Biographies of UPHE Executives and Board Members

President: Brian Moench, M.D.

  • Undergraduate–Stanford Universtiy and U. of Utah.  Chemistry major; Early acceptance to medical school after three years.
  • Medical School–U. of Utah, graduated 1977. Internship–Internal Medicine, LDS Hospital, SLC, Utah 1977-78
  • Residency–Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 1978-1980. Staff instructor in Anesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 1980-81; Fellowship–Intensive Care Medicine–Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston , MA 1981
  • Board Certified, Amercian Board of Anesthesiologists 1983
  • Private Practice Anesthesia–Holy Cross Hospital and LDS Hospital 1981-2007.  Former chairman, Dept. of Anesthesia, Holy Cross Hospital.
  • member, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • member, radiation and health committee of the Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • former faculty member of the U. of Utah Honors Program, teaching public health and the environment
  • He can be reached at, or 801 243-9089

Richard Kanner, M.D.

  • Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
  • A Pulmonologist (Lung Doctor). Dr Kanner has research interests in the area of chronic lung disease and health effects of air pollution.
  • Member of the Air Quality Board 1988-1997, Chair from 1995-1997.

Dr. Kanner can be reached at :

University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
26 North 1900 East
701 Wintrobe Building
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132-4701
Tel: 801) 581-5707.
Fax: (801)585-3355

Charles (Chaz) Langelier

Charles (Chaz) Langelier received his BA in biochemistry from Colby College in 2000, Summa Cum Laude. He is currently a student in the MD/PhD program at the University of Utah completing his PhD in the Sundquist laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry. Infectious disease, molecular and structural biology and environmental health are his academic passions and he has co-authored or authored 5 publications in the fields of biochemistry, air pollution toxicology and infectious disease. Chaz served as a past President of the University of Utah student chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and more recently has been involved in creating and directing a new medical school course in environmental toxicology and medicine

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of Utah by promoting science-based education and interventions that result in progressive, measurable improvements to the environment.

Dr Howie Garber, Board Certified Emergency Physician 

Dr. Garber  has worked in large and small hospitals in seven states since 1982.

Since the 1980s he has been involved with environmental issues along the Wasatch front. In addition Dr. Garber is also a nature and fine arts photographer. His photographs have won national and international awards and have been exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of Natural History in London. His photos from the Wasatch Front and seven continents can be seen

His book Utah’s Wasatch Range: Four Season Refuge  has received wonderful reviews and features his wildlife , landscape, and ski photography of the Wasatch Mountains.








Tim Wagner – Board member, Organizing Representative

Tim Wagner is a fulltime staffer and organizing representative of the Sierra Club’s national team overseeing long-term protections for the Colorado Plateau and Greater Grand Canyon ecoregion. He is a longtime environmental professional inUtahand still serves as Board Chair for the Bear River Watershed Council in northernUtah, which he co-founded in 2000. From 2004 to 2008, he also served as the director for the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club’s Smart Energy Campaign, which worked to stop the construction of four proposed coal-fired power plants inUtah, along with three such plants inNevada. He served on Governor Jon Huntsman’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change and was also co-director of Governor Huntsman’s Renewable Energy Initiative. Tim also served for three years as a member ofUtah’s Mercury Work Group, a multi-stakeholder process designed to address the growing mercury problems inUtah’s surface waters. In addition to a deep knowledge base in environmental, public lands and energy-related issue, Tim has an extensive background in media relations. He holds a BS in Environmental Studies with a strong minor in communications fromUtahStateUniversity, and lives inSalt Lake Citywith his partner, Anne, and daughter Alexa. When he’s not working to leave a sustainable future for his daughter’s generation, he’s either on his road bike or wanderingUtah’s remarkable backcountry on foot or skis.

Resilient Habitats Campaign
Greater Grand Canyon – Colorado Plateau Ecoregion
Sierra Club

2159 S. 700 E. SLC, UT 84106

O: 801-467-9294
M: 801-502-5450

UPHE Advisory Board

Liz JoyElizabeth A. Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM                                            

Dr. Joy is the Medical Director for Clinical Outcomes Research at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. In addition, Dr. Joy practices Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at the Avenues Specialty Clinic by LDS Hospital. She is a Professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She completed a Family Medicine Residency and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Utah. Dr. Joy serves as Vice President for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and has held 2 terms of office on the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is on the Editorial Board for The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, and is Associate Editor for Current Sports Medicine Reports. She serves on the Exercise Is Medicine Task force for the ACSM, and the American Heart Association’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Committee. She developed and directed the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Utah from 1998 until 2010. She has authored many journal articles and textbook chapters on a wide variety of topics in sports medicine. Her research interests lie in the areas of physical activity assessment and promotion, practice-based research in primary care, the Female Athlete Triad, and sports injury prevention.


Frank G. Yanowitz, MD


Baccalaureate Degree:  BA (Mathematics), 1961, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Medical Degree:  M.D., 1966,State University ofNew York Upstate Medical School,Syracuse,N.Y.

Internship:  Straight Medical, 1966-67, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois

Residency:  Internal Medicine, 1967-69, University of Chicago Hospitals

Fellowship:  Cardiology, 1969-71, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois

Board Certification: Internal Medicine, 1975 (current), Cardiovascular Diseases, 1975 (current), Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine, 1994-2004


Yanowitz, FG, LaMonte MJ.  Cardiac arrhythmias and conduction disturbances.  In: Pollock’sTextbook of Cardiovascular Diseases and Rehabilitation. (Durstine JL,Moore GE, et al Editors); Human Kinetics 2008 (pp 293-308).

Yanowitz, FG.  Performance of Exercise ECG Testing.  In: UpToDate in Cardiovascular Medicine (Kaski JC, Section Editors); Vol 18.3, 2011

Yanowitz FG.  Electrographic changes during exercise ECG testing. In: UpToDate in Cardiovascular Medicine (Kaski JC, Goldberger AL Section Editors); Vol 18.3, 2011.

Yanowitz FG.  Functional exercise testing: ventilatory gas analysis. In: UpToDate in Cardiovascular Medicine (Colucci WS, Section Editor); Vol 18.3, 2011.

Yanowitz, FG.  Screening for coronary heart disease. In: UpToDate in Cardiovascular Medicine (Gersh BJ, Section Editor); Vol 18.3, 2011.

Written on March 16th, 2010

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