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Hugo Rodier's commitment to service shows in his role on the Board at Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital

Hugo Rodier's commitment to service shows in his role on the Board at Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital

Soon after Hugo Rodier, M.D., became an El Kalah Shriner in 2012, he walked into the hospital with his fez on and was greeted by a little boy walking with some difficulty toward him, exclaiming, “A Shriner, A Shriner!” It brought him to tears.

This moment perfectly captures his motivation for being a Shriner and serving on the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City Board of Governors. “Masonry is all about fellowship, philosophy and service,” said Hugo. “The best way to be involved in service is the Shrine. There’s always a feeling that whatever time you put in is productive.”

Hugo’s commitment to service is significant, having served many esteemed organizations. He used to chair the Environmental Public Health Committee for the Utah Medical Association. He also previously served on the State of Utah Water Quality Board. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member in Nutrition & Health at the University of Utah.

By profession, he is a family practice physician who is passionate about integrative health. He went to college at BYU and medical school at the University of Utah. In fact, he was in Stephen Santora, M.D.’s graduating class!

Hugo experienced quite the culture shock when he immigrated from Viña del Mar, Chile, to Idaho! He is married with three daughters and one granddaughter. He has published five medical books and is now working on publishing nonfiction. A little-known fact about Hugo – he put himself through medical school by serving Aleuts in Alaska through the National Health Service Corps.

Thank you, Hugo for the time, dedication and expertise you bring to the hospital.

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