Research Education Programs Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the program director, co-program directors (at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and UGA), co-directors for the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program, Research Education lead evaluator, and key faculty from all three Georgia CTSA academic institutions.

The Executive Committee is subdivided into working groups as necessary (e.g., for KL2 and TL1 study sections).

The committee is charged with reviewing applications (for the Georgia CTSA MSCR program, Certificate Program in Translational Research, and TL1 program), selecting participants, assessing trainee and scholar progress, selecting and approving faculty mentors and thesis committees, and evaluating and approving thesis work (in consultation with the thesis advisor). The Executive Committee also evaluates and develops new curriculum, approves instructors for the MSCR core curriculum courses, reviews program evaluation and intervenes as necessary to improve the program, and interacts with the administrative structures of Emory, Georgia Tech, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), and University of Georgia (UGA).

The committee meets monthly to review operation and progress of the Research Education training programs. Day-to-day operations are managed by the program directors, co-program directors, and administrative staff.

The committee now includes four former trainees (Drs. Fitzpatrick, Martin, Ofotokun, and Shane) who completed the MSCR and/or KL2 programs and established successful careers in clinical and translational research.

Research Education Programs Executive Committee Members

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

Thomas R. Ziegler, MD

Associate Director, Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs)

Co-Director, TL1, Research Education Programs / Emory University School of Medicine

  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipids
  • Director, Center for Clinical and Molecular Nutrition
  • Site Director, Emory University Hospital Clinical Research Site

Jessica A. Alvarez, PhD, RD

Associate Director, Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR)

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipids

Pamela Bhatti, PhD, MSc

Co-Director, KL2 Program, Georgia Tech

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University

Lou Ann Brown, PhD

Committee Member

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine,
  • Director, Office of Postdoctoral Education

Elizabeth Corwin, PhD, RN

Committee Member

Emory University

  • Edith F. Honeycutt Chair in Nursing, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Dawn Comeau, PhD, MPH

Mentor Training Director

Emory University

  • Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES

Committee Member

Emory University

  • Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

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

David Goldsmith, MD

Committee Member

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Mitchel Klein, PhD

Course Director, Analytic Methods for Clinical Research I & II

MSCR Thesis Committee / Emory University

  • Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Amita Manatunga, PhD

Course Director, Overview of High Dimensional Data

MSCR Thesis Committee / Emory University

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

Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc

Program Director, Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs)

Co-Course Director, Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research, Research Education Programs / Emory University School of Medicine

  • Professor of Medicine and Executive Associate Division Director, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Emory University School of Medicine

Nael A. McCarty, PhD

Committee Member

Emory University

  • Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Director, Emory+Children's Cystic Fibrosis Center of Excellence

Igho Ofotokun, MD, MSc

Co-Director, KL2 Program

Co-Course Director, Clinical Research Colloquium, Co-Coordinator, MSCR Journal Club / Emory University School of Medicine

  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Rachel E. Patzer, PhD, MPH

Course Director, Analysis and Presentation of Clinical Research Data

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery & Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Director of Health Services Research, Emory Transplant Center

Douglas F. Paulsen, PhD

Co-Director, MSM, Research Education Programs

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
  • Director, MS and PhD Programs in Biomedical Sciences
  • Professor, Pathology & Anatomy

Alexander Quarshie, MD, MSc

Co-Director, MSM, Research Education Programs

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

  • Associate Director, Morehouse School of Medicine, MSCR Program
  • Research Assistant Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Director, Biostatistical and Data Management Center

William M. Shafer, PhD

Committee Member

Emory University

  • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center (Atlanta)

Amit Shah, MD, MSCR

Committee Member

Emory University

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology

Andi L. Shane, MD, MPH, MSc

Co-Course Director, Clinical Trial Design & Short Course on Clinical Research and Translational Experience in Science (SoCRATES)

Emory University & Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

  • Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Marcus Professor of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Somanath P.R. Shenoy, PhD, FAHA

Committee Member

University of Georgia

  • Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Medical College of Georgia