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Vecihi Batuman, MD

Vecihi Batuman, MD

Tulane University
Nephrology Section, SL-45
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112-2632

Phone: 504-988-5346
vbatuma@tulane.edu

Term of office: 2020

About Dr. Batuman

Dr. Vecihi Batuman is the Chief of Nephrology at the New Orleans VA Medical Center, and the Dr. A. Rudolph and Ruth Ryder Huberwald Professor of Medicine at Tulane University Medical School, Department of Medicine-Section of Nephrology. Dr. Batuman is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, certified as Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension, and a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Batuman has joined the Tulane Faculty in 1991, has served as the Chief, Section of Nephrology at Tulane (2005 -2007), and as the Chief of Medicine Service at the New Orleans VA Medical Center (2007-2013). Dr. Batuman has been been named in the Best Doctors in America (2002-2015). He is the Chief Editor for the Nephrology Section of Medscape, and the 2013-15 President of the American Society of Hypertension - Gulf Central Chapter.

His research interests include mechanisms of acute and chronic kidney disease, endocytosis and toxicity of myeloma proteins in the kidney, environmental kidney disease, Balkan endemic nephropathy, and hypertension. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in medical journals on kidney diseases and hypertension.

Dr. Batuman has been a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 1994. He presently serves on Council and is a member of the Membership and Publications Committees.


Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD

Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD

Tulane University Health Sciences Center
School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Department of Epidemiology
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2032, SL-18
New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: 504-988-7323
lbazzano@tulane.edu

Term of Office: 2022

About Dr. Bazzano

Dr. Bazzano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and is Director of Tulane's Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Newcomb College. She earned an MPH and a PhD in epidemiology and an MD from Tulane University. She was awarded the American Medical Women's Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, and was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She is board certified in internal medicine, for which she did her internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bazzano has a research focus on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. Her primary emphasis has been on the role of cardio-metabolic factors such as obesity, lipids and glucose in the development of vascular disease. She has led a number of NIH-funded research projects that explore the role of diet in hypertension, obesity, and other metabolic risk factors that lead to chronic disease, producing more than 100 peer-reviewed publications as first author or co-author. She was awarded the Lynda B and H. Leighton Steward Professorship in Nutrition Research in 2014. Her analysis of the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and cardiovascular disease has been cited more than 700 times, and her 2014 clinical trial on macronutrient composition of diets and risk of heart disease garnered attention from major media outlets including the New York Times, Time magazine, and National Public Radio.

She has been consistently involved in SSCI activities over the past 10 years. Dr. Bazzano presented a State-of-the-Art Lecture entitled "Folic Acid Supplementation and Cardiovascular Disease" during the cardiovascular session of the annual scientific meeting of the SSCI in 2009. She has moderated sessions at the Southern Regional Meetings, and published articles in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, and presented in both oral and poster sessions at SSCI meetings. She has experience mentoring PhD, post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty who have won awards from the SSCI.


Sushma K. Cribbs, MD

Sushma K. Cribbs, MD

Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta VA Medical Center
1670 Clairmont Road, Box 151-P
Decatur, GA 30033

Phone: 404-321-6111 ext 4336
skomaku@emory.edu

Term of office: 2020

About Dr. Cribbs

Dr. Cribbs completed her undergraduate and medical school education at Boston University, obtaining her MD in 2002. She completed her fellowship training at Emory University in 2005. She has also obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree from Emory's Laney Graduate School.

In 2009, she was recruited to stay at Emory University on faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine. She has served in a number of leadership positions since joining the faculty including Medical Director of the Pulmonary Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital, and she is currently Assistant Program Director of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program and Director of Home Oxygen Respiratory Program at the Atlanta VA Hospital. Dr. Cribbs is also involved with the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program.

Dr. Cribbs' research is focused on studying the mechanisms by which human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV) affects lung immunity rendering individuals susceptible to lung infections.

Dr. Cribbs was elected to the Southern Society for clinical Investigation in 2015 and presently serves on Council. She is also a member of the Mentoring and Southern Regional Meeting Committees.


Louis Dell-Italia, MD

Louis Dell-Italia, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Center for Heart Failure Research
901 19th Street South, BMR2 435
Birmingham, AL 35294-2180

Phone: 205-934-3969
loudell@uab.edu

Term of office: 2020

About Dr. Dell-Italia

Dr. Dell'Italia received his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1978. He subsequently received Internal Medicine training at Georgetown and Cardiology fellowship training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas until 1988, when he moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Dell'Italia's research program focuses on the mechanisms of remodeling of the heart in heart failure defined by three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging, changes in cardiomyocyte morphology and extracellular matrix, and the regulatory role of the cardiac renin-angiotensin system.

Dr. Dell'Italia has been a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 2015 and presently serves as Councilor. He is also a member of the Mentoring Committee.


Stephen A. Geraci, MD

Stephen A. Geraci, MD

East Tennessee State University
Quillen College of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Box 70622
Johnson City, TN 37614

Phone: 423-436-6282
geraci@etsu.edu

Term of office: 2019

About Dr. Geraci

Stephen A. Geraci M.D. is Professor in the Department of Medicine at Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University. He is a 1980 cum laude graduate of the 5-year Penn State-Jefferson Medical College BS-MD program, and received postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Texas Houston, Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and Clinical Pharmacology at the Uniformed Services University-Food and Drug Administration program in Bethesda. He previously served as Chairman of Internal Medicine and Residency Program Director at Quillen College of Medicine, Vice Chair for VA Affairs and later as Vice Chair for Faculty Development at the University of Mississippi, Associate Chief for Clinical Operations and Education in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Associate Chief, Cardiology Fellowship Director, and Chief of Cardiology Operations at the University of Florida Jacksonville, and Associate Fellowship director in Cardiology at the University of Tennessee Memphis.

Dr. Geraci served on the ACCF/AHA guideline writing committee for the 2013 Update on Adult Heart Failure and the ACCF Expert Consensus Document writing committee for Clinical Use of Troponins. He has provided a host of invited lectures and workshops for national organizations, medical schools and teaching hospitals on topics in cardiovascular diseases, critical care cardiology, clinical pharmacology, medical education, basic physiology and pharmacology, research methodology and ethics, and faculty development. He was work-group leader and lead author on the 5 article report (Am J Med, 2010) on Master Teachers and Clinician Educators for the Education Redesign Task Force 2, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. He served as Assistant Editor for the Southern Medical Journal and as an editorial board member of the American Journal of Medicine. He chairs the Publications Oversight Committee of AAIM. He is ABIM board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. He is the recipient of 15 teaching, administrative, research and special contribution awards. His clinical interests are in general cardiology, hypertension, and heart failure. His academic interests include comparative effectiveness research, career enhancement and mentorship for academic clinicians, and metrics in educational innovations.

His past leadership positions in national/international professional organizations included Chair of the Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery Network of the American College of Chest Physicians, Chair of the Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacy section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Board of Directors member of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He is a Fellow of the American Colleges of Cardiology, Physicians, Chest Physicians, and of the American Heart Association, and is a Life Member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He has authored over 100 manuscripts, abstracts, editorials, books and chapters, and web pages, and the book Notes for the Academic Clinician. He has performed over 50 research projects in hypertension, heart failure, critical care medicine, clinical pharmacology, and medical education.

Dr. Geraci has been a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 2014 and presently serves on Council. He is also a member of the Publications, Mentoring and Southern Regional Meeting Program Committees.


Gary S. Gilkeson, MD

Gary S. Gilkeson, MD

Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
Ste 912
MSC 637
Charleston, SC 29425-2229

Phone: 843-789-6799
gilkeson@musc.edu

Term of office: 2020

About Dr. Gilkeson

Dr. Gilkeson is a Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he is Associate Dean of Faculty Development for the School of Medicine. He is a staff physician at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Gilkeson received his undergraduate degree at Baylor University. He received his MD degree at the University of Texas Southwestern, and then conducted his clinical training in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After serving 4 years in the Air Force Medical Corp, he then completed rheumatology training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Gilkeson served on faculty at Duke University until 1996 when he moved to MUSC.

