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Experts Guide

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Experts Guide is an evolving list of our academic, clinical, and research faculty who are available to speak to the media, on topics that span our six colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy – across Tennessee in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville.

If you would like to interview or talk with one of our experts, please contact the UTHSC Office of Communications and Marketing at communications@uthsc.edu or 901.448.5544.

 

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Student Health and Wellness

Jessi Gold, MD, MS
Chief Wellness Officer for the University of Tennessee (UT) System
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UT Health Science Center

Jessi Gold, MD, MS, a nationally recognized expert on student mental health and wellness, is the inaugural chief wellness officer for the University of Tennessee System and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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Sickle Cell Disease

Kenneth Ataga, MD
Director, UT Health Science Center Center for Sickle Cell Disease
Professor, College of Medicine

Dr. Ataga’s clinical interest and expertise focuses on sickle cell disease and related hemoglobinopathies, thalassemia and other red blood cell disorders. His primary research interest is in the development of drug therapies for sickle cell disease. 

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Access to Dental Care

Orpheus Triplett, DDS
Assistant Dean, Community Oral Health and Outreach
Associate professor, College of Dentistry

Dr. Triplett’s focus is on expanding access to oral care to the underserved.

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ACES and Trauma Informed Care for Youth

Altha Stewart, MD
Senior Associate Dean, Community Health Engagement
Associate professor psychiatry, College of Medicine
Former president of the American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Stewart is the director of the Center for Youth Advocacy and Well-Being, which promotes a trauma-informed culture that focuses on preventing trauma to children, helping children exposed to violence, offering peaceful resolutions to conflict, and creating a climate that supports children and fosters collaboration among service providers.

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Improving Health Care Delivery

Jim Bailey, MD
Director for the Center for Health Systems Improvement, Tennessee Heart Health Network

Dr. Bailey is working to strengthen and support primary care practices and improve health care delivery and outcomes for medically underserved areas

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Health Equity

Michelle Martin, PhD
Professor, College of Medicine, College of Graduate Health Sciences

Dr. Martin is co-founder of the Emotion Well-Being and Economic Burden Research Network (EMOT-ECON) studying the effects of the economic burden of disease on various populations.

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Ken Tilashalski, DMD

Ken Tilashalski, DMD
Dean

Oral and maxillofacial pathology and endodontics
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Orpheus Triplett, DDS
Assistant Dean, Community Oral Health and Outreach

Community oral health, public service, and outreach
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Mojdeh Dehghan, DDS
Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs,
Professor

General dentistry, esthetic and restorative dentistry
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Bioscience Research
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Mustafa K. Dabbous, MS, PhD
Chair, Professor

Dentistry research, student research in dentistry
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Dental Hygiene
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Lynn Russell, RDH, BS, MEd, EdD
Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator, Associate Professor

Dental hygiene, community engaged care
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Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Medicine
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K. Mark Anderson, DDS, MS
Chair and Professor Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Director Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Services

Oral and maxillofacial diagnostic services
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Harry Cosby, DDS
Chair, Associate Professor

Endodontics (dental pulp and tissues)
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General Dentistry
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Waletha Wasson, DDS, MPA, MS, MAGD
Program Director 21st COSP, Professor

General population oral health and wellness
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Jeffrey H. Brooks, DMD

Jeffrey Brooks, DMD
Department Chair, Program Director, Professor

Oral Surgery and maxillofacial surgery
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Orthodontics
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Richard A. Williams, DDS, MS
Interim Chair, Program Director, Professor

Orthodontics, orthodontic education
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Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
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Clarice S. Law-Eyre, DMD, MS
Chair, Associate Professor

Pediatric dentistry
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Prosthodontics
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David R. Cagna, DMD, MS
Chair, Professor, Associate Dean Postgraduate Affairs, Director Postdoctoral Prosthodontics

Clinical and laboratory prosthodontics (dental prosthetics)
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Donald B. Thomason, PhD
Dean

Medical physiology, dental physiology, study abroad programs in China
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Biomedical Engineering

William Mihalko, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Biomedical Engineering
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BioMedical Sciences
Max Fletcher

Max Fletcher, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Biomedical Sciences
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Susan Miranda

Susan Miranda, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Biomedical Sciences
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Dental Sciences
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Harry T. Cosby, DDS, MS
Chair, Associate Professor
Department of Endodontics

Endodontics (dental pulp and tissues)
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David R. Cagna, DMD, MS
Chair, Professor, Associate Dean Postgraduate Affairs, Director Postdoctoral Prosthodontics 
Department of Prosthodontics

Clinical and laboratory prosthodontics (dental prosthetics)
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James M. Lewis, DMD

Forensic Dentistry

 

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Sidney H. Stein, DMD, MS, PhD
Interim Chair, Professor
Department of Orthodontics

Periodontology
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Richard A. Williams, DDS, MS
Interim Chair, Program Director, Professor
Department of Orthodontics

Orthodontics, orthodontic education
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Epidemiology and Health Outcomes
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Simonne S. Nouer, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine

Epidemiological study designs, data collection, and analysis, health outcomes and policy research
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Health Economics
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Shelley White-Means, PhD
CHEER Director, Professor
Department of Interprofessional Education

Health equity, social determinants of health, interpersonal education; TennCare
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Laboratory Research and Management
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Meiyun Fan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology

Breast cancer, epigenetic processes in human cancers
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Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Hassan Almoazen, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Tooth enamel erosion, iodide delivery in nutrient efficient patients, dosage design, delivery and dispensing, pharmaceutical compounding (sterile and non-sterile); drug solubility and drug stability
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Speech and Hearing Science
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James D. Lewis, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology

Diagnosis of middle-ear pathology, cochlear processing in normal and impaired ears, and efferent control of cochlear sensitivity
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Stephen E. Alway, PhD, FACSM
Dean, Professor

Aging and muscle physiology
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Audiology and Speech Pathology
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Ashley Harkrider, PhD
Department Chair, Professor

The Human Auditory Physiology Laboratory
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Jestina Bunch, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cochlear implants, aural habilitation to cochlear implants
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Devin Casenhiser, PhD
Associate Professor, Program Director in Speech Pathology

Language learning and autism laboratory
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Steven M. Doettl, AuD, PhD, CCC-A
Clinical Professor

Vestibular disorders and the dizziness clinic
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Molly Erickson, PhD
Associate Professor

Singing and voice science lab
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Erinn Finke, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor

Autism social development
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Jillian H. McCarthy, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and literacy laboratory, language and literacy laboratory (L3), language and literacy assessment and intervention strategies for those individuals who rely on the use of AAC or who have hearing loss
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Patrick N. Plyler, PhD
Professor

Spatial and binary hearing laboratory, Speech production laboratory
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Teresa Vaughn, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Associate Professor

Pediatric language disorders
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Jennifer Wilson, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Assistant Professor

Feeding and swallowing in children
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Diagnostic and Health Sciences
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Neale R. Chumbler, PhD
Chair

Health data analytics and informatics
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Keisha Brooks Burnett, EdD
Associate Professor,
Program Director Cytotechnology and Histotechnology

Cytotechnology and Histotechnology
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Rebecca Reynolds, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Professor, Program Director Health Informatics

Health data analytics and informatics
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Sajeesh Kumar KR, PhD
Associate Professor

Telemedicine
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Junaith S. Mohamed, PhD
Assistant Professor

Muscle biology and stroke
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Jacen S. Moore, PhD, MA, MT (ASCP)
Assistant Professor

Clinical chemistry, medical laboratory ethics
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Chelsea Peeler, MCP
Instructor

Cytotechnology and Histotechnology
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Michael Weitzeil, MHS, PA(ASCP)
Program Director for the Pathologists’ Assistant Program, Instructor

Anatomy, pathology, and histology
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Wes Williamson, MS, MT (ASCP)
Associate Professor

Clinical chemistry, immunology
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Occupational Therapy
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Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Department Chair, Associate Professor

Pediatric occupational therapy, Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center
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Stephanie Lancaster, EdD, MS, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Program Director, Associate Professor

Assistive technology
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Orli Weisser-Pike OTD, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, CAPS
Associate Professor

Low vision
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Jerry Lee Williams

Lee Williams, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor

Adult occupational therapy
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Physical Therapy
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Jacque L Bradford, PT, DPT, EdD, MS, CHSE
Program Director, Associate Professor

Physical therapy, acute care
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James A. Carson, PhD, FACSM
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Professor

Cancer cachexia and muscle wasting
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Barry Dale, DPT, PhD, MBA
Chair, Program Director, Professor

Sports injuries
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Emily Shannon Hughes, PT, DPT,  EdD, OSC, MTC
Associate Professor

Mobility and function after injury or falls
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Myra Meekins, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Assistant Professor

Low back pain
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G. Nicholas Verne, MD
Interim Executive Dean and Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Professor

Gastrointestinal diseases, Intestinal permeability, gastrointestinal inflammation, and intestinal neuroplasticity
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Jon McCullers, MD
Senior Executive Associate Dean,  COO Clinical Affairs

COVID-19, infectious diseases, pediatrics, influenza, public health topics
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Anatomy and Neurobiology

Lynn Dobrunz, PhD
Professor, Chair

Anatomy and Neurobiology
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Anesthesiology
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Mary Billstrand, MD
Professor

Anesthesiology, regional anesthesia
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Steven Boggs

Steven Boggs, MD
Professor

Anesthesiology
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Arvind Chandrashekar, MD
Assistant Professor, Director Acute Pain Service, Residency Associate Program Director

Chronic Pain
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Anesthesiology – Knoxville

Jason Buehler, MD
Associate Professor, Residency Program Director

Comprehensive Pain
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Craig Combs, MD
Associate Professor

Anesthesia for General Surgery
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Daniel Sewell, MD
Assistant Professor

Pediatric Anesthesia
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Stephen Strevels, MD
Assistant Professor

Ambulatory Surgery
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Stephanie Vanterpool, MD
Associate Professor

Comprehensive Pain
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Dentistry – Knoxville

O. Lee Wilson, DMD
Associate Professor and Chair, Residency Program Director

General Dentistry
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Dermatology and Skin Issues
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Tejesh Patel, MD
Chair and Associate Program Director

Dermatopathology
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Emily H. Jones, MD

Emily Jones, MD
Associate Program Director

Hidradenitis Suppurativa
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Whitney Shroyer, MD

Whitney Shroyer, MD
Assistant Professor

General Adult Dermatology
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Teresa Wright, MD
Associate Professor

Pediatric Dermatology
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Emergency Medicine
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James Richard Walker III, MD
Chair, Associate Professor

