Samuel Brown, MD, MS, FASE

  • Director of Center for Humanizing Critical Care at Intermountain Medical Center
  • ​Assistant Director of Critical Care Echocardiography Service at Intermountain Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Brown graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in linguistics, and then went on to complete his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. As a clinical researcher, a scholar of medical ethics and humanities and director of the Center for Humanizing Critical Care, Dr. Brown aims to understand differences among patients and families experiencing life-threatening illness by employing advanced statistical methods to understand both the physiology and psychology of critical illness. In his research, Dr. Brown hopes to illuminate the natural history of life-threatening illness and develop test tailored interventions to help patients and their families. Through collaborations across disciplines, he seeks to improve intensive care across the spectrum of meaningful outcomes through careful application of insights from community collaborators, focus groups, work in ethics, and rigorous clinical investigations.


Eliotte Hirshberg, MD, MS

  • Associate Director of Center for Humanizing Critical Care at Intermountain Medical Center 
  • Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Intermountain Medical Center

Dr. Hirshberg graduated with honors from Cornell University in Psychology and received her medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. She also completed her combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric residency at the University of Rochester. She then went on to complete a combined adult and pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Utah. Dr. Hirshberg aims to be an expert in medical decision-making and apply that knowledge to improve both the process of clinical trials and the delivery of quality healthcare. Bridging the adult and pediatric ICU environment gives her a unique perspective when addressing the needs of critically ill patients. Her clinical experiences, as well as her background in human development and psychology, provide a comprehensive across the life span perspective to the patient family dynamics that we hope to understand in the Center for Humanizing Critical Care.


Ramona O. Hopkins, PhD

  • Clinical Research Investigator for Critical Care Medicine at Intermountain Medical Center
  • Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University

Dr. Hopkins received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Utah. As a neuroscientist her research interests include neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric outcomes following critical illness. Dr. Hopkins has conducted extensive research on post-intensive care syndrome including longitudinal studies of cognitive, psychiatric, physical, and quality of life outcomes in survivors of critical illness. Her laboratory has carried out quantitative analysis of brain MRI scans in survivors of critical illness, documenting brain atrophy and lesions, and their relationship to cognitive impairments and new psychiatric disorders that persist years following ICU discharge. Her research has also focused in interventions to mitigate post-intensive care syndrome including research in early mobilization.


Peter Haug, MD

  • Director of the Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research at Intermountain Medical Center

Dr. Haug is the Director of the Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research at Intermountain Healthcare and a professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. His expertise lies in the study of tools for natural language processing in medicine, the evaluation of probabilistic decision support systems for use in the health care process, the development of computer-based tools to deliver detailed medical protocols, and various applications of data mining to assist in the development of innovative medical software. Dr. Haug’s previous experience includes the development of components of two different medical information systems. Recently his efforts have focused on the construction of environments designed to support applied Informatics research and to support the testing of innovative tools for implementing decision support in active clinical settings.


Kathryn Kuttler, PhD

  • Senior Medical Informaticist for the Critical Care Medicine Department at Intermountain Medical Center

Dr. Kuttler is a Senior Medical Informaticist in the Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research at Intermountain Healthcare. She is a founding member of the American Medical Informatics Association’s Intensive Care Informatics Working Group. Dr. Kuttler received her PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah School Of Medicine. She has 13 years of experience working with Critical Care teams in developing and enhancing clinical information systems with the intent to support best practice and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Kuttler has expertise in critical care information systems, decision support, alerting systems, and the integration of applications across platforms. She mentors students and provides practical small group medical informatics instruction. Her research interests include: decision support, real time alerting, problem lists, sepsis, progress notes, protocols, outcomes analysis, and clinical research. Dr. Kuttler is responsible for system design, database integration, and implementation of new applications. As the key informatics contributor, Dr. Kuttler’s expertise is essential to the Center for Humanizing Critical Care.


Jorie Butler, PhD

  • Associate Director for Education and Evaluation at the Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center
  • IDEAS Investigator at the Salt Lake City VHA
  • Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah

Dr. Butler received her PhD in 2005 from the University of California, Irvine in Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, School of Social Ecology. She has studied decision making, adherence, and coping with illness in family contexts for over 15 years using qualitative and quantitative methods. As an investigator for the Center for Humanizing Critical Care, Dr. Butler uses multiple methods to understand clinical decision-making, delivery of patient-centered care from provider and patient perspectives, tailoring information for patient needs, and shared decision-making in healthcare contexts. She has designed, conducted, and analyzed data for focus groups nation-wide related to understanding patients’ experiences in healthcare and research.


Other key team members

  • Sarah Majercik, MD: Trauma/critical care clinical research Core Faculty 
  • Lorie Mitchell, RN, MSN: Nursing management 
  • James Orme, MD: Critical care clinical research Core Faculty 
  • Misty Schreiner, RN: Clinical Nursing/Nursing Management, PFAC Facilitator
  • Heather Gallo: Research Coordinator 
  • Cristina Pratt: Research Coordinator