Faculty and Staff

The program director is Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor and vice chair, medical informatics and clinical epidemiology.  Courses are taught by clinical and translational scientists from the OHSU faculty to give students exposure to a diverse group of instructors with many perspectives and talents.  The course director for each course was selected for his or her expertise in clinical and translational research and excellence as a teacher.


Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Director

Karen McCracken, B.A., B.S.N. - Program coordinator

Savannah McNichol - Instructional assistant

Course directors

Patty Carney, Ph.D.Professor, department of family medicine

  • Scientific writing and data presentation 
Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D. - Senior director, OHSU Research Development
  • Scientific writing and data presentation 
William Hersh, M.D. - Professor and chair, department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology 
  • Medical informatics
Amy Laird, Ph.D.- Senior research associate, division of biostatistics in public health and preventative medicine
  • Clinical research design
Miguel Marino, Ph.D.Assistant professor, departments of family medicine and public health and preventive medicine, division of biostatistics 
  • Applied biostatistics
Peter Mayinger, Ph.D. - Associate professor in department of medicine, division of nephrology and hypertension
  • Molecular and cellular approaches to disease
Marian McDonaugh, Pharm.D. - Professor in department of medical Informatics and clinical epidemiology 
  • Systematic reviews
Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H.Professor in department of medical Informatics and clinical epidemiology 
  • Clinical research design
  • Proposal development
  • Fundamentals of randomized clinical trials
  • Data Science for Clinical and Translational Research

Adam Obley, M.D. - Assistant professor in medicine, division of general internal medicine; VA Portland Health Care System

  • Evidence-based medicine seminar
Jeff Oltmann, M.Eng., P.M.P.Adjunct faculty, division of management 
  • Best practices in project management 
Somnath Saha, M.D., M.P.H.Professor in departments of medicine, public health and preventive medicine, and medical informatics and clinical epidemiology 
  • Health disparities research 
  • Community based research
M.E. Beth Smith, D.O., F.A.C.P. - Associate professor in medicine and health promotion and sports medicine
  • Clinical research design
Nicole Steckler, Ph.D. - Associate professor in  division of management 
  • Understanding and managing academic organizations
  • Leadership skills for team science 
John Stull, M.D., M.P.H.Assistant professor in public health and preventive medicine 
  • Clinical research design