COVID-19 hospital capacity, emergency room staffing, emergency procedures
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Emergency Medicine – Chattanooga
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Sudave Mendiratta, MD
Professor, Chair of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

 

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Ben Smith, MD
Professor, Ultrasound Fellowship Director

Point of Care Ultrasound

 

Family Medicine
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Muneeza Khan, MD
Chair, Associate Professor

Family Medicine
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Gregg Mitchell, MD
Chair, Associate Professor

Jackson Family Medicine
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Family Medicine – Chattanooga
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Leslie Griffin, MD
Chair of Family Medicine, Associate Professor

Family Medicine
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Ashley Fedusenko, MD
Assistant Professor, Palliative Care Director at Erlanger Health

Palliative Care
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Steven Fox, MD
Associate Professor, Program Director of Family Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine

 

Family Medicine – Knoxville

Anthony Wilson, MD
Chair and Associate Professor

LGBTQ Health
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Kendra Kemmet, MD
Assistant Professor,
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director 

Primary Care Sports Medicine

 

Jon Parham, DO
Associate Professor

Occupational Medicine
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David Stockton, MD
Professor Emeritus

Wilderness Medicine and Disaster Medicine

 

Adam Tyson, MD
Assistant Professor, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program Director

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

 

Genetics, Genomics and Informatics
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Robert Williams, PhD
Chair, Professor

Precision medicine, Alzheimer's disease, Aging, Psychiatric Brain Disorders
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David Ashbrook, PhD
Assistant Professor

Alzheimer's Disease Behavioral Genetics, Animals Models of Human Disease
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Vincenza Colonna, PhD
Assistant Professor

Population Genetics and Genomics, Reproductive Health, Disparity Health Care
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Yan Cui, PhD
Professor

Genomics, Disparity Health Care Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Artificial Intelligence
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Athena Davenport, PhD
Associate Professor

Breast cancer disparities in African-American women, Sickle cell disease genetics
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Robert Davis, MD, MPH
Professor

Human genetics and epidemiology, Artificial Intelligence and Health Care Informatics, Biomedical Informatics
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Kevin Freeman, PhD
Assistant Professor

Cancer Genetics, Developmental Genetics
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Erik Garrison PhD
Assistant Professor

Genomics, Pangenomics, Disparity Health Care Genomics, Artificial Intelligence
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Byron Jones

Byron Jones, PhD
Professor

Toxicology, Genetics, Animals Models of Human Disease
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Lu Lu, MD
Professor

Genetic factors of cardiomyopathy, Covid-19, glaucoma, metabolism, stress, alcoholism, cancer, and neurodegenerative Disease; Animals Models of Human Disease
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Megan K Mulligan, PhD

Megan Mulligan, PhD
Associate Professor

Substance Use Disorders, Behavioral Genetics, Animals Models of Human Disease
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Pjotr Prins, PhD
Associate Professor

Genomics, High Performance Research Computing, Data Access and Sharing
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Suheeta Roy, PhD
Assistant Professor

Metabolic Disease, Aging, Genetics, Animals Models of Human Disease
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Burt Sharp, MD
Professor

Substance Use disorders in humans and animal models, brain function and genetics
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Claire Simpson, PhD
Associate Professor

Genetic epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Myopia, and Preeclampsia, Global Health and Health Disparities, Complex Traits, Gene-environment interactions
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Wenjing Zhang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor

Regenerative Medicine, Advanced Cell-Based Assays, Genetics of Wound Healing, Animals Models of Human Disease
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Internal Medicine – Chattanooga
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Harish Manyam, MD
Associate Professor, Interim Chair

Electrophysiology, Cardiology
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Arslan Kahloon, MD
Associate Professor, Program Director for Gastroenterology Fellowship

Gastroenterology
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Patrick Koo, MD
Associate Professor, Pulmonary / Critical Care Division Chief at Erlanger Health

Adult Pulmonary / Critical Care
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Chris Poole, MD
Assistant Professor, Division Chief of Nephrology

Nephrology

 

Jay Sizemore, MD
Assistant Professor

Infectious Disease
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Internal Medicine – Knoxville

Wala Abusalah, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Vascular and Transplant Surgery

 

Shaker Barham, MD
Assistant Professor

Gastroenterology

 

Ben Bevill, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Critical Care Medicine

 

Jeffry Bieber, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology Chief

Rheumatology
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Clay Callison, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cystic Fibrosis

 

Roberto Fernandez-Romero, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Alzheimer's Research

 

Ronnie Hamrick, MD
Assistant Professor

Dermatology

 

Kevin Martinolich, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Sleep Medicine

 

Kelly McCaul, MD
Assistant Professor

Bone Marrow Transplant, CAR-T Cell Therapy, Chemotherapy Agents
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Muddassir Mehmood, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Heart Failure

 

Annette Mendola, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Ethics Chief

Clinical Ethics
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Paul Miller, MD
Assistant Professor

Psychiatry
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Kim Morris, MD
Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine Chief

General internal Medicine
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Ross Nesbit, MD
Assistant Professor

Nephrology

 

Ty Prince, MD

Allergy

 

Renju Raj, MD
Assistant Professor

Bone Marrow Transplant, CAR-T Cell Therapy, Chemotherapy Agents
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Rod Ramchandren, MD
Professor, Division of Hematology / Oncology Chief

Hematology / Oncology
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Steven Rider, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Neurology Chief

Epilepsy

 

