008.

Dr. Strong has an interest in medical informatics and in 2008 was appointed as the University of Utah's first Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). In that role, he oversaw the implementation of the electronic medical record system (EPIC) and was heavily involved in the VDO initiative.

In 2018, Dr. Strong took an extended leave of absence from the University to pursue volunteer service for his church in Lima Peru where he has been living for the past 3 years. He has now returned home and is excited to rejoin the hospitalist group.

Nirupama Ramkumar
Assistant Professor

Stephen Kimani, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Oncology - Hunstman Cancer Institute, SLC

Dr. Kimani was born and raised in Kenya, where he attended medical school at the University of Nairobi. Dr. Kimani has spent a great part of the past decade training and practicing medicine in various settings around the world, including Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, and the USA. Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, UT, he was based in Durham, North Carolina where he completed graduate training at Duke University (Master of Science and Internal Medicine residency) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology). Dr. Kimani is focused on providing clinical care to cancer patients as well as advancing care through research. His research efforts are focused on improving cancer care delivery including developing innovative clinical trials, supporting post-treatment care of cancer patients, and monitoring outcomes for underserved communities globally. He is also interested in studying the intersection between HIV infection and cancer. Dr. Kimani has never been to skiing but is looking forward to trying it out here in Utah.

Timothy W. Farrell, MD, AGSF
Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief for Age-Friendly Care

Dr. Farrell is originally from Massachusetts. He received his A.B. in philosophy from Dartmouth College and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, followed by family medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship training at Brown University. In 2009, he joined the University of Utah Division of Geriatrics faculty. He is a Physician Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) and Director of the University of Utah Health Interprofessional Education Program. He is also Chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Ethics Committee. Dr. Farrell served as the lead author on the 2020 AGS position statement, “Resource Allocation Strategies and Age-Related Considerations in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond,” and represented the AGS in providing vaccine allocation guidance to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and to CDC. He also serves as Co-Chair for the AGS Intersection of Structural Racism and Ageism Writing Group. His research interests include transitions of care, interprofessional education and practice, unbefriended older adults, and medical ethics. Dr. Farrell is a diehard Red Sox fan and enjoys talking baseball with patients and colleagues.

New Staff - July 2021

Alondra Mejia
Clinical Nurse
Dialysis - Utah

Amanda Dailey-Hansen, DNP, AGAC NP-BC, OCN, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Inpatient Hematology and BMT

My name is Amanda Dailey-Hansen and I am grateful to be a part of the Hematology and BMT team here at Huntsman. I was born and raised here in West Jordan, Utah and have been fortunate enough to never have a reason to leave.

Although I am a new Nurse Practitioner, I am not new to the Huntsman family, as I have worked as a nurse in in-patient Medical Oncology for the past 7 years. I first came to Huntsman as nursing student and discovered a hospital and patient population unlike any other. You could say I fell in love with the patients and community we have here and cannot imagine myself ever leaving. My passion for nursing and healthcare developed at a young age while visiting elders in nursing homes with my mother. After high school, I worked as an MA in Family Medicine and Urgent care for 5 years. I then graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 from the University of Utah, College of Nursing with my BSN. Here, I began my work at Huntsman when I returned to the University of Utah for my Adult-Gerontology Acute Care DNP in 2018. I knew that my patients needed more from me, and I also wanted more for my career in nursing. I graduated May 2021 with my DNP and am very excited to be continuing my career here. I look forward to working in this expanded role and am excited about all the new learning opportunities I will undoubtedly have in the years to come.

A few fun facts about me are that I really enjoy camping, riding my bike and running, doing fun family things with my small family of 3 and most recently I just picked up golfing, although, I am not very good yet. I also really enjoy reading and am excited to read something other than a text book for once.

Amy McCalla
Research Associate

Amy Rosenbaum
Physician Assistant
General Internal Medicine

Ashley Purcell
Clinical Nurse
Dialysis - Utah

Blessing Ofori-Atta

Christine Lee
Elder Life Specialist
Geriatrics - U of U School of Medicine

Christine is from Salt Lake City, UT. She received her master’s degree at the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education. Her graduate project focused on the health and well-being of older adults using complementary and integrative therapies. She danced on the University of Utah Crimson Line Dance Team her freshman year as an undergraduate (many years ago).

Christine Glasmann
Study Coordinator

Christy Florence
Medical Assistant

Collin Vesely
Web Content Specialist

Diana Christensen
Clinical Nurse
Dialysis - Utah

Emily Zheutlin, MS
Research Assistant
General Internal Medicine - Salt Lake City

Emily is from Michigan, she just recently graduated with her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She just recently finished her Master's Thesis and wanted to pursue a role in research which brought her to Utah, along with the great academics at the university, she has family out here as well. Emily summited the Grand Teton at 13 and has been in love with the mountains since!

