Andrew C. West, MBA, MHA

Center Administrator, Sr.

Emory University

Andrew West graduated from Emory University in 1993 with a History major and English minor. After graduation, he began working full-time for Wesley Woods, the geriatric and chronic care wing of Emory Healthcare. During his time with Wesley Woods, Andrew obtained an MBA and MHA from Georgia State University. He then left Wesley Woods to work as a consultant for BDO Seidman, LLP. After two years of consulting, he returned to Emory University to manage finances and research administration for the Department of Pathology. In March 2008, West assumed the Center Administrator, Sr. role of the Georgia CTSA.

Henry M. Blumberg, MD

Principal Investigator, KL2 and TL1

Co-Course Director, Clinical Research Colloquium, Research Education Programs / Emory University

  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Linda McCauley, RN, PhD


Translational Workforce Development / Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

  • Dean and Professor

Dr. Linda McCauley began her tenure as Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in May 2009.

Dr. McCauley is a national leader in the area of research on environmental exposures and conducts interdisciplinary research using participatory research models to study pesticide exposures among minority communities. Her work aims to identify culturally appropriate interventions to decrease the impact of environmental and occupational health hazards in vulnerable populations, including workers and young children.

Dr. McCauley has been awarded research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Her research has resulted in more than 80 publications, ongoing consultations, leadership on occupational and environmental advisory panels, and testimony to governmental oversight bodies.

Gari Clifford, DPhil

Co-Director, Informatics

Emory University

  • Chair, Biomedical Informatics
  • Faculty, Biomedical Engineering

Alexander Quarshie, MD, MSc

Co-Director, Informatics and Research Education Programs

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

  • Director, Morehouse School of Medicine, MSCR Program
  • Director, Biomedical Informatics Program
  • Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine

Jon Duke, MD, MS

Co-Director, Informatics

Georgia Tech

  • Chair, Health Analytics & Informatics

Jeff Sands, MD


Pilot Grants / Emory University

  • Professor of Medicine, Director, Renal Division
Dr. Sands is the head of the “urea group.” This group is composed of a variety of investigators in the Emory University Division of Renal Medicine and in Emory Physiology that collaborate in investigating proteins that are involved in the manipulation of urea in the kidney. This work is chiefly about analyzing the transport proteins that are involved in producing a concentrated urine and seeing how they interrelate in the response of the body to conditions that result in polyuria. BIOGRAPHY Dr. Sands is the Juha P. Kokko Professor of Medicine and Physiology and director of the Emory University Division of Renal Medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Medicine. He trained in medicine at the University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences at the Pritzker School of Medicine and the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Following research fellowship training in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism, NHLBI, NIH, he proceeded to a clinical nephrology fellowship at Emory. Dr. Sands joined the Emory faculty as assistant professor in 1989, was promoted to associate professor in 1993, and was appointed a professor of medicine in 1998. He accepted the Kokko Professorship and division director position at Emory in 2002, and he was named executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine in 2009. Dr. Sands served as associate dean for clinical and translational research from 2006-2010. He served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Physiology–Renal Physiology from 2001-2007. 

Jeffrey Lennox, MD

Director, Quality & Efficiency and Trial Innovation Centers

Emory University

  • Associate Dean, Clinical Research
  • Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
  • Vice Chair of Medicine, Grady

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH

CE Director

Community Engagement / Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Associate Dean of Community Engagement
  • Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment

As Principal Investigator of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center Dr. Henry Akintobi demonstrates leadership in local, national and global community-based participatory approaches and research addressing health disparities. Her public health leadership is also evident through appointments to national taskforces designed to shape the science and practice of effective community-based participatory and translational research and collaborations bridging the gaps between basic, clinical and community-based stakeholders to address disparities and advance health equity. Her research and public health interests in maternal and child health, diabetes and cardiovascular risk reduction and HIV/AIDS prevention are guided by training in public health social epidemiology, social marketing and community based participatory research and evaluation.

Eric J. Nehl, PhD

Director, Evaluation & Continuous Improvement

Emory University

  • Associate Research Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Carlton D. Dampier, MD

Director, Regulatory Knowledge & Support

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Medical Director, Office of Clinical Research
  • Assistant Dean for Clinical Research
  • Professor of Pediatrics

John J. Hanfelt, PhD

Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design

Emory University

  • Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Rollins School of Public Health

Colleen Kraft, MD

Director, Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs)

Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) / Emory University

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD


Innovation Catalyst / Emory Winship Cancer Institute

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics

Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Lam is a member of the Cancer Cell Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute. In 2017, he was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Lam is the program director for Georgia CTSA's Innovation Catalyst program.

Kathy Griendling, PhD

Director, Collaboration & Multi-disciplinary Team Science

Emory University

  • Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, School of Medicine
  • Professor and Vice Chair, Research and Faculty Development, Department of Medicine

Brian Rivers, PhD

Director, Integrating Special Populations

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventative Medicine

Neal Dickert, MD, PhD

Director, Recruitment Center

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology

Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, MSc

Program Director, Georgia CTSA Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sleep Medicine
  • Director, Asthma Clinical Research Program