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GREAT MD-PhD Training Section Leadership & Committees

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Steering Committee

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

Chair

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

Members at Large

Jose Cavazos, MD, PhD 
Assistant Dean and Director for the MD/PhD Program
University of Texas Health San Antonio

Silvia Corvera, MD, MSc
Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine
Chair in Diabetes Research
Director, MSTP (MD-PhD) Program
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Michael Donnenberg, MD 
Senior Associate Dean for Research & Training
Director, MD-PhD Program 
Professor of Medicine 
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Randy Seay, MA, MPA, MPH
Associate Director of Physician Scientist Development (PSDO)
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Joanne Wu, MEd
MSTP Administrative Director (MD-PhD)
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine - Office of Graduate Studies

Marshall S. Horwitz, MD, PhD
Associate Dean, Physician-Scientist Education
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Professor, Department of Pathology (adjunct, Medicine & Genome Sciences)
University of Washington Medicine

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

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
Co-Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
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

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

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

Brian Sullivan, MA
Executive Director
Medical Scientist Training Program
Washington University in St. Louis School 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, matriculates, and graduates; as well as MD-PhD programs and their faculty. Such an inventory should include data from AAMC, 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 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 & Biophysics, Neuroscience & Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Skip Brass, MD, PhD
Associate Dean
Combined Degree & Physician Scholar Program
Professor of Medicine, Pathology & Pharmacology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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