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

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

henry.m.blumberg@emory.edu

404-727-5096

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Thomas R. Ziegler, MD

Site Director, Emory University Hospital

Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) / 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

tzieg01@emory.edu

404-727-7351

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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

jessica.alvarez@emory.edu

404-727-1390

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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

pamela.bhatti@ece.gatech.edu

404-894-7467

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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

lbrow03@emory.edu

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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

dcomeau@emory.edu

404-727-7933

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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

anne.fitzpatrick@emory.edu

404-727-9112

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David Goldsmith, MD

Committee Member

Emory University

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

drgolds@emory.edu

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Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN

Committee Member

Emory University

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

eun.ok.im@emory.edu

404-712-9805

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Jordan A. Kempker, MD, MSc

Co-Course Director, Introduction to Clinical & Translational Research

Emory University

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Emory University School of Medicine

jkempke@emory.edu

404-616-9175

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Matthew Magee, PhD

Co-Course Director, Analytic Methods for Clinical and Translational Research

MSCR Thesis Committee / Emory University

Associate Professor of Hubert Department of Global Health Rollins School of Public Health

mjmagee@emory.edu

404-727-9814

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Amita Manatunga, PhD

Course Director, Overview of High Dimensional Data

MSCR Thesis Committee / Emory University

Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health

amanatu@sph.emory.edu

404-727-1309

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Robin McGee, PhD, MPH

Research Education Program Evaluator

Emory University

Research Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory Rollins School of Public Health

robin.mcgee@emory.edu

404-727-7043

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Vasiliki Michopoulos, PhD, MSc

Committee Member

Emory University School of Medicine

vmichop@emory.edu

404-727-1585

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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

iofotok@emory.edu

404-616-0659

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Rachel E. Patzer, PhD, MPH

Co-Director, TL1 Program

Emory University

Associate Professor of Surgery and Epidemiology, Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation & Department of Epidemiology Rollins School of Public Health
Director of Health Services Research, Emory Department of Medicine & Surgery

rpatzer@emory.edu

404-727-6047

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Douglas F. Paulsen, PhD

Co-Director

Research Education Programs / Morehouse School of Medicine

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor, Pathology & Anatomy

dpaulsen@msm.edu

404-752-1559

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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

aquarshie@msm.edu

404-752-8681

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William M. Shafer, PhD

Committee Member

Emory University

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Emory University School of Medicine
Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center (Atlanta)

wshafer@emory.edu

404-728-7688

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Amit Shah, MD, MSCR

Committee Member

Emory University

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology

ajshah3@emory.edu

404-727-8737

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Andi L. Shane, MD, MPH, MSc

Co-Course Director, Clinical Trial Design

Emory University & Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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

ashane@emory.edu

404-727-9880

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Anandi Sheth, MD, MSc

Committee Member

Emory University

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory School of Medicine

ansheth@emory.edu

404-616-6240

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Somanath P.R. Shenoy, PhD, FAHA

TL1 and KL2 Co-Director, UGA

University of Georgia

Professor, College of Pharmacy University of Georgia
Director of Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics

sshenoy@augusta.edu

706-721-4250

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