Diversity Scholar Bios
A. Craig Lockhart, MD, MHS
Dr. Lockhart’s clinical interests are in the areas of early phase oncology drug development and cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. He leads the Developmental Therapeutics Program for the Siteman Cancer Center where they aim to assist in the development of novel anticancer therapies by conducting Phase I clinical trials. He has an interest in incorporating novel imaging and genomics into these studies to eventually personalize cancer treatment and evaluate new cancer drugs in novel ways. Dr. Lockhart is also a member of the GI oncology clinical team, and has a particular interest in cancers of the upper GI tract. In this regard, he designs and conducts clinical trials for patients with esophageal, gastroesophageal junction and gastric cancers with an aim towards personalized cancer care for these patients. Dr. Lockhart is a key faculty member for the hematology/oncology fellowship program and chairs the career development committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Adetunji T. Toriola, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Toriola is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Department of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He joined the Faculty in July 2012. He completed his medical education in Nigeria where he also undertook his training in Anesthesia. Afterwards he had further trainings in public health and epidemiology, with emphasis on cancer epidemiology in Finland and Germany. His research interest in molecular cancer epidemiology focuses on the use of biomarkers to investigate the associations of energetics, hormones and inflammation with cancer risk and mortality, particularly ovarian, breast and gastrointestinal cancers. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He serves as a Deputy Director for the Masters in Population Health Sciences Program at the Division of Public Health Sciences.
Alexandra Gutierrez, MD
Alexandra Gutierrez, MD earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH before moving to New York to complete her residency in internal medicine at Weill Cornell medical center. She completed a clinical and research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with a clinical and research focus on inflammatory bowel disease. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds subspecialty certification in gastroenterology. Dr. Gutierrez has also completed a Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health; her Master’s thesