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Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognitions for April 2015

1. Karen A. Brown, M.S., has been featured as one of the "25 top phlebotomy professors" by, a medical technology blog. Brown was selected based on her widespread influence around the world, educating healthcare professionals on sterile phlebotomy techniques in high-risk locations. She is also director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Utah and an active member of the ASCP. For more information on her honorable mention visit:

2. The University of Utah was listed as one of five Utah companies making Forbes magazine's list of "top 500 employers" for 2015. Placing No. 36, The University of Utah ranked above Apple, with Google and Costco coming in first and second place. Rankings were based on a survey sent to 200,000 American employees. To see the full list of employers visit:

3. The University of Utah School of Medicine was named No. 14 on the list of "top 25 medical schools in America" by Business Insider. This places the University of Utah School of Medicine above both Harvard and Yale. A panel of 15 doctors selected schools they believe train the best primary-care doctors based on their professional experience and professional opinion. Read more here:

4. Lisa Cannon Albright, Professor and Division Chief of the Division of Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Utah, is being awarded the Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award. This is one of five big awards given at commencement that recognizes and promotes faculty commercialization and having an impact, broadly defined. Albright helped develop the Utah Population Database, and also designed ways to use the database to discover new disease-related genes. She assisted in developing the first genetic tests for assessing future-risks for disease, as well as mapping and identifying major common cancer genes. Albright has been a part of the Utah team since 1988.

5. The Masters of Health Sciences program at the University of Utah has been ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to recent studies from Public Health Online. Along with the Masters of Health Sciences program, the Masters in Nutrition program, Health Sciences Degree Program and the Masters in Health Administration Degree all received rankings, with Masters of Nutrition taking No. 7, Health Science Degree making top 20 and Masters in Health Administration making top 40. For more info on awards visit

6. Dr. Jeremy Myers, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, has been approved for a research-funding award totaling around $2.7 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This award is one of 34 new funding awards that PCORI's Board of Governors approved today. More details are available via PCORI's news release.

7. Adam Hughes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Utah, has been selected as one of 15 scientists to be named 2015 Searle Scholar. This merits $300,000 towards funding research over the next three years. Searle Scholars are selected by a Scientific Advisory Board comprising 12 scientists, distinguished for their research and leadership across a wide range of fields. Scientists are selected based on previous research and their projected success in the world of science. For more information about the Searle Scholars Program please visit:

8. The University of Utah Health Care adult recon team has accepted an award for their Rectus Sparing PAO surgical technique video from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. The video was displayed in The Orthopaedic Video Theater at this year's annual meeting. Doctors involved with the making of the film included Joseph Bergman, MD; Christopher E. Pelt, MD; Christopher L. Peters, MD; Mike Anderson, MS, ATC; and Jill Erickson, PA.