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Marlayna Despres, MD

  • About Me

    Where you Completed your Residency: University of Utah/Primary Children's

    Where you completed Medical School: University of Utah 

    Undergraduate School: Westminster College 

    Medical Areas of Interest: General pediatric cardiology, fetal cardiology, personalized medicine, catheter-based intervention

    Interests & Hobbies: Camping, gardening, hiking, trying new restaurants, hanging out with husband and dogs 

    Hometown: Salt Lake City 

    Why Utah Pediatric cardiology? This is a busy program with amazing mentors, a strong research infrastructure, and located in my favorite place! 

    What is your favorite part about our program? I like that the people here are invested in teaching and that everyone is so approachable and helpful 

    What is your favorite part about living in Salt Lake City? I like having a full 4 seasons and enjoying exploring the city and surrounding mountains 

    What cool research/advocacy/education/scholarly work are you participating in? I am currently hoping to find a research project that fits my interests but am also helping with a QI project about feedback for fellows. 

    What has been a standout rotation or teaching experience you've been part of as a fellow? I loved my cath rotation because I learned a TON, the attendings were great teachers, and the procedure part was also super interesting and exciting 

    What is something you didn't know before coming to Utah that you wish you did? I have always been here so I will say that this place is addictive and nearly impossible to leave! 

    What are your plans following fellowship? I am not 100% sure yet but I think I would like to be an attending at a teaching/academic hospital and get to take care of interesting patients.

    What made you decide to come to Utah?  The people, the city, the learning environment, and the opportunities!