Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joshua D. Schiffman, M.D.

Dr. Schiffman is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Primary Children's Hospital (PCH) and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. He attended the Brown University School of Medicine, followed by pediatric residency and chief residency at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he began their Pediatric Cancer Genetics Program. Dr. Schiffman has been on the faculty at the University of Utah since 2008, where he is Professor in Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor in Oncological Sciences. He serves as the Medical Director for the High Risk Pediatric Cancer Clinic at the University of Utah, where he cares for children and families with inherited risk for cancer. Dr. Schiffman also is the Education Director for the Program in Personalized Health, where he oversees the teaching of translational and individualized clinical medicine to physicians and their patients. Dr. Schiffman's research focuses on the development of pediatric cancer and he runs a translational genomics laboratory to identify which children are at risk for cancer and why. Dr. Schiffman works closely with epidemiologists, population scientists, and molecular biologists to try to answer this question. Most recently, Dr. Schiffman has recognized the power of comparative oncology to advance the field of cancer research. Teaming up with collaborators from across the country, the Schiffman Lab is now actively involved in comparing the genomics and functional biology of different species across the animal kingdom and using this  information to generate hypotheses and guide experimental design in cancer research. Dr. Schiffman holds the inaugural Edward B. Clark, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research.


Breakout Session Speakers

Dr. Benjamin R. Chan, M.D.

After finishing his MD at UUSOM, Dr. Chan completed a residency in general psychiatry at George Washington University, with a resident fellowship in Health Policy.  A fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland followed, where he served as Chief Resident, before returning to the U’s Department of Psychiatry in 2010 as a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.  Dr. Chan has mentored several medical students and resident physicians during his time here. He has taught a wide variety of lectures as well, both to second and third year medical students.  Dr. Chan is currently an in-patient attending physician at the University of Utah Neuro-psychiatric Institute (UNI). He sees a wide variety of patients with various diagnoses and ages (from 4-17 years old).


Dr. Peter V. Sundwall Jr., M.D.

Dr. Sundwall grew up in Kanab, Utah, where his father was the only physician and subsequently exposed him to the realities of the ups and downs of primary care medicine. Dr. Sundwall received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling from the University of Utah. Tired of looking around and not completely satisfied with other career options, he attended medical school at the University of Utah. He completed his family practice residency at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Dr. Sundwall practices the full spectrum of Family Medicine in Alpine, Utah, and enjoys the diversity of "womb to tomb” care. He has a particular interest in sports medicine, mental health, and urgent care, but he enjoys all aspects of family practice. He and his wife Michelle have 5 children. His hobbies include: family time, triathlon training, sports and reading.


Dr. Thomas McGarry, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS 

Dr. Thomas McGarry specializes in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, where he majored in Chemistry, and was a medical student at the University of Chicago. He received both MD and PhD degrees, and has done both clinical practice and basic science research. He is currently a full- time clinical practitioner at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, and is on the faculty at the University of Utah.


Samuel Thomas

Sam Thomas is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Utah. Prior to medical school, he attended the University of Utah and graduated with degrees in Russian and Internation Studies in the Spring 2011. He began medical school in the Fall of 2011 and truly enjoys the challenges of balancing a life amidst a demanding medical education. In between his third and fourth year of medical school, he was given a scholarship to extend his education one year to get a master in bioengineering through the BioInnovate program at the University of Utah. The BioInnovate program is a graduate level bioengineering track aimed to provide comprehensive training in biomedical device design and development. Program requirements included 30 credit hours of masters level coursework and the completion of a masters project and defense. Outside of medical school, Sam is involved with numerous teams developing medical devices, enjoys clinical research, and loves taking time for outreach where he helped to organize and create student-run health clinics for the homeless and refugee population.  



Dr. Catherine deVries, M.D., M.S.

As a pediatric urologist, Catherine deVries cares for children with congenital and acquired diseases of the urinary tract and genitalia. As a Professor of Urology, she practices at Primary Children's Medical Center. Her areas of particular interest are neurogenic bladder associated with spina bifida and birth defects of the genitalia. Her work extends overseas to teaching pediatric and reconstructive urology in low resource countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A graduate of Harvard University, she holds a Masters in Pathology from Duke University and an M.D. from Stanford University. She trained in Urology at Stanford University and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Urology at University of California, San Diego. Her awards include the American Red Cross International Hero Award in 2011, the American Urological Association’s 2009 Distinguished Contribution Award, The Southeastern Section AUA Presidential Lectureship 2009, The American Urological Association’s Honorary Member 2007, and the American Medical Association’s 2006 Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine.


Dr. Bret Boyle, D.O.

Dr. Bret Boyle, D.O., graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western University of Health Sciences) in Pomona, California, in 1993. After his internship he began his four-year Army scholarship obligation. Following two years of hardship in beautiful, northern Italy, he then suffered in Hawaii while completing a Family Medicine residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. During his 13 years of active duty service, Dr. Boyle also trained and served in Aviation Medicine (Flight Surgeon) as well as Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (Diving Medical Officer) before honorably resigning his commission as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2008 and relocating to Salt Lake City. His primary specialty since 2001 has been in the area of wound care. He owns and operates Physician Wound Care Specialists of Utah on the campus of St. Mark's Hospital.



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