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Florence Rothenberg, MS, MD, FACC
President
Florence Rothenberg, MS, MD, FACC

Current Position: Dr. Rothenberg is an Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Education: She received BS and MS from State University of New York at Albany, and MD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Clinical Interest: Noninvasive Cardiology
Research Interest: Type II myocardial infarction in the critically ill patient
Current AFMR position: President

Dr. Rothenberg is an Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Currently, her research focus is the treatment of high risk critically ill patients with cardiac troponin elevations. Dr. Rothenberg teaches clinical cardiology fellows at the Veterans Hospital Medical Center affiliated with the University, is the Director of the Journal Club curriculum, and oversees the Cardiovascular Research Program at the VAMC.

She is the AFMR President-Elect and has served as Chair of the Midwest Section of the American Federation for Medical Research, is a member of the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research, and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.



Armand Krikorian, MD, FACE
Immediate Past President
Armand Krikorian, MD, FACE

Current Position: Dr. Armand Krikorian is an Associate Professor of Endocrinology and Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago/Advocate Christ Medical Center
Education: He received his MD from the American University of Beirut and completed his Internal Medicine residency and fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University
Clinical Interest: Diabetes and pituitary diseases
Research Interest: Diabetes and medical education
Award and Honor:
  • 2001-2002 President, Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, Lebanon chapter
  • 2004 President’s Award, Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • 2010 American Diabetes Association Northeast Ohio Circle of Hospitals Award for Excellence in Diabetes Care
  • 2010 Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • 2011 Fellow, American College of Endocrinology
  • 2014 Teacher of the Year Award, UIC/Advocate Christ Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award, Advocate Christ Medical Center
  • 2015 Chairman’s Award for Excellence, Department of Internal Medicine, Advocate Christ Medical Center
Current AFMR position: President

Dr. Krikorian is the Internal Medicine residency program director for the University of Illinois at Chicago/ Advocate Christ Medical Center campus. He serves as member of the Program Planning Committee of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine. Prior to his tenure, he served as Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and as the Associate Medical Director for the UH Accountable Care Organization in Cleveland, Ohio. He has participated in the ACCORD study as a co-principal investigator.

Dr. Krikorian received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut. He then completed his residency training and fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Krikorian is currently the President of the AFMR and Past-chair for the Midwest Section of the AFMR.



Amir A. Zeki, MD, MAS
Past President
Amir A. Zeki, MD, MAS

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC). UC Davis Asthma Network (UCAN) Clinic Co-Director.
Education: BS in Biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Received MD from University of Washington School of Medicine.
Clinical Interests: Airway Diseases, specifically severe asthma, COPD, and ACOS.
Research Interests: Lipid and metabolic regulation of airway inflammation and remodeling. Airway epithelial mucosal immunology. Mevalonate pathway and Statins.
Awards/Honors:
  • Immediate Past President of AFMR
  • Ann Woolcock Award (ATS, RSF Assembly)
  • Rising Stars of Research Award (ATS, AII Assembly)
  • Internal Medicine Faculty Research Award (UCDMC)
Current AFMR position: Immediate Past President

Dr. Zeki is an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the University of California at Davis. His clinical subspecialty and research focus is in airway diseases including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Broadly, his research interest is in the lipid/metabolic regulation of airway inflammation and remodeling, specifically the mevalonate (MA) and cholesterol pathways as they relate to the pathogenesis of severe asthma and COPD, and the potential therapeutic potential of the statin drugs in lung diseases. Dr. Zeki's research experience includes human clinical trials, mouse models, molecular techniques, metabolomics, and airway epithelial tissue culture systems. Dr. Zeki also works as a severe asthma expert at the U.C. Davis Asthma Network Clinic (UCAN), and is a founding faculty member of the U.C. Davis Reversible Obstructive Airway Diseases (ROAD) Center where he provides specialty care to patients with asthma, COPD, and asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS).

Dr. Zeki received his Bachelor and Medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He went on to complete his residency and fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

Dr. Zeki is very active in the leadership of the AFMR. He currently serves on the National Council as Past-President, as well as on the Membership and Publications Committees. He was Past-Chair of the Western Section of the AFMR.



Leticia Ryan, MD, MPH
Secretary-Treasurer
Leticia Ryan, MD, MPH

Current Position: Dr Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is Director of Research for the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Education: She received BS (cum laude) from Providence College in Providence RI and an MD (with honors) from the University of Vermont School of Medicine in Burlington, VT. She also received an Master's Degree in Public Health from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, DC.
Clinical Interest: pediatric emergency medicine
Research Interest: injury epidemiology, injury prevention, child health disparities
Award and Honor: NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
Current AFMR position: Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Ryan is a pediatrician specializing in pediatric emergency medicine and a clinical researcher at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, MD. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Ryan received her medical degree with honors from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and a master’s degree in public health, with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics, from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She completed her clinical training (residency in pediatrics, chief residency in pediatrics, fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine) from 1999-2006 at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she remained as a faculty member in the Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center from 2006-2013.

