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Jay Agarwal, M.D.
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Dr. Jay Agarwal is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah. He was born and raised in Michigan where he attended college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He graduated from medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and then went on to complete residency training in Plastic Surgery at The University of Chicago. Dr. Agarwal's training in Chicago gave him a solid foundation in general reconstructive plastic surgery, aesthetic surgery, and pediatric plastic surgery. After six years in Chicago, he went on to further specialize in Hand Surgery and Microvascular Surgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. Dr. Agarwal is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery. Dr. Agarwal is an active member of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is dedicated to resident and medical student education through his clinical, teaching, and research activities. He has been involved in reconstructive medical missions to Puerto Rico where he participated in the care of underprivileged children with facial deformities. Dr. Agarwal's research interests are in the area of development of medical devices to assist with microvascular repair and peripheral nerve repair after trauma. Additionally, he focuses on targeted gene therapy using surgically transferred tissue as the conduit for gene delivery. Dr. Agarwal specializes in all aspects of breast surgery, including aesthetic breast augmentation, breast lifts, and breast reconstruction after cancer or deformities. He emphasizes using perforator flaps, a cutting edge technique that uses the patient's own tissues to reconstruct the breast including DIEP, SIEA, TUG, and SGAP. His clinical interests include aesthetic plastic surgery, hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. His focus is on reconstruction of traumatic injuries and defects caused by cancer. He performs complex reconstruction after upper and lower extremity trauma and head and neck cancer.

Bala Ambati, MD
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Dr. Ambati has joined the Moran faculty as a researcher and physician. We are honored to have Dr. Ambati, who has the distinction of being the world's youngest person to graduate from medical school at 17. He received his ophthalmology training at Harvard and Duke Universities. Dr. Ambati is experienced in cornea transplants, cataract extraction, keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea), LASIK, and other complex procedures of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye. He plans on building a practice welcoming patients in these areas as well as general ophthalmic issues. He has been an invited speaker at the World Ophthalmology Congress, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, International Congress of Eye Research, and other national and international conferences. He donates his time overseas on missions with ORBIS, a nonprofit organization with a Flying Eye Hospital, on which Dr. Ambati has operated and trained local surgeons in Ghana and Malaysia. With respect to clinical research, Dr. Ambati is committed to constant analysis of results of cornea transplants, LASIK, cataract extraction, and other anterior segment procedures with a view towards optimization of patient outcomes. Dr. Ambati also maintains a dynamic research laboratory, exploring and advancing new treatments for abnormal blood vessel formation (involved in corneal injury, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cancer) as well as development of novel surgical technology and devices. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications and 2 books.

Collin Cowley, MD
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Dr Collin Cowley is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah. He is also Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventions which remain the primary focus of his clinical efforts. A native of Salt Lake City, Dr Cowley did much of his training at the University of Utah followed by 4 years of fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr Cowley is involved in numerous clinical trials of medical devices while also pursuing his personal interests in developing new tools for the minimally invasive treatment of congenital heart disease. Dr Cowley also volunteers his time internationally performing procedures in less developed parts of the world.

Ameet Daftary, MD

Dr. Ameet Daftary is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. He received his medical degree from the University of Bombay in India and since then has completed a pediatric residency in both Bombay, India as well as Michigan, USA. He has trained in neonatology and critical care in Australia and chose to further specialize in pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine in the United States. Dr. Daftary completed his pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and his sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Utah. He also completed a Master of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Dr. Daftary is the director of the pediatric sleep medicine program at Primary Children's Medical Center and practices both general pediatric pulmonary as well as sleep medicine. He is actively involved in the training of physicians specializing in sleep medicine through the University of Utah. Dr. Daftary's clinical interests are in airway disorders, sleep disordered breathing and chronic respiratory failure. His research interests include development of technology for respiratory support and diagnostics in patients with chronic respiratory diseases and sleep disorders.

Catherine R. deVries, M.D., FACS, FAAP
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Dr. Catherine deVries is a Clinical Professor of Surgery and Public Health at the University of Utah School Of Medicine. 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 with fellowships in Pediatric Urology at University of California, San Diego. While pediatric urology is her clinical focus within the U.S, she has been intensively active in the development of sustainable global surgery since1992. In 1994, she founded International Volunteers in Urology (now IVUmed) and continues as its President. IVUmed is dedicated to urological education worldwide and focuses on training doctors and nurses in developing countries. Dr. deVries has developed urological training programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She serves as a member of the Global Alliance for Elimination of Filariasis (GAELF) , and on the Board of Chairmen of the Societe Internationale d'Urologie (SIU). She teaches courses in surgery and public health and in engineering innovation for the developing world at the University of Utah and at Stanford University. She has recently completed a book, Global Surgery and Public Health; A New Paradigm. Dr. deVries has received various awards including 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. When not engaged in medical activities, she and her husband, Scott Lucas, run a small ranch in the Uinta Mountains of Wyoming.

