Research Education, Training, & Career Development (RETCD) Executive Committee

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

The RETCD 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 ACTSI 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 RETCD 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, and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM).

The committee meets monthly to review operation and progress of the RETCD 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.

RETCD Executive Committee Members

Henry M. Blumberg, MD

Director, Research Education, Training, & Career Development

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Infectious Diseases

Thomas Ziegler, MD

Co-Director, Clinical Research Network and Research Education, Training, & Career Development

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, MSCR

Committee Member

Georgia Institute of Technology

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

Robert Butera, PhD

Committee Member

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Professor of Bioengineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES

Committee Member

Emory University

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

Anne M. Fitzpatrick PhD

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

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

Committee Member

Emory University

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

Amita Manatunga, PhD

Committee Member

Emory University

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

Greg S. Martin, MD, MSc

Co-Principal Investigator, ACTSI & Director, Clinical Research Network

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Division Director of Critical Care
  • Chief of Pulmonary/Critical Care, Grady Memorial Hospital

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, MS

Committee Member

Emory University School of Medicine

  • Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Douglas F. Paulsen, PhD

Committee Member

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
  • Director, PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Alexander Quarshie, MD

Co-Director, Biomedical Informatics Program and Associate Director, MSCR Program

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Research Assistant Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Director, Biostatistical and Data Management Center, Clinical Research Center, MSCC

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, MS

Committee Member

Emory University & Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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