Academics & Research

Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

WiHMS Leadership

Directors

Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH

Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH

Title:  Professor, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine

Dr. Yoshimi Anzai is Professor of Radiology at the University of Utah and has over 18 years of experience in working as a neuroradiologist in leading academic institutions with a background in health services research. She had initiated Women in Radiology initiative at her former institution, University of Washington, and serve as a co-chair of the University of Washington, Women in Medicine and Science and also a member of the Faculty Council for Women in Academia representing the UW SOM.  She is a longstanding member of various radiology organizations, but most importantly the past President of AAWR (American Association for Women in Radiology).

Dr. Anzai also serves as the Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer of the University of Utah Health Care. She oversees value initiatives at the University of Utah health system to improve safety and quality of patient care and facilitate the process standardization and coordination of care by collaborating with the frontline provider teams.

Email:  yoshimi.anzai@hsc.utah.edu

Leslie R. Halpern, DDS, MD, PhD, MPH

Leslie R. Halpern, DDS, MD, PhD, MPH

Title:  Professor and Section Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry

Dr. Leslie Halpern currently serves as Professor and Section Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Her career as both a basic scientist and clinician have helped to foster the mission and vision of this important office. Her research has dealt with identifying women who are victims of violence and abuse, as well as using saliva sampling to help decipher the increased risk of health consequences in this population of women. As an academic surgeon, she continues to support the need to recruit young up and coming women faculty in order to foster an arena of equality and inclusiveness among all health disciplines. This University setting can be a "Flagship Model" for not only recruiting young female faculty but also maintaining our mid-career academic females to achieve success/leadership in the academic arenas within our campus setting.

Email:  leslie.halpern@hsc.utah.edu

Steering Committee Members

Amanda V. Bakian, PhD

Amanda V. Bakian, PhD

Title:  Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine

Amanda V. Bakian, PhD is a research assistant professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.  Her research seeks to understand how environmental exposures, especially those in the pro-inflammatory response pathway, interact with underlying factors such as genetic characteristics to moderate the risk of psychiatric conditions. In addition, Dr. Bakian applies her expertise in biostatistics and epidemiology to design and analyze individual and population-level observational studies aimed at elucidating environmental, familial, sociodemographic, and birth factors contributing to the etiology and prevalence of psychiatric conditions.

Email:  amanda.bakian@hsc.utah.edu

Elizabeth Bald, PharmD, BCACP

Elizabeth Bald, PharmD, BCACP

Title:  Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy

Email:  Elizabeth.Bald@pharm.utah.edu

Amy M. Barrios, PhD

Amy M. Barrios, PhD

Title:  Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy

Email:  Amy.Barrios@utah.edu

Linda S. Edelman, PhD, MPhil, RN

Linda S. Edelman, PhD, MPhil, RN

Title:  Associate Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Linda Edelman has experience in both basic science and clinical/nursing research. She received a Masters of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology at the University of Utah in 1993 where she specialized in molecular immunology. She then earned a BSN from the University of Utah College of Nursing in 1995. For the next 17 years she utilized her basic science and nursing backgrounds as the Research Coordinator for the University of Utah Burn Center. During that time she was involved with the design, conduct, and analysis of multidisciplinary clinical research studies pertaining to burn injuries. She is an active member of the Western Institute of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Edelman joined the faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing in 2008 and looks forward to fostering a new generation of nurse researchers through teaching and mentorship. She has taught in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program (Advanced Pathophysiology I and II, Evidenced Based Practice I and II and Scholarly Project), the PhD program (Data Management and Quality) and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program (Physiology and Psychology of Nursing). She actively advises DNP, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and PhD graduate students.

Email:  linda.edelman@nurs.utah.edu

Lea Erickson, DDS, MSPH

Lea Erickson, DDS, MSPH

Title:  Associate Dean for Education and Student Life, School of Dentistry

Email:  lea.erickson@hsc.utah.edu

Ying J. Hitchcock, MD

Ying J. Hitchcock, MD

Title:  Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine

Ying Hitchcock, MD, is a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, specializing in head and neck, lung, and skin cancers and in adult soft tissue sarcomas. She is also a Principle Investigator for both Huntsman Cancer Institute and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) studies. She treats all forms of cancer in her practice.

Hitchcock has served as the department’s Residency Program Director since 2004. In this capacity, she has received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) twice, for the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 academic years.

Hitchcock received a medical degree from the Peking Union Medical College Graduate School in Beijing, China, where she specialized in head and neck surgery. She completed an internship in general surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo Graduate Medical-Dental Education Consortium and a residency in radiation oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, also in Buffalo.

Ying Hitchcock, MD, is the Medical Director and a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, specializing in head and neck, lung, and skin cancers and in adult soft tissue sarcomas. She is also a Principle Investigator for both Huntsman Cancer Institute and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)/NRG Oncology studies. She treats all forms of cancer in her practice.

Hitchcock served as the department’s Residency Program Director from 2004 to 2012. In this capacity, she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) twice, for the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 academic years.

Hitchcock serves ASTRO Head Neck Resource Panel 2019-2020.

Hitchcock received a medical degree from the Peking Union Medical College Graduate School in Beijing, China, where she specialized in head and neck surgery. She completed an internship in general surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo Graduate Medical-Dental Education Consortium and a residency in radiation oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, also in Buffalo.

Email:  Ying.Hitchcock@hci.utah.edu

Anne V. Kirby, PhD, OTR/L

Anne V. Kirby, PhD, OTR/L

Title:  Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational & Recreational Therapies, College of Health

Dr. Anne Kirby is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies. She trained to be an occupational therapist at the University of New Hampshire, and after working clinically for several years in Washington, DC, moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to attend the PhD program in Occupational Science. She conducts research with people on the autism spectrum and is passionate about educating the future generation of occupational therapists.

Email:  Anne_Kirby@hsc.utah.edu

Nelangi Pinto, MD

Nelangi Pinto, MD

Title:  Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Email:  nelangi.pinto@hsc.utah.edu

Jennifer Workman, MD, MSCI

Jennifer Workman, MD, MSCI

Title:  Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Workman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care. She attended Dartmouth Medical School before moving out to Utah to begin her residency in Pediatrics and fell in the love with the Wasatch.  Her clinical work is in the PICU at Primary Children’s Hospital.  Her research interests are in improving healthcare value for hospitalized children.  She joined the WiHMS steering committee in 2016 to help advocate for women faculty and their academic progress.  Outside of work, she enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, camping, and simply being in the mountains with her husband and son.

Email:  jennifer.workman@hsc.utah.edu