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Leadership & Faculty

Leadership

Ray DorseyRay Dorsey, MD, MBA
Director, Center for Health + Technology
David M. Levy Professor of Neurology
Through novel applications of technology, he and his colleagues seek to enable anyone anywhere to receive care, participate in research, and benefit from therapeutic advances. Dr. Dorsey’s research has been published in leading medical, neurology, and economic journals and has been featured on National Public Radio and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Disclosures

Erika AugustineErika Augustine, MD, MS
Associate Director, Center for Health + Technology
A movement disorders-trained Child Neurologist, Dr. Augustine’s clinical research focuses on advancing therapeutic development and methodology for rare pediatric neurological disorders through interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Augustine currently leads clinical programs developing novel therapeutics for the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses and co-directs the University of Rochester Hereditary Ataxia Clinic.

Chad HeatwoleChad Heatwole, MD, MS-CI
Associate Director, Center for Health + Technology
A neurologist with sub-specialty training in neuromuscular medicine, electrophysiology, and experimental therapeutic development, Dr. Heatwole’s main research focus is the development, evaluation, and testing of novel experimental therapeutics for neuromuscular disease. Under Dr. Healwole’s leadership, the first/founding institute for outcome measurement for neuromuscular disorders was established at the University of Rochester.

Cindy CasaceliCynthia Casaceli, MBA
Director, Clinical Trial Coordination Center
Ms. Casaceli leads the University of Rochester’s Clinical Trial Coordination Center and has over 20 years of experience in the operational (project, data and central management) and administrative (contracts, budgets) conduct of an academic research organization. Ms. Casaceli has overseen the conduct and compliance of clinical trials that have led to the FDA approval of seven compounds.

Cornelia KampCornelia Kamp, MBA
Executive Director Strategic Initiatives, Clinical Materials Services Unit
Ms. Kamp has over 28 years of experience in pharmaceutical based research, both commercial and academic. She established and leads the Clinical Materials Services Unit (CMSU) which provides packaging, labeling, distribution, and return/destructions services for investigational drugs/devices. Ms. Kamp’s research interests include clinical trial design, regulatory aspects of conducting clinical trials, recruitment strategies, and site performance metrics.

Elise KaysonElise Kayson, MS, ANP
Director, Clinical and Strategic Initiatives
Senior Associate, Neurology
With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Kayson has led and managed over 50 clinical trials operationally and administratively for Huntington disease, Parkinson disease, and other rare disorders. She played a key role in the pivotal trials that resulted in the only two FDA approved drugs for Huntington disease. In 2016, she was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Huntington Study Group. Currently, Ms. Kayson serves as the Co-Chair of the Huntington Study Group. Ms. Kayson is a nurse practitioner and received her degrees in nursing from Alfred University and the University of Rochester.

Mike LentineMichael Lentine, MBA
Financial Controller
Mr. Lentine has over a decade of experience in Finance and Administration at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In his current role, he provides financial oversight for the Center for Health + Technology (CHeT). He develops budgets, negotiates contracts, oversees accounting operations, and plays a role in driving forward the Center’s strategic plan. Mr. Lentine holds an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.

Karen RabinowitzKaren Rabinowitz, JD
Associate Director, Collaborations
Legal Counsel
Ms. Rabinowitz provides legal counsel for CHeT, and for the Center’s Clinical Trials Coordination Center and Clinical Materials Services Unit. She prepares and negotiates contracts with clinical trial sponsors, drug vendors, and consultants, as well as reviews informed consents, conflict-of -interest, and other regulatory documentation for clinical trials. She also acts as liaison between CHeT and various other departments at the University of Rochester.

Laura TrussoLaura Trusso, MS
Director, Clinical Innovation
Ms. Trusso has over 35 years of combined pre-clinical and clinical trials experience within the Pharmaceutical, Diagnostics and CRO industries. She has held multiple leadership roles throughout her career and played a key role in the approval of five pharmaceutical products and an in vitro diagnostic test for Hepatitis B. Ms. Trusso’s research interests include the continued modernization of the clinical program/portfolio infrastructure to support the expansion of clinical project plans for therapeutic areas of interest. Ms. Trusso holds an MS in Environmental Toxicology.

Charles VenutoCharles Venuto, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Center for Health + Technology
Dr. Venuto is a clinical pharmacologist with expertise in modeling and simulation of drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and disease progression. He founded and leads CHeT Analytics, with the mission to model, predict, and act on data for designing more efficient clinical trials. His research interests are focused on studying the disease progression of neurodegenerative diseases and chronic infectious diseases, and identifying factors underlying disease progression and treatment response heterogeneity.

Renee WilsonRenee Wilson, MA
Director, Project Management
Ms. Wilson has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years, having been engaged in clinical care and research in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and bioethics. She has held various positions in clinical research for the past 15 years, and for the last 10 years has been managing multi-center clinical trials at the Clinical Trials Coordination Center. Ms. Wilson assumed the role of Director of Project Management in 2019 and holds a MA in Psychology.

Norm YungMr. Yung is the Executive Director, Operations & Development, for the Center for Health + Technology. He oversees business development and strategy in the areas of clinical operations and clinical research innovation. Prior to CHeT, Mr. Yung held a number of corporate and consulting positions within the area of health and technology. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s in Economics from The University of Chicago.

 

 

Faculty

Jamie Adams, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Alicia Augustine, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Erika Augustine, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Peggy Auinger, MS
Associate, Department of Neurology

Kevin Biglan, MD, MPH
Professor of Neurology

Gretchen Birbeck, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Neurology

Christine Brower, MPH
Associate, Department of Neurology

Cynthia Casaceli, MBA
Senior Associate, Department of Neurology

Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA
David M. Levy Professor of Neurology

Robert Dworkin, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurology, Oncology, and Psychiatry

Robert C. Griggs, MD
Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Pediatrics

Chad Heatwole, MD, MS-CI
Associate Professor of Neurology

Monica Javidnia, PhD
Instructor, Department of Neurology

Cornelia Kamp, MBA
Senior Associate, Department of Neurology

Elise Kayson, MS, RNC, ANP
Senior Associate, Department of Neurology

Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH
Professor of Neurology

Benzi Kluger, MD, MS
Professor of Neurology
Director, Center for Palliative Care
Chief, Division of Neuropalliative Care

Michael P. McDermott, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics and Neurology

Oing Ma, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology

Gene D. Morse, PharmD
Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Medicine, and Pediatrics, University at Buffalo

Alex Page, PhD
Research Assistant Professor and Medicine (Cardiology)

Charles Venuto, PharmD
Assistant Professor of Neurology