Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joshua Schiffman, MD

Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah. He is an investigator in the Huntsman Cancer Institute and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation program. Since 2008, Dr. Schiffman has served as the Medical Director of the High Risk Pediatric Cancer Clinic, which is run through both Primary Children’s Medical Center and Huntsman Cancer Institute. 

Dr. Schiffman is dedicated to translating biological and genomic discoveries into clinical advances for patients. His research emphasis is cancer susceptibility in families, with a focus on the genomic changes underlying pediatric cancer development.

Schiffman earned his MD from Brown University, and completed his Pediatric Residency, Pediatric Chief Residency, and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Stanford University, where he then served as an Instructor and directed the Pediatric Cancer Genetics Clinic (PCGC).

Dr. Schiffman has written more than 150 publications, scientific papers, chapters, and abstracts.  Dr. Schiffman is frequently invited to lecture nationally, and internationally, on the topics of familial cancer, clinical genomics, and comparative oncology.  His talks are described as both entertaining and informative, and always emphasize the importance of understanding who gets cancer and why.

Benjamin Chan, MD







Dr. Benjamin Chan, MD

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 Sundwall Jr. - Primary Care/Family Medicine

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 co
unseling 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.


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