Georgia CTSA Program Directors

Andrew C. West, MBA, MHA

Executive Center Administrator

Emory University


Andrew West graduated from Emory University in 1993 with a History major and English minor. After graduation, he began working full-time for Wesley Woods, the geriatric and chronic care wing of Emory Healthcare. During his time with Wesley Woods, Andrew obtained an MBA and MHA from Georgia State University. He then left Wesley Woods to work as a consultant for BDO Seidman, LLP. After two years of consulting, he returned to Emory University to manage finances and research administration for the Department of Pathology. In March 2008, West assumed the Center Administrator, Sr. role of the Georgia CTSA and is currently the Executive Center Administrator.

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


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Linda McCauley, RN, PhD

Director, Translational Workforce Development

Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Dean and Professor


Dr. Linda McCauley began her tenure as Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in May 2009.

Dr. McCauley is a national leader in the area of research on environmental exposures and conducts interdisciplinary research using participatory research models to study pesticide exposures among minority communities. Her work aims to identify culturally appropriate interventions to decrease the impact of environmental and occupational health hazards in vulnerable populations, including workers and young children.

Dr. McCauley has been awarded research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Her research has resulted in more than 80 publications, ongoing consultations, leadership on occupational and environmental advisory panels, and testimony to governmental oversight bodies.

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Rishikesan (Rishi) Kamaleswaran, PhD

Director, Informatics

Emory University

Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics


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Alexander Quarshie, MD, MSc

Co-Director, Informatics

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

Director, Morehouse School of Medicine, MSCR Program
Director, Biomedical Informatics Program
Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine


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Jon Duke, MD, MS

Co-Director, Informatics

Georgia Tech

Chair, Health Analytics & Informatics

Jeff M. Sands, MD

Director, Pilot Grants

Emory University

Professor, Medicine and Physiology
Director, Division of Renal Medicine, Department of Medicine


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Jeffrey Lennox, MD

Director, Quality & Efficiency

Emory University

Associate Dean, Clinical Research
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Vice Chair of Medicine, Grady


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Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH

Director, Community Engagement

Morehouse School of Medicine

Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Associate Dean of Community Engagement


Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH is Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment at Morehouse School of Medicine. As Principal Investigator of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center Dr. Henry Akintobi demonstrates leadership in local, national and global community-based participatory approaches and research addressing health disparities. She leads or collaborates in several federal and privately-funded initiatives that model community-driven research, including but not limited to the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance, The Georgia Center for Diabetes Translational Research and the Morehouse School of Medicine/ Tuskegee University / University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership. Her public health leadership is also evident through appointments to national taskforces designed to shape the science and practice of effective community-based participatory and translational research and collaborations bridging the gaps between basic, clinical and community-based stakeholders to address disparities and advance health equity. Among them include the National Institutes for Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Collaboration and Engagement Taskforce Lead Team, designed to advance team science towards becoming a major academic model through more equitable community-academic partnership -from conceptualizing to dissemination. Her research and public health interests in maternal and child health, diabetes and cardiovascular risk reduction and HIV/AIDS prevention are guided by training in public health social epidemiology, social marketing and community based participatory research and evaluation.

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Eric J. Nehl, PhD

Director, Evaluation & Continuous Improvement

Emory University

Associate Research Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health


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Carlton D. Dampier, MD

Director, Regulatory Knowledge & Support

Emory University School of Medicine

Medical Director, Office of Clinical Research
Assistant Dean for Clinical Research
Professor of Pediatrics


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John J. Hanfelt, PhD

Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design

Emory University

Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Rollins School of Public Health


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Colleen Kraft, MD

Director, Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs)

Emory University

Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine


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Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD

Director, Innovation Catalyst

Emory University and Georgia Tech

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics

Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Lam is a member of the Cancer Cell Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute. In 2017, he was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. 

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Kathy Griendling, PhD

Director, Collaboration & Multi-disciplinary Team Science

Emory University

Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, School of Medicine
Professor and Vice Chair, Research and Faculty Development, Department of Medicine


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Brian Rivers, PhD

Director, Integrating Special Populations

Morehouse School of Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventative Medicine

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Neal Dickert, MD, PhD

Director, Network Capacity

Emory University

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology


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Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH

Director, Pediatrics

Emory University


Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Gastroenterology; and Associate Faculty Member, Nutrition Health Sciences, Graduate Division of Biologic and Biomedical Sciences, Emory University

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Lilly Immergluck, MD, MS

Co-Director, Pediatrics

Morehouse School of Medicine


Professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology
Director, Vaccine Trial Unit and Pediatric Clinical & Translational Research Unit
Associate Professor-Adjunct, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
Research Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates

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