Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs at the University of Utah bring added strength to the faculty. As the university’s primary means of recognizing academic distinction, endowed chairs promote excellence, and they enable the university to attract, retain and honor distinguished faculty members. The prestige surrounding an endowed chair is shared not only by its holder, but also by the donor whose gift makes it possible, the person whose name it bears and the university where it is established.

To the donors, endowed chairs serve as a living memorial by linking their names, or one they honor, in perpetuity to the succession of scholars whose work their gifts support. Gifts for endowed chairs offer promise of enduring impact.

To the chair holders, appointment to an endowed chair signals recognition—to colleagues and to the world beyond academia—both of personal achievements and of the institution’s commitment to their fields of inquiry and teaching. It enables them to secure the recognition, and financial support, they so richly deserve.

To the university, endowed chairs provide the means to attract, retain and honor distinguished faculty members, forming a bedrock upon which the university’s excellence is secured.

The roster of generous donors who have endowed chairs in the University of Utah Health Sciences is indeed an honor roll. Their names represent commitment to academic excellence and to the future of the university. In like fashion, the roster of chair holders is an honor roll among University of Utah scholars, whose achievements enable donors to see their commitment to academic excellence come to life. The University of Utah is proud of the chair holders whose achievements bring distinction to this institution and is profoundly grateful to all of the donors who, across generations, make the university the object of their lasting and generous philanthropy.

Endowed chairs at the University of Utah Health Sciences are supported by endowment at two levels – the $1 million level (Endowed Chair) and the $1.5 million level (Presidential Endowed Chair). The university is honored to be the recipient of the generous gifts establishing these fully funded endowed chairs providing key support to men and women of distinction in their teaching, research and community service. Chairs, and the eminent scholars who occupy them, follow.

Ross R. Anderson, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in Surgery
Established by Elliott V. Anderson in honor of his father
Donor: Elliott V. Anderson
Chair holder: Sean J. Mulvihill, MD

Ronald I. Apfelbaum, MD, Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery
Provided by Aesculap AG
Donor:
Aesculap AG
Chair holder:
Meic H. Schmidt, MD, MBA

ARUP Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
ARUP Laboratories
Chair holder: Peter E. Jensen, MD

Carter M. Ballinger, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology
Donor:
Department of Anesthesiology 
Chair holder: Kenward B. Johnson, MD

D. Keith Barnes, MD, and Ida May (Dotty) Barnes, RN, Presidential Endowed Chair in the School of Medicine
Donors:
Dr. and Mrs. D. Keith Barnes 
Chair holder: Mark A. Supiano, PhD

Ida May (Dotty) Barnes, RN, and D. Keith Barnes, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in the College of Nursing
Donors:
Dr. and Mrs. D. Keith Barnes
Chair holder: Janice M. Morse, PhD

Grant H. Beckstrand, MD and Mildred Burrows Beckstrand Presidential Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology
Donors:
Grant H. Beckstrand, MD, and Mildred Burrows Beckstrand 
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor: Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Brenda Bass, PhD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Carrie Byington, MD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: J. Michael Dean, MD, MBA

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor: Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Gerald G. Krueger, MD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
 Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Christopher P. Hill, D.Phil

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Dean Yaw Li, MD, PhD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning
Chair holder:
Matthew H. Samore, MD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Wesley I. Sundquist, PhD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Carl S. Thummel, PhD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Michael Varner, MD

H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Donor:
Arthur E. Benning 
Chair holder: Mark Yandell, MD

B. Lue and Hope S. Bettilyon Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine for Diabetes Research
Donors:
B. Lue and Hope S. Bettilyon 
Chair holder: Donald A. McClain, MD, PhD

A. Lorris Betz, MD, PhD, Presidential Endowed Chair for the Senior Vice president for Health Sciences
Donors:
Friends of A. Lorris Betz, MD, PhD
Chair holder: Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA

Clarence M. and Ruth N. Birrer Presidential Endowed Chair
In memory of Dr. and Mrs. A. J. Nielson, Dr. Karl O. Nielson, Dr. Kenneth A. Nielson, Dr. Paul E. Nielson and Mrs. Douglas W. Nielson
Donors: Clarence M. and Ruth N. Birrer 
Chair holder: John R. Hoidal, MD

David G. and Marcia P. Bragg Endowed Chair in Oncologic Imaging
Donors:
Ian and Annette Cumming, David and Allison Cumming, John and Kristi Cumming, Anne G. Osborn, MD, and Mr. Ronald E. Poelman
Chair holder: Paula J. Woodward, MD

Kenneth P. Burbidge Presidential Endowed Chair for Pulmonary and Lung Transplant Medicine
Donors:
Kenneth P. and Sally R. Burbidge 
Chair holder: Robert Paine III, MD