Dr. Ryan’s research focuses on childhood injury prevention and child health disparities and has been continuously supported by funding through the National Institutes of Health since 2005, including a K23 Career Development Award to study the role of bone health in fractures in African American children.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and the American Federation for Medical Research, where she is currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Council. Dr. Ryan has authored or co-authored more than thirty articles and book chapters in the fields of pediatric injury and emergency medicine.



Michael Schivo, MD, MAS
Vice President of Meetings and Programs
Michael Schivo, MD, MAS

Current Position: Dr. Schivo is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Internal Medicine Resident Research Track Director for the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.
Education: He received medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Clinical Interest: Chronic obstructive lung disease and other related respiratory illnesses
Current AFMR position: Vice President of Meetings and Programs

Dr. Schivo is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He spends 75% of his time conducting research centered on the analysis of exhaled volatile biomarkers for disease detection, and he performs cell culture studies to complement his clinical investigations. Clinically Dr. Schivo is interested in chronic obstructive lung disease and other related respiratory illnesses. He is part of the UC Davis Reversible Obstructive Airway Diseases (ROAD) center where he provides specialty care.

Dr. Schivo received his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He went on to do an internship, residency and fellowship at UC Davis School of Medicine.

Dr. Schivo currently serves on the National Council of the AFMR as Vice President of Meetings and Programs and is the Past-chair of the Western Section of the AFMR. He is excited to continue to serve the society and brings much enthusiasm to his role.



Cherry Wongtrakool, MD
Assistant VP of Meetings and Programs
Cherry Wongtrakool, MD

Current Position: Dr. Cherry Wongtrakool is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and the Atlanta VA Medical Center in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine. She is also the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
Education: She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MD from Weill Cornell Medical.
Clinical Interest: Dr. Wongtrakool’s clinical interests are airway disorders such as asthma and COPD, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.
Research Interest: Dr. Wongtrakool’s research focuses on the pathophysiology of airway hyperresponsiveness and the effects of nicotine on lung function.
Current AFMR position: Assistant VP of Meetings and Programs

Dr. Wongtrakool is an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University and is based at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She is currently the Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Atlanta VA. She is also the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship.

Dr. Wongtrakool obtained an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from MIT and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell Medical College). She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed her pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at The Pulmonary Center at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.

Dr. Wongtrakool’s research focuses on the effects of nicotine exposure on lung function and structure, particularly as it relates to airway physiology and asthma. Her research has been funded through the NIH and the VA. One of her major interests relates to the interaction between nicotine and neuronal signaling in airway smooth muscle cells and lung fibroblasts. She sees patients and supervises students, residents and fellows at the Atlanta VA. She is also engaged in medical student education at Emory University School of Medicine.



Michael J. McPhaul, MD
Editor-in-Chief
Michael J. McPhaul, MD

Current AFMR position: Editor-in-Chief

Dr. McPhaul joined Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute as Endocrinology Medical Director in June 2012. Prior to his recruitment to Quest, Dr. McPhaul was Associate Dean for Medical Student Research and Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he received his medical degree. During his 25 year tenure at Southwestern, his investigative career was clinical and translational in nature, leading to an international reputation in the fields of androgen action, diseases of the pituitary, and clinical research. He has published extensively, including more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 23 reviews and book chapters.

Since joining Quest as Medical Director for Endocrinology and Metabolism, Dr. McPhaul has focused primarily on the development of tools to assist in the comprehensive care of patients with prediabetes, the metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus, and the development of new diagnostic tests to permit the early identification of patients with diabetic complications.

Dr. McPhaul is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including AACE, the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. At the AFMR he serves as the Editor-in-Chief for 2 journals: the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM) and the Journal of Investigative Medicine - High Impact Case Reports (JIM-HICR).



