Archives for July 2017

THRIV Hits Milestone with Inaugural Class of Scholars

In January 2018, the University of Virginia will be applying for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), which will allow us to join a national network of 60+ medical research institutions working together to improve the translational research process to get more treatments to more patients more quickly. The network collaborates locally and regionally to catalyze innovation in training, research tools, and processes. (We wrote about it last February, which you can read here.)

Before we apply for the CTSA, we need to demonstrate that we already have a thriving clinical/translational research program across Grounds that facilitates activity across the Commonwealth. As such, we are developing the Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV), a pan-University effort. One of THRIV’s major milestones is to create a mentored career-development award, a program that will train small groups of junior faculty seeking a clinical and translational research career. The inaugural class — which includes faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Engineering and Applied Sciences — was announced in May and met for the first time just a few weeks ago. The awardees, projects, and mentors include:

  • Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Department of Acute and Specialty Care, School of Nursing
    Research Proposal: A pragmatic clinical trial evaluating impact of continuous predictive monitoring on nurse-driven outcomes in a dynamic intensive care setting (Primary mentor: J. Randall Moorman, MD)

 

  • Kyle J. Lampe, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Research Proposal: Bioengineered Hydrogels to Facilitate 3D Neural Stem Cell Survival and Growth in a Stroke Environment (Primary mentor: Bradford B. Worrall, MD, MSc)

 

  • Kathleen McManus, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, School of Medicine
    Research Proposal:  Affordable Care Act’s effects on persons living with HIV (PLWH) in Virginia (Primary mentor: Rebecca Dillingham, MD, MPH)

 

  • Brynne Sullivan, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
    Research Proposal: Pulse Oximetry Cardiorespiratory Scores to Predict Adverse Events and Outcomes in Premature Infants (Primary mentor: J. Randall Moorman, MD)

 

  • Dustin Walters, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine
    Research Proposal: The Role of CD8+ T Cell Mediated Tolerance in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (Primary mentor: Sasha Krupnick, MD)

Every week, the scholars will come to the THRIV offices to participate in a curriculum which includes experiential learning, research methods instruction, mentored translational experiences, training in data sciences, as well as personal/professional development and off-Grounds site visits. The program started July 1 and the awardees will receive funding from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office for two years.

Thank you to the mentors for participating in the growth and development of colleagues and to the department chairs for providing protected time for the scholars to pursue these research projects and goals.

Please join me in congratulating the inaugural THRIV scholars class!

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Research

(l-r) Dustin Walters, MD; Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN; Karen Johnston, MD; Kathleen McManus, MD, MS; Brynne Sullivan, MD; Kyle J. Lampe, PhD; and Sandra Burks, RN.

2016-17 Promotion & Tenure

Please join me in congratulating and recognizing our faculty members who were recently promoted and/or earned tenure. I am very pleased that their hard work and excellence have been recognized by the Promotion and Tenure Committees and the Board of Visitors.

Congratulations to the following individuals!

Promotion to Associate Professor

  • Avinash Agarwal, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Amy Brown, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Laura Cook, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Stephen Culp, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Urology
  • Andrew Darby, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Stephen Early, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
  • Uta Erdbruegger, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Carol Gilchrist, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Adrian Halme, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology
  • Traci Hedrick, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Scott Heysell, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Melissa Kendall, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
  • Tamila Kindwall-Keller, DO, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Gilbert Kinsey, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Lynn Kohan, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Arun Krishnaraj, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Bijoy Kundu, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Rohit Malhotra, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Nancy McLaren, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Van Hoang Nguyen, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Michael Scott, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology
  • Karen Singh, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Geoffrey Smith, MD, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Philip Smith, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Guillermo Solorzano, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Michael Spaeder, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Siobhan Statuta, MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine
  • Robert Thiele, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Anne Tuskey, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Nicholas Tustison, DSc, Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Nolan Wages, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences
  • Zequan Yang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery

The Award of Tenure

  • Kenneth Bilchick, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Marc Breton, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
  • Stephen Brockmeier, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Wei-Min Chen, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences
  • Peter Hallowell, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Mark Jameson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
  • Hui Li, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Wendy Lynch, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
  • Valeria Mas, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Pamela Mason, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Manoj Patel, PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Owen Pornillos, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics
  • Yun Michael Shim, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Timothy Showalter, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
  • Hui Zong, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

Promotion to Professor

  • Alan Alfano, MD, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Roger Burket, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
  • Kathie Hulfiish, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Kimberly Kelly, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Christine Lau, MD, MBA, Professor of Surgery
  • Thu Le, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • Carol Manning, PhD, Professor of Neurology
  • Wendy Novicoff, MEd, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences
  • Jeanita Richardson, MEd, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences
  • Gregory Saathoff, MD, Professor of Public Health Sciences
  • Ruth Stornetta, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology
  • Jim Tucker, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
  • Linda Waggoner-Fountain, MD, MAMEd, Professor of Pediatrics
  • Yuh-Hwa Wang, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  • Zhen Yan, PhD, Professor of Medicine
  • Jun Julius Zhu, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology

David S. Wilkes, MD
Dean, UVA School of Medicine
James Carroll Flippin Professor of Medical Science

New Hire: Director of Research Development

David Driscoll, PhD

On August 21, the School of Medicine will be welcoming David Driscoll, PhD, as Director of Research Development, and a key member of the UVA ResearchNET team led by the VPR Office and sponsored by the Strategic Investment Fund.

This is a new and important role. As Director of Research Development, Dr. Driscoll will support investigators by creating links among the research-intensive schools here at the University of Virginia, fostering collaboration within the School of Medicine and among the other schools, working to increase funded interdisciplinary projects, and lending support to more complex projects.

Dr. Driscoll will be examining untapped organizations and agencies for potential funding sources. He will be our advocate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an entity from which the SOM receives a large portion of its research funding. He will work with his counterparts in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to identify potential collaborations. This will be a bi-directional arrangement, in that Dr. Driscoll will both market our faculty to funding agencies and find new funding opportunities where faculty can apply. He will help tailor proposals to maximize their chance of success. I also see his efforts interlocking well with the Strategic Hiring Initiative (SHI), our Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and cross-disciplinary research efforts.

Dr. Driscoll comes to us from the University of Alaska where he was the Director and Associate Professor of Public Health at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies. Previously, he was Associate Dean for Research at the University of Alaska’s College of Health and, before that, the Senior Public Health Scientist in the Health Communication Program at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dr. Driscoll received a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology from the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida and a Doctor of Medical Anthropology degree with a specialization in social marketing from the University of South Florida.

As the co-investigator on the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) — a 5-year, NIH-funded project — he is looking to strengthen and expand the network for biomedical and health research and training toward translational perspectives.

When Dr. Driscoll arrives next month, please join me in giving him a warm welcome to the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Research