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Chase Peterson, 1929-2014

Chase Peterson sadly passed away this week at the age of 84 after a complicated bout of pneumonia. He served as Senior Vice President of Health Sciences from 1978-1983 before being asked to serve as President of the University. By the time I got to know Chase he was transitioning into retirement from the University. This gave me the opportunity to know him and his remarkable wife, Grethe, in a way that I might not have had I met them earlier in his hectic career.

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Regulatory obstacles just one barrier to personalized medicine

If past performance is the best indicator of future outcomes, then concerted, national efforts to advance the science of personalized medicine are a good bet.

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White Coat Ceremonies 2014

Most physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and physician's assistants in practice have never experienced the White Coat ceremony that our first year medical students and dental students at the University of Utah celebrated this week.

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Culture Meets Science in Discovery

Ever heard the nickname "Happy Valley?" Not the one 45 miles South of Salt Lake City. I'm talking about the one nearly 14,000 miles from here in Dharmshala, India. Home to many Tibetan refugees, this similarly nicknamed village is not the only connection we have to the other side of this planet.

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Determining the Costs of Healthcare

By now, many of you know our mantra: We have to know the cost of healthcare in order to improve the value we deliver.

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The Exceptional Patient Experience and How Far We've Come

"Regardless of what we think, patient care isn't excellent unless the patient thinks it is."--A. Lorris Betz

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The Remarkably Unassuming Life of Richard "Dick" Stimson

As a scientist by nature, life never ceases to amaze me. Take, for example, the remarkably unassuming life of Dick Stimson. Dick did not wear his wealth or successes on his sleeve. Instead, he carried his heart there and offered its endless compassion to those who needed it most.

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