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2016 Alumni and Community Medical Weekend
October 13-15, 2016
University of Utah School of Medicine
The medical community including all alumni, former residents and current faculty are invited to attend the School of Medicine Alumni and Medical Community Weekend. We are celebrating 25 years of Alumni Weekends with opportunities for all to come back to the campus for a weekend of new, informative and entertaining programming. Spend some time with us, connect with classmates, see what's new at the UUSOM.

See the Schedule Below for all New Activities for 2016!

 Events by date - you can register for all events by clicking on the event title or following the registration link on the left column of the webpage

Thursday October 13

First Annual Russel M. Nelson Visiting Professorship - The Past, Present and Future of Cardiac Surgery

In 1955, there were only three hospitals in the US where open-heart surgery was performed, University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and the University of Utah.  In November 1955, Dr. Russell M. Nelson, then an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, performed successful open-heart surgery making Utah the second state in the Union performing this procedure. To recognize this landmark event, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine will be hosting the first annual Russell M. Nelson Professorship of Cardiac Surgery in Utah celebration on October 13, 2016. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Alden H. Harken as the first annual keynote speaker.
Alden H. Harken, MD, Professor and Chair
UC San Francisco-East Bay Department of Surgery
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Eccles Human Genetics Auditorium

Friday, October 14

School of Medicine Department Events

8:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Spencer F. and Cleone Eccles Health Sciences Education Building, (HSEB) Room 2120
We welcome current or former faculty, house staff, and reunion class members to attend the Department of Internal Medicine’s CME Grand Rounds.  Continental Breakfast served and CME credit given.
  • Origins of Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease -Michael J. Welsh, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Bicarbonate in Health and Chronic Kidney Disease   - Kalani Raphael, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology  and Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah

Dean Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA – State of the School Address

11:00 a.m.
HSEB, Room 2120
Invite Only-Society for Supporting Leadership in Internal Medicine (SSLIM Society) luncheon
11:45 a.m.
Room 2110

NEW THIS YEAR - Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library Anniversary Celebration

12:15p.m. -2:00 p.m.
Join the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences staff for lunch in the Library! During October, we are celebrating the past, present and future of health sciences library services at the University of Utah in honor of the 45th anniversary of the dedication (October 4, 1971) of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. A brief program and exhibits will provide an opportunity to honor the past, to learn about current initiatives, and to catch a glimpse of the future of our nationally recognized health sciences library. Take some time to tour the painting exhibit of alumnus Virgil Parker, MD, take a tour down memory lane in the Kenneth Castleton library where artifacts from years past are on display and view the Utah Genome Project exhibit on loan from the Natural History Museum.


2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, Auditorium
Live streamed by UETN


  • Leading the Leaders -Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA Senior VP of Health Sciences, Dean, School of Medicine, CEO, University of Utah Health Care
  • When Change Chooses You - Dale Hull, MD'86, MPA,  Executive Director, Neuroworx
  • A Career in Liver Transplantation:  My Perspective- Terry Box, MD, HS ‘83 Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Institute Investigator
  • Why Elephants Don’t Get Cancer - Josh Schiffman, MD., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • What Doctors Can’t Tell You - Kevin Jones, MD, Associate Professor, Orthopaedics, author, What Doctors Cannot Tell You:  Clarity, Confidence and Uncertainty in Medicine
  • Addressing a Public Health Emergency of Olympic Proportions. - Carrie Byington, MD., H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics, Principal Investigator for the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Innovation, Medicine and Miracles - John Langell, MD, PHD, MPH., Executive Director of the Center for Medical Innovation, Chief of General Surgery at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center
  • Good Fortune as an Unexpected Consequence - W. Donald Shields, MD ’71 - Emeritus Professor, UCLA, former Chief of Pediatric Neurology, UCLA


Medical Alumni Awards Banquet and Class of 1966 Half Century Society Induction
6:30 p.m. Registration and Social
7:00 p.m., Dinner and Program
Join hosts Vivian Lee, MD., PhD., MBA., Dean of the Medical School and Dale Hull, MD'85., MPH, President of the School of Medicine Alumni Association as we recognize faculty, alumni and members of the medical community for their extraordinary committment to medicine.  During the evening we will induct the Class of 1966 into the Half Century Society and honor the following individuals.
  • Distinguished Service Award - Carl R. Kjeldsberg, MD
  • Distinguished Alumni Award - David R. Nielsen, MD
  • Distinguished Humanitarian Award - Scott A. Leckman, MD
Saturday, October 15

NEW THIS YEAR - Geneaology Tours - Your Family History

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Tours of LDS Family History Museum and Discovery Center
Join members of the Alumni Association Board and Staff as we take you on a personal tour of the LDS Family History Museum and the Discovery Center. During the two building tours you will have an opportunity to search your own geneaology and family history.  DNA testing available with advance registration.


REVISED FORMAT THIS YEAR - School of Medicine and Medical Community Reunion Evening 6:00 p.m.- Grand America Hotel
6:00 p.m. -
Dinner presentation -The Utah Genome Project and its Importance to the World
Lynn Jorde, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Human Genetics, Executive Director of the Utah Genome Project, H. A. and Edna Benning Chair in Human Genetics
Following the dinner presentation there will be a dessert social and live musical entertainments. All UUSOM Alumni are invited to attend.
MD Classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 and 2011 will have assigned table seating. All other guests will be seated according to number of class members attending by year.

Questions about events or registration - Please call Jacqui Voland 801-581-8591 or email somalumni@hsc.utah.edu