Kieren Mather, MD
Councilor-at-Large
Kieren Mather, MD

Current Position: Dr. Mather is Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at Indiana University School of Medicine
Education: He received BSc and MD from the University of Calgary (Canada). He completed his clinical training in Canada followed by research training at Indiana University.
Clinical Interest: Diabetes, heart disease in diabetes
Research Interest: Diabetes physiology, diabetes prevention, diabetes complication prevention
Award and Honor:
  • Elected to American Society of Clinical Investigation
  • junior faculty and career development awards from the American Diabetes Association
  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award
Current AFMR position: Councilor-at-Large

Dr. Mather is a Professor of Medicine at Indiana University, and a clinical investigator in diabetes and metabolic diseases. His expertise is in human cardio-metabolic physiology, with a focus on functional cardiovascular physiology, and clinical studies in diabetes including studies of diabetes prevention and beta-cell preservation. He has extensive experience in metabolic studies in humans using insulin-glucose clamp methodologies, advancing knowledge of physiology and evaluating pharmacologic agents from Stage 1 through Stage 3. He also has expertise participating in clinical studies of established and emerging treatments for diabetes including NIH-sponsored multicenter studies and investigator-initiated, industry-funded studies. Dr Mather is currently involved in 3 project areas: 1) In vivo physiology of blood flow and metabolic regulation in skeletal muscle in humans. 2) In vivo myocardial metabolism in humans, measuring glucose and fat metabolism in the heart using PET. 3) Cross-sectional study of the determinants of vascular and metabolic dysfunction in an Indianapolis population at risk for diabetes.

Dr. Mather received his medical degree from the University of Calgary. He is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. He currently serves on the National Council of the AFMR, as well as on the Publications Committee.



Samrat U. Das, MD
Secretary-Treasurer of the Western Region
Samrat U. Das, MD

Current Position: Dr. Samrat U. Das, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Residency Program Director and Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Pediatrics, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Education: He did his medical school from Government Medical College, Nagpur and residency in pediatrics from New York Medical College, NY.
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Research Interest: Educational research, Simulation Research, Inter professional education
Award and Honor:
  • Bernard Feldman Distinguished Lectureship Award in 2016 for outstanding contribution as physician and educator for education of medical students and residents- University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Excellence in Leadership Award 2015, 2016- University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Outstanding Educator of the year in 2014 - University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Lead Screening Award from Nevada Health District in 2010
  • Edward Wasserman Award for best outgoing resident award at New York Medical College, NY
Current AFMR position: Secretary-Treasurer of the Western Region

Dr. Samrat Das is residency program director and vice chair for education at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in Las Vegas.

He completed his residency at New York Medical College where he received the best intern and best outgoing resident award. After completing his chief residency, he relocated to Las Vegas.

After spending time as a pediatrician in a medically underserved community of Clark County, he joined the School of Medicine faculty as a pediatric hospitalist. He decided to take the path of being an educator, mentor, as well as advocate for young trainees who choose a career in pediatrics by becoming program director in August 2014. He received the outstanding educator of the year award from the class of 2014.

Dr. Das is director of clinical simulation training for pediatric residents. His research interest is in interprofessional education using simulation.

He has published several publications and is a recipient of several awards including America's Top Pediatricians and Patient's Choice Award.

He is currently the secretary-treasurer for the Western Regional of American Federation of Medical Research and serves on its national council. Dr. Das also serves on the Simulation Pediatric Education Group of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.



Joumana Chaiban, MD
Secretary-Treasurer, AFMR Midwest Section
Joumana Chaiban, MD

Current Position: Joumana Chaiban, MD, FACE is the Medical Director of Research, Internal Medicine Residency Program at UIC/ Advocate Christ Medical Center
Education: Received an MD degree from Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon; a french seven year program medical school.
Clinical Interest: General Endocrinology, Diabetes, Obesity, Pituitary and Bone disease.
Research Interest: Diabetes and Bone.
Award and Honor: Emory ProLEAD course in 2016; Best PGY1 in 1999 at Emory University; Penrose award in 1999.
Current AFMR position: Secretary-Treasurer, AFMR Midwest Section



Abeer Moanna, MD
Chair, AFMR Southern Section
Abeer Moanna, MD

Current Position: Dr. Abeer Moanna is an Associate Professor of Infectious Disease at Emory University and Chief of Service, Infectious Disease at Atlanta VA Medical Center.
Education: She received her BS in Medical Lab technology from the American University of Beirut in 1995 and MD from the American University of Beirut in 1999.
Clinical Interest: HIV and PrEP.
Research Interest: Herpes Zoster in Veterans and HIV. Vaccine immunology.
Award and Honor: Emory ProLEAD course in 2016; Best PGY1 in 1999 at Emory University; Penrose award in 1999.
Current AFMR position: Chair, AFMR Southern Section



Viranuj Sueblinvong, MD
Secretary-Treasurer, AFMR Southern Section
Viranuj Sueblinvong, MD

Current Position: Dr. Viranuj Sueblinvong is an Assistant Professor in a Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.
Education: She received MD from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Clinical Interest: Care for adults with Cystic Fibrosis, Critical Care medicine.
Research Interest: To elucidate the mechanism by which alcohol primes the lung toward fibroproliferative disrepair following acute injury.
Award and Honor:
  • 2008 – 2011 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Program for Adult Care Excellence (PACE) award
  • 2010 ATS travel award for submitted abstract “Aging lungs manifest a pro-fibrotic phenotype - Potential mechanisms for increased susceptibility to abnormal repair in the elderly”
  • 2010 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Quality Care Award: Recognizing Outstanding QI Processes and Accomplishments
  • 2012 Tinsley-Harrison award for a manuscript entitled “Predisposition for disrepair in the aged lung”: for best original manuscript published in The Journal of American Journal of the Medical Sciences in 2012.
  • 2013 SAFMR/SSCI Junior Faculty Research Travel Award, New Orleans, LA.
  • 2013 Thai-American Physician Foundation 2013 Mentoring Award, St. Louis, MO.
  • 2014 Member, Southern Society of Clinical Investigation (SSCI).
  • 2015 Daisey’s team award. Emory University hospital, Atlanta, GA.
Current AFMR position: Secretary-Treasurer, AFMR Southern Section



Allison Reiss, MD
Chair, Eastern Section
Allison Reiss, MD

Current Position: Dr. Allison B. Reiss is Head of Inflammation Section at Winthrop Research Institute as part of Winthrop University Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Education: She received her BS in Biology from CUNY Brooklyn College and her MD from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease
Research Interest: Immune regulation of lipid metabolism in atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease
Award and Honor: American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid (current)
Current AFMR position: Chair, Eastern Section

Dr. Reiss is a physician/scientist and educator with over 25 years of experience in basic and translational research. In 2004, she joined Winthrop University Hospital where she is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Reiss is the Head of an Inflammation Laboratory that focuses on the effect of immune and inflammatory processes on the delicate balance of cholesterol inflow and outflow from cells in the arterial wall and brain. Her lab looks specifically at atherosclerosis in diabetes, renal failure, and rheumatic diseases and at lipid flux in Alzheimer’s disease.

After completing a residency in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ-Rutgers, Dr. Reiss spent five years doing post-doctoral work in Molecular Biology at NYU School of Medicine. This was followed by further training in macrophage and endothelial cell biology in the Division of Hepatic Diseases at NYU School of Medicine. While pursuing this path, she also continued clinical practice on a part-time basis. In 1994, her laboratory published the first paper demonstrating that cholesterol metabolism takes place in vascular endothelium via the enzyme P450 27-hydroxylase.

Recent publications have characterized the effect of methotrexate and biologic anti-TNF agents on cholesterol transport. Dr. Reiss has been an AFMR Member since the 1990s and believes in the vital mission of the organization to encourage physicians to involve themselves in biomedical research. As Chair of the AFMR Membership Committee, she is eager to spread the word about all the enrichment and advocacy opportunities available to all AFMR. Dr. Reiss greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring students at all levels.



Amir Goldkorn, MD
Chair of the Western Region
Amir Goldkorn, MD

Current Position: Tenured associate professor of medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Education: He received a BA from Harvard University and MD from UCLA (medical/graduate school). Subspecialty fellowship and postdoctoral training at UCSF.
Clinical Interest: Medical oncology, genitourinary malignancies
Research Interest: Capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells and other liquid biopsies (e.g. cell-free DNA and RNA) in order to study cancer resistance and progression and devise better biomarkers and therapies. Also study mechanisms of plasticity that enable cells to transition to a tumorigenic, drug-resistant state.
Award and Honor:
  • WAFMR Outstanding Investigator
  • ASCO Merit Award
  • ASCO Young Investigator Award
Current AFMR position: Chair of the Western Region

Dr. Goldkorn is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and the University of Southern California. His laboratory-based research program focuses on developing the therapeutic and biomarker potential of circulating tumor cells, cancer stem cells, and telomerase. Graduate students, postdocs and medical students in the laboratory conduct experiments ranging from basic molecular research to translational medicine assays for clinical trials. These research activities synergize with our clinical activities and provide unique opportunities to translate our laboratory and clinical advances into better care for our patients.

Dr. Goldkorn earned his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his fellowship in hematology-oncology and post-doctoral research at University of California, San Francisco.

He was awarded the Outstanding Investigator for the Western Section of the American Federation for Medical Research in 2015. Currently, Dr. Goldkorn serves on the National Council of the AFMR as the President-Elect for the Western Section.

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