Mario R. Capecchi, PhD, Endowed Chair in Genetics
Established in honor of the University of Utah's first Nobel Laureate by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation (1)
Donor: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 
Chair holder: Nels C. Elde, PhD

Mario R. Capecchi, PhD, Endowed Chair in Genetics
Established in Honor of the University of Utah's first Nobel Laureate by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation (2)
Donor: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 
Chair holder: Nitin Phadnis, PhD

Robert S. and Beth M. Carter Endowed Chair in the College of Nursing
Donors:
Robert S. and Beth M. Carter
Chair holder: Susan L. Beck, PhD, APRN, FAAN

George E. Cartwright, MD, Endowed Chair in the Department of Internal Medicine
Donors:
Dr. Christine Cartwright, Margaret Ann Cartwright, Peter E. Cartwright and Thomas D. Dee III and Dr. Candace Cartwright Dee
Chair holder: Simon J. Fisher, MD, PhD

William H. and Patricia W. Child Presidential Endowed Chair in Radiology Honoring Pioneering Utah Women in Medicine
Donors:
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Child, Fay Fletcher and Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Wheatley
Chair holder: Anne G. Osborn, MD

Edward B. Clark M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Donors:
Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation
Chair holder: Joshua D. Schiffman, MD

Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby and John E. Bamberger Presidential Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences Center
Donor:
Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby
Chair holder: Mario R. Capecchi, PhD

Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby Presidential Endowed Chair in Human Genetics
Donor:
Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby
Donor representatives: Anne Berg, David L. Buchman and Bert L. Dart
Chair holder: David Grunwald, PhD

Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby Presidential Endowed Chair in Nursing
Donor:
Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby 
Chair holder: Ginette A. Pepper, PhD, RN, FAAN

Annette Poulson Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair in Women's and Reproductive Health
Donors:
Ian and Annette Cumming
Chair holder: Patricia A. Murphy, CNM, DrPH, FACNM

Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair in Dermatology
Donors:
Ian and Annette Cumming
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

Leslie W. Davis Endowed Chair in Neuroradiology in the Department of Radiology
Donor:
Leslie W. Davis
Chair holder: Karen J. Salzman, MD

Thomas D. Dee IIII Presidential Endowed Chair in Genetics
Donor:
Thomas D. Dee II
Chair holder: Mark F. Leppert, MD

Dialysis Research Foundation Endowed Chair in the Department of Internal Medicine
Donor:
Dialysis Research Foundation
Chair holder: Donald E. Kohan, MD, PhD

Division of Respiratory, Critical Care and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine Endowed Chair
Donor:
Mabel Woodruff Renzetti 
Chair holder: Scholar Search in Progress

John A. Dixon Presidential Endowed Chair in Health Sciences
Donors:
Dr. John A. and Karma Dixon
Chair holder: C. Matthew Peterson, MD

William R. Droschkey Endowed Chair in the College of Pharmacy
Donors:
William and Shirley Droschkey
Chair holder:
Eric W. Schmidt, PhD

E. R. Dumke, Jr., and Katherine W. Dumke Presidential Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine
Donors:
E. R. Dumke, Jr., and Katherine W. Dumke 
Chair holder: David Kaplan, MD

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics
Donor:
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 
Chair holder: David W. Grainger, PhD

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics
Established through the generosity of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation in honor of Arthur J. Swindle, JD
Donor: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation 
Chair holder: Christopher L. Peters, M.D.

Valois Egbert Presidential Endowed Chair in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine
Donor:
Valois Egbert 
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

Claudius Y. Gates, MD, and Catherine B. Gates Presidential Endowed Chair in Surgery
Donor:
Dr. and Mrs. Claudius Y. Gates 
Chair holder: Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH

Wilma T. Gibson Presidential Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Donor:
Wilma T. Gibson 
Chair holder: Edward B. Clark, MD

Val A. and Edith Green Presidential Endowed Chair in Opthalmology
Donor:
Val A. and Edith Green
Chair holder: 
Alan Crandall, MD

Esther S. Gross and George D. Gross Presidential Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Donors:
Drs. George D. and Esther S. Gross, and Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation 
Chair holder: Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

George D. Gross, MD, and Esther S. Gross, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Donors:
Drs. George D. and Esther S. Gross 
Chair holder: Joseph Stanford, MD, MPH

Willard Snow Hansen Presidential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Established in loving memory by his daughter, Mary H. Boesche
Donor: Mary H. Boesche 
Chair holder: John M. Hoffman, MD

Nora Eccles Harrison Presidential Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Donor:
The Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation 
Chair holder: Michael C. Sanguinetti, PhD

Nora Eccles Harrison Presidential Endowed Chair in Rheumatology
Donor:
The Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

John and June B. Hartman Presidential Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Donors: 
John and June B. Hartman
Chair holder:
James Fang, MD

Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
Donors:
Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch 
Chair holder: Robert E. Marc, PhD

M. Peter and Robyn Heilbrun Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery
Donors: 
M. Peter adn Robyn Heilbrun
Chair holder:
Daniel W. Fults, MD

C. Charles Hetzel, Jr., M.D. and Alice Barker Hetzel Presidential Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
Donors:
C. Charles Hetzel, Jr., MD, and Alice Barker Hetzel 
Chair holder: Clough Shelton, MD

Dr. Nymphus Frederick Hicken, Alta Thomas Hicken and Margarete Stahl Wilkin Hicken Endowed Chair in Family and Preventive Medicine
Donors:
Dr. Nymphus Frederick Hicken and Margarete Stahl Wilkin Hicken
Chair holder: Michael K. Magill, MD

Aaron A. Hofmann, M.D. and Suzanne T. Hofmann Endowed chair for Humanitarianism in Orthopaedics
Donor:
Aaron A. Hofmann, MD and Suzanne T. Hofmann
Chair holder:
Scholar search in progress

Albert and Margaret Hofmann Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Research, Department of Orthopaedics
Donors:
Dr. and Mrs. Aaron Hofmann
Chair holder: Roy D. Bloebaum, PhD

Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Endowed Chair in Urological Oncology in Honor of Robert A. Stephenson, MD
Donors: Mr. and Mrs. Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. 
Chair holder: Robert A. Stephenson, MD

John Taggart Hopkin MD Presidential Endowed Chair in Psychiatry
Donors:
  John T. Hopkin
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

Huntsman Cancer Institute Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Donors: 
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Chair holder:
  Dennis C. Shrieve, MD, PhD

Mark H. Huntsman Endowed Chair in Advanced Medical Technologies
Donors:
Mr. and Mrs. Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.
Chair holder: Dennis L. Parker, PhD

Dr. D. Rees and Eleanor T. Jensen Presidential Endowed Chair in Surgery
Donors:
Dr. Rees and Eleanor T. Jensen
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

Thomas E. and Rebecca D. Jeremy Presidential Endowed Chair for Arthritic Research
Donors:
Thomas E. and Rebecca D. Jeremy 
Chair holder: Grant W. Cannon, MD

Dale Johnson Endowed Chair in Surgery
Donors: 
Primary Childrens Medical Center Foundation
Chair holder:
Scholar search in progress

August L. (Larry) Jung, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine
Donors:
Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

Carl R. Kjeldsberg Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Pathology
Donors:
ARUP
Chair holder: Mary Bronner, MD 

Ralph E. and Willia T. Main Presidential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Donor:
Ralph E. Main 
Chair holder: Mary Beckerle, PhD

Ann G. and Jack Mark Presidential Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine in Honor of Thomas H. Caine, MD
Donors:
Ann G. and Jack Mark 
Chair holder: Rachel Hess, MD, MS

The Governor Scott M. Matheson Presidential Endowed Chair in Health Care and Health Management
Donor:
Archstone Foundation 
Chair holder: Richard J. Sperry, MD, PhD

Dr. John M. Matsen Presidential Endowed Chair in Pathology
Chair holder:
Scholar search in progress

The Robert W. Metcalf MD Presidential Endowed Chair in  Orthopeadics
Chair holder:
Robert T. Burks, MD

John A. Moran Presidential Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology in Honor of Randall J Olson, MD
Donor:
John A. Moran
Chair holder: Gregory S. Hageman, PhD

T.F.H. Morton, MD, Endowed Chair in Family and Preventive Medicine
Donor:
Carmen M. Christensen
Chair holder: Susan Cochella, MD, MPH

John Henry and Nancy LeNore Parker Endowed Chair in Medical Imaging Research
Donor:
Dennis L. Parker, PhD
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair in Nursing
Established in loving memory by his son, Louis S. Peery, MD
Donors: Dr. and Mrs. Louis S. Peery 
Chair holder: Patricia G. Moreton, RN, PhD

Louis S. Peery, M.D. and Janet B. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair in Nursing Research
Donors:
Dr. and Mrs. Louis S. Peery 
Chair holder: Kathleen H. Mooney, PhD, RN

Louis S. Peery and Janet B. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Donors:
Dr. and Mrs. Louis S. Peery 
Chair holder: Darrel S. Brodke, MD

Louis S. Peery, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Donors:
Dr. and Mrs. Louis S. Peery 
Chair holder: Charles L. Saltzman, MD

Mary Scowcroft Peery Presidential Endowed Chair Established by Louis S. Peery, MD
In loving memory of his mother
Donors: Dr. and Mrs. Louis S. Peery 
Chair holder: John T. Smith, MD

Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology
Donor:
Department of Anesthesiology 
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

