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Oct 21, 2014 4:06 PM

University of Utah Health Care has welcomed several new leaders in recent weeks. Here's a look at some of the newest physicians to join the U.'s team:

Anna Ibele

Anna Ibele, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Utah Health Care.  Dr. Ibele received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics where she became interested in obesity surgery after she saw the positive impact it had on patients’ lives.  She went on to do a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery at Indiana University.  After completing her fellowship, Dr. Ibele practiced bariatric and minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania where she performed several hundred bariatric procedures prior to joining the University of Utah in 2014. 

Dr. Ibele’s clinical interests include the surgical and endoscopic management of obesity and gastroesophageal reflux disease and her research interests include the effects of bariatric surgery on gastroesophageal reflux, fatty liver disease and insulin metabolism as well as the impact of weight loss surgery on family health.

Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer

Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa. She completed postdoctoral work in the area of neurolaryngology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before joining the University of Arizona faculty in the Department of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences and the Neuroscience Graduate Inter-Disciplinary Program. Later, Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer joined the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of California, Davis and was also invited to join the faculty for the UCD Neuroscience Graduate Group.

Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer’s research, teaching, and clinical interests focus on the neural controls of the larynx for such functions as respiration, voice production, and swallowing. Her clinical and research work is inter-disciplinary, drawing on colleagues with expertise from such disciplines as otolaryngology, pulmonary, neuroscience, engineering, cellular biology and anatomy, and radiology.

At the University of Utah, Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer will contribute to Otolaryngology’s programmatic growth and development of research, teaching, and clinical care for voice and swallowing disorders as well as to serve as the Clinical Director for Speech Pathology in the Voice Disorders Clinic.

Cindy Matsen

Cindy Matsen, M.D. graduated with honors from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Biology.  She then received an M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and joined the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.  Matsen went on to complete her residency at the University of Utah in general surgery, where she focused her research on breast cancer molecular biology.  She pursued additional training through a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and oversaw a large prospective study on skin flap necrosis after mastectomy with reconstruction.  

At the University of Utah, Matsen is interested in focusing on clinical-based research, allowing her to better understand the ways psychosocial issues influence a patient’s experience. She seeks to provide a personalized approach in breast cancer care and is excited to be working at a place that realizes that patients are as individual as their cancers.

Ellen Morrow

Dr. Morrow graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Yale University with a Bachelors of Science in molecular, cellular and developmental biology.  She then received her M.D. from Stanford University Medical School, and went on to do her residency in General Surgery there.  She pursued additional training with a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Washington.   Her fellowship was focused on upper gastrointestinal surgery including surgery for reflux, hiatal hernias, and esophageal motility disorders.  She also completed training in weight loss surgery including laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. 

Dr. Morrow’s research and clinical interests include surgical innovation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and weight loss (bariatric) surgery in special patient populations.   She has authored papers on multiple topics including Barrett’s esophagus, the role of reflux in pulmonary fibrosis, and improvement in cardiac function after bariatric surgery.  She also has an interest in international health, and has taught laparoscopy to surgical residents in Ethiopia.  Dr. Morrow looks forward to providing patient-centered care at the University of Utah and is excited to assist her patients in improving their health and their lives. 

Regina Rosenthal

Regina Rosenthal, M.D., received her B.A. in science from City College of New York and then went on to obtain her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She completed her surgery residency at Boston University, where she served as the administrative chief resident in her final year.  She continued her training through a fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in cancer immunotherapy, where she spent a year conducting research in oncology. After her fellowship, Rosenthal became a surgeon at the Hitchcock Clinic, Dartmouth Medical Center in Manchester, NH. 

In 1991, Rosenthal and her husband moved to Salt Lake City, where she started a private practice in breast cancer surgery in collaboration with LDS hospital, St. Mark’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center.  Rosenthal values a collaborative approach to medicine, which inspired her to help instigate a multidisciplinary breast conference where physicians could come together to discuss topics such as pathology, radiology, and clinical management of patients with breast diseases on a weekly basis. 

Rosenthal is delighted to be joining the University of Utah team and especially looks forward to working under the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s multi-modality team approach, which encourages teamwork among her medical colleagues to provide the best possible care for patients.