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Lorris Betz MD, PhD

A. LORRIS BETZ, M.D., Ph.D. Senior Vice President Emeritus of Health Sciences University of Utah Dr. A. Lorris Betz received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1969 and M.D. and Ph.D. (biochemistry and physiology) degrees in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Betz spent the next four years at the University of California, San Francisco, completing his pediatric residency and a research fellowship in pediatric neurology. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology in 1979 and later was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Surgery. Other administrative appointments at U of M included Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Executive Associate Dean, and Interim Dean from 1996 to 1998. Dr. Betz began his term at the University of Utah in June of 1999 when he was named Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean of the School of Medicine, and CEO of the University of Utah Health Care. He held faculty appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics (Professor with tenure), Neurobiology and Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Betz twice served as Interim President of the University of Utah from January to August, 2004 and from May, 2011 to March, 2012. Following his retirement from the University in May, 2012, Dr. Betz was named Senior Vice President Emeritus of Health Sciences. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University in 2012. Dr. Betz’s research focused on the physiology of the blood-brain barrier and the biochemical mechanisms that lead to brain injury in stroke. He has published over 150 scientific papers and chapters. He has served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and he served as Chair of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Deans Administrative Board (2009-2010) and as Chair of the AAMC Board of Directors (2013-2014). In 2004, he received the Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology and in 2010, the Utah Hospital Association Distinguished Service to Health Care Award. In 2011, Dr. Betz was named by Utah Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Utah. Dr. Betz currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Spark Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that focuses on gene therapy.

For more information on how Dr. Betz led a transformation in creating a culture of respect in health care, please see his presentation as Chairman of AAMC: