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Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., was appointed Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health (ADUSH) for Quality, Safety and Value (QSV) for the Department of Veterans Affairs, August 25, 2013.
Prior to her appointment as ADUSH for QSV, Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., served as Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), from February, 2003 through August, 24, 2013.
Dr. Clancy, a general internist and health services researcher, is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following clinical training in internal medicine, Dr. Clancy was a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining AHRQ in 1990, she was also an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.
Dr. Clancy holds an academic appointment at George Washington University School of Medicine (Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine) and serves as Senior Associate Editor, Health Services Research. She serves on multiple editorial boards including JAMA, Annals of Family Medicine, American Journal of Medical Quality, and Medical Care Research and Review.
She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2004. In 2009, was awarded the 2009 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research.
Her major research interests include improving health care quality and patient safety, and reducing disparities in care associated with patients' race, ethnicity, gender, income, and education. As Director, she launched the first annual report to the Congress on health care disparities and health care quality.
Dr. Clancy lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C, with her husband, Bill. She enjoys jogging, movies, and spending time with her extended family, especially four nieces in Virginia.
Since July of 2011, Dr. Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University's School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care.
A 1986 graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College, Dr. Lee was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University (1986 - 1989), where she received a doctorate in medical engineering. Returning to Harvard Medical School (1988 - 1992), she earned her M.D. with honors. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Duke, where she also served as Chief Resident and trained as a fellow in Body and Cardiovascular MRI and Thoracic Imaging at NYU. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, she received NYU's Orloff Award in 2001 for research. Dr. Lee completed an M.B.A. at NYU's Stern School of Business in 2006 and was among Crain's New York Business magazine's "40 under 40: New York's Rising Stars". She has been awarded the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, Polytechnic-NYU Innovator's Award, Dynamic Achiever Award Overseas Chinese Association, Pathfinder Award SLC Chamber of Commerce. She has served as mentor for over 40 faculty, fellows, residents and students.
Dr. Lee is a radiologist by training and is currently principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants. She has served as Chair of the Medical Imaging NIH study section and is a Fellow and past President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). On the Editorial Board of leading journals in imaging, Dr. Lee has authored over 150 peer-reviewed research publications, and a popular textbook, Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols (Lippincott, 2006). Dr. Lee's research focuses on the development of quantitative functional MRI for the improved understanding of physiology and disease. In 2005, 2011 and 2012, Dr. Lee received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. In 2012, she delivered the ISMRM Lauterbur Lecture.
Jean P. Shipman is Director, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. Previously, she was Director, Tompkins-McCaw Library at Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as president of the Medical Library Association for 2006-2007.
Jean graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Gettysburg College. She has worked in academic health sciences libraries (Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, VCU), a hospital library (Greater Baltimore Medical Center) and with the Southeastern/Atlantic NN/LM at the University of Maryland.
Learn about University services and support available to you to enable inclusion of sex and gender differences in your research.
Dr. Digre is a world-renowned ophthalmologist and neurologist. Through her efforts, the University of Utah is one of a few institutions in the world with certified fellowship-training programs in neuro-ophthalmology, a medical sub-specialty focusing on brain problems that affect vision.
Dr. Digre was the first woman president of the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society, past councilor for the American Neurological Association and currently sits on the board of directors for the American Headache Society. She is the recipient of the Utah Library Association Special Service to Libraries Award, Gender Equity Award, Linda Amos Award, the Martha Hughes Cannon Award and the NANOS Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Digre was a fellow at ELAM (Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine).
Kathleen Digre received an M.D. from the University of Iowa and has been a member of the University of Utah faculty since 1987 with primary appointments in both neurology and ophthalmology, as well as adjunct appointments in obstetrics and gynecology as well as anesthesia. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, two books and numerous invited lectures. She is also director of neuro-ophthalmology fellowship, the division of headache and neuro-ophthalmology and the Center of Excellence in Women's Health at the U.
