One of Kellermann’s highest priorities is increasing the diversity of the School of Medicine’s faculty and student body. “If we are ‘America’s Medical School,’” he noted, “we should reflect the diversity of the nation we serve.” To help him pursue this goal, he appointed Army Colonel (Dr.) Jeff Hutchinson, a West Point graduate and pediatrician, as the School of Medicine’s associate dean of clinical affairs and chief diversity officer.
Hutchinson is uniquely qualified for both roles. As a specialist in adolescent medicine, his career has prepared him for the challenges of bringing groups together and communicating the need for change. He has served military families in Germany and the U.S., and cared for troops as a task force surgeon in Saudi Arabia, the 3rd Brigade Surgeon for the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Hawaii and the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne in Samarra, Iraq. Hutchinson is widely published in his area of behavior and the health of young adults.
In his postings in the U.S. and overseas, he received numerous awards and commendations for his work and teaching. He serves on the Institute of Medicine Board on Children Youth and Families and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Communications and Media Executive Board. His research and national presentations focus on media, military families, education and sports medicine.
“There is no better place to work than in an environment where everyone has the same goal; to graduate the best possible health care professionals,” Hutchinson said.
“The military is a small minority of the U.S. population, and I have the privilege of supporting and strengthening the participation of minority groups within this minority group,” he said. “Currently, there are too few under-represented minority students eligible to apply to medical school and many who are qualified lack the resources to become doctors. That’s why outreach and pipeline programs need support.
“We are aiming for inclusion where everyone contributes, not simply acceptance which implies everyone is present but not considered vital,” he continued. “My time in the Army taking care of adolescents, and especially since I have arrived at USU, reinforces the fact that we are better able to meet any challenge when we work together for the same purpose.”