School of Medicine

Medical Student Research Program

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Robert Paine III, MD

Chief, Division of Pulmonary

Robert Paine III, M.D. is an experienced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine physician who has been board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He cares for outpatients with a wide variety of pulmonary problems and has particular interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and unexplained shor... Read More

Specialties: Advanced Lung Disease, Critical Care, General Pulmonary, Pulmonary

Fellowship: Boston University

Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital

Medical School: Washington University

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Dennis L. Parker, PhD

Dr. Dennis Parker earned his MS in Physics from Brigham Young University and his PhD in Medical Biophysics and Computing from the University of Utah. He is the Mark H. Huntsman endowed Professor, in the Departments of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, and Biomedical Informatics.  He served as the founding Director of the Utah Center for Advanced... Read More

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John D. Phillips, PhD

Interim Research Division Chief of Hematology/BMT

John D. Phillips, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Phillips is also Director of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (HSC) Core Research Fa... Read More

Josef T. Prchal, MD

Josef Prchal, MD is a Professor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. He is also named Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator, and is a member of the Cell Response and Regulation Program and the Imaging, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics Program. In addition, he holds ad... Read More

Specialties: Anemia, Hematology/BMT, Myeloproliferative Disorders, Oncology, Thrombocythemia

Fellowship: Toronto General Hospital

Residency: University of Toronto, Department of Medicine

Fellowship: University of Toronto, Department of Medicine

Residency: University of Toronto, Dept of Medicine

Fellowship: Charles University School of Medicine

Medical School: Charles University

Ravi Ranjan, MD, PhD

Ravi Ranjan, M.D., Ph.D., is a cardiologist specializing in cardiac electrophysiology. His clinical interests include ablation of complex cardiac arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardias and supra-ventricular tachycardias. He also has keen interest in cardiac device based therapy like cardiac resynchronization therapy, ICDs an... Read More

Specialties: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology, Cardioversion

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Medical School: Harvard Medical School

Matthew T. Rondina, MD, MS

I have been a faculty member of the University of Utah Department of Medicine since 2006, where I first served as Chief Medical Resident.  My clinical practice is focused on the prevention and treatment of thrombotic disorders, including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.  I teach students a... Read More

Specialties: Thrombotic Disorders

Residency: University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Medical School: University of Utah Medical School

Jared P. Rutter, PhD

Jared Rutter, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.Rutter studies how cells sense and detect energy needs for growth. Understanding the energy-sensing pathways in cells is important in cancer researc... Read More

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Craig H. Selzman, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Craig Selzman is the Dr. Russell M. Nelson and Dantzel W. Nelson Presidential Endowed Chair as well as Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah who specializes in the care of patients requiring heart surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and medical degree at Baylor College... Read More

Specialties: Adult Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Dissection, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Endocarditis, Heart Failure, Heart Stem Cell Therapy, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Surgery, Lung Transplant, Marfan Syndrome and other Aortic Disorders, Maze Surgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Surgical Ventricular Restoration, Valvular Heart Disease

Residency: University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

Residency: University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Robin M. Shaw, MD, PhD

Dr. Robin Shaw is the Nora Eccles Harrison Presidential Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  He is also Director of the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute.  Dr. Shaw's clinical interests include advanced heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias.  His ... Read More

Specialties: Cardiology

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH is a Christi T Smith Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stehlik has received his medical degree from Charles University in Prague and Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Diseases at Alleg... Read More

Specialties: Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiac Sarcoidosis, Cardiology, Cardioversion, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Fellowship: Allegheny General Hospital, MCP Hahnemann University

Residency: Allegheny General Hospital, MCP Hahnemann University

Medical School: Charles University

Scott Summers, PhD

Chair, Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

The major accomplishment of my scientific career has been to advance the idea that sphingolipids such as ceramides regulate nutrient homeostasis and contribute to diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The opinion was initially controversial and few publications other than my own appeared on the topic. Nonetheless, the data were robust and the ther... Read More

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Joel D. Trinity, PhD

Dr. Trinity is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology. Dr. Trinity joined the UVRL in 2009 after completing his doctoral training at The University of Texas at Austin. Utilizing an integrative approach that combines in-vivo and in-vitro ... Read More

Fellowship: George E Whalen VA Medical Center

Martin Tristani-Firouzi, MD

Martin Tristani-Firouzi, MD is a clinician-scientist at The University of Utah School of Medicine and attends on the inpatient and outpatient services at Primary Children´s Hospital. As a general cardiologist, he sees children with all forms of cardiac disease. His clinical interests include inherited rhythm disturbances and sudden cardiac de... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Cardiology

Fellowship: University of Minnesota

Fellowship: University of Minnesota

Residency: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota

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Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD

Dr. Andrew S. Weyrich’s research examines how blood clots in health and disease. His group made the seminal discovery in 2005 that anucleate human platelets splice precursor messenger RNA into products that regulate inflammation. This paradigm shifting observation revolutionized the field of hematology, and has led to thousands of studies tha... Read More

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D. Walter Wray, PhD, MSc

Dr. Wray joined the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Utah as a Research Assistant Professor in 2008. He is a founding member of the Utah Vascular Research Laboratory (www.uvrl.org), a consortium that is affiliated with the University of Utah (Departments of Internal Medicine and Nutrition and Integrative Physiology) and the Salt Lak... Read More

Mark Yandell, PhD

Mark Yandell, PhD has led software development groups in both industry and academia. As a postdoc at the Human Genome Project at Washington University, St. Louis, he was a co-developer of the PolyBayes package, the first probabilistic algorithm for sequence variant discovery. Thereafter, he joined Celera Genomics, where he directed the group that w... Read More

Tianxin Yang, MD, PhD

Residency: Peking Union Medical College

Medical School: Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences

Christian Con Yost, MD

Christian Con Yost, MD is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics within the University of Utah School of Medicine.  He serves as the Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program at the University of Utah. He provides clinical care as an attending physician to critically ill patients admitted to... Read More

Specialties: Neonatology

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

H. Joseph Yost, PhD

Vice-Chair, Basic Science Research, Department of Pediatrics

H. Joseph Yost, Ph.D. is Vice Chairman for Basic Science Research, Department of Pediatrics, Richard L. Stimson Presidential Endowed Chair, and Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy Dr. Yost works at the intersection between model organism genetics and the discovery of novel disease-causing mutations in human genomes. His long-term research goal... Read More

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