Randall Rupper is a geriatric physician and health services researcher at the Salt
Lake VAMC and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He is currently the
Director for the Salt Lake VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).
He is also a member of the Utah Digital Health Commission.
Rand grew in Payson, Utah and attended college at Brigham Young University where he
majored in molecular biology. He completed medical school at Stanford, and Internal
Medicine Residency at the University of Washington. He was a Robert Wood Johnson
Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina, where he earned an MPH and worked
as an instructor. He completed Geriatric Fellowship at the University of Utah, and
Advanced Geriatric Fellowship at the Salt Lake GRECC.
Dr. Rupper’s work focuses on improving care delivery and access for older, rural patients,
and improving resources for their family caregivers. He has led large, randomized
clinical trials that included providing cancer navigation services to Native American
Populations across the Intermountain West, and providing telehealth based dementia
care-management to caregivers of Veterans with dementia. Currently, he is working
on projects that relate directly to care delivery into the home. He is the site PI
on an NIH funded project that involves teaching front-line home health agency staff
to recognize and address dementia and related behavioral issues. He is also leading
a pilot through the Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver
Research that aims to predict the need for future long-term support services.