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    GREAT MD-PhD Training Section Leadership and Committees

    Steering Committee

    The Steering Committee manages the affairs of the Section and approves all committee appointments.

    Chair

    Andrew Zinn, MD, PhD 
    Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Members-at-Large

    Justin T. Baca, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
    Director, MD-PhD Program
    University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

    Jennifer S. Davila, PhD
    Administrative Director, South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program
    UT Health San Antonio

    Randy Seay, MA, MPA, MPH
    Associate Director of Physician Scientist Development
    University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine

    Marshall S. Horwitz, MD, PhD
    Associate Dean, Physician-Scientist Education
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Professor, Department of Pathology (Adjunct, Medical Genetics and Genome Studies)
    University of Washington School of Medicine

    Mary-Claire Roghmann, MD, MS
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health
    Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Training
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Talia Swartz, MD, PhD
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Senior Associate Dean for MD-PhD Education
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Christopher Williams, MD, PhD
    Associate Dean, Physician-Scientist Education
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Associate Director of the Harrison Society
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

    Communications Committee

    The Communications Committee is charged with identifying tools and developing an inventory of resources to assist MD-PhD program directors and administrators. In addition, the committee will recommend appropriate avenues to increase the visibility of MD-PhD programs and propose to the group Steering Committee a communications plan that is based on the existing MD-PhD Section website, as well as other methods of information dissemination.

    Chair

    Talia Swartz, MD, PhD
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Senior Associate Dean for MD-PhD Education
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Vice Chair

    Megan Williams, PhD
    Assistant Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Instructor, Pharmacology
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

    Members-at-Large

    Deanna Baker Frost, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

    Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD 
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Sean Didion, PhD
    Director, MD-PhD Program
    The University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Sandra Lemmon, PhD
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

    Andrea Liu
    Assistant Dean of Admissions
    Assistant Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Duke University School of Medicine

    Cathy Quinones, PhD
    Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Alison Regan
    Assistant Director, MD-PhD Program
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

    Alison Smolinski, MA
    Program Administrator, MD-PhD Program
    Penn State College of Medicine

    Nancy B. Schwartz, PhD
    Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs
    Co-Director, Office of Graduate Affairs
    Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
    Director of the Kennedy Center
    University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

    Brian Sullivan, MA
    Executive Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

    Linda Varvel
    Administrative Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

    Jason Wertheim, MD, PhD, FACS
    Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
    Professor of Surgery (Transplantation)
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson

    Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor
    University of Florida College of Medicine

    Data Collection and Analysis Committee

    The Data Collection and Analysis Committee charge includes developing an inventory of existing data resources, recommending new data gathering data efforts in support of the Section, and recommending to the Section Steering Committee appropriate methods and vehicles for disseminating related data and analyses in order to assist MD-PhD programs in their program management, recruitment, and advising functions.

    The Data Collection and Analysis Committee is charged with:

    • Developing an inventory of existing data related to MD-PhD program applicants, matriculants, and graduates, as well as MD-PhD programs and their faculty. Such an inventory should include data from the AAMC, the National Institues of Health (NIH), and other sources.
    • Suggesting how existing data gathering efforts can be enhanced and made consistent in order to facilitate longitudinal analyses.
    • Recommending new data gathering efforts in support of the Section and the AAMC's program, services, and advocacy agenda.
    • Recommending uniform institutional data gathering instruments that will allow for national data standardization and presentation.
    • Consulting with the NIH on how to best meet their programmatic data needs.
    • Recommending to the Section Steering Committee appropriate methods and vehicles for disseminating related data and analyses in order to assist MD-PhD programs in their program management, recruitment, and advising functions.

    Myles Akabas, MD, PhD
    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
    Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Neuroscience & Medicine
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Skip Brass, MD, PhD
    Associate Dean, Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs
    Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Pharmacology
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania