Speaker Bios

Vivian S. Lee, M.B.A., M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lee is a radiologist by training and is currently principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants. She has served as Chair of the Medical Imaging NIH study section and is a Fellow and past President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). On the Editorial Board of leading journals in imaging, Dr. Lee has authored over 150 peer-reviewed research publications, and a popular textbook, Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols (Lippincott, 2006). In 2005, 2011 and 2012, Dr. Lee received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. In 2012, she delivered the ISMRM Lauterbur Lecture.

Since July of 2011, Dr. Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. In this position she is responsible for an annual budget of more than $2.3 billion; a healthcare system comprising four hospitals, numerous clinical and research specialty centers like the Huntsman Cancer Institute and John Moran Eye Center, a network of 10 neighborhood health centers, an insurance plan, and over 1,200 board certified physicians; and five colleges including the School of Medicine, of which she also serves as Dean, the College of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health, and most recently, Dentistry.

Rick Hodes, MD

Rick Hodes is an American doctor who has lived and worked in Ethiopia for over 20 years. He is the Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 95-year old NGO. Over the years, he has been in charge of the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel. Currently, he is the senior consultant at a Catholic mission helping sick destitutes with heart disease (rheumatic and congenital), spine disease (TB and scoliosis), and cancer. He has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia, and Albania.
Hodes is a graduate of Middlebury College and University of Rochester Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins. Hodes first went to Ethiopia as a relief worker during the 1984 famine. He returned there on a Fulbright Fellowship to teach internal medicine, and in 1990 was hired by the JDC as the medical adviser for the country. His original position was to care for 25,000 potential immigrants to Israel. In 1991, he was an active contributor during “Operation Solomon,” helping the Ethiopian Jews airlifted to Israel. In 2007, Dr. Hodes was selected as a finalist for “CNN Heroes,” a program that highlights ordinary people for their extraordinary achievements.The American College of Physicians has awarded him “Mastership” and the Rosenthal Award for creative practice of medicine. He was honored as ABC’s Person of the Week in 2010.

Easmon Otupiri, DVM, MPH

 Dr. Easmon Otupiri is a public health expert in the Department of Community Health at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Medical Sciences in Kumasi, Ghana. He is engaged in teaching, research and service to the community. Dr. Otupiri has played key roles in many community-directed interventions that have resulted in health policy at the national level; home-based management of malaria in children under-five, development of community-based health systems through a network of community-based agents, community-based management of pneumonia with antibiotics, emergency obstetric and essential newborn care, post-abortion care services and the introduction of pneumococcal vaccination for children in Ghana.  His current interests are: family planning and, maternal, neonatal and child survival at the community level. 


Frederick Gottlieb, MD, MPH, FACP

Frederick Gottlieb has been involved in issues of international health and development for over 35 years. Dr. Gottlieb graduated from West Virginia School of Medicine in 1984. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University of California Davis Medical Center in 1987. He has received Master’s Degrees in Public Health as well as International Affairs, and currently teaches International Public Health at the University of Utah. He has worked on the assessment of rural health care delivery models and refugee evaluations in Asia, Africa, and South America. He served as Regional Medical Officer for the US Peace Corps in Southern Africa and worked with the tsunami recovery in Indonesia. He has received the US Public Health Service Physician of the Year Award. He specializes in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Geriatrics. He serves as Clinical Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, teaches courses in International Health and Development, and lectures in tropical medicine, infectious diseases, and geriatrics.

Mark Harris, MD

Currently an Associate Professor in Anesthesiology at the University of Utah, Dr. Harris received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He completed a Residency of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a Residency of Emergency Medicine at Hairmyres University. As the director of the Ghana Anesthesiology Global Health Rotation, Dr. Harris participated in international medical work for over a decade. Each year the program sends faculty and residents from the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah to Kumasi, Ghana, and the KATH Hospital to work in the operating room and provide instruction in anesthesia to nurse anesthetists and students.
 Dr. Harris now focuses on education of anesthesia providers in the low-income world. He is the anesthesia director for the University of Utah's Center for Global Surgery, and a co-founder of International Anesthesia Education Forum. Harris has over 16 years of experience in Anesthesiology and is a published author with a number of articles.

 Geoff Tabin, MD
Dr. Geoff Tabin is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He is the Director of the Division of International Ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah. Dr. Tabin spends a considerable part of the year working abroad, both in Nepal and throughout the Himalayas, as well as in Africa.

Tabin graduated from Yale University and then earned an MA in Philosophy at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. From there, he took his interest in moral philosophy and health care delivery to Harvard Medical School where he earned his MD in 1985. After completing an ophthalmology residency at Brown University and a fellowship in corneal surgery in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Tabin returned to Nepal to work with Dr. Sanduk Ruit. Dr. Tabin adopted Ruit’s methods for delivering high quality cataract surgery at a very low cost and began teaching other Nepali ophthalmologists while running the eye hospital in Biratnagar, Nepal’s second largest city.
Dr. Tabin is a leader in both the national and international ophthalmic community. He is a member of the International Education Committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and teaches a course on cataract surgery at both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.