Kristen Ries Named Medical Staff President for U Hospitals & Clinics

Kristen Ries Named Medical Staff President for U Hospitals & Clinics

Jan 9, 2003 5:00 PM

Kristen M. Ries, M.D., professor of internal medicine, was recently named president of the medical staff for University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics.

Ries will serve a two-year term as the primary officer for medical staff at the health sciences center. She will act as liaison for the University's 850 board-certified physicians with the U Hospital board, hospital administrator, and vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school.

Ries is recognized for her leadership and has demonstrated her commitment to patient care in leading the hospital's Ethics Committee, according to Richard A. Fullmer, U Hospital executive director. "Dr. Ries' experience, her record as a patient advocate and her dedication to the profession of healing, make her an excellent choice to lead our medical staff."

Fullmer also thanked outgoing medical staff president John J. Zone, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology, for his professionalism and significant contributions to the hospital and staff during his recently completed term. Douglas T. Hutchinson, M.D., associate professor of orthopedics, was named president-elect.

Ries is well-known as a physician advocate in the treatment of AIDS and HIV-infected patients in Utah and the Intermountain West. She has been recognized nationally for her work and was named doctor of the year for the state in 1999 by the Utah Medical Association.

Ries joined the U of U medical school faculty in 1994, following 11 years in private practice in Salt Lake City and a long affiliation with Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. She earned her medical degree in 1967 from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania.

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