Dr. Gary Gilkeson's clinical and research interests are in the disease systemic lupus erythematosus. His studies range from population based studies of lupus and clinical trials of new drugs in lupus to molecular studies of gene activation in lupus. Dr. Gilkeson's focal interests are in sex differences and ethnic disparities in lupus studying the genetic/environmental interactions that lead to development of disease. He was the initiating investigator of the SLEIGH study that is "SLE in Gullah health". This is a study of the genetic/environmental/disease characteristics of lupus in the Sea Island African American population of South Carolina and Georgia compared to individuals in their ancestral home of Sierra Leone.

Dr. Gilkeson has served as the Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America's Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee for approximately 10 years and serves on the LFA Board of Directors.

Dr. Gilkeson has been a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 2013 and presently serves as member of Council. Dr. Gilkeson also serves on the Membership and Mentoring Committees.


Paul Muntner, PhD, MHS

Paul Muntner, PhD, MHS

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Epidemiology

1720 2nd Avenue South, RPHB 230K
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022

Phone: 205-975-8077
pmuntner@uab.edu

Term of Office: 2022

About Dr. Munter

Paul Muntner is Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, he is Director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and Co-Director of the Pharmacoepidemiology and Economics Research Unit. He earned a Master's degree in biostatistics and a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Muntner currently serves as the principal investigator for an American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network hypertension center, the National Institutes of Health funded Jackson Heart Study Hypertension Working Group and an academic/industry collaboration with Amgen Inc. He currently is Vice Chair of the Statistics Committee for the American Heart Association, a member of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline for the Management of Hypertension, an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, and Journal of Hypertension.

Dr. Muntner has been active with the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 2009. In addition to co-authoring abstracts, he regularly serves as an abstract judge and mentor to fellows and early stage investigators and in 2014 he co-founded the Epidemiology & Population Health Club at SSCI. Finally, in 2010, he received the Tinsley Harrison award for the best article published in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences in the previous year.


Kenneth M. Nugent, M.D.

Kenneth M. Nugent, MD

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Department of Medicine

3601 Fourth Street
Lubbock, TX 79430

Phone: 806-743-6847
kenneth.nugent@ttuhsc.edu

Term of Office: 2022

About Dr. Nugent

Kenneth Nugent graduated Washington University in St. Louis Medical School. He completed Internal Medicine residency training and Pulmonary Fellowship training at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He also completed a 2-year Research Associate training program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He is currently Professor of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. He is chief of the pulmonary and critical care division and program director for the pulmonary and critical care fellowship, and medical director of the intensive care unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock Texas and is the medical director for the South Plains College Respiratory Therapy program. Dr. Nugent is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and a Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Nugent's main research interests involves clinical pulmonary diseases, COPD and sleep effects in obese patients, and enjoys working on clinical projects with Internal Medicine residents and medical students. He has published a handbook on mechanical ventilation with several residents and faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Nugent has been a member the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 1989 and has been serving, since 2011, on the Editorial Board for The American Journal of the Medical Sciences.


Sumanth D. Prabhu, MD

Sumanth D. Prabhu, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Division of Cardiovascular Disease
Suite 311 THT
1900 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294-0006

Phone: 205-934-3624
sprabhu@uab.edu

Term of office: 2018

About Dr. Prabhu

Dr. Prabhu received a BS degree in Science from Penn State University and his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). After completing his fellowship, Dr. Prabhu remained on the faculty at UTHSCSA before moving to the University of Louisville. He joined University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011 as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease.

Dr. Prabhu has published extensively on the mechanisms of ventricular dysfunction, cardiac remodeling and heart failure. Dr. Prabhu serves as a Consulting Editor for Circulation Research and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Prabhu has been a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 2013 and presently serves on Council. He is also a member of the Publications and Mentoring Committees.


