Beverly Taylor, MD
Dr. Taylor has been appointed Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Fisk University. She received her MD degree at Meharry Medical College and she trained in family medicine and preventive medicine at the George W. Hubbard Hospital of Meharry. She is board certified in Family Medicine. Her research has been in the areas of breast health education, cancer prevention and control, community engagement, and graduate medical education and training. During her tenure at Morehouse School of Medicine, she has fulfilled many administrative roles. In 1995 she became the Interim Director of the Master of Public Health Program. She became Vice Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in 1996 and remained in that position until becoming the Interim Chair in 2009.
Stephanie Miles-Richardson, DVM, PhD
Dr. Miles-Richardson has been appointed Director of the MPH Program and Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in Public Health. Dr. Miles-Richardson completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from Grambling State University (Louisiana). After completing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University, Dr. Miles-Richardson received a Post-doctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to pursue a dual PhD in Pathology and Environmental Toxicology at Michigan State University. Her research focused on developing an animal model as a bioindicator species for environmental estrogenic exposure in humans. Dr. Miles-Richardson is a member of the CDC-funded Southeastern US Collaborative Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Disparities (SUCCEED): Reducing Breast and Cervical Cancer Disparities for African American Women research team here at MSM
Michelle Nichols, MD
Dr. Nichols has been appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Nichols received her MD degree and residency training in family medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and her faculty development fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She is board certified in family medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine. She joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in 1994 as assistant professor of family medicine and is presently associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Nichols has served in numerous leadership roles during her tenure at MSM, including medical director of Morehouse Medical Associates Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center and family medicine residency training program director. She is a dedicated mentor, lecturer, and teaching attending.
Dr. Rita Finley
Dr. Finley has been appointed Director of the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program and Assistant Dean for Educational Outreach and Health Careers. Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Anatomy and Medical Education, Dr. Finley received her bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in English. She earned a Master of Science degree in Biology from Tennessee State University in Nashville and a PhD in Biology from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon completion of her doctorate degree, Dr. Finley did postdoctoral training in the research and development division of SmithKline and French Laboratories (now Glaxo SmithKline) in the Department of Drug Delivery in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Her research focused on the stimulatory effects of leukotrienes and formylmethionyl peptides on gastrointestinal mucosa.
Tabia Akintobi, PhD, MPH
Dr. Akintobi has been appointed as Director of the Evaluation and Institutional Assessment Unit. Dr. Akintobi received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and earned both her Master of Public Health and Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health with specializations in social and behavioral sciences, community and family health. She is Research Associate Professor within Morehouse School of Medicine’s Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and serves as Director of Morehouse School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center. Germane to these efforts are her leadership in community-based participatory research pedagogy and leading experiential learning opportunities for trainees across the health professional career development pipeline.
Ngozi Anachebe, MD, Pharm.D, FACOG
Dr. Anachebe has been promoted to Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. Anachebe received her medical education, as well as residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine. In addition, she is a registered pharmacist with a PharMD from Mercer University. Dr. Anachebe is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical interests and expertise include pharmacotherapeutics, high risk pregnancy, contraceptive planning and menopausal treatment. Her research interests include disparities in reproductive health outcomes, cervical cancer screening, and obesity and adverse obstetric outcomes.
James Lillard, PhD
Dr. Lillard has been promoted to Associate Dean for Research Affairs. Dr. Lillard completed his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from Ohio State University in 1988 and worked as a product development engineer for IBM from 1988 to 1992. He received his PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, where he studied Yersinia “plague” pathogenesis. Dr. Lillard completed his post-doctoral training fin mucosal immunology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Microbiology. Subsequently, he worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology at MSM from 1999 to 2006 and completed an Executive MBA focused on Biotechnology & Healthcare from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Gianluca Tosini, PhD
Dr. Tosini has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Physiology. Dr. Tosini is presently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology as well as Director of the Circadian Rhythm and Sleep Program. He received his Laurea in Science Biologiche from Universita di Firenze and PhD in Zoology from the University of Bristol. He also completed his Post-Doctoral training at the University of Bristol and at the NSF Center for Biological Timing. He joined the Neuroscience Institute at MSM in 1998 as assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Dr. Tosini has received fellowships from the Royal Society, the European Union and the Human Frontier Science Program. The main research interest in Dr. Tosini’s laboratory focuses on the regulation of circadian rhythms in mammals.
Sandra Harris-Hooker, PhD
Dr. Harris-Hooker has been named Interim Director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Harris -Hooker is the Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Research Affairs and Professor in the Department of Pathology. While her primary research interest is cardiovascular biology, she is also interested in ways to enhance the integration of basic, clinical and population-based research in order to address inequities in health. Dr. Harris-Hooker graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a degree in Biology. She earned a PhD in Developmental Biology from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon completion of her PhD, Dr. Harris-Hooker spent three years of postdoctoral training in the Cardiovascular Training Program within the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington School Of Medicine, Washington.
Beatrice Gee, MD
Dr. Gee will serve as Co-Assistant Director for Basic/Translational Research in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Gee earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Gee joined the Department of Pediatrics at MSM in 1998 and began translational research in vascular biology under the mentorship of Dr. Gary Gibbons in the MSM Cardiovascular Research Institute in 2001. Her translational research studies the role of vascular injury and repair mechanisms leading to arterial vasculopathy and stroke in sickle cell disease. Dr. Gee has also been a co-investigator for NIH/NHLBI-sponsored multi-center trials in sickle cell disease.
Rakale Collins Quarells, PhD
Dr. Quarells will serve as Site Principal Investigator on the Minority Health-GRID and oversee the population science research in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Quarells is a Behavioral Scientist and a Research Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in the Social Epidemiology Research Center and Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Quarells joined MSM in July 2000 following the completion of a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Prevention at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Quarells received her PhD and MS degrees in personality psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Quarells’ research focuses on primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in African Americans through lifestyle modification. Specifically, she is interested in examining innovative nutrition and physical activity strategies to prevent and reduce childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease among Black families.
Martha Elks, MD, PhD
Dr. Elks will serve as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Elks specialties include: Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. Her clinical Interest is in general internal medicine, adult diagnosis and management, obesity, diabetes, thyroid disease, fatigue, PMS, hyperlipidemia. Dr. Elks' research interest include:Educational issues, teaching and assessing professionalism, educational methodology. Dr. Elks attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her residency at John Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Elks is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.
Meryl McNeal, PhD
Dr. McNeal has been promoted to Professor and Director of the MSM Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Mentoring Students at Morehouse.” Dr. McNeal received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University in Boston Massachusetts in 1973, her MA in Education from New York University in 1974 and her PhD. degree from Georgia State University in psychology in 1990. Dr. McNeal came to Morehouse school of Medicine in 1978 as Director of Educational Technology and continued her career as Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Director of the Area Health Education Centers Program and as Director of the Center for Community Health and Service Learning. Dr. McNeal was appointed to the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine as an assistant professor in 1990 and associate professor in 2000