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Global Health About Us

About Us

Stephen C. Alder, PhD

Professor Alder is a Health Ecologist specializing in community-based health development.  He has a background as a clinical research and biostatistical methodoligist. His doctoral training emphasized individual and group health behavior change.  His research experience includes developing theorty-based health behavior change interventions aimed at... Read More

Research Interests: Biostatistical, Epidemiological & Research Methods, Community Engagement, Community-Based Primary Healthcare, Global Health and Development, Health & Medical Innovation and Entrepreneurism, Health Behavior, Health Ecology, Health Policy, Integrating Public Health & Clinical Medicine, Leadership and Administration


Phone: 801-587-3332

L. Scott Benson, MD, PhD, MPH

Research Interests: Environmental Health, Global Health, Infectious Disease

Specialties: Infectious Diseases, Travel and Geographic Medicine


Phone: 801-585-0276

Carrie L. Byington, MD

Dr. Byington's research focuses on viral and bacterial infections in infants and children. Research has included the development of new diagnostics, the clinical validation of diagnostics, epidemiology of infectious diseases using molecular diagnostics, and improving health services, including public health, through accurate diagnostics and informa... Read More

Research Interests: Infectious Disease, Streptococcus pneumoniae

Specialties: General Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases


Phone: 801-585-5282

Lauren Clark

Professor Lauren Clark is the Division Chair for Health Systems and Community Based Care faculty in the College of Nursing. Her post-doctoral training includes a certificate in Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona and cultural anthropology methods through the National Science Foundation.

Nadia Miniclier Cobb, PA-C, MS

Nadia M. Cobb PA-C, PhD Candidate is the director of the Office for the Promotion of Global Healthcare Equity (, in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies, in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Nadia continues her work within the Physician Assistant Program (http:/... Read More

Research Interests: Global Citizenship, Health Systems, Health Workforce, Human Resources for Health, Physician Assistant Analogs Globally, Social Determinants of Health, Socially Accountable Health Professional Education

Specialties: Family Medicine, Physician Assistant


Phone: 801-581-7766

Catherine deVries, MD, MS

Dr. deVries joined the Pediatric Urology group at the University of Utah and Primary Children's Medical Center in 2000 and is a Professor of Surgery and Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. deVries is the Director of the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery in the Department of Surgery which focuses on the academ... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Urology, Urology


Phone: 801-662-5555

Ty Triston Dickerson, MD, MPH

Ty Dickerson, MD, MPH, FAAP is Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he also serves as the Assistant Dean of Global Health Education. He practices as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah where he combine... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Inpatient Medicine


Phone: 801-662-3645

Bernhard Fassl, MD

Bernhard Fassl was born in Austria where he completed medical school and a residency in Family Medicine. Subsequently he worked internationally, met his wife Barbara and moved to Utah where he completed a residency in Pediatrics. In 2004 he joined the faculty in the Division of Inpatient Medicine while continuing his involvement in various maternal... Read More

Research Interests: Global Pediatric Care Specialst and Program Development

Specialties: Pediatric Inpatient Medicine


Phone: 801-662-3645

Matthew Fuller, MD

Dr. Fuller directs the Global Health Fellowship for the Division of Emergency Medicine, and has ongoing projects in Peru and Vietnam. ... Read More

Specialties: Emergency Medicine


Phone: 801-581-2730

Michael Hardman

Michael L. Hardman is a Distinguished Professor and Chief Global Officer at the University of Utah. He is past Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer), Dean of the College of Education, Chair of the Department of Special Education, Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, and College of Education Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Hardman has numerous experiences within education and public policy, including appointment as the Matthew J. Guglielmo Endowed Chair at

Mark J. Harris, MBChB, MPH

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Harris completed his degree in medicine at the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, United Kingdom in l992, and was working toward his Emergency Medicine Residency until he emigrated to the US in 1996. He completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1998, and a residency in anest... Read More

Research Interests: Anesthesia Education, Anesthesia and Surgery in the Developing World, Education, Medical, Continuing, Education, Medical, Graduate, Education, Medical, Undergraduate, Global Health and Surgery, Resident Education, Resident Well-Being

Specialties: Anesthesiology, Liver Transplant, Neuroanesthesia, Trauma Anesthesia


Phone: 801-581-6393

Robert O. Hoffman, MD

Robert O. Hoffman is a Doctor of Ophthalmology with a practice at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah and a Clinical Professor at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Hoffman is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Muscle Disorders. Dr. Hoffman has special interests in re... Read More

Specialties: Adult Strabismus, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Pediatric


Phone: 801-581-2352

Chris M. Ireland, PhD

Chris Ireland, PhD, is a professor and the dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Ireland's research focuses on the discovery and development of new anticancer therapies from environmental niches in nature. He also screens natural products for th... Read More

Research Interests: Marine Pharmacognosy


Phone: 801-581-3402

Scott R. Junkins, MD

Dr. Junkins completed anesthesiology residency at the University of Utah as well as a pain medicine fellowship. Dr. Junkins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, practicing anesthesia, chronic pain management, and palliative care. He is a member of the University of Utah palliative care service and the current Medical Direc... Read More

Specialties: Anesthesiology, Chronic Pain, Myofascial Pain, Pain Management, Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine & Palliative Care, Pain Surgery, Palliative Care


Phone: 801-581-6393

Trish Morton

Patricia G. Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, joined the University of Utah in August 2013 as the Dean of the College of Nursing. She is a tenured professor and holds the Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair.