Don C. Rockey, MD

Don C. Rockey, MD

Medical University of South Carolina
Dept of Medicine
96 Jonathan Lucas St, 803 CSB, MSC 623
Charleston, SC 29425

Phone: 843-792-2914
rockey@musc.edu

Term of office: 2019

About Dr. Rockey

Dr. Rockey received his bachelor's degree in biology (summa cum laude) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1980. He earned his MD from the Medical College of Virginia, winning numerous awards for academic excellence during his 4 years in Richmond. Dr. Rockey completed his internship, residency and fellowships in gastroenterology at the University of California San Francisco, and he served his first academic appointments on the UCSF faculty. In 1997 Dr. Rockey joined the faculty at Duke University Medical Center as Chief of Hepatology and Director of the DUMC Liver Center in Durham, North Carolina. In 2005 he moved to Dallas, Texas to head the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern, and he was named to the Dr. Carey G. King Jr. and Dr. Henry M. Winans Sr. Chair in Internal Medicine. Dr. Rockey joined the Medical University of South Carolina in September 2012 as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Rockey's research efforts have been supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1989 and his current NIH funding includes grants totaling more than $3 million. He has also been very successful in securing research funding from other sources including foundations, associations and major medical corporations. The general focus of his basic science teams has been the study of wound healing using the liver as a model system. His clinical research interests revolve around establishing management strategies for patients with common gastrointestinal problems, especially GI bleeding, and the overall direction of these studies has been to help establish national patient management guidelines. He has authored more than 200 scientific papers dealing with GI-related topics and has presented many invited lectures at gastroenterology and hepatology symposia around the United States and throughout the world.

Dr. Rockey has served in a wide variety of positions with the major professional associations in his field. A member of the American Association of Physicians, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American College of Physicians, he currently serves as president of the Association of Specialty Professors. He has served as a member of many NIH study sections including the Hepatobiliary Pathophysiology Study Section, and he has worked as Associate Editor for the liver-focused journals, Hepatology and Liver International.

Dr. Rockey joined the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation in 2013 and is presently a member of Council. He also serves on both the Publications and Finance Committees.


Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD

Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD

Emory University School of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
101 Woodruff Circle, WMRB 1301
Atlanta, GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-7254
vin.tangpricha@emory.edu

Term of office: 2018

About Dr. Tangpricha

Dr. Tangpricha completed his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine and his residency and fellowship training in endocrinology at Boston University Medical Center. He completed his PhD in molecular medicine at Boston University on the topic of vitamin D and colon cancer.

Dr. Tangpricha is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, where he has been a faculty member since 2004. He serves as the program director for the endocrinology fellowship program and program director for the ABIM physician scientist pathway, internal medicine residency programs.

He was elected to the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation in 2013 and presently services on Council. He is also the Chair of the Website Committee and services on the Membership and Southern Regional Program Committes.


Guillermo Umpierrez, M.D.

Guillermo Umpierrez, MD

Emory University School of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
49 Jesse Hill Jr Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-778-1665
geumpie@emory.edu

Term of office: 2022

About Dr. Umpierrez

Dr. Umpierrez is professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology at Emory University, Director of clinical research for the Emory center of Diabetes and Metabolism, Director of the Grady Memorial Hospital Clinical Research Network, Atlanta-CTSA, and Director of the diabetes and endocrinology division at Grady Health System, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Umpierrez first joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 1992. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including several Best Clinical Teacher and Mentor at Emory University, the J. Willis Hurst Outstanding Bedside Teacher Award from the American College of Physicians, the Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award. He is a member of the National Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association, Endocrine Society Special Program Committee and Clinical Guideline Committee, and the American Association Clinical Endocrinologists Diabetes Scientific Council. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care Journal and the ADA Diabetes flagship reference book, Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus and Related Disorders (the "Green Book").

Dr. Umpierrez is a national and international leader in the field of hospital management of diabetes and in the mechanisms for B-cell dysfunction in African Americans with diabetes. His research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, and by investigator-initiated research trials. He heads the Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program, a nationally accredited Spanish Diabetes education program dedicated to providing diabetes education to Latinos in Georgia. He has published more than 200 scientific manuscripts and 30 textbook chapters, and has presented over 200 research abstracts at national and international scientific meetings.


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