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    How to Take Down a Building: Health Sciences Master Planning
    Oct 09, 2013

    How to Take Down a Building: Health Sciences Master Planning

    The transformation of the Health Sciences campus over the past decade has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the last ten years, the Health Sciences campus has erected nearly two million square feet of new space, and while the era of annual new building construction may have passed, the current reality is that some of our aging buildings may need to be replaced. As such, we have a unique opportunity that comes along once every 40 or 50 years to plan for the future of our institution. ... Read More

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    Confessions of a Kevin Pearce Groupie
    Sep 30, 2013

    Confessions of a Kevin Pearce Groupie

    I'm proud to report that I am now one of 26,000-plus Twitter followers of @KevinPearce, a self-described, "Motivational speaker, recovering traumatic brain injury survivor, pro snowboarder, and frend*." Mostly I'm a fan of his "Love Your Brain" initiative. Kevin is the star of a documentary titled, "The Crash Reel", which tells the story of his devastating accident on the half-pipe at Park City a month before the 2010 Olympics. ... Read More

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    Welcome to the SOM Class of 2017
    Sep 03, 2013

    Welcome to the SOM Class of 2017

    With their first load of classes underway, the new class of 2017 is a significant group for the School of Medicine: They are the first restored class of 102 incoming medical students to start thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 42 by the Utah legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert last spring. And what a wonderful new group of students we have!... Read More

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    Fresh Start: 2013 School Year Kicks Off With Exciting Changes
    Aug 26, 2013

    Fresh Start: 2013 School Year Kicks Off With Exciting Changes

    The past few weeks have marked some important beginnings for us at the University of Utah. We celebrated the start of our new dental school with the welcoming of our first class of 20 students in a memorable white coat ceremony at the Rice-Eccles stadium, which was followed the next week by the groundbreaking ceremony for their future home, the Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Education Building.... Read More

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    Shaping the Future of Asthma Care Collaboration and Innovation at UUHS
    Jun 27, 2013

    Shaping the Future of Asthma Care Collaboration and Innovation at UUHS

    I¿m proud to recognize that a short time ago, Flory Nkoy, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. was awarded a significant research award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). With this award, Flory and University of Utah Health Sciences will study asthma in children and how better monitoring of the disease could improve health. Besides the remarkable implications of this study, both the collaborative and innovative spirits with which this grant was secured are successful examples of the true culture of our institution.... Read More

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    Be a Driver of Change
    Jun 12, 2013

    Be a Driver of Change

    In any large complex organization, there are many changing circumstances every day that require the system to react. In health sciences we might receive a new regulation from CMS, a request for applications from the NIH, an accreditation site visit, a celebrity patient and so forth. On a daily level, the effective management of these events represents the majority of what most of the organization is focused on, and rightfully so as our success depends upon it.... Read More

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    New Leadership in Nursing, Surgery and Dentistry
    May 31, 2013

    New Leadership in Nursing, Surgery and Dentistry

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of the following new individuals at University of Utah Health Sciences: Dr. Patricia Gonce Morton as the new dean of the College of Nursing; Samuel R. G. Finlayson, M.D., MPH, as surgery department chairman; and Dr. Rena D'Souza as the dean of our new School of Dentistry. Please join me in welcoming these new leaders to the University of Utah. ... Read More

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    Becoming the Best Academic Medical Center
    May 06, 2013

    Becoming the Best Academic Medical Center

    Henry David Thoreau wrote, ¿To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.¿ This quote reflects my desire and motivation to make University of Utah Health Care the best academic medical center in the nation: ¿To affect the quality of the day.¿ That is why we, who are in academic medicine, do what we do. To learn, to discover, to heal. With our knowledge, research and training we can affect the quality of many days for many people. Because the landscape for health care is changing rapidly, we, and everyone else in the country, are operating under greater financial constraints than ever in all three of our core missions¿clinical care, research and education. As a result, we must cut a new path and leave a clear trail behind.... Read More

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    TEDMED: Treating People Not Patients
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    Apr 22, 2013

    TEDMED: Treating People Not Patients

    America Bracho, director of a community advocacy group, Latina Health Access, delivered an impassioned presentation about the importance of engaging the community to improve the health of their kids and families. She challenged the framework that she believes we in health care have constructed: Physicians and health care providers as the people with talent and expertise, and patients as the people with needs¿not necessarily talent or expertise. ... Read More

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    The Amazing Genome of a Jurassic Fish
    Apr 18, 2013

    The Amazing Genome of a Jurassic Fish

    In a study that graces the cover of Nature this week, an international group of scientists, including three University of Utah human genetics and biology researchers, show that this ancient fish has a lot to teach about how life evolved on Earth, particularly the evolution of land animals from sea life.... Read More

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    Sequestration Threatens Research and Education at the University of Utah
    Apr 13, 2013

    Sequestration Threatens Research and Education at the University of Utah

    They are breakthroughs that have changed the landscape of medicine not only in Utah but also around the globe: Researchers who identified genes that predispose certain people to breast cancer. Scientists who learned how snail venom could be used as a painkiller. Specialists who have developed drug therapies that can add years to a cancer patient¿s life. The list goes on, and all of these groundbreaking discoveries occurred at the University of Utah. Now, as a result of sequestration, we fear we could be telling fewer of these remarkable stories in the future. ... Read More

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    Remembering Cleone Peterson Eccles
    Apr 09, 2013

    Remembering Cleone Peterson Eccles

    There are few people in the world who touch so many lives, with the generosity, grace, and dedication of Cleone Peterson Eccles, whose passing on April 5 we mourn with great sadness. As President Pershing so eloquently wrote, "The University of Utah family mourns the loss of Cleone Peterson Eccles. Her innumerable contributions and generosity of spirit have made The University of Utah and the State of Utah a better place."... Read More

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