Who We Are

Directors

Kieburtz
Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, is Director of the CTSI and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research for the School of Medicine and Dentistry and Director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET) at the URMC. He is the Robert J. Joynt Professor in Neurology and Professor of Public Health Sciences and Environmental Medicine. Dr Kieburtz’s primary clinical and research interests are neurodegenerative diseases affecting the basal ganglia, particularly Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, and HIV related neurologic disorders.He completed his MD and MPH degrees at the University of Rochester, as well as his Neurology residency and a fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics.
Nana Bennett
Nancy M. Bennett, MD, MS, is Co-Director of the CTSI, Associate Director for Population Health for the CTSI, and Director of the Center for Community Health (CCH). She is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, and Associate Vice President of URMC. Dr. Bennett has directed numerous studies and community interventions funded by the NIH, CDC, NYSDOH, and national and regional foundations related to the prevention of communicable and chronic disease. Dr. Bennett served for 17 years as the Deputy Director of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, and since 2006 as the Director of the CCH.  Dr. Bennett is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and did her residency and Chief Residency at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. During her fellowship in general medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, she earned a Masters Degree in Epidemiology.
Kitzman Harriet Kitzman, PhD, RN, is Co-Director of the CTSI, Associate Director for Collaborations and Services for the CTSI, and is Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Nursing. She is a Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics and an authority on nurse home visitation for low income mothers and their infants. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester and held the esteemed Loretta C. Ford Professorship during her 45 year service to the University.
Dolan James G. Dolan, MD , is Associate Director for Research Education. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, where he serves as director of master’s education. Dr. Dolan’s research interest focuses on improving the quality of clinical decision making at every level in the health care system, primarily involving the exploration of effects of multi-criteria decision making methods, particularly the Analytic Hierarchy Process, on doctor-patient communication, shared decision making, decision outcomes, translation of clinical evidence into practice, implementation of clinical guidelines, and the clinical decision making process. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine, and completed both a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Rochester.
Dorsey E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA, is Associate Director for Clinical Trial Methods and Technologies. Dr. Ray Dorsey is a Professor of Neurology and Co-Director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Dorsey is helping investigate new treatments for movement disorders and improve the way care is delivered for individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders. Using simple web-based video conferencing, he and his colleagues are seeking to provide care to individuals with Parkinson and neurological diseases anywhere that they live.
ann dozier Ann Dozier, RN, PhD, is Director of Evaluation for the CTSI, and leads recruitment and retention initiatives. Dr. Dozier's current research and fieldwork focus on the social ecological model, community level evaluation, and maternal child health outcomes. The latter includes data analysis, program evaluation, and data driven program planning. Dr. Dozier is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, also serving as Chief of the Division of Social and Behavioral Medicine. She is currently acting as the Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences.
Dye

Tim Dye, PhD is the CTSI's Director of Biomedical Informatics, and Associate Director for Population Health for the CTSI. He is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Dye is a perinatal epidemiologist and medical ecologist. Having worked in more than 20 nations, Dr Dye’s research program focuses upon developing and understanding community-driven informatics solutions to maternal-child health, cancer, and infectious disease that integrate user-based sensitivities and quantitative methods. Dr Dye also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Maternal Child Health Journal, a leading international public health journal, serves as a Delegate to the ISCU’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), and chairs the Medical Advisory Board for OneHEART WorldWide, an international NGO. 

