Meet Our Team
Title: Chair of Global Health for Department of Orthopaedics
Dr. Douglas Hutchinson, Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, specializes in hand and microvascular surgery. Dr.Hutchinson currently serves as the chief of Hand Surgery at Primary Children’s Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Shriners Intermountain Hospital. He is the Hofmann Endowed Chair for Humanitarianism in Orthopaedics at the University of Utah where he passionately leads and educates residents, fellows and attendings internationally as well as treats underserved patients all over the world. Dr.Hutchinson’s clinical interests include pediatric and congenital hand surgery, surgery of the wrist and elbow, and all hand problems in all ages. He trained at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, completed residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and fellowship at the Raymond M. Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore.
Title: Director of Research & Academic Affairs for Department of Orthopaedics
As a “third culture kid” she developed a passion for different cultures, and an empathy for those disadvantaged. While raising four children, she has built partnerships and led change for over 20 years. An expert in program management, clinical research and global health, she professionally educates on issues, domestically and in developing countries.
While completing her Masters of Public Health, she managed the development of a clinical research unit and lab in Tanzania, and multiple NIH studies to further understand the pathology of pediatric severe malaria. She also managed multiple industry-sponsored HIV ART clinical trials for the University of Utah Infectious Diseases Division, evaluated reproductive health clinics and youth programs in Guyanaon a short term mission for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and revamped surgical suites for Globus Relief in Chamba, India.
Rebecca enjoys travel, nature, and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she skippers sailboats on theGreat Salt Lake, and dances Argentinian tango, anywhere they will let her.
Title: Global Health Program Coordinator for the Department of Orthopaedics
In addition to being a dedicated mother of three incredible kids and one fur baby, she enjoys running, sky diving and traveling. She is passionate about humanitarian work and feels privileged to apply her immense administrative skills locally at the University Orthopaedic Center and abroad. Her humanitarian experience includes directing two Salt Lake Valley 5K’s races and served as secretary for the Chosen Half Marathon’s core race team, both of which raised funds for those in need locally. Recently, she completed a site visit in Marrakech, Morocco where they met with local medical residents, surgeons and hospital staff. She looks forward to supporting our attendings, residents and fellows to return in the near future to treat patients and exchange knowledge with their beautiful community. Trudi is incredibly proud and excited to be a part of the amazing Global Health team with the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah.