Leadership

Program Director

Daniel J. Vargo, MD

Title:  Program Director

Dr. Vargo's clinical practice involves basic general surgery, including gallbladder and hernia surgery. He utilizes basic and advanced techniques in performing these procedures, including minimally invasive surgery/laparoscopy and robotic surgery. In addition, Dr. Vargo has a specialty practice in complex abdominal wall surgery, inclu... Read More

Research Interests: Competency in Medical Education, Complex Abdominal Wall Defects, Resident Selection for Surgery

Specialties: Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Surgery, Hernia Surgery (open and laparoscopic), Surgery, General

Program Director Elect

Laura A. Lambert, MD, FACS

Title:  Program Director Elect

Dr. Laura Lambert is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Peritoneal Malignancy Program at the University of Utah. Dr. Lambert specializes in the care of patients requiring surgical treatment related to peritoneal carcinomatosis (cancer which has spread throughout the lining of the abdominal cavity) and gastrointestinal oncology. Dr. Lambert ... Read More

Specialties: Appendiceal Cancer, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), Oncology Surgery, Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Associate Program Director

William J. Peche, MSPH, MD

Title:  Associate Program Director

William Peche, MD, is an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah and a surgeon with the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Peche holds board certifications in both general and colorectal surgery. He is the director of the School of ... Read More

Specialties: Colon Cancer, Colorectal Surgery, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis, Surgery, General

Associate Program Director Elect

Jason B. Young, MD, PHARMD

Title:  Associate Program Director Elect

Specialties: Acute Care Surgery, Critical Care, Surgery, General, Trauma Surgery

Clinical Director

Gregory Livers, MD

Title:  Clinical Director

Dr. Gregory Livers is a general surgeon in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. 


Specialty:  General Surgery

Associate Director of Research

Anna R. Ibele, MD

Title:  Associate Director of Research

Dr. Anna Ibele is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Medicine from The Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Following this, she completed a surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin and a fellowship in Complex Minimally Invasive Foregut and Bariatric Surgery ... Read More

Specialties: the surgical treatment of obesity, treatment of disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, and gallbladder. Also performs minimally invasive repairs of hiatal and paraesophageal hernias.

Administrative Program Manager

Lori Bybee

Lori Bybee

Academic Coordinator

Janell Clements

Janell Clements

Staff Development Educator

Ruth Braga, MSN, RN

Ruth Braga, MSN, RN

Email:  Ruth.Braga@hsc.utah.edu