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

Director and Co-Course Director, Spring Colloquim, 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 Ziegler, MD

Associate Director, Participant & Clinical Interactions

Director, TL1 and Co-Course Director, Scientific and Grant Writing, 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

Committee Member

Georgia Institute of Technology

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

Lou Ann Brown, PhD

Committee Member

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Director, Office of Postdoctoral Education
  • Co-Director, NHLBI Emory Acute Lung Injury T32

Elizabeth Corwin, PhD, RN

Committee Member

Emory University

  • Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Emory University School of Nursing

Dawn Comeau, PhD, MPH

Evaluator

Emory University

  • Associate Professor, 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 M. Fitzpatrick PhD, MSc

Site Director, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston Clinical Research Site

Co-Coordinator, MSCR Journal Club, Research Education Programs / Emory University School of Medicine

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

Mitchel Klein, PhD

Course Director, Analytic Methods for Clinical Research I & II

MSCR Thesis Committee / Emory University

  • Research Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health

Amita Manatunga, PhD

Course Director, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics

MSCR Thesis Committee / Emory University

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

Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc

Director, Participant & Clinical Interactions

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

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Division Director of Critical Care, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
  • Chief of Pulmonary/Critical Care, Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Director of Research, Emory Center for Critical Care

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

John E. McGowan, MD

Co-Director, Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)

Emory University

  • Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine

Igho Ofotokun, MD, MSc

Co-Course Director, Clinical Research Colloquim

Co-Coordinator, MSCR Journal Club, Research Education Programs / Emory University School of Medicine

  • Professor, 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)

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