Mahmoud Shorman, MD
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases Chief

Infectious Diseases

 

Russell Smith, MD
Associate Professor

Infectious Diseases
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Urath Suresh, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology Chief

Nephrology

 

Chris Tolleson, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Movement Disorders

 

Amit Vora, MD
Associate Professor

Endocrinology
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Brian Wiseman, MD
Assistant Professor

Neurology

 

Medical Education
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Michael Whitt, PhD
Associate Dean and Chair Medical Education, Professor

Molecular virology research, academic medicine, training of medical students
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Catherine Womack, MD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Professor

Student Affairs
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Medicine
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Jim Bailey, MD
Director CHSI, Professor

Health equity, social determinants of health, health care best practices
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Sara Cross, MD
Associate Professor

Infectious diseases
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Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD
Division Chief, Professor

Endocrinology, diabetes, pre-diabetes, diabetes prevention
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James Dale, MD
Professor Emeritus

Infectious diseases, strep vaccine development
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Mansour Parsi, MD
Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Professor

Benign and malignant pancreatic disease, cholangiocarcinoma
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Neil Hayes, MD, MPH
Division Chief Hematology and Oncology, Professor

Hematology and oncology clinical care research, cancer DNA, The Cancer Genome Atlas
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Colleen Jonsson, PhD
Director of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, Professor

COVID-19 research, virology research, director Regional Biocontainment Laboratory
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Dipen Kadaria, MD
GME Research Director, Associate Professor

Pulmonology
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Julio A. Lanfranco Molina, MD
Division Chief and Program Director - Pulmonary Critical Care and Critical Care, Associate Professor

Pulmonology
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Darryl Quarles, MD
Professor Emeritus

Nephrology, kidney disease, research
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Amber Thacker, MD
Site Director Regional One Health, Assistant Professor

Medicine, internal medicine, COVID-19 trials
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Cyrilyn Walters, MD
Assistant Professor

Post-Covid-19 clinic, COVID-19 trial, medicine-general medicine
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Neurology
Haewon Shin, MD

Haewon Shin, MD
Department Chair, Semmes-Murphey Professor

Neurology
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Khalid A Alsherbini

Khalid Alsherbini, MD
Associate Professor

Epilepsy, Intracranial hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, Neurocritical care
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Tulio Bertorini, MD
Fellowship Program Director, Professor

Neuropathy, neuromuscular disease
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Violiza Inoa Acosta

Violiza Inoa, MD
Associate Professor

Endovascular Intervention, Stroke
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Balaji Krishnaiah, MD

Balaji Krishnaiah, MD
Program Director, Associate Professor

Medical student education in Neurology
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Katherine Nearing, MD

Katherine Nearing, MD
Assistant Professor

Neurology, stroke, UTHSC Mobile Stroke Unit, Health Equity 
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Mahmoud Majed Salhab

Mahmoud Salhab, MD
Assistant Professor

Epilepsy
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Neurology – Chattanooga
Mounzer Yassin-Kassab, MD

Mounzer Yassin-Kassab, MD
Professor, Chair of Neurology

Neurology
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Neurosurgery
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Adam Arthur, MD
Chair, Professor

Neurosurgery

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology
John O Schorge, MD

John Schorge, MD
Chair, Professor

Gynecologic cancers, minimally invasive surgery
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Linda Moses, MD

Linda Moses, MD
Vice-Chair Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI

 

Pallavi Khanna

Pallavi Khanna, MD
Division Chief, Associate Professor 

Menopause
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Claudette Shephard, MD
Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor

Medical school diversity and inclusion, adolescent gynecology and pregnancy
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Paul Wendel

Paul Wendel, MD
Division Chief, Professor

High-risk obstetrics, MFM, HTN in pregnancy
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Nicole Findlay

Nicole Findlay, MD
Assistant Professor

Simulation
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Owen P Phillips

Owen Phillips, MD
Professor

Reproductive genetics
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Marina Santa-Cruz, MD

Marina Santa Cruz, MD
Assistant Professor

Cervical dysplasia, abnormal Pap smears
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Obstetrics and Gynecology – Chattanooga
Stephen DePasquale, MD

Stephen DePasquale, MD
Professor, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Women's Health at Erlanger Health

Gynecologic Oncology
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Obstetrics and Gynecology – Knoxville

Larry Kilgore, MD
Professor, Chair

Gynecologic Oncology
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Kimberly Fortner, MD
Professor, Fellowship Director, 
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director; Obstetric Operations and Quality Vice Chair

Maternal Fetal Medicine
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John D. Gordon, MD
Assistant Professor, Division Director

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
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Nikki Zite, MD
Professor, Education and Advocacy Vice Chair

Family Planning, Education, and Advocacy
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Ophthalmology

Matthew Wilson, MD
Chair, Director,  Professor

Cervical dysplasia, abnormal Pap smears
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Stephen A Ashe

Aaron Ashe, MD
Assistant Professor

Cornea and refractive
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Lauren Ditta, MD
Associate Professor

Neuro ophthalmology, pediatrics
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Joe Fong, MD
Assistant Professor

Neuro-ophthalmology
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Brian Fowler, MD
Associate Professor

Oculoplastics, orbital surgery, resident education, ocular trauma
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Mary Ellen Hoehn, MD

Mary Ellen Hoehn, MD
Professor

Pediatric Ophthalmology
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Brian Jerkins