John Fang, MD
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Dr. Fang received his MD from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is currently medical director of the Endoscopy Laboratory at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Dr. Fang's research interests at the Huntsman Cancer Institute focus on possible genetic components of gastro esophageal reflux disease, Barrett's esophagus (a precancerous condition), and esophageal cancer. His other research interests include esophageal and gastric motility disorders as well as enteral tubes. Dr. Fang also screens and treats adult patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

Bruce K. Gale, PhD
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Bruce K. Gale, received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 1995 and his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 2000. He was an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University before returning to the University of Utah in 2001 where he is now an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently Director of the Utah State Center of Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics. He is also Chief Science Officer at Wasatch Microfluidics, a company that was spun out of his lab in 2005. He has been working in the area of microfluidics and micro-total-analysis systems (?-TAS) for the past decade. His interests include lab-on-a chip devices that require a variety of microfluidic components for the completion of complex and challenging medical and biological assays. Specifically, he is working to develop a microfluidic toolbox for the rapid design, simulation, and fabrication of devices with medical and biological applications. The ultimate goal is to develop platforms for personalized medicine, which should allow medical treatments to be customized to the needs of individual patients.

Erik Kubiak, MD
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Dr. Kubiak is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at the University of Utah’s Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine. Dr. Kubiak received his MD from University of Washington. He subsequently fulfilled his residency program and fellowship in Basic Science Research at the New York University Hospital for Joint Disease. He then completed an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship at the Harborview Medical Center at the University of Washington.

Andrew Michaels, MD
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Dr. Michaels graduated from Harvard University, then completed medical school, residency, and cardiology fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco. He is currently the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the University of Utah. His NIH-supported clinical research focuses on myocardial hemodynamics and acoustic cardiography.

Kristin Mosman, MS
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Kristin Mosman graduated from Utah State University with a MS, SLP-CCC. She has been working at the University of Utah Rehabilitation Center, treating patients with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, cancer, stroke and other neurological pathologies. She assists these patients with resulting speech difficulties, language disorders, tracheostomy management, swallowing problems, voice issues and cognitive deficits.

G. Russell Reiss, MD
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Dr. Reiss is a cardiothoracic surgeon practicing at the George E. Wahlen VA Hospital. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Cellular Therapy and Regenerative Medicine, a new State of Utah Center of Excellence. His research interests lie in cellular therapies for heart disease, regenerative medicine, and convergent technologies. He is the Principal Investigator for the VA Sponsored STAR Trial:, in which adult stem cells are injected directly into the myocardium of open heart surgery patients. Dr. Reiss received his BA in Biology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. He received his MD from Hahnemann University (now Drexel Medical College). He completed a research fellowship in the Center for Gene Therapy at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences. Following a move to Utah, Dr. Reiss completed his General Surgery Training at the University of Utah follow by a Cardiothoracic Fellowship at the University of Utah. He is board certified in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Jeffrey Rosenbluth, MD
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Dr. Rosenbluth directs the spinal cord injury acute rehabilitation program at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and the sub-acute and long-term acute spinal cord injury programs at South Davis Community Hospital. Dr. Rosenbluth specializes in all aspects of care of the individual with spinal cord injury, including urgent care, wound care, spasicity management, pain management, mobility, assistive technology and wellness. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and completed his residency at the University of California-Davis. He completed his fellowship at the University of Washington and is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Frank B. Sachse, PhD
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Frank B. Sachse is a Research Assistant Professor in Bioengineering and faculty investigator at the Nora Eccles Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. He received his Dipl.-Inform. degree in computer science in 1992 and Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering in 1997 from the Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany. His laboratory applies computational and experimental approaches to gain insights into structure and function of tissues, cells and proteins of the normal and diseased heart. Current research foci are on confocal microscopic imaging of tissues, cells and proteins, computational modelling and experimental studies of electrical signalling in cardiac tissue, and modelling of ion channels and drug binding.

Sandra Smith, PhD, APRN
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Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. She is a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) specializing in care of high risk and critically ill infants. She is the Director of the NNP Program. Dr. Smith studies physiologic development of the premature infant, specifically of the autonomic nervous system as measured by heart rate variability. Dr. Smith graduated from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, continuing her education at Widener University where she earned her BSN. She earned her MS and PhD degrees from University of Utah College of Nursing.

Dwayne Westenskow, PhD
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Dr. Westenskow is the Director of the Bioengineering Division, Anesthesiology Department, University of Utah School of Medicine. He is the Past President, Society for Technology in Anesthesia, Associate Editor IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are to develop and apply technology in the design of medical devices for the operating room and intensive care unit. Specific areas of interest are data visualization, neural networks, feedback control, and digital signal processing. Current research projects include development of cardiovascular and pulmonary metaphor graphics, anesthesia drug modeling, cardiac output and blood pressure, information display formats, and patient simulators.