Past Editors

Rubor is indebted to all of the past medical students who have served as editors and dedicated their time and energy to this publication.


2020 | Volume 8

Lillian Boettcher

2020 Editor-in-Chief

Lily is a fourth-year M.D. candidate, class of 2020, at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Oklahoma. After graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in American Studies, with focuses in architecture, sculpture, and American history, and a senior thesis on the transcontinental railroad, she logically decided that she wanted to go to medical school and continued her pre-med coursework at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Before moving to Utah, she taught science and math for the American Indian Education Program of Norman, Oklahoma Public Schools and worked for the University of Oklahoma Department of Biology. Her clinical medical research includes projects with Departments of Neurosurgery at several institutions, among which are a few medical history papers. She advocates for the intersection of medicine and science with the arts and humanities, which implore us to write, create, empathize and think critically, especially vital in this particular setting that demands recognition and respect for diverse patients, people and experiences. She is grateful for the support of the University of Utah School of Medicine Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and all those who support it; the Layers of Medicine course for medical students, led by Dr. Karly Pippitt and Dr. Gretchen Case, and Parallel Charts writing course, led by Dr. Susan Sample; and all of her previous art teachers.

She loves western American history, maps, and the National Parks.

Rubor Participation:
2020 Editor-in-Chief
2019 Sculpture
2019 Associate Editor
2018 Associate Editor
2017 Associate Editor


2019 | Volume 7

Kajsa Vlasic, M.D.

2019 Editor-in-Chief

Kajsa Vlasic
2019 Editor-in-Chief

RESIDENCY:
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Pediatrics
Philadelphia, PA

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Utah, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

UNDERGRADUATE:
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Kajsa Vlasic’s first venture into the world of medical humanities and narrative medicine was through her Honors English undergraduate thesis at the University of Utah, partially funded by the Tanner Humanities Center, in which she used storytelling and the history of women writers to give voice to a group of female breast cancer survivors. During medical school she served as an Associate Editor of Rubor from 2015 to 2018 and took on the role of Editor-in-Chief during her fourth year of medical school. During her time as Editor-in-Chief she led the collaborative re-design process of Rubor’s website with Lily Boettcher (MED ’20) and the Eccles Health Sciences Library in hopes of creating a longstanding online repository for the medical arts and humanities projects produced at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In addition, she was a member of the inaugural Parallel Charts course offered by Dr. Susan Sample and helped publish the University of Utah School of Medicine’s first Gold Humanism Honor Society 55-word story collection, Voices from the Wards. She is particularly interested in the use of narrative medicine as a form of resiliency in medical training.

Kajsa is a current Pediatrics resident in the vibrant community of North Philadelphia at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She is incredibly passionate about supporting maternal-newborn care and pediatric emergency care services in low-resource areas of the United States, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current global health research efforts are in the remote Himalaya of Nepal and rural India and she dreams of one day returning more permanently to southern Africa, where she spent her earliest years. She misses her view of the Wasatch Front every day.

Rubor Participation:
2019 Editor-in-Chief
2019 Poem
2018 Co-Editor
2018 Essay
2017 Associate Editor
2016 Print
2016 Associate Editor

A student in the UUSOM Class of 2019. She has a B.A. in English literature and plans on pursuing a career in pediatrics. She loves getting lost in bookstores, drinking a good glass of rosé, and chasing after the finest powder in the Wasatch.


2018 | Volume 6

Madison Hunt, M.D.

2018 Editor-in-Chief

Madison Hunt, M.D.
2018 Editor-in-Chief

RESIDENCY:
New York University, Emergency Medicine
New York City, NY

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Utah, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

UNDERGRADUATE:
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Rubor Participation:
2018 Editor-in-Chief
2017 Contributing Poem
2017 Associate Editor
2016 Associate Editor
2015 Layout and Design


2017 | Volume 5

David Smyth, M.D.

2017 Editor-in-Chief

David Smyth, M.D.
2017 Editor-in-Chief

RESIDENCY:
Rush University Medical Center, Neurology

Chicago, IL

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Utah, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT

UNDERGRADUATE:
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Rubor Participation:
2017 Editor-in-Chief
2016 Associate Editor
2016 Contributing watercolor, cover front
2015 Associate Editor
2015 Contributing watercolor
2014 Art Editor
2014 Contributing watercolor, cover front


2016 | Volume 4

Martin de la Presa, M.D.

2016 Editor-in-Chief

Martin de la Presa, M.D.
2016 Editor-in-Chief

RESIDENCY:
University of Minnesota, Ophthalmology
Minneapolis, MN

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Utah, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT

UNDERGRADUATE:
Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

Rubor Participation:
2016 Editor-in-Chief
2015 Contributing photograph
2014 Poetry Editor


2015 | Volume 3 and 2013 | Volume 1

Quinn Orb, M.D.

2015, 2013 Editor-in-Chief, 2012 Rubor Co-creator

Quinn Orb, M.D.
2015, 2013 Editor-in-Chief, 2012 Rubor Co-creator

Dr. Orb created Rubor as a first-year medical student at the University of Utah in 2013. He served as Editor-in-Chief in 2013 and 2015. He is currently a fifth-year resident at the University of Utah in Otolaryngology and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to attend both medical school and complete residency in such an amazing and unique place. He and his wife, Kate, as well as their 1-year-old daughter, Reese, love to take advantage of all that Salt Lake and the mountains of Utah have to offer. Prior to starting medical school, Quinn lived and worked in the Northeast after attending Dartmouth College for undergrad where he majored in Romance Languages (French and Spanish). This is where he developed his interest in literature and the humanities prior to beginning his path in medicine. Quinn is very grateful for all of the support from both the University of Utah School of Medicine as well as the Alumni Association in starting and continuing the tradition of Rubor.

RESIDENCY:
University of Utah, Otolaryngology
Salt Lake City, UT

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Utah, 2015
Salt Lake City, UT

UNDERGRADUATE:
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

Rubor Participation:
2015 Editor-in-Chief
2014 Staff
2013 Editor-in-Chief
2012 Rubor Co-creator


2014 | Volume 2

Stephen Jenkins, M.D.

2014 Editor-in-Chief

Stephen Jenkins, M.D.
2014 Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Jenkins served as Rubor Editor-in-Chief in 2014. He completed his residency training at the University of Utah in Internal Medicine and is now a hospitalist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology. Stephen is married with two sons, and loves exploring the state of Utah with his family.

RESIDENCY:
University of Utah, Internal Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Utah 2014
Salt Lake City, UT

UNDERGRADUATE:
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT

Rubor Participation:
2014 Editor-in-Chief
2013 Copy Editor