Harini Srinivasan
Lab Assistant
Center for Science and Math Education

Jeanette Church
Internal Medicine Residency Manager
Internal Medicine Administration - University of Utah

Jeanette was born in the Netherlands and moved to the USA in 1979. After traveling around the country she decided to settle in SLC with her three daughters to ski in the Wasatch and sail nearby and not so nearby lakes. Jeanette come to us from the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah where she managed the ACGME Accredited Fellowships, (Vascular Neurology, Clinical Neuro Physiology, Epilepsy and Neuromuscular Fellowships) as well as the third year Clerkship and fourth year Electives. She has a degree in computer science with a minor in accounting and was a business owner for over ten years but always returned to her passions in education. Jeanette’s other educational experience comes from being a Special Education Program coordinator for Granite School District, Corporate Clinical Director for UCMT, Executive assistant for The Children’s Center, and Administrative Assistant for the COE Special Education. After work you can find her out hiking with her dogs (Peak bagging), skiing with her grown kids, camping, sailing in high winds, and finding adventure wherever she can.

Jillian Delmain
Dialysis Technician
Dialysis - Utah

Jillian Garrett
Dialysis Technician
Dialysis - Utah

Jody Gray, RN
Clinical Supervisor
Nephrology - Northern Utah Kidney Specialist- Ogden/McKay Dee Hospital

Jody was born in Ogden, Utah, but has lived in other places such as Colorado, Arizona, Indiana, and Germany. She went to Bonneville High School and then graduated from Weber State University with her RN degree. She has completed other certifications such as Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, EMT, CNA, and Research Coordinator. She has experience in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Dermatology, OB/GYN, ICU, Neurology, Endocrinology, and Infectious Disease. She has been in the Medical field for over 25 years and her experience and education has more than qualified her for her new role. Jody has 7 children and 9 grandbabies. She loves to spend time with her family, cook, yoga, reading, and traveling. She hopes to continue her education further and get her BSN.

Jonnalyn Juan
Clinical Nurse
Dialysis - Utah

Kjersti Ertmann
Medical Assistant

Marcie Falkner
Clinical Research Coordinator

McKenzee Young
Website and Events Coordinator
Internal Medicine Administration

McKenzee was born in Idaho, but has spent most of her life in Utah, which she claims as home. McKenzee started at the University as a clerk in Rheumatology and after taking a leave of absence for church service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she returned and took a position as a website editor. Since then, she has used her passion for creativity and organization to manage the departments website. McKenzee is excited to expand her role in website management and take on new challenges. When McKenzee is not at work, she can be found drawing, reading, hiking, or watching Parks and Rec with her husband. 

Naomi Craner
UU Student - Admin/Clerical

Natalie Cottle
Dialysis Technician
Dialysis - Utah

Natan Gama
Dialysis Nursing
Dialysis - Utah

Priscilla Blossner, RN, BSN
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Epidemiology - University of Utah

Priscilla Blosser is born to the Diné (Navajo) Nation. She is Honágháahnii, One-Walks-Around clan, born to the Korean race on her Father’s side. Kinłichíi’nii, the Red House People, on her maternal Grandfather’s clan. The bilagáana, white people, is her paternal Grandfather’s clan.

She graduated with her associates degree from Salt Lake Community College in 2010, then attended Westminster College and graduated in 2014 with a baccalaureate in Nursing. She spent the first 4 years of her nursing career on the inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematology unit at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, following this she spent some time as a Case Manager with the Neuro Critical Care unit with the University of Utah. Priscilla made the transition from clinical nursing to clinical research nursing in 2019 and started with Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trials Office coordinating Phase I, II, and III Hematology clinical trials where she was able to use her nursing skills and apply this to the research.

Outside of the office Priscilla spends her time being a good mother/sister/relative, beading, gardening, and supporting Missing Murdered Indigenous Peoples, with MMIP Who Is Missing.

She is excited to use her background, interests, and nursing skills as a Sr Clinical Research Coordinator with the PARCKA program.

Richard McShinsky
Data Scientist
Hematology - SLC

Richard McShinsky is a Utah native from Draper and Provo. He graduated from BYU with a bachelors in applied and computational mathematics, and is currently seeking a professional MS in data science from Johns Hopkins. Richard's previous experience involved working at start-ups as a ML Ops team lead.

When not at work, he loves spending time with his family, including his wife and daughter. He loves the outdoors and programming. He is a certified instructor of ballroom dance and has performed across the United States and Europe.

Trevor Pulley
Outpatient Clinic Manager
Dialysis - Utah