Brian Jerkins, MD
Assistant Professor

Glaucoma
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Natalie C Kerr

Natalie Kerr, MD
Professor

Pediatric Ophthalmology/ Medical Student Education
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Ben King, MD
Assistant Professor

Diabetic Retinopathy / Macular Degeneration / Ocular Trauma

 

April Lao, MD
Assistant Professor

Neuro-ophthalmology
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Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
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William Mihalko, MD
Professor

Basic Science and Total joint replacement
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Orthopaedics
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Fred Azar, MD
Professor, Director Sports Medicine Fellowship

Sports medicine
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James Beaty, MD
Professor

Pediatric Orthopaedics and Ortho Dept inquiries
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Robert Heck, MD
Associate Professor

Musculoskeletal Tumor
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Andrew Murphy, MD
Associate Professor

Foot and Ankle
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Kirk Thompson, MD

Spine Surgery

 

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Quin Throckmorton, MD
Professor, Residency Program Director 

Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

 

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John Weinlein, MD
Assistant Professor, Director of Trauma Fellowship

Orthopaedic Trauma at ROH

 

Orthopaedics – Chattanooga
Jeremy Bruce, MD

Jeremy Bruce, MD
Chair, Professor

Sports Medicine
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Daniel Doty, MD

Daniel Doty, MD
Assistant Professor

Total Shoulder
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Jesse Doty, MD

Jesse Doty, MD
Associate Professor

Foot and Ankle
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Mark Freeman, MD

Mark Freeman, MD
Assistant Professor, Medical Director for Orthopedics, Erlanger Health

Total Joint 
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Robert Quigley, MD

Robert Quigley, MD
Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director of Orthopedics

Pediatric Orthopedics
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Ryan Voskuil

Ryan Voskuil, MD
Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director of Orthopedics

Orthopedic Tumors
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Otolaryngology
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Boyd Gillespie, MD
Chair, Professor

Head and neck surgery, snoring, swallowing disorders, salivary gland issues, endoscopic salivary surgery, sleep apnea
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Anthony Sheyn, MD
Associate Professor

Pediatric ENT
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Pathology
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Abdallah Azouz, MD
Assistant Professor

 

Zeinab Hasan

Zeinab Hasan, MD
Assistant Professor

Cytopathology and Surgical pathology fellowship
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Lawernce Pfeffer, PhD

Lawrence Pfeffer, PhD
Professor

Glioblastoma, cancer stem cell, JAK-STAT signaling, SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, anticancer drug development
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Nour Yadak

Nour Yadak, MD
Assistant Professor

GI Liver and Transplant Pathologist
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Pathology – Knoxville

Stuart Van Meter, MD
Chair, Associate Professor

Pathology
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Pediatrics
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Sandy Arnold, MD
Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Professor

Pediatric infectious diseases
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John Bissler, MD
Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, Professor

Pediatric nephrology, tuberous sclerosis
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Chester Brown, MD, PhD
Division Chief of Pediatric Genetics, Professor

Genetics, genomics, ethics of research in minorities
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Mark Corkins, MD
Division Chief, Fellowship Program Director, Professor

Pediatric gastroenterology
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Melody Cunningham, MD
Professor

Palliative care and end of life
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Trey W. Eubanks, III, MD
Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Professor

Pediatric surgery

 

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Gerald Jerkins, MD
Associate Professor

Pediatric urology

 

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Ajay Talati, MD
Sheldon B Korones Chair, Chief, Fellowship Program Director, Professor

Neonatology
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Jeff Towbin, MD
Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, Professor

Cardiology, heart failure, transplant
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Jim Wheless, MD
Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology, Professor

Seizures / epilepsy, child neurology, CBD products
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Regan Williams, MD
Associate Professor

Pediatric trauma, gun safety
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Jason Yaun, MD
Division Chief of General Pediatrics, Associate Professor

General outpatient pediatrics, early childhood reading, vaccines
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Pediatrics – Chattanooga
Joani Jack, MD

Karla Garcia, MD
Associate Professor

Pediatric Forensics
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Marvin Hall, MD

Marvin Hall, MD
Assistant Professor, Chief Medical Officer for TC Thompson Children's Hospital

Pediatric Critical Care

 

John Heise, MD

John Heise, MD
Assistant Professor

Adolescent Medicine, Eating Disorders
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Joani Jack, MD

Joani Jack, MD
Assistant Professor

Childhood Obesity
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Joel Ledbetter, MD

Joel Ledbetter, MD
Associate Professor

Cystic Fibrosis, Pediatric Pulmonary Disease
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Cathy Stevens, MD

Cathy Stevens, MD
Professor

Medical Genetics
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Pharmacy, Addiction Science, and Toxicity (PHAST)
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Alex M. Dopico, MD, PhD
Van Vleet Chair of Excellence, Professor

Effects of alcohol and other neurotoxicants on the brain; ion channels; membrane lipids; cholesterol; circulating steroids
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Anna Bukiya

Anna N. Bukiya, PhD
Professor

FASD, cannabis and endocannabinoids, fish oil and cholesterol, ion channels and brain blood supply
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Hao Chen, PhD

Hao Chen, PhD
Professor

Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics on substance use disorders with a focus on nicotine and opioids
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George A Cook

George Cook, PhD
Professor

Pharmacology Education
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Marshall B Elam

Marshall Elam, III, PhD, MD
Professor

Clinics of lipids, hypertension, statins
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Chang Hoon Jee

