Program Leadership

  K12 Program Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health & Preventive Medicine
Director, Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM)

Dr. Newgard is an emergency physician and established investigator in emergency care research, with a content focus on emergency medical services (EMS), trauma care, trauma systems and the use of advanced statistical methodology in emergency care. He has received research funding from the NIH, CDC, AHRQ, multiple foundations (e.g., Robert Wood Johnson, Emergency Medicine Foundation, SAEM Foundation) and state contracts. He currently serves as PI for the NHLBI K12 and Co-PI for the NHLBI/NIMH/NINR K12, as well as PI and Co-Investigator for several other federal and foundation grants. Dr. Newgard has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students, residents, fellows, and faculty. His leadership involvement in research training programs has included: NHLBI/NIMH/NINR K12 in Emergency Care Research (Co-PI, 2016-2021); NHLBI K12 in Emergency Care Research (PI, 2013-2016); NHLBI Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Training Core (PI, 2008 –2015); NIH K12 in Women's health Research Internal Advisory Committee (2013-present);AHRQ K12 in Patient Centered Outcomes Research (Mentor, 2015 –present); Leadership Team and Mentor for the OHSU Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship (2004 –present); Member/Chair for 12 Masters of Public Health thesis committees; and Mentor for the CTSA T32 OSLER medical student program. In total, he has formally mentored over 30 young investigators, including a number of whom have pursued federal career development awards (K12, K23), foundation career development awards (American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant) and have become independent investigators. In addition, Dr. Newgard has been integrally involved in numerous mentee research abstracts, manuscripts, regional and national research presentations, and successful grant applications--all with mentees as lead author/investigator.


  Program Co-Director, and Co-Principal Investigator

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean, School of Medicine

Dr. Morris is the Senior Associate Director and directs the education and career development program for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI). She is the founding director of the Human Investigations Program (HIP) and Master of Clinical Research (MCR) programs. Dr. Morris has trained more than 800 fellows, faculty and students in clinical and translational research training programs and has mentored more than 30 early faculty investigators in clinical research. Dr. Morris was awarded the 2004 Mentor Award from the Medical Research Foundation, an OHSU Excellence in Education award in 2006 and the John Resko Award for Faculty Research and Mentoring in 2007. She is a past president of the Association for Clinical Research Training. Dr. Morris directs a data coordinating center for clinical trials, and has expertise in registries and cohort studies. Dr. Morris established and maintains the Oregon Registry of Congenital Heart Defects.

  Program Administrator

Research Associate, Department of Emergency Medicine & Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine

Ms. Cook is Research Associate and Project Coordinator who brings her passion for Emergency Medicine research and program development to all the projects she serves. After receiving her B.A. in Biology from Willamette University, Ms. Cook began her career at OHSU first as an Emergency Transport Coordinator before transitioning into her various research roles. Along the way, she completed graduate work in public health, and provided research support and coordination for the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), Oregon POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Registry (OPR), the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT), and the Views on Obtaining Informed Consent in Emergency Situations (VOICES III) study. She also worked to create the first registry for POLST forms (OPR) which provides access to these critical end-of-life care orders for health care professionals in emergent situation 24/7/365. She has extensive research experience conducting data abstraction, quality assurance, consenting patients and families, team training, and manuscript preparation, writing, and submission. In addition to her research experience, Ms. Cook is an adept project coordinator and manager who promotes collaboration, efficiency, transparency and openness in her work.

Internal Advisory Committee

The  internal advisors participate in candidate selection. The IAC reviews, critiques, and approves scholars' research proposals. The committee reviews the scholar timeline developed with his/her mentors. This group also monitors scholars' success at meeting milestones in their learning timelines, working with Drs. Newgard and Morris and the scholars' mentors to remediate as needed.

Robert A. Lowe, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor and Mentor

Professor, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology

Dr. Lowe is the former EM K12 program director and PI and a well-established clinical researcher with 25 years of experience in academic Emergency Medicine. He is a Senior Scholar in OHSU's Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM), which he founded in 2002. He has expertise in health services research, clinical trials, observational studies, and studies using existing data sources. He has served as Principal and Co-Investigator on numerous federal and foundation grants and has served on study sections of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and on special emphasis panels for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Jeanne-Marie Guise, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, and Public Health & Preventive Medicine

As Director of the NIH-funded Oregon BIRCWH K12 training program, Dr. Guise has developed an infrastructure to promote career development of women's health researchers. She is also director of a recently funded AHRQ K12 comparative effectiveness training program. In 2001, she formed the State Obstetric and Pediatric Research Collaborative (STORC) to unite basic science, informatics, epidemiological, and clinical researchers who share the common interest of conducting research to promote the health and safety of women and children. In 2002, the STORC project was recognized by the University as one of four Centers of Excellence in Human Research. Dr. Guise is a member of the leadership team for community outreach and research career development programs of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), Oregon's Clinical and Translational Science Award

Christopher S. Lee, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N., F.H.F.S.A.

Associate Professor of Nursing and Cardiovascular Medicine/OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute

Dr. Lee is the Carol A. Lindeman Distinguished Professor/Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing and the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Lee leads an extensive program of research in heart failure that is focused on symptom science and patients' response to symptoms when they occur;his science has been supported by competitive grants from multiple sources including the American Heart Association, the Office of Research on Women's Health, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lee has received numerous awards and designations for his influential heart failure research and related service including the 2009 Martha Hill Award, 2012 Fellowship (FAHA), 2013 Marie Cowan Award, and the 2015 Atherosclerosis/Heart Failure Translational Research Prize from the American Heart Association, the 2014 Nursing Leadership Award and 2016 Fellowship (FHFSA) in the Heart Failure Society of America, fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2014, and the 2016 Protégé Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research.


David Jacoby, M.D.

Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine  

Dr. Jacoby is Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine, and the Director of the MD/PhD Training Program. He was the original Principal Investigator of an NHLBI T32 training grant entitled Multidisciplinary Research Training in Pulmonary Medicine, which was successfully renewed 2 years ago, and which has 2 pre-doctoral and 4 post-doctoral trainees. He has mentored 21 trainees, 11 post-doctoral and 10 pre-doctoral, many of whom remain in academics or industry. Dr. Jacoby's research focuses on virus induced asthma attacks, using a combination of cell culture, animal models, and human tissue studies. He has shown these infections change the function of airway nerves, and also directly affect airway smooth muscle function via toll like receptor 7.  He is also working with a novel imaging system, combining tissue optical clearing with whole mounts of airway tissues to characterize changes in sensory nerves in disease.

Steven Dobscha, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry at OHSU and Portland VA Medical Center

Dr. Dobscha is Director of the VA Health Services Research and Development-funded Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) at VA Portland Health Care System, and Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. He is Principal Investigator on several projects exploring 1) interactions of primary care teams with Veterans prior to suicide; 2) effectiveness of using smart phone applications to enhance distress tolerance and decrease suicidal ideation; and 3) predictors of improvements in pain scores among older Veterans. His research interests also include approaches to integrating psychiatric and primary medical care, managing chronic conditions including chronic pain in primary care, and patient centered care. Over the past several decades, he has provided clinical care in primary care settings, and developed several co-located mental health-primary care teaching and clinical programs. He has also contributed actively to national VA programmatic efforts related to pain and suicide prevention.

Brian K. Gibbs, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Vice President, Equity and Inclusion

Brian K. Gibbs, Ph.D. currently serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Health and Science University. In this position he serves as the chief diversity officer for the University, overseeing the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and is responsible for diversity initiatives within the clinical, educational, and research missions.

Prior to OHSU, he served as associate vice chancellor for diversity for the University of New Mexico Health Science Campus. There, he led initiatives ranging from advancing the quality of faculty mentorship training to promoting cultural competency and facilitating institution-wide and community partnerships to improve pathways to a more diverse and informed culturally competent workforce.

Prior to his work at UNM, Dr. Gibbs served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in his career, he spent ten years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management. He was the principal investigator for "Breaking It Down: Our Health Our Way," a pilot initiative, funded by the Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials to translate cancer clinical trials into a valuable and accessible community resource. Dr. Gibbs also served as the center director, community outreach, intervention core director, and co-investigator for two consecutive NIH-funded National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Centers of Excellence.

Dr. Gibbs is active member in the American Public Health Association's Black Caucus of Health Workers and was awarded the Community Leadership Award in 2006. He is also a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges' Group on Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Gibbs received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow, and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gibbs received his Master's in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. He practiced as an Occupational therapist for 10 years in Los Angeles.

Dr. Gibbs is a native of Saginaw, Michigan and has two children with his wife Zsonelle.