Kathleen B. Digre, along with Michael W. Varner, M.D. was honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the University of Utah's most prestigious award, in May of 2012.
Rachel Hess is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. As a General Internist, Rachel Hess, M.D., M.S., provides primary care for adults. She has a special interest in women's health, particularly mid-life women's health. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding and improving patient-centered outcomes, such as health-related quality of life. She directs the University of Utah's Health System Innovation and Research Program.
John Langell is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah Health Sciences, an Adjunct Professor of Management at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and Chief of General Surgery at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Dr. Langell is the Executive Director for the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI). He is an expert in Lean process improvement applications in the healthcare environment and is assisting in the implementation of these programs at the University of Utah Health Sciences.
Dr. Langell completed his surgical training at Stanford University Medical Center and completed advanced training in Space and Aerospace Medicine with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He has specialized expertise in the treatment of diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract, biliary tract, and endocrine system (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands). He is board certified in general surgery and board eligible in Space and Aerospace Medicine. His clinical focus is in the application of advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques in laparoscopic surgery with special focus on diseases of the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tree. Additionally, Dr. Langell has expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of hernia disease, including abdominal wall and groin hernias, hiatal hernias, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.
Megan McIntyre presented in place of John Langell.
Dr. Parks is Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Vice President for Research, and President of the Research Foundation at the University of Utah. After training in neuroscience at the University of California, Yale University, and the University of Virginia, Dr. Parks joined the Utah faculty in 1978. His research on neurobiology of the developing auditory system was continuously funded by the NIH for 26 years, he taught neuroscience to medical and graduate students for 30 years, and was chair of his department for 5 years. Dr. Parks was a co-founder of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a board member from 1986-2006 and he has also served as board member or scientific advisor for several private technology companies and as a trustee or director for several non-profit organizations.
Dr. Varner is an internationally recognized expert in maternal fetal medicine clinical research. Regionally, his efforts have facilitated NIH-funded clinical research through major hospitals and local practices along the Wasatch front for the past two decades. Globally, he established a service mission to Tibet, bringing education and improved healthcare to that region. Dr. Varner received an M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School and joined the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah in 1987, where he is currently that department's vice-chair for research. Also at the University of Utah, he holds an H. A. and Edna Benning Endowed Presidential Chair and also serves the Health Sciences Center as the interim director of the Program in Personalized Healthcare, the associate director for women's health for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the co-director of the Institute for Women's and Children's Health Research. He serves as well as the co-director of the Clinical Genetics Institute for Intermountain Healthcare. A prolific writer, Dr. Varner has over 340 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 34 book chapters, one book, 25 short articles and letters and more than 300 abstracts and invited presentations to his credit.
Michael W. Varner and Kathleen B. Digre were both honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the University of Utah's most prestigious award, in May of 2012.
Panelists describe their current research and how they plan for and execute research that effectively considers sex and/or gender influences on research questions, methods, and results.
David H. Perrin is Dean of the College of Health and Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah. His previous appointments include Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dean of Health and Human Performance at UNCG, and Chair of the Department of Human Services and Director of the graduate programs in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia.
Perrin's primary research interests have included anterior cruciate ligament injury risk factors in physically active females and concussion in athletes. He has authored or coauthored 5 textbooks and over 200 scholarly papers and abstracts. He is former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training and founding editor of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.
Perrin previously served on the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages, Bureau of Health Professions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and the National Academy of Kinesiology, and a Founding Board of Director of the American Kinesiology Association.
Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD received her BS-MD from the six-year program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College. She completed an internal medicine internship followed by a residency in ophthalmology at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve. She then studied at the Harvard University/Schepens Eye Research Institute and Retina Associates and completed both adult and pediatric retina fellowships and a research fellowship in cell and molecular biology. Dr. Hartnett is one of the few fellowship-trained adult and pediatric retina surgeons in the country.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and Fellow of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO). She studies mechanisms of aberrant angiogenesis in age-related macular degeneration and retinopathy of prematurity at the University of Utah where she is a full Professor of Ophthalmology with adjunct appointments in the departments of Pediatrics and Neurobiology and Anatomy.
