Program Leadership

Program Leadership

  Program Director and 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 established trauma, emergency medical services and health services researcher with demonstrated success in mentoring highly productive research fellows. He has served as Co-Investigator for OHSU's site in the NHLBI-funded Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) since its inception in 2004, led the Portland ROC Training Core for the last 2 years, and served as primary mentor for 3 previous ROC research fellows. Dr. Newgard has served as Principal Investigator and Co-investigator on multiple federal, foundation, and state grants and has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students, residents, fellows, and faculty. He 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.


Cynthia D. Morris, PhD, MPH, Program Co-Director

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

Dr. Morris directs education and career development program  for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) and is part of OCTRI's senior leadership. She was the founding director of the Human Investigations Program  (HIP) and Master of Clinical Research (MCR) programs. She is the Principal Investigator of multiple clinical research training programs at OHSU.  She has trained more than 500 fellows and faculty 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 the immediate past president of the Association for Clinical Research Training and has cosponsored a national conference for career development scholars, including KL2 awardees, and faculty training programs.


Robert A. Lowe, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor and Mentor

Professor of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Emergency Medicine, and Public Health & Preventive Medicine

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).  He is currently the Principal Investigator of a research grant from NIDA.

  Program Administrator

Ms. Cook is Research Associate and Project Coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine 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 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. It reviews the 3-year timeline that each scholar will develop with his/her mentors. It will monitor scholars' success at meeting milestones in their learning timelines, working with Drs. Lowe and Morris and the trainees' mentors to remediate if needed.

Jeanne-Marie Guise, MD, MPH

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, PhD, RN, FAHA

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

Dr. Lee is a nurse scientist with a program of research focused on symptom biology, biobehavioral responses to advanced therapies, and gender science in advanced heart failure. Dr. Lee has been honored by the American Heart Association with the Martha N. Hill and Marie Cowan awards for his innovative clinical research in heart failure that involves the integration of patient-reported measures and objective metrics of heart function. Dr. Lee also has extensive interdisciplinary training in cardiovascular effectiveness and pharmacoeconomic research, and has worked as an advanced quantitative methodological consultant for several academic and industry partners; Dr. Lee has particular expertise in multi-level and growth mixture modeling of cardiovascular outcomes. Dr. Lee also holds several leadership/advocacy positions with the American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America, and serves on standing study sections of both the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association.

David Jacoby, MD

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 is the director of an NHLBI T32 training grant entitled Multidisciplinary Research Training in Pulmonary Medicine, which has 2 pre-doctoral and 4 post-doctoral trainees. During the past 10 years, he has mentored 18 trainees, 10 post-doctoral and 8 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 infection change the function of airway nerves, and also directly affect airway smooth muscle function via toll like receptor 7. 

Cheryl Maslen, PhD  

Professor, Departments of Molecular & Medical Genetics, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Public Health & Preventive Medicine

Dr. Maslen serves as the Director of OHSU's Program in Molecular and Cellular Bioscience and as the Associate Director of the OHSU Heart Research Center.  She is also a Principal Investigator for The National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Related Conditions (GenTAC) and directs the project's Northwest Center, one of five regional clinical centers.  Her research focuses on the genetic basis of congenital heart defects. She was a founder of The National Down Syndrome Heart Project, along with investigators at Johns Hopkins and Emory Universities.  Her laboratory is also using biochemistry and cell biology techniques to determine the basic function of the CRELD protein family and the role these proteins play in normal development and as a potential factor in cancer pathogenesis.

Charles R. Thomas Jr., MD

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Medicine

Dr. Thomas is an active member of several professional associations, including the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Association for Cancer Research. Dr. Thomas is the national chairman or co-chairman for four national SWOG clinical trials. SWOG, formerly Southwest Oncology Group, is a National Cancer Institute-supported network of more than 4,000 cancer researchers at more than 500 institutions in the U.S., Canada, and beyond. He is also the Chair or Co-Chair for a National Surgical Adjuvant Bowel and Breast Project (NSABP) and American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) clinical trial. His primary areas of interest are gastrointestinal and thoracic cancers, translational research (research translating scientific findings into treatments) and outcomes research (research into how well cancer treatments work for patients). He has a particular interest in oncological emergencies. 

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, MD, PhD

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. She is a past member of the New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Board and a current member of the editorial committee. She recently served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.


Jerris Hedges, MD, MS, MMM

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' 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 Principal Investigator of an NCRR grant at University of Hawaii, supporting infrastructure for clinical and translational research.


Patricia Hurn, PhD, BSN, MN

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Texas System

Until recently, Dr. Hurn was OHSU's Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs and the Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Dr. Hurn is an expert in cerebrovascular physiology and gender biology. She is currently investigating gender differences in experimental stroke outcomes – identifying the mechanisms by which estrogen, progesterone and other gonadal steroids provide neuroprotection against ischemia/reperfusion injury in adult female animals. She has a long history of NIH funding. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American Physiological Society; she sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow Metabolism and is Assistant Editor for Basic Science for the journal Stroke. She is director of an NIGMS T32 training grant entitled Integrated and Translational Training in Anesthesiology Research, which currently has 3 post-doctoral trainees. In the past 10 years, Dr. Hurn has mentored 24 post-doctoral trainees. An added qualification relevant to this program is her experience as a Nurse Clinical Specialist in the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services.


Lynne Richardson, MD, MPH

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair for Academic, Research and Community Programs of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dr. Richardson is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair for Academic, Research and Community Programs of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is the Principal Investigator of the Emergency Medicine K12 program. She was the Principal Investigator for the New York City Site of the PAD Trial and is currently the Principal Investigator for the Community VOICES study, an NHLBI-funded study of community views on informed consent in emergency situations. Dr. Richardson is a nationally recognized EM health services researcher; her areas of interest are access and barriers to care and improving effective utilization of health care resources. She has received numerous awards for distinguished service, for leadership and for outstanding teaching.


Richard J. Traystman, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado, Denver, School of Medicine

Dr. Traystman was formerly Associate Vice President for Research Planning and Development, Associate Dean for Research, and Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at OHSU. In studying the regulation of brain blood vessels, cardiac arrest/cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and stroke, his focus is on translational research, translating discoveries from animal, cell, and molecular models to humans with emphasis on normal and pathophysiological states. Supported by continuous NIH funding since 1971, Dr. Traystman has published more than 450 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has trained more than 100 fellows and students. He has participated in study section review committees for the NIH, American Heart Association (AHA), and Veterans Administration.