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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
    ClinicalHealth Care Transformation
    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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    Apr 05, 2013

    A Remarkable Match Day

    So many remarkable things going on here at the University of Utah. There are not enough hours in the day for me to share them all with with you. This one, I had to share.... Read More

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    L.S.
    Mar 21, 2013

    L.S. "Sam" Skaggs--Business Leader, Philanthropist

    L.S. "Sam" Skaggs was a truly remarkable and generous man - and one of the Health Sciences greatest benefactors and friends. On behalf of all of us at the Health Sciences, I offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Aline, their children and all their family members and friends. ... Read More

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    Health Care
    Mar 15, 2013

    Health Care "Market" Matters

    Time magazine's cover story a few weeks ago, headlined "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us" highlights some of the major challenges of health care delivery, the lack of standardization of charges and the lack of transparency about those charges for the patients who must pay them. He concludes, "The health care market is not a market at all. It's a crapshoot."... Read More

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    A Pigeon Worth Looking Up To: Science Magazine Cover
    Mar 06, 2013

    A Pigeon Worth Looking Up To: Science Magazine Cover

    This month, a study by our own Michael D. Shapiro, co-authored among others, by human genetics professor, Mark Yandell is helping the broader scientific community appreciate the diversity of pigeons and the biology of their evolution. This high impact work made the cover of Science Magazine, and we could not be more proud. ... Read More

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    The Future Of Academic Research Looks Bright
    Feb 25, 2013

    The Future Of Academic Research Looks Bright

    Recently at one of our Town Halls, we were asked about how we are balancing the tightening fiscal realities of research funding while ensuring that scientific discovery at the University of Utah continues to flourish. This is a critically important question to me, to Dean Li, our Vice-Dean for Research and Chief Scientific Officer, and to the entire leadership team. In challenging times like these, the efforts of administration can set the stage for an organization¿s success. Personally, I am excited to share with you some of our thinking and strategy that we believe will generate opportunities for some amazing discoveries. ... Read More

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    Utah Citizenship And A Remarkable Legislative Process
    Education
    Feb 13, 2013

    Utah Citizenship And A Remarkable Legislative Process

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    On January 28 of this year, Sen. John Valentine (Utah County) presented his bill, Senate Bill 42 to the Senate Education Committee. His proposal establishes a law allowing the University of Utah¿s School of Medicine to expand its class size from 82 to 122 over 3 years, with an ongoing allocation of $10m per year from the state. I experienced this process first hand.... Read More

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    Embracing Transparency: Valuing Patients As Informed Consumers
    Feb 04, 2013

    Embracing Transparency: Valuing Patients As Informed Consumers

    When we make a significant purchase or shop for an important gift online, most of us search for some information about the product or service and pay close attention to customer reviews. Those opinions are not a perfect guide, but we do value them. And, above all, we respect those vendors who are transparent and who openly share genuine feedback. But is the same consideration appropriate in the health care environment?... Read More

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    Your Voices: The Key To A Better Tomorrow
    Health Care Transformation
    Jan 28, 2013

    Your Voices: The Key To A Better Tomorrow

    Some say you can never over-communicate. In this day and age, I am not sure I agree. We benefit from much useful online information, from how to repair a bike tire to how to prepare the perfect soufflé. Yet this information, easily accessible through technological advances, comes at a price. ... Read More

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    Reflections on 2012 - A Year of Great Success
    Dec 26, 2012

    Reflections on 2012 - A Year of Great Success

    I trust you are enjoying the holidays with your families and friends as this year comes to a close and a new one begins. There is much to look forward to at the Health Sciences in the coming year - and much of the progress will be built on what we've accomplished in 2012. ... Read More

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