Changhoon Jee, PhD
Assistant Professor

Genetics and molecular signaling in compulsive drug-seeking behaviors; C. elegans model 
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Dean Kirson

Dean Kirson, PhD
Assistant Professor

Sex-specific neurobiological mechanisms that underlie substance use disorders and stress; electrophysiology and behavioral pharmacology
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Francesca-Fang Liao

Francesca-Fang Liao, PhD
Vice Chair, Professor

Neuronal, cerebrovascular and inflammatory signaling in AD and other dementias
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Kafait U Malik

Kafait U. Malik, DSc, PhD
Professor

Neurohormonal mechanisms of sex differences in hypertension, inflammation and associated pathogenesis
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Edwards A Park

Edwards A. Park, PhD
Professor

Regulation of brown adipose tissue metabolism by phospholipases and lipids. Regulation of transcription.
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Jeffery D Steketee

Jeffery D. Steketee, PhD
Professor

Neurochemistry of substance use disorders with a focus on cocaine using rodent models
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Wen Lin Sun

Wenlin Sun, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

In vivo electrophysiological and behavioral studies on cocaine and alcohol use disorders
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Trevor W Sweatman

Trevor W. Sweatman, PhD
Professor

Pharmacology Education
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Steven J Tavalin

Steven J. Tavalin, PhD
Associate Professor

Glutamatergic neurotransmission and localized signaling complexes; in vitro electrophysiology and confocal microscopy
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Brendan Tunstall

Brendan Tunstall, PhD
Assistant Professor

Neurobiology of alcohol and opioid dependence; behavioral pharmacology
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Thirumalini Vaithianathan

Thiru Vaithianathan, PhD
Assistant Professor

Synaptic vesicle dynamics and calcium signaling in the retina ribbon synapses; zebrafish model; multiphoton microscopy
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Physician Assistant

 

Kristopher Maday

Kristopher Maday, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Program Director, Associate Professor

PA education; role of the PA on the medical/surgical team; virtual learning techniques (Blogs, etc) in Medical Education
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Stephanie Storgion, MD, FAAP, FCCM
Department Chair, Professor

Pediatric Critical Care; PA education; role of the PA on the medical/surgical team
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Physiology
Zhongjie Sun

Zhongjie Sun, MD, PhD, FAHA
Department Chair, Professor

Molecular mechanism of hypertension and diabetes; epigenetic regulation of cardiovascular and renal function.
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Jonathan H Jaggar

Jonathan Jaggar, PhD
Maury Bronstein Endowed Professor

Physiological functions and pathological alternations in vascular ion channels.
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Ki-Suk Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor

Investigating the whole-body metabolism through the lens of bariatric surgery study and endocrine physiology.
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Djamel Lebeche

Djamel Lebeche, PhD
Professor

Diabetic cardiomyopathy, functional-molecular genomics and cardiometabolic disorders, calcium signaling, myocardial fibrosis, genetic instability, heart failure, and Investigational drug discovery for heart failure, diabetes, and ER stress complications. 
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Salvatore Mancarella

Salvatore Mancarella, PhD
Associate Professor

Understanding the cellular signaling that drives maladaptive heart remodeling and heart failure.
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Helena Parfenova

Helena Parfenova, PhD
Professor

The roles of heme oxygenase and carbon monoxide, the heme oxygenase derived endogenous gaseous mediator in regulating blood flow to the brain and in promoting survival of brain endothelial cells during cerebral vascular insult caused by seizures and oxidative stress.
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Kaushik Parthasarathi

Kaushik Parthasarathi, PhD
Professor

Inflammatory responses in lung microcirculation; Role of junctional proteins as mediators of proinflammatory signaling.
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Rao N Gadiparthi

Gadiparthi Rao, PhD
George and Elizabeth Malloy Professor

Gene regulation, cell signaling and vascular wall remodeling; Phospholipases, eicosanoids, cytokines and endothelial cell barrier function and pathological angiogenesis
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Radhakrishna Rao

Radhakrishna (RK) Rao, PhD
Professor

Regulation of epithelial tight junctions and adherens junctions by intracellular signal transduction with special emphasis on protein phosphorylation.
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Donald B Thomason

Donald Thomason, PhD
Professor, Dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences

Mechanisms controlling potassium content and volume of muscle
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Gabor Joseph Tigyi

Gabor Tigyi, MD, PhD
Harriet Van Vleet Endowment Professor

Lipid growth factors in health and disease, radiomitigators that protect animals from lethal levels of irradiation
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Junwang Xu

Junwang Xu, PhD
Associate Professor

Wound healing, response to injury, and regenerative medicine, specifically elucidating the mechanisms involved in the regenerative response, the role of stem cells in tissue repair, and the correction of abnormal healing in the adult.
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Plastic Surgery – Chattanooga
Mark Brzezienski, MD

Mark Brzezienski, MD
Professor, Chair of Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery
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Preventive Medicine
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Karen C. Johnson, MD
Professor

Women’s health studies, clinical trials, SPRINT Study
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William Cushman

William C. Cushman, MD
Professor

Hypertension, Cardiovascular disease
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Michelle Martin, PhD
Professor

Cancer prevention and control, health disparities research
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Phyllis Richey, PhD
Professor

Exercise physiology, clinical trial interventions focusing on healthy lifestyle behaviors, physical activity, mobility, treatment of obesity, amputee rehabilitation
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Fridtjof Thomas, MD
Professor

COVID-19 data tracking, health data tracking
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Psychiatry
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Ronald Cowan, MD, PhD
Chair, Harrison Distinguished Professor

Neurobiology of motivated behavior, addiction, pain, depression
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Valerie K Arnold

Valerie Arnold, MD
Associate Professor

Child and adolescent mental health, aggression in youth, disruptive behavior in childhood, ADHD, pediatric anxiety disorders, mood disorders in children and adolescents, suicidal behavior in youth.
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Alicia Barnes, DO
Associate Professor

Child and adolescent mental health, aggression in youth, disruptive behavior in childhood, ADHD, pediatric anxiety disorders, mood disorders in children and adolescents, suicidal behavior in youth.

