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    Elizabeth Ofili, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., is professor of Medicine and chief of Cardiology at Morehouse School of Medicine and director of the Clinical Research Center. Ofili has a unique combination of being an outstanding clinician investigator, matched with having an excellent scientific publication and grants track record. She completed medical school at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and received her Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After completing her Internal Medicine Residency Program at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., Ofili pursued her Cardiology Fellowship at Washington University and St. Louis University Health Science Center.

    Ofili continues to actively evaluate the role of echocardiography in clinical and population-based trials of hypertension and heart failure with particular relevance to health disparities. Her collaborative research efforts helped to establish several major research centers of excellence and training programs at MSM. She has received numerous grant awards from the NIH, NASA, Medical Foundations and the Pharmaceutical industry totaling over $56 million. She has mentored over 35 clinical and research fellows, and 26 undergraduate students. Ofili is a Past-President of the National Association of Black Cardiologists.

    At Grady Memorial Hospital, Ofili established large clinical patient databases in congestive heart failure, chest pain and hyperlipidemia. These databases allow evaluation of treatment effectiveness, but more importantly offer a patient enrollment resource for ongoing clinical trials in coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and congestive heart failure.

    Ofili has published over 100 scientific papers and has received several scientific research awards and honors. She has served on NIH and AHA study sections and review committees and on national research advisory committees; she currently serves on the AAMC Advisory Panel on Research. Under her outstanding leadership, the Master of Science in Clinical Research program has become the signature program at MSM for intensive training and education in clinical research. Under her guidance, over the past five years the CRC has begun to emerge as a nationally recognized leader in ethnic disparities clinical research. In addition, she is a co- PI of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Institute (ACTSI).

    R-CENTER External Advisory Committee Suggestions

    Nancy J. Brown, MD
    Hugh Jackson Morgan Professor
    Medicine and Pharmacology
    Chair and Physician-in-Chief
    Department of Medicine
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Email: nancy.j.brown@vanderbilt.edu

    Kenneth Jamerson, MD, MPH, PHD
    Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine
    University of Michigan Health System
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Email: jamerson@umich.edu

    Gordon H. Williams, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Harvard University
    Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension
    Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Boston, MA
    Email: gwilliams@partners.org

    Isaac Kohane, M.D., PhD
    Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences and Technology
    Chair, Informatics Program
    Harvard Medical School
    Biomedical Informatics
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA
    Email: isaac_kohane@harvard.edu

    Eugene Orringer, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    BIRCWH Principal Investigator
    Director, MD-PhD Program
    Executive Associate Dean Faculty Affairs
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Email: epo@med.unc.edu

    Paul A. Godley, MD, PhD, MPP
    Executive Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
    Office of the Dean
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Email: pgodley@med.unc.edu

    Thomas Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD
    Albert D. Kaiser Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine
    Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry
    Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research
    University of Rochester Medical Center
    Department of Community and Preventive Medicine
    University of Rochester Medical Center
    Rochester, New York
    Email: thomas_pearson@urmc.rochester.edu

    Herman Taylor, MD
    Professor-Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiology
    University of Mississippi
    Cardiovascular Disease/Hypertension
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    Principal Investigator and Director, Jackson Heart Study
    Jackson Heart Study Coordinating Center
    Jackson, MS
    Email: htaylor@medicine.umsmed.edu