Fogg Thomas T. Fogg, MS, MPH, is the Executive Director for Operations for the CTSI, with primary responsibilities for the Research Education and Population Health pillars, as well as for biomedical informatics, operations management and information technology. Mr. Fogg served as Chair of the national CTSA Consortium Communications Key Function committee from 2007 to 2009, and was a member of the Consortium Management Group, a team of NIH staff and CTSA administrators dedicated to improving the operational effectiveness of the consortium, from 2009 to 2011
Frampton Mark Frampton, MD, is Associate Director for the CTSI's Clinical Research Center. Dr. Frampton is Professor of Medicine and Environmental Medicine in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He received his MD from New York University School of Medicine and then trained in Internal Medicine at Buffalo General Hospital. His primary research interest is the health effects of air pollution, and he directs an NIH-funded training program in pulmonary research.
Bob Holloway Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, is Associate Director for Research Education for the CTSI, and also directs the CTSI Career Development Program. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology, as well as Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Holloway received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his neurology residency, received his master's degree in public health, and completed a fellowship in health services research in the Department of Public Health. His major research interests are technology assessment and cost-effectiveness of neurological practices and policies, methods to improve the quality and safety of medical care, and conflicts of interest in research and practice.
Kathleen Jensen Kathleen Jensen, RN, MHSA, is the Executive Director of Finance and Facilities for the CTSI, with primary responsibility for the Clinical Research Center and Funding Program pillars, as well as grant management and finance and department management. After working as an ICU nurse for eight years, she obtained a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration and was Vice President of a 177-bed hospital in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for eight years before coming to Rochester. Since 2003, she has been the Administrative Manager of the CRC. She has served as the financial officer of the Institute since its inception in 2006.
Gene Morse Gene D. Morse, PharmD., FCCP, BCPS, is Associate Director for Clinical Trial Methods and Technologies for the CTSI. He is Associate Director of the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. He holds appointments as Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Research Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Rochester. Dr. Morse has an active research and training program in clinical and translational pharmacology and has been a researcher in the HIV epidemic since the introduction of antiretrovirals in 1986, with more recent emphasis on HCV infection and drug development. Dr. Morse received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo, where he also completed a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacokinetics.
Moxley Richard MD 72web Richard T. Moxley III, MD, is Associate Director for Funding Programs for the CTSI. He is the Helen Aresty Fine and Irving Fine Professor in Neurology and also Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Moxley is also the Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Center and Associate Chair of the Department of Neurology at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Moxley's research interests include investigation into the cause for muscle wasting and weakness in myotonic dystrophy and related disorders.
rubinstein Eric P. Rubinstein, JD, MPH, serves as Executive Director for Research Services for the CTSI. His primary responsibilities include the Research Services and Collaborations pillar and the Clinical Trial Methods and Technologies pillar, as well as governance and evaluation. Mr. Rubinstein served as Chair of the CTSA Consortium Champions of Change, a group of institutional leaders who assume the responsibility of facilitating process-improvement activities within the research infrastructure of their home institutions, in addition to many other contributory and leadership roles within Consortium activities. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Rubinstein worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he served in various roles such as Department Privacy Officer, Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation Policy in the HIV/AIDS Bureau, and Epidemiologist. He earned his MPH at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and his law degree at the Suffolk University Law School.
Eddie Schwarz Edward M.Schwarz, PhD is Associate Director for Funding Programs within the CTSI. Dr. Schwarz is the Burton Professor of Orthopaedics and Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research.  His laboratory focuses on inflammatory bone loss, such as that seen in rheumatoid arthritis, infections, tumor metastasis and wear debris-induced osteolysis around loose prosthetic implants.  Dr. Schwarz is also a leader in orthopaedic biologic therapy and stem cell research, for which his lab has developed a novel passive immunization for MRSA and revitalizing allograft approaches for bone and tendon regeneration.  Dr. Schwarz’s lab is also interested in developing translational in vivo imaging outcome measures include near infrared imaging of lymphatic flow to detect arthritic flare, and cone beam CT to assess bone healing in patients with orthopaedic implants.  More recently, Dr. Schwarz’s lab has combined these biologic therapy technologies and outcome measures with biocompatible carriers and stem cells to generate novel tissue engineering constructs for bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon.
Giovanni Schifitto

Giovanni Schifitto, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology and Imaging Sciences, is Associate Director for the CTSI's Clinical Research Center. Dr. Schifitto completed his MD at the University of Milan in Milan, Italy. His postgraduate training includes a residency in Neurology, a fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics, and a Masters in Medical Management, all completed at the University of Rochester. Dr. Schifitto’s primary research interests include neurologic disorders associated with HIV infection, neuroimaging biomarkers, Parkinson’s Disease, and Huntington’s Disease. He has over 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of clinical trials. Dr. Schifitto is a member of the AIDS Clinical Trial Group and serves in the Antiretroviral Strategies Subcommittee and Neurology Collaborative Science Group. He is board certified in Neurology and provides clinical care to patients with disorders of the autonomic nervous system.

Strawderman Robert Strawderman, Sc.D., is Associate Director for Collaborative and Services for the CTSI. Dr. Strawderman is the Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology and Dean’s Professor of Biostatistics. He is also an elected Fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Dr. Strawderman has in excess of 20 years of experience working with interdisciplinary teams of scientists on projects focused on clinical research, healthcare delivery and evaluation, and various areas of public health. He is also internationally recognized for his own methodological research contributions, particularly so in the areas of survival analysis, recurrent event data and risk prediction. Dr. Strawderman received his doctoral degree in Biostatistics from Harvard University and previously held tenured faculty appointments at both Cornell University and the University of Michigan prior to coming to Rochester in 2012.
Zareba Wojciech Zareba, MD, PhD, is Associate Director for Clinical Trial Methods and Technologies for the CTSI. Dr. Zareba is a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Director of Cardiology Clinical Research, and Director of the Heart Research Follow Up Program at University of Rochester Medical Center. He is Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several NIH and corporate grants focused on risk stratification of cardiac death and on clinical usefulness and prognostic significance of ECG parameters. He also serves as Principal Investigator of the ECG Core Labs for numerous studies including the International LQTS Registry, the North American ARVD Registry, MADIT II, and MADIT-CRT, large clinical trials testing clinical effectiveness and safety of implantable cardiac defibrillators and resynchronization devices.

 

Program Directors

Bagchee Anjan Bagchee
Title: Director of Academic IT
Areas of Responsibility: Provides collaborative oversight for CTSI activities in information technology.
Gross Robert Gross, MD, PhD
Title: Professor of Neurology and of Pharmacology and Physiology
Areas of Responsibility: Directs the CTSI's National Research Service Award Predoctoral Training Program, with particular emphasis on the Academic Research Track program for medical students.
Guillet Ronnie Guillet, MD, PhD
Title: Professor of Pediatrics
Areas of Responsibility: Directs the CTSI's Junior Faculty Core Curriculum, an intensive week-long introduction to clinical research for junior faculty.
Lewis Vivian Lewis, MD
Title: Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Areas of Responsibility: Directs the CTSI's Mentor Development Core
PJ picture for CTSI Patricia J. (“PJ”) Simpson-Haidaris, PhD
Title: Associate Professor of Medicine
Areas of Responsibility: Directs the CTSI's PhD in Translational Biomedical Science.
sally thurston Sally W. Thurston, PhD
Title: Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Computational
Areas of Responsibility: Provides oversight for the CTSI's pilot funding program in novel biostatistical and epidemiological methods, to encourage development of new statistical and epidemiologic methods to support clinical research.

 

Other CTSI Faculty and Staff

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Joan E. Adamo, PhD,
Title: Associate Director for Regulatory Support Services
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Adamo provides guidance for researchers who are planning studies regulated by the FDA, and general research-navigation support. She serves as an FDA liaison for the University, supporting researchers conducting clinical studies of medical devices and therapeutics under Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) and Investigational New Drug (IND) mechanisms and managing a framework for preclinical Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) compliance within the University.
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Robert Block, MD, MPH, FACP
Title: Managing Co-Director, UNYTE
Areas of Responsibility: Promote research collaborations among the member institutions of the UNYTE Translational Research Network.
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Zhe (Jack) Chang, M.Sc.
Title: Senior Associate of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Sr. Research Informaticist
Areas of Responsibility: Leading CTSI's initiatives toward a cohesive research data environment and an integrated research informatics structure at the University, with an overall goal of creating informatics tools that enable researchers to better access data.

D'Angio Carl T. D'Angio, MD
Title: Professof of Pediatrics and of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. D'Angio is responsible for CTSI programs in research ethics.
Davin Amanda Davin
Title: Sr. Programmer Analyst
Areas of Responsibility: Amanda provides support for REDCap and collaborates in the development, maintenance and installation of CTSI IT solutions.
Demment Margaret Demment. PhjD
Title: Senior Project Research Associate
Areas of Responsibility: As a member of the CTSI Biomedical Informatics Team, Meg implements, analyzes, and disseminates qualitative and quantitative research projects, especially related to large quantitative and qualitative datasets.
Dobbin Sean Dobbin
Title: Communications Manager
Areas of Responsibility:  Sean manages communications for the CTSI.  He is primarily responsible for the CTSI Stories blog, and works to promote various CTSI faculty and events.  He works closely with the Internal Communications group within the URMC Public Relations department and also handles external media requests.

 

Gail Figgins

Gail L. Figgins

Title: Secretary IV
Areas of Responsibility:  Gail provides support to the Clinical Research Resources and Facilities key function which includes the Clinical Research Center, for which she manages protocols and electronic records.  She also supports the eRecord Research Operational Steering Committee and provides secretarial support to the CTSI Executive Director of Finance. 

Fiscella Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH
Title: Professor of Family Medicine and of Public Health Sciences
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Fiscella provides collaborative leadership for the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network
Gillam Nancy Gillam, LPN
Title: Licensed Practical Nurse
Areas of Responsibility: Nancy provides support for the conduct of clinical research protocols in the Clinical Research Center.
Green Theresa Green, PhD, MBA
Title: Senior Instructor of Public Health Sciences
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Green provides support for programs in the Population Health pillar of the CTSI, and supports training in community-engaged research.
Haefner Sue Haefner, RN
Title: Research Nurse
Areas of Responsibility: Sue provides support for the conduct of clinical research protocols in the Clinical Research Center.
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Susanne Heininger
Title: Research Coordinator and Participant Navigator
Areas of Responsibility: Susanne provides project-specific research coordination and supports community navigation of opportunities to participate as a volunteer in research studies.

Holt Kathleen Holt, PhD
Title: Senior Project Research Associate
Areas of Responsibility: As a member of the CTSI Biomedical Informatics Team, Kathleen is responsible for designing, implementing, analyzing and disseminating research projects in population health with faculty investigators and community partners. Kathleen works closely with the Center for Community Health and community partners.
Irvine Carrie Irvine, MS
Title: Lead Programmer Analyst
Areas of Responsibility: Carrie provides leadership for the development of IT solutions for the CTSI, and helps to support REDCap.
Li Dongmei Li, PhD
Title: Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Science
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Li contributes to the development of CTSI programs in Biomedical Informatics, and has particular interests in multiple comparisons in genomic and genetic data analysis, resampling methods, clinical trials, observational and population studies, and the interdisciplinary area between statistics and biomedical sciences.
Katie Libby Katie Libby
Title: Education Program Manager
Areas of Responsibility: Katie is primarily responsible for the support of the Research Education pillar of the CTSI. She assists in the coordination of the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program, Academic Research Track Program, and the PhD in Translational Biomedical Science Program.
Mary Little Mary Little
Title: Administrative Assistant
Areas of Responsibility:  Mary is the Administrative Assistant for the CTSI.  She serves as the office manager and supervises the clerical team in the Directors' Office. She provides support for the CTSI Operations Committee and the CTSI Pilot Project and Incubator Programs and coordinates CTSI-sponsored events. Mary also provides executive assistance to members of the CTSI leadership team.
Mary Lyons  Mary Lyons
Title: Research Administrator
Areas of Responsibility: Mary serves as the Research Administrator for the CTSI grant and research programs originating from it. She provides information as to NIH guidelines for financial budgeting, expenses, and ledger reconciliations for CTSI program directors and pilot project awardees.
Martina Camille Martina, PhD
Title: Research Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Environmental Medicine
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Martina is a member of the CTSI's evaluation working group.
Miller Ann Miller, RN
Title: Nurse Manager
Areas of Responsibility: Ann is the manager of the Clinical Research Center.
Nancy Needler Nancy A. Needler
Title: Research Subject Advocate (RSA)
Areas of Responsibility: Nancy is an independent resource for research volunteers and assists University researchers and coordinators with many facets of study management, including the informed consent process and Data & Safety Monitoring Plan development.
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Noronha Gary Noronha, MD
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Areas of responsibility: Dr. Noronha provides collaborative leadership for the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network and the UNYTE Translational Research Network.
Nichole O'Dell Nicole O’Dell, MLS
Title: Senior Information Analyst
Areas of Responsibility: Nicole collects, manages and analyzes data for the CTSI evaluation program, and also coordinates the development of program charters and metrics and the related quarterly reporting process. She also produces the CTSI Weekly Update.
Peck Robin Peck
Title: Bionutrition Supervisor
Areas of Responsibility: Robin provides support for bionutrition services provided through the Clinical Research Center.
Rich David Rich, ScD, MPH
Title: Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Environmental Medicine
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Rich provides consultations in the areas of epidemiologic methods and research design.
Stewart Pat Stewart, RD, PhD
Title: Bionutrition Manager
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Stewart coordinates the overall operation of the bionutrition core within the Clinical Research Center. Dr. Stewart provides consultations in bionutrition and helps to design and manage research protocols with a bionutrition component.
Swanger Carlos Swanger, MD
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Swanger provides collaborative leadership for the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network.
Adam Tatro

Adam Tatro, MS, RN

Title: Clinical Research Informaticist

Areas of Responsibility: Adam supports researchers in the use of the University’s Electronic Health Record, eRecord, for research purposes. Adam assists researchers with a wide variety of needs, such as access to clinical data, locating appropriate data, and use of the eRecord system itself for research purposes.  Adam also assists with the planning, development, and implementation of new eRecord functionality specific to research.  In addition, Adam also provides consultations on the entry of research data into ClinicalTrials.gov for researchers. 

Celine Thompson

Celine M. Thompson

Title: Secretary IV

Areas of Responsibility: Celine provides support for the Collaborations and Services and for the Clinical Trial Methods and Technologies pillars. In addition, she provides secretarial assitance to the Executive Director for Research Services.

Vitale Karen Vitale
Title: Program Manager
Areas of Responsibility: Karen manages the CTSI Professional Collaborations Program, which includes the Greater Rochester Practice-Based Research Network and the UNYTE Translational Research Network.
Debbie Wall

Debbie Wall

Title: Accounting Bookkeeper IV

Areas of Responsibility: Debbie assists with maintenance and processing of all financial transactions and ledger reconciliations for the CTSI and National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR), and assists with budget preparation. Debbie also handles other financial paperwork and record-keeping for the CTSI and NCDHR.

Wixom Nellie Wixom, RD
Title: Registered Dietitian
Areas of Responsibility: Nellie provides support for bionutrition services provided through the Clinical Research Center.
Zand Martin Zand, MD, PhD
Title: Professor of Medicine
Areas of Responsibility: Dr. Zand provides collaborative leadership for the CTSI Biomedical Informatics Team.

 

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