Dr. Don Merrill Rees Presidential Endowed Chair in the division of Vector Borne Diseases
Donors:
Dr. Thomas D. and Natalie B. Rees
Chair holder:
Scholar search in progress

Dr. Thomas D. and natalie B. Rees Presidential Endowed Chair Global Medicine
Donors:
Dr. Thomas D. and Natalie B. Rees
Chair holder:
Scholar search in progress

Attilio D. Renzetti, Jr., MD, Presidential Endowed Chair by the Division of Respiratory, Critical Care and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine
Donor: Division of Respiratory, Critical Care and Occupational Pulmonary Medicine
Chair holder: Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD

Robert L. and Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging
Donors: Robert L. and Joyce T. Rice 
Chair holder: Michael Caserta, PhD 

Dr. Paul S. Richards Endowed Chair in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety
Donors:
Richards Memorial Medical Foundation and Workers Compensation Fund 
Chair holder: Kurt T. Hegmann, MD

Dr. Leo T. Samuels and Barbara K. Samuels Presidential Endowed Chair in Biochemistry
Donor:
Barbara K. Samuels
Chair Holder: Christopher P. Hill, PhD

Glenn and Ben Schmidt/Edgar Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurology
Chair holder: Francis M. Filloux, MD

L. S. Skaggs Presidential Endowed Chair in Pharmacy
Chair Holder: Chris Ireland, PhD

Christi T. Smith Endowed Chair in Cardiology Research
Established by her grandparents, Dee Glen and Ida W. Smith
Donors: Dee Glen and Ida W. Smith 
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

Dee Glen and Ida W. Smith Endowed Chair for Cancer Research
Donors:
Dee Glen and Ida W. Smith 
Chair holder: Jared Rutter, PhD

Scott M. Smith, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology
Donor:
Department of Anesthesiology 
Chair holder: Akiko Okifuji, PhD

Clifford C. Snyder, MD, Far Eastern Presidential Endowed Chair, University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Donors:
Clifford C. Snyder, MD, and Douglas Hsu 
Chair holder: Jean Pugh Shipman

Harold J. (Steve), Ardella T., and Helen T. Stevenson Presidential Endowed Chair in Rheumatology
In honor of Dr. Daniel O. Clegg
Donor: Harold J. Stevenson 
Chair holder: Daniel O. Clegg, MD

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology
Honoring James W. Freston, MD, PhD
Donor: Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Chair holder: John Fang, MD

Ralph and Mary Tuck Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
Donor:
Mary Tuck
Chair holder: Wolfgang Baehr, PhD

L. George Veasy, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology
Donors:
Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation
Chair holder: Lloyd Y. Tani, MD

Marion L. Walker, MD, Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Donors:
Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation 
Chair holder: Douglas L. Brockmeyer, MD

C. Scott and Dorothy Watkins Endowed Chair in Pathology
In honor of Dr. Ernst Eichwald
Donor: C. Scott Watkins 
Chair holder: David James Stillman, PhD

Reverend George J. Weber Presidential Endowed Chair in Immunology
Established by Edith F. Weber in honor of her husband
Donor: Edith F. Weber
Chair holder: John H. Weis, PhD

R. C. Willey Endowed Chair in Neuroradiology
Donors:
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Child
Chair holder: H. Ric Harnsberger, MD

George and Lorna Winder Presidential Endowed Chair in Neurosciences
Donors:
George and Lorna Winder
Chair holder: Monica Vetter, PhD

John Rex and Alice C. Winder Presidential Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine
In Honor of Thomas H. Caine, MD
Donors: John Rex and Alice C. Winder 
Chair holder: Thomas H. Caine, MD

Maxwell M. Wintrobe, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine
Donors:
Dr. and Mrs. Maxwell M. Wintrobe 
Chair holder: Michael W. Deininger, MD, PhD 

Harry C. Wong, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology
Donor:
Department of Anesthesiology 
Chair holder: Scholar search in progress

K. C. Wong MD, PhD, Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah
Donor:
Department of Anesthesiology
Chair holder: Talmage D. Egan, MD

Joseph J. Yager Presidential Endowed Chair in the School of Medicine
Chair holder: William T. Couldwell, MD

L. B. and Olive S. Young Endowed Chair for Cancer Research
Donor:
Olive S. Young 
Chair holder: R. Lor Randall, MD

The H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowment was created by a gift from the Authur Benning estate in honor of his parents, H. A. and Edna Benning. The endowment helps fund the work of 12 faculty members, each of whom occupy an H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair.

Appointments as an H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair are made by the university president in recognition of the dedication and achievement of the university’s top medical researchers and for their contribution to his or her respective field. This endowment allows the University of Utah Medical School the ability to retain and recruit the brightest and most talented minds in the country.

View the current Benning endowed chairs and learn more about the Benning Society.