Members Only  |  Contact Us
Join/Renew     Twitter   Facebook  
Meet the National Council

<< Back to National Council Roster



Armand Krikorian, MD, FACE
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
Immediate 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.



MingMing Ning, MD, MMSc
Past President
MingMing Ning, MD, MMSc

Current AFMR position: Past President

Dr. Ning hold appointments as Assistant Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Associate in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of the Clinical Proteomics Research Center. Her clinical interests are biomarkers in thrombolysis therapy, stroke and neurointensive care. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NINDS), the Clinical Proteomics Research Center (CPRC) explores the clinical applications of proteomic technology. The goals of the Clinical Proteomics Research Center are to explore neurovascular pathophysiology using a translational approach, to develop prognostic tools to guide clinical decision-making, and to discover new targets of therapeutic intervention at the bedside. Dr. Ning leads CPRC research in the application of proteomic technology to clinical problem solving in neurovascular.

Dr. Ning received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She went on to obtain her residency and fellowship from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Ning has been very active in the leadership of the AFMR. She currently serves on the National Council as Past-President, as well as Chair of the Publications Committee.



Florence Rothenberg, MS, MD, FACC
President-Elect
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-Elect

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.



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).



David E. Green, MD
Councilor-at-Large
David E. Green, MD

Current Position: Dr. David Green is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Allergy, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep, Emory University Hospital/Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Education: He received BS from Truman State University, and MD from University of Alabama School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with COPD (Group III PH)
Research Interest: Investigating the Influence of Non-coding RNA Signaling in Pathogenic Proliferation of Pulmonary Arteries in Pulmonary Hypertension
Current AFMR position: Councilor-at-Large

Dr. David Green is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He received his doctorate of medicine from the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine at Birmingham in 2005 and completed both internship and medical residency training in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University and joined the faculty in 2011. Dr. Green is a staff physician and Medical Director for Respiratory Therapy at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. As a chair of the Career Development Committee, and the Critical Care Ultrasound Education Committee, Dr. Green is actively involved in fellowship education. Additionally, Dr. Green lectures on pulmonary hypertension (PH) pathogenesis and precepts small group study sessions with first year medical students. He also enjoys bedside and small group teaching opportunities with Emory residents while attending on medical intensive care unit and pulmonary consultation services. As a regional Councilor and a Membership Committee member for the Southern American Federation for Medical Research and a member of the Programming Committee for the Pulmonary Circulation assembly of the American Thoracic Society, Dr. Green is active in both regional and national medical societies.

Dr. Green conducts basic and translational research in PH. Current research projects examine mechanisms involved in vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation in experimental models of PH. He specifically evaluates the role of microRNA-21 in the posttranscriptional regulation of mediators of proliferation in the pulmonary vasculature and determines if therapeutic effects of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR?) activators in PH occur through modulation of microRNA signaling. Concurrent projects focus on the contribution of microRNA signaling to hypoxia-induced alterations in mitochondrial metabolism in hyperproliferative pulmonary vascular wall cells. Dr. Green was reared in a military family (Airforce) and is thankful for the opportunity to care for and work with members of the armed forces at the Atlanta VA Medical Center every day.



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.



Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FACE
Councilor-at-Large
Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FACE

Current Position: Dr. Ioachimescu is an Associate Professor at Emory University in the Department of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Neurosurgery and the co-director of the Emory Pituitary Center.
Education: She received the MD and PhD from Carol Davila Medical School in Bucharest, Romania
Clinical Interest: Endocrinology (pituitary and adrenal disease)
Research Interest: Pituitary diseases, with focus on pituitary tumors

Award and Honor (selected accomplishments):
  • Research Mentor of the year for the Endocrinology Division, Emory University in 2010 and 2015.
  • 90th percentile for their specialties nationwide on Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys in 2016
Current AFMR position: Councilor-at-Large

Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, began practicing with Emory Healthcare in 2008 and is board certified in both endocrinology and internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include pituitary hormone deficiencies, Cushing syndrome, acromegaly, hyperprolactinemia, and adrenal nodules. Dr. Ioachimescu's research focuses on pituitary tumors' pathogenesis and outcomes, with the purpose of validation of prognostic markers and identification of novel therapies. She is a principal investigator for several multicentric trials that offer cutting edge medical treatment for patients with acromegaly and Cushing's syndrome.

Dr. Ioachimescu attended medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine in Bucharest, Romania, where she also earned her PhD in neuroendocrinology. She completed her internship at the Yale University Danbury Hospital. She completed her residency and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic where she was faculty before joining Emory.

Dr. Ioachimescu has received numerous awards including Mentor of the Year from the endocrine fellows of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Mara Lieberman Award from the Endocrine Society, the Endocrine Fellows Grant Award from the Endocrine Fellows Foundation, and the Yong Investigator Award from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Dr. Ioachimescu is an elected a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology and member of board of directors of Georgia Chapter of AACE. Dr. Ioachimescu is a past president of the Southern Chapter of the AFMR.