 

Paul Bryan Hill

Paul Hill, MD
Assistant Professor

Geriatric psychiatry, addiction, general psychiatry
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Khyati N Kothari

Khyati Kothari, MD
Assistant Professor

Women's mental health; general psychiatry
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Andres Ramos

Andres Ramos, MD
Assistant Professor

Child and adolescent mental health, aggression in youth, disruptive behavior in childhood, ADHD, pediatric anxiety disorders, mood disorders in children and adolescents, suicidal behavior in youth.
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Altha J. Stewart

Altha Stewart, MD
Associate Professor

Adverse Childhood Experiences, juvenile mental health, former president of the American Psychiatric Association, health equity, social determinants of health
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Ferrell E Varner

Ferrell Varner, MD
Assistant Professor

Depression, adult ADHD, general psychiatry
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Radiology
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David Schwartz, MD
Department Chair, Professor

Radiation Oncology
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Radiology – Knoxville

Rashad Daker, MD
Assistant Professor

Breast Imaging
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Ian Gray, MD
Radiology Residency Program Director, Associate Professor

Neuroradiology
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Jacob Noe, MD
Assistant Professor

Neuroradiology
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Chris Stephens, MD
Assistant Professor

Interventional Radiology
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Surgery
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David Shibata, MD
Chair, Professor

Colorectal cancer, director UTHSC Cancer Program, minimally invasive surgery, robot-assisted surgery
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Nia Noelle Zalamea

Nia Zalamea, MD
Professor

Global and multicultural healthcare, surgery
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Surgery – Chattanooga
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Ben Dart, MD
Professor, Chair of Surgery, Chief of Surgery at Erlanger Health

Trauma and General Surgery
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Surgery – Knoxville

Joseph T. Chun, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Chief

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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Jeffrey Cloyd, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine

 

Brian Daley, MD
Professor, Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery Chief, Associate Program Director of General Surgery

Trauma / Critical Care Surgery
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Raymond A. Dieter, MD
Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Chief

Cardiothoracic Surgery
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Oscar Grandas, MD
Professor, Division of Transplant Surgery Chief

Transplant Surgery
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David Harris, MD
Clinical Professor, Division of Ophthalmology Chief

Ophthalmology

 

Jeffrey Hecht, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Rehabilitation Chief

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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William Horton, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Otolaryngology

 

James Killeffer, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Neurosurgery Chief

Neurosurgery
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James M. Lewis, MD
Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology Chief

Surgical Oncology
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Matthew L. Mancini, MD
Professor, Division of General Surgery Chief

General Surgery
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Tom Masi, PhD
Assistant Professor

Regenerative Medicine
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Andrew J. Russ, MD
Associate Professor, General Surgery Program Director, Division of Colorectal Surgery Chief

Colorectal Surgery
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Scott Smith, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopedic Surgery Chief

Orthopedics

 

W. Glaze Vaughan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery Chief

Pediatric Surgery

 

Urology
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Robert Wake
Chair, Professor

Men’s health, prostate cancer, minimally invasive surgery, reconstructive urology
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Nikhil Gopal, MD
Assistant Professor

Robotic genitourinary surgery, urologic cancers
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Christopher Ledbetter

Chris Ledbetter, MD
Program Director, Associate Professor

Female urology, infertility, robotic surgery
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Anthony L. Patterson

Lynn Patterson, MD
Professor

Bladder cancer, stone disease
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Ava Saidian, MD
Assistant Professor

Robotic genitourinary surgery, urologic cancers
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Urology – Chattanooga
Amar Singh, MD

Amar Singh, MD
Professor, Chair of Urology

Urologic Oncology, Robotic Urology
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Urology – Knoxville

Wesley White, MD
Professor, Chair

Urology
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Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-Bc, FAANP, FAAN
Dean

Nurse leadership, the state of nursing, women’s health, lower genital tract disease, HPV, high-resolution anoscopy
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Sara W. Day, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Assistant Dean Center for Community and Global Partnerships

Pediatric oncology, nursing collaboratives, global nursing
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Charleen McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN
Professor, Executive Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Emergency preparedness and response
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Ansley Stanfill, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Research

Genomics, stroke, concussion, social determinants of health
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Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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Mona Wicks, PHD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Family caregiver and women’s health within the context of chronic disease; health promotion/risk reduction; and health disparities
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Sally Humphrey, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Primary Care NP Concentration Coordinator

Pediatric endocrinology
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Laura Reed, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor, FNP Concentration Coordinator

Transplant and primary care
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Jackie Sharp

Jackie Sharp, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Professor, PMHNP Concentration Coordinator