Link to Dr. Gibbs' Publications: PubMed database

External Advisory Committee

The  external advisors provide guidance to program leadership and to the scholars during an annual meeting and through ongoing communication. The committee's extensive experience, varied locations, and partnerships outside of the OHSU network will also allow scholars opportunities to form ties valuable for future career development.

A. Sonia Buist, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Medicine at OHSU  

Dr. Buist has a primary research focus on the epidemiology and management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and, in particular, the overlap between asthma and COPD in older adults. Among other research, she has been the Principal Investigator of the Portland Center of the U.S. Lung Health Studies I, II, and III. She has been a member of numerous federal advisory groups, including NIH study sections, FDA Pulmonary and Allergy Advisory Committee, NHLBI Pulmonary Disease Advisory Committee, NHLBI Advisory Council, NIH Task Force on Research and Education of Prevention and Lung Disease, and the National Asthma Education and Prevention Coordinating Committee and was Chair of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. She is a past member of the New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Board and a current member of the International Advisory Board for Lancet Respiratory Journal.


Jerris Hedges, M.D., M.S., M.M.M.

Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
Former Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Vice Dean at OHSU

Dr. Hedges' past research activities include site Principal Investigator for the NHLBI cooperative agreement Rapid Early Action for Coronary Treatment (REACT) project and co-chair of the REACT Publications Committee;co-Principal Investigator for the Centers for Disease Control Measuring Quality of Care Delivered in a Trauma System project;site Principal Investigator for the Emergency Medicine Cardiac Research Group (EMCREG) CK-MB Evaluation for Acute Myocardial Infarction Detection study;and co-investigator for the NHLBI/American Heart Association Early Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) for Victims of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest study. He has substantial experience in administration of large multi-center studies addressing cardiac and trauma patients, both in the ED and EMS settings. He is the former President of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and a member of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine. He is Dean of the School of Medicine and Principal Investigator of an NIMHD clinical and translational research grant at the University of Hawaii.


Patricia Hurn, Ph.D., B.S.N., M.N.

Dean and Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing

Dr. Hurn is the Dean of the School of Nursing, and a professor and the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Previously she served as the vice chancellor for research and innovation and executive officer in the University of Texas System. She is internationally known for her work in understanding the cellular and molecular basis of gender differences in response to experimental brain injury. Dr. Hurn has been the principal investigator on more than $20 million in grant-supported research as well as the co-investigator or collaborator on many other research projects.

Her leadership work focuses on collaborative bio-health research models, science education innovation and research technologies. She is an internationally recognized researcher on stroke and other neurological conditions and directs an interdisciplinary research laboratory that conducts biomedical research and applies findings to point-of-care patient applications.

Lynne D. Richardson, M.D.

Professor of Emergency Medicine and of Population Health Science & Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; System Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, The Mount Sinai Health System

Dr. Richardson is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Population Health Science & Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and System Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine for The Mount Sinai Health System. An accomplished emergency physician health services researcher and an exemplary research mentor, her areas of interest are access and barriers to care, and health care disparities. She is currently funded by NHLBI as Principal Investigator for Community VOICES 3, a mixed methods study of research conducted with an exception from informed consent; Principal Investigator for the New York City Sickle Cell Implementation Science Consortium; and Principal Investigator for the AECOM –Sinai site of the Clinical Trials Research Network for the Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL Network). She is also Principal Investigator of one of the original Emergency Medicine K12 programs and of a newly funded T32 Program in Emergency Care Research. 


Sumeet Chugh, M.D.

Section Chief of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Professor of Medicine-in Residence, UCLA

Sumeet Chugh, M.D., initiated the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study (SUDS), an NHLBI-funded comprehensive investigation of sudden cardiac arrest patients in the Portland Metropolitan Area, ongoing for the last 15 years. Although his primary academic homes are now the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, where he serves as Section Chief of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, and UCLA, where he is a Professor of Medicine-in-Residence, he continues his Portland-based research and remains a Professor of EM (Affiliate) at OHSU. In 2015, he has expanded the Oregon study to Ventura County, California under the PRESTO (PREdiction of Sudden death in mulTi-ethnic cOmmunities) umbrella, that will allow for race and ethnicity-specific evaluation of risk predictors. The mechanisms as well as clinical, plasma and genomic biomarkers his team continues to identify are being explored as tools to enhance management and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest. He has published over 165 peer-reviewed scientific papers in professional journals.