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.



Octavian C. Ioachimescu, MD, PhD
Chair of the Southern Region
Octavian C. Ioachimescu, MD, PhD

Current AFMR position: Chair of the Southern Region

Dr. Ioachimescu is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University and Atlanta VAMC, staff physician in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, where he serves as VA Sleep Medicine Section Chief and Medical Director of VA Sleep Medicine Center. Dr. Ioachimescu is the current Chair of the Clinical Pulmonary Medicine Steering Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Networks of American College of Chest Physicians. At state level, he is the President of Georgia Association of Sleep Physicians (GASP).

Dr. Ioachimescu graduated medical school at Carol Davila University in Bucharest, and completed a residency program in Pulmonary Medicine at Marius Nasta National Institute of Pulmonology, both in Bucharest, Romania. Two years later, he became junior faculty for the Department of Pulmonology at the same Institute, where he served as Clinical Instructor until 2000, when he became board-certified in Pulmonology. In the USA, Dr. Ioachimescu trained in Internal Medicine at Yale University – Danbury Hospital from 2000 to 2003, after which he moved to the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed fellowship training in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Ioachimescu sees patients and supervises undergraduate and graduate students, residents and fellows at the Atlanta VA, in all three disciplines of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and is very passionate about medical education. Twice he has received the “Teacher of the year” award from the Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows and in 2014 he became a member of the Emory University Academy of Medical Educators. Octavian Ioachimescu is a member of the AFMR National Council as President of the Southern.



Janice Dutcher, MD
Chair of the Eastern Region
Janice Dutcher, MD

Current Position: Janice Dutcher, MD, is the Associate Director of the Cancer Research Foundation of New York. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. She has served as Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York Medical College.
Education: She received her Honors BA from the University of Utah, her MD from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and completed residency training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Dutcher completed her fellowship in oncology at the National Cancer Institute, Baltimore Cancer Research Program in Baltimore, Maryland.
Clinical and Research Interests: Clinical and research interests are related to developmental therapeutics for renal cancer and melanoma, with an emphasis on immunotherapy. She directed immunotherapy programs at Montefiore Medical Center, Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, New York. She is the immediate past chair of the Renal Cancer Subcommittee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. She is a founding member of the Cytokine Working Group for immunotherapy treatment of cancer. She has participated in clinical trials of almost all of the new agents for RCC and Melanoma. She is currently the Medical Oncology co-chair of the NCI Renal Cancer Task Force. She has participated in and chaired the Oncology Drug Evaluation Committee of the FDA. She is author of more than 300 papers and reviews and has mentored doctors and students in numerous research projects.
Award and Honor: She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. She was the first Outstanding Alumnus Awardee from the University of Davis, School of Medicine.
Current AFMR position: Chair of the Eastern Region

Dr. Dutcher, is the Associate Director of the Cancer Research Foundation of New York. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. She has served as Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York Medical College. She directed immunotherapy programs at Montefiore Medical Center, Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, New York. She is the immediate past chair of the Renal Cancer Subcommittee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. She is a founding member of the Cytokine Working Group. She has participated in clinical trials of almost all of the new agents for RCC and Melanoma. She is currently the Medical Oncology co-chair of the NCI Renal Cancer Task Force. She has participated in and chaired the Oncology Drug Evaluation Committee of the FDA. She is author of more than 300 papers and reviews and has mentored doctors and students in numerous research projects.

She received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and completed residency training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Dutcher completed her fellowship in oncology at the National Cancer Institute, Baltimore Cancer Research Program in Baltimore, Maryland.



Allison Reiss, MD
Chair-Elect of the Eastern Region
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-Elect of the Eastern Region

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.



Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD MPH
Chair of the Midwestern Section
Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD MPH

Current Position: Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Adjunct, Associate Professor of Public Health for the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN
Education: He received a MD from Prince of Songkhla University in Thailand. He completed his residency training in Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago and his fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Indiana University.
Clinical Interest: Hepatology, alcoholic liver disease, and non-alcoholic liver disease
Research Interest: Molecular mechanism of alcohol induced liver injury and non-invasive markers to screen for excessive alcohol use.
Award and Honor: Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award 2011

Dr. Liangpunsakul is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Indiana University. His research interest is related to the mechanism and the genetic predisposition of alcohol-induced liver disease and the study of non-invasive markers for excessive alcohol use. His work has been funded by the NIH, VA, and Department of Defense.

Dr. Liangpunsakul received his medical degree from Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. He went on to do his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He holds board certification in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.

Dr. Liangpunsakul has been actively involved with the AFMR since 2009. Currently, he serves on the National Council of the AFMR as Chair of the Midwestern Section.



Amir Goldkorn, MD
TITLE
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.

Quick Links
About AFMR
Membership
Meetings & Education
Awards
Publications
Careers
Get Involved
Members Only
Join/Renew