Prior to her position at the University of Utah, Dr. Morton was a member of

David Perrin

David H. Perrin, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Health and Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah. From 2007 to 2014, he served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance at UNCG from 2001-2007. Dr. Perrin’s career as an administrator began in 1995 at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where he served as Program Area Director of

Kathy J. Pedersen, PA-C, MPAS

Research Interests: Competency Guidelines of Physician Assistants Practicing Primary Care in Low Resource Countries, Considerations in Hosting Global Visitors, Corporate Social Responsibility, First Person Accounts of Physician Assistant Practice Outside of the US, Global Dentistry, Global Health Tracks in US Physician Assistant Programs, Global Surgery, Human Resources for Health, International Activities of US Physician Assistant Programs, International Physician Assistant Analogues, Physician Assistant Leadership in Global Health, Physician Assistants and the Expanding Global Healthcare Workforce, Social Accountability of the Physician Assistant, Social Franchising, Student Orientation for Global Health Clinical Rotations, Task Shifting


Phone: 801-585-7426

Lilliam M. Pinzon, DDS, MS, MPH

Section Head, Public Health & Global Health

Research Interests: Cost Effectiveness Analysis, Dental Materials, Global Health, Health Policy, Public Health Dentistry


Phone: 801-581-4574

Raymond R. Price, MD, FACS

Specialties: Surgery, General


Phone: 801-507-1600

Jeff A. Robison, MD

Jeff Robison, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Robison teaches courses in Global Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine and is the Director for the Global, Rural, and Underserved Child Health Certi... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Emergency Medicine


Phone: 801-662-1000

Yda Smith, PhD, OTR/L

Yda J. Smith, PhD, OTR/L has been a full-time faculty member with the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Utah since the Fall of 1999. Her dissertation, through the Department of Education, Culture and Society, looks at the experiences of the Somali Bantu during their refugee resettlement process in Salt Lake City from global econ... Read More

Research Interests: Refugee Adaptation

Specialties: Occupational Therapy


Phone: 801-585-9589

Peter P. Taillac, MD

Dr. Peter Taillac is an Associate Professor of Surgery, within the Division of Emergency Medicine at UUHSC. He is a native of the South, having grown up in New Orleans, LA, and Little Rock, AR. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and, in 1992, graduated from the Brooke Army Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency in San An... Read More

Research Interests: Emergency Medical Services

Specialties: Emergency Medicine


Phone: 801-581-2417

Michael Yei

Michael Yei

As Manager of the Global Outreach Division at the John A. Moran Eye Center, Michael oversees the strategy, resources and implementation of the Division’s world-wide health care delivery programs (including in the most underserved populations in the state of Utah), the educational and skills transfer exchange programs, and the Division’s research efforts into the burden of eye diseases and barriers to access for eye care. His most recent medical missions have taken him from the distant atolls in the Federated States of Micronesia to northern Haiti and central highlands of Guatemala. As the former Executive Director of the Ouelessebougou Alliance, Michael built sustainable health, education and economic development projects in 25 remote villages in Mali, West Africa. He has also studied the innovative model of self-sufficient agricultural schools for the rural poor in Paraguay and has spent more than 16 years working with the Navajo Nation on education and humanitarian projects.


Juan Carlos Negrette

Juan Carlos Negrette

Mr. Negrette has more than 25 years of extensive international experience in health programs design, implementation and management. He has successfully directed health service delivery programs and commercial healthcare activities, and has structured and developed productive partnerships of strategic importance with relevant private sector companies and government entities, resulting in tangible improvement of the health and social conditions of communities and populations served.

Mr. Negrette has effectively adopted and adapted commercial tools, techniques and approaches to primary care programs in different parts of the world. He has also designed and implemented effective strategic health marketing and communication interventions in challenging environments in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Mr. Negrette is currently the Director of Global Health at the University of Utah.

Debbie Dixon

Debbie Dixon

Debbie Dixon has 18 years of experience as an education professional with experience in public, proprietary, and higher education, including UCLA as assistant director of undergraduate admissions and Le Cordon Bleu as a classroom educator. At the university she worked with the School of Medicine Global Health Education program and coordinated several courses. As program manager for Global Health – Health Sciences Ms. Dixon oversees operational and administrative matters ranging from program implementation to daily operations and procedures of the office of global health. She has a master’s degree in speech communication.