Dr. Hartnett has developed a full-service pediatric retina center at the University of Utah, including the creation of a surgical service at Primary Children's Medical Center that provides vitreoretinal care for infants. She created the first-ever academic textbook on the subject, Pediatric Retina, and just published the second edition.
Dr. Hartnett is a strong advocate for women's health. She sits on the Executive Board of Women's Eye Health, based at Harvard University, which educates and raises awareness about women's eye conditions. She is also on the steering committee for WEAVR (Women in Eye and Vision Research) for ARVO, and is a member of Women in Ophthalmology (WIO) both nationally and in Utah. She was recently awarded the Honorary Lecture Award and the Scientific Contribution Award from WIO for her extensive contribution to the field as a female clinician scientist.
Christina (Christy) Porucznik, PhD MSPH, is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chief for Research in the Division of Public Health of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Her area of research interest is in appropriately timing measurement of exposures. In the environmental domain, she studies endocrine disruptors and reproductive endpoints including fertility, pregnancy outcomes, and breastfeeding. Her other primary focus area is on prescription medications, primarily opioids, and the impact of policy changes on drug dispensing and adverse events.
Dr. Porucznik teaches in the Division of Public Health and serves on numerous graduate student committees (MPH, MSPH, and PhD). She is the Director of the Women in Medicine and Science program for The University of Utah School of Medicine and serves on the Academic Senate. Dr. Porucznik serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Before joining the faculty in 2005 Dr. Porucznik served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Utah Department of Health and as a Lieutenant Commander in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. She worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Human Studies Branch, while completing graduate study in epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Janet M. Shaw, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science within the College of Health at the University of Utah, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She earned a BS in Music at Indiana University, an MA in Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Human Performance at Oregon State University. Dr. Shaw began her career at the University of Utah in 1996 and has adjunct positions in the College of Nursing, the Division of Nutrition and in the School of Medicine. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to exercise, physical activity and health. Currently, Dr. Shaw is part of a multidisciplinary team of faculty in Uro-gynecology, Bioengineering and Biostatistics, pursuing research related to physical activity and fitness, intra-abdominal pressure and pelvic floor health in women. When away from the office, she enjoys running, rowing and CrossFit.
Sara E. Simonsen, PhD, CNM, MSPH, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah Division of Public Health within the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. As a nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife with a Master's of Science and PhD in Public Health, Dr. Simonsen's interests have long been in promoting women's health through a public health lens. Her research is broadly focused on understanding and improving the health of women and their families, with ongoing studies on outcomes of infertility treatment, recurrent pregnancy complications, and community-based, gender-informed approaches to promoting wellness in culturally diverse women and their families. Dr. Simonsen teaches epidemiology in the Division of Public Health. She is the chair-elect of the Utah Women's Health Coalition and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Wasatch County Board of Health. She received her PhD from the University of Utah in 2011.
Dr. Stark directs the nationally and internationally-recognized Genetic Science Learning Center, whose mission is making science and health easy for everyone to understand. The Center's Learn.Genetics website is the most widely used online life science resource in the world and is in the top 99.9thused sites on the Internet. It has received a number of awards including the first award of the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education from the journal Science. Dr. Stark has received additional awards for her work including the Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education from the American Society of Human Genetics and the Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology.
As Co-Director of the CCTS Community Outreach and Engagement Core, Dr. Stark facilitates the development of collaborations among diverse community organizations and researchers. These research and education projects aim to address community-identified healthcare needs and reduce health disparities.
Dr. Stark earned a PhD in evolutionary genetics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Subsequently, her work has focused on science and health education. She came to the University of Utah in 1999.
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