Psychiatric mental health
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Nina Sublette, PhD, APRN-BC
Assistant Professor

HIV
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Christina Wills, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor

Sickle cell disease
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Acute and Tertiary Care
Dwayne Lance Accardo

Dwayne Accardo, DNP, CRNA, FAANA
Associate Professor, DNP Nurse Anesthesiology Concentration Coordinator

Nurse anesthesia
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Anne W. Alexandrov, PhD, AG-ACNP-BC, RN, CCRN, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, FAAN
Professor

Stroke, UTHSC Mobile Stroke Unit, cardiovascular disease, hemodynamics
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Bobby B. Bellflower, DNSc, NNP-BC, FAANP
Professor, DNP Program Director

Neonatal nursing
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Jami Smith Brown, DHEd, RN, CNN
Associate Professor, Traditional BSN Concentration Coordinator

Nephrology
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Carrie Harvey

Carrie Harvey, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, CHFN
Associate Professor

Heart rhythm and heart failure
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Elizabeth Paton, DNP, RN-BC, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CPEN, FAEN
Assistant Professor, Director of Advanced Practice Nursing

Primary and acute pediatric care, emergency pediatric care
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Andrea Sebastian, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, AFN-C, SANE-C
Assistant Professor

Forensic Nursing
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Donna Lynch-Smith, DNP, ACNP-BC, APRN, NE-BC, CNL
Associate Professor, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Concentration Coordinator

Acute care, gerontology
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Community and Population Health
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Sarah Jane Rhoads, PhD, DNP, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, APRN, FAAN
Professor, Chair Department of Community and Population Health

Maternal health and neonates, telehealth/telemedicine, rural health, and perinatal quality improvement
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Lisa D. Beasley, DNP, APRN, NP-C, RN
Assistant Professor

Rural health
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Diana Dedmon, DNP, FNP, BC
Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Affairs
Michael Carter Endowed Professorship

Rural health
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Kate Fouquier, CNM, PhD, FACNM
Professor

Midwifery, maternal care, childbirth
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Christie Manasco, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Rural health
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Michelle Rickard

Michelle Rickard, DNP, CPNP-AC
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Acute Care Concentration Coordinator

Pediatric acute care
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Keesha Roach, PhD, MSN, BSN
Assistant Professor

Sickle cell disease
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Janet Tucker, PhD, RNC-OB
Assistant Professor

Maternal health
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Reginald Frye

Reginald Frye, PharmD, PhD, FCCP
Dean

College of Pharmacy’s statewide reach, pharmacogenetics, clinical pharmacokinetics
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Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science

Memphis Campus

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Christopher K. Finch, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP
Chair, Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science

Clinical pharmacy, drug induced disease, critical care, pulmonary medicine, health system pharmacy services
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Chasity M. Shelton, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCPP
Assistant Dean, Student Success

Interprofessional education, simulation, pediatrics, student success, community engagement 
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Ted Cory

Ted Cory, PharmD, PhD
Assistant Professor

HIV/AIDS, immunology, macrophage function
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Shannon Finks

Shannon Finks, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCCP, AHSCP-CHC
Professor

Cardiovascular prevention, cardiometabolic health, cardiovascular pharmacology, weight loss and obesity pharmacotherapy, lipidology, hypertension, pharmacotherapy
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Joanna Q Hudson

Joanna Hudson, PharmD, BCPS, FASN, FCCP
Professor

Acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and secondary complications, pharmacokinetics
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Knoxville Campus

Leslie Hamilton

Leslie Hamilton, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, FNCS, BCPS, BCCCP
Associate Professor

Critical care, neurocritical care, clinical pharmacy, status epilepticus, sedation, analgesia, and delirium, stroke, infectious diseases
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Shaun Rowe

Shaun Rowe, PharmD, MS, BCCCP, FNCS, FCCP
Director of Faculty Affairs, Associate Professor

Epidemiology, coagulopathy, stroke, neurology, interprofessional education
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Nashville Campus

Tracy Marie Hagemann

Tracy Marie Hagemann, PharmD, FCCP, FPPA
Associate Dean, Professor

Immunizations for adults and children/adolescents, medication interactions with exercise and the non-elite athlete, women's health, pediatric pharmacotherapy (hematology/oncology, pain management, nutrition support, and supportive care)
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Alina Cernasev, PharmD, PhD
Assistant Professor

Substance abuse disorder care, opioid use disorder, HIV and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), social determinants of health
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Joel Marrs

Joel Marrs, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, BCCP, BCPS
Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Outreach

Cardiology and cardiometabolic disease states, cardiovascular prevention therapy, safety and effectiveness of cardiovascular medications, evaluation and expansion of clinical pharmacy services
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Jeremy Stultz, PharmD

Jeremy Stultz, PharmD
Associate Professor

Pediatric infectious diseases, computerized clinical decision support, medication safety
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Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Santosh Kumar, PhD
Assistant Dean, Scholarly Integration and Collaboration

HIV/AIDS, NeuroAIDS, substance use/abuse, alcohol, smoking, opioids, HPV-HIV Interactions, extracellular vesicles/exosomes, health disparity
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Bernd Meibohm, PhD, FCP, FAAPS
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research

Vaccines, toxicology, pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD), pediatric pharmacotherapy, drug development
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Duane D. Miller, PhD
Professor Emeritus

Drug discovery, research, patents

 

 

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Jul 18, 2024