UAFP 2020 Election Results


Thank you for voting in our annual election for board leadership, board members, and AAFP delegate positions! The results are posted below.



President-Elect for
UAFP Board of Directors

Chad Spain, MD

Chad A. Spain, MD is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine Residency Program. He joined the Intermountain Healthcare Family in 2013, and is currently working in a panel management program with Intermountain Healthcare’s Cottonwood Clinic 

Dr. Spain has been involved with the Utah Academy of Family Physicians as Board Member, Alternate Delegate to the Congress of Delegates and Treasurer. He is dedicated to precepting medical students; earning the Department of Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year awarded in 2015, the University of Utah CompHealth Community Preceptor of the Year awarded in 2017 and was nominated for Assistant Professor on the Adjunct Track in 2020. Involvement in the Utah Medical Association has included Delegate to the House of Delegates and Young Physician Sector President 2018-19. 

Dr. Spain’s interests include running, Disneyland trips with his wife, and sports card collecting.


Chen, Michael

Treasurer for
UAFP Board of Directors

Michael Chen, MD

Dr. Michael Chen attended the University of Utah both as an undergraduate and for medical school. Dr. Chen served as Chief Resident at the Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program. He now practices at the University of Utah South Jordan Health Center in outpatient family medicine. Dr. Chen served as a Medical Student Board Member for UAFP from 2015-2016 and then as a Resident Board Member from 2017-2019. He was elected as an at-large member of the board in 2019 and is Chair of the Member Engagement Committee. He has enjoyed his time working on the board and on various committees. Dr. Chen would love the opportunity to continue to serve the family physicians of Utah in the role of Treasurer for the UAFP Board of Directors.



John Berneike, MD


Nicholas Hanson, MD


Kyle Bradford Jones, MD, FAAFP

Kirsten Stoesser

Kirsten Stoesser, MD, FAAFP


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Craig Batty, DO

Dr. Craig Batty works in family medicine in Vernal, UT at Ashley Regional Medical Center. He has worked there for the past year since finishing his residency at Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency. He, along with his wife and three children, loves small town living and the life that rural medicine provides.

Dr. Batty has a passion for healthcare advocacy. He served as a delegate at the UMA Conference of Delegates this past October. He also worked with the Arizona chapter of the Academy of Family Physicians during medical school where he served as a student representative on the board. He strongly feels that physicians need to be involved with politics to ensure that the our needs and the needs of our patients are clearly understood by those who make the laws.

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Marlin Christianson, MD

Dr. Marlin Christianson, MD was born in Gainesville, Florida. He attended Timpview High school in Provo, Utah, and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1990 with a bacherlor's in microbiology. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Christianson completed a family practice internship and residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California, in 1997, and a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship for family physicians in 1999-2000, at Florida Hospital in Orlando. He spent 11 years as a physician with the Navy, stationed in Guam, San Diego, and Naples, Italy. For the past 14 years he has been faculty at the Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency and continues to practice full scope medicine including Obstetrics and Hospitalist care. Dr. Christianson is married to LaDonn Robins. They have five children. He enjoys hiking, fishing, sports, science fiction, and music.

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Tiffany Ho, MD

Dr. Tiffany Ho is appreciative for the opportunity for consideration of a board position on the UAFP.

She is deeply passionate about increasing the number of medical students who choose to enter family medicine as well as advocating for the vital role family physician’s hold improving our state’s health. These priorities stem from her experience training at a medical school which lacked a family medicine department and aggressively deterred students away from primary care.

Despite those obstacles, Dr. Ho discovered family medicine was right for her through the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians. They not only connected her to inspiring mentors, but also opened her eyes to leadership. Dr. Ho served on the state’s board of directors and attended the National Conference as student delegate. She then had the privilege to be elected as the student representative on the national AAFP Board of Directors. Following that incredible experience, she stayed active with the Washington Academy of Family Physicians while she trained at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle.

Dr. Ho has now joined on as faculty at the University of Utah Family Medicine Residency. For the first time, she is at an institution with a family medicine department. She is one of two faculty members who practices full spectrum (inpatient, outpatient, and obstetrics). If she is elected to the UAFP board, she plans to continue to promote and protect the incredible spectrum of care our specialty provides, which has become even more important during these unprecedented times.  

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David Miner, MD

Dr. David Miner is a highly-motivated, team-oriented and compassionate Board Certified Family Medicine Physician with twenty years of bilingual, direct outpatient primary care experience. He is an expert caregiver who maintains composure and focus even in the most difficult and stressful circumstances. Dr. Miner is passionately dedicated to make a difference.

Dr. David Miner was raised in Ogden, Utah.  Growing up, he enjoyed a variety of sports and outdoor activities.  The importance of education was emphasized in Dr. Miner’s home, and he determined at a young age that he wanted to become a physician. At age 19, Dr. Miner served a two-year, volunteer mission in Bolivia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  His mission experience was a foundational time in Dr. Miner’s life.  While in Bolivia, he witnessed extreme poverty, and immense social challenges.  Nonetheless he fell in love with the Hispanic Culture and its attendant priority on family loyalty and perseverance.

Dr. Miner has been married to his wife, Kerry, for 29 years.  Kerry is his greatest support.  They both graduated from Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah.  They have five children, and one granddaughter.  Dr. Miner’s greatest joy is found with his family.

Dr. Miner graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine.  He completed his Residency in Family Practice at the University of Illinois, in Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Miner dearly loved his career as a Family Physician with Intermountain Healthcare for 18 years in Taylorsville, Utah.  He will forever value the priceless relationships that he forged with his patients and colleagues in Taylorsville.

In June, 2018, Dr. Miner was blessed with the opportunity to serve as the first, full-time Medical Director for the Maliheh Free Clinic.  Dr. Miner loves to see patients each day at the Clinic, and he particularly enjoys serving as a preceptor for graduate students.  Dr. Miner is immensely grateful, every single day, for the opportunity to work in a position where he can contribute to reversing the cycle of poverty and suffering created by poor health, by providing high quality, free medical care to low income, uninsured Utah families.


José Rodríguez, MD, FAAFP

José E. Rodríguez, MD, FAAFP, serves as Associate Vice President (AVP) for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) at University of Utah Health. He has served as Interim Associate Vice President since August 2018. Rodríguez is a professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and has extensive background in diversity work in the health care arena. In addition to his HEDI position, he is a Family Physician and Associate Medical Director at University of Utah Health’s Redwood Health Center.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Rodríguez co-chaired the Council on Diversity and Inclusion and co-directed the Center for Underrepresented Minorities (URM) in Academic Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine. He is an accomplished academic, publishing numerous articles on the importance of underrepresented minorities in academic medicine. Rodríguez received his MD degree at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City and his BA at Brigham Young University.


Stoesser, Kirsten

Kirsten Stoesser, MD, FAAFP
Delgate - AAFP Congress of Delegates

Kirsten Stoesser, M.D., FAAFP, is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who welcomes all ages to her broad-spectrum primary care practice. Dr. Stoesser graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, after which she completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Utah. This was followed by a fellowship in Family Medicine Obstetrics at the University of Utah. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and is the Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency program. She practices at Sugarhouse Clinic, where she provides care in the areas of women's health, prenatal care, men's health, newborn, child, and adolescent care, senior care, LGBTQ care, medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, and treatment of musculoskeletal and dermatologic conditions. She actively engages learners in her practice, teaching resident physicians, medical students, and physician assistant students.

Saphu Pradhan

Saphu Pradhan, MD
Alternate Delegate - AAFP Congress of Delegates

A practicing physician at Intermountain Cottonwood Family Medicine, Dr. Pradhan has also practiced full spectrum family medicine with OB and pediatrics at Group Health in the state of Washington.  She obtained her medical degree from the University of Utah and completed her residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.   Dr. Pradhan is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of her patients and their communities.  She has sought to educate herself on the needs of the diverse communities she has had the opportunity to serve and has been a strong advocate for family physicians who have devoted themselves to this cause.  She is eager to learn from and contribute to the UAFP.  In the changing and uncertain climate of healthcare, she wishes to take an active role in furthering the practice of family medicine.  In her spare time, Dr. Pradhan can be found enjoying the outdoors, hiking, rafting, skiing and traveling.


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