Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

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August 2010

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July 9, 2010

E-mail: bishopdl@upmc.edu

ICRE and CTSI Announce New Leadership Roles

The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) and the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) are pleased to announce exciting news about the leadership of their programs in clinical and translational research.

Cindy Bryce, PhD, has been appointed director of Clinical and Translational Degree-granting Programs. Dr. Bryce is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and an associate professor of clinical and translational science in the ICRE. She previously served as associate director of the degree-granting programs. Under her excellent leadership, these programs have prospered and become the largest graduate programs in the School of Medicine.

Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, formerly the associate director of the Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) for Medical Students, has been named the director of this program. Dr. Barnato is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, an associate professor of clinical and translational science in the ICRE, and an associate professor of health policy and management in the Graduate School of Public Health. Under Dr. Barnato's leadership, the CSTP for Medical Students has flourished and now has 24 active trainees. The program has graduated two classes of medical students, all of whom have been placed in competitive residencies. In addition, the program was recently approved by the provost as a dual MD/MS degree program in the School of Medicine.

Kathleen McTigue, MD, MPH, MS, formerly the associate director of the CSTP for Residents, has been appointed program director. Dr. McTigue is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, and an assistant professor of epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health. The CSTP for Residents is a highly competitive 3-year program for internal medicine residents who are pursuing careers as clinician-investigators. To date, four cohorts, each with three residents, have been recruited into the program, and the first cohort graduated in 2009. The program continues to attract some of the best residents in the country.

Charity Moore, PhD, MSPH, and Fernando Holguin, MD, MPH, will co-direct the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program. Dr. Moore is an associate professor of medicine, biostatistics, and clinical and translational science and is affiliated with the Division of General Internal Medicine, the Center for Research on Health Care, and the ICRE. Dr. Holguin is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and is also the director of the Heinz Environmental Asthma Research Center. Drs. Moore and Holguin have outstanding research skills and expertise that will be invaluable in ensuring that the CEED Program continues to help jump-start the careers of underrepresented minority researchers by providing them with the mentoring and training needed for successful research careers, helping them develop leadership and management skills, and enhancing their grant writing and other skills that will enable them to receive competitive career development awards.

Mark Unruh, MD, MS, has been appointed to the role of co-director of the PhD in Clinical and Translational Science Program. Dr. Unruh is an assistant professor of medicine in the Renal-Electrolyte Division. He earned his MD from the University of Chicago and his MS in clinical research from Tufts University. His research focuses on innovative approaches to measuring and improving sleep and daytime functioning in patients with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Unruh will join Galen Switzer, PhD, who has served as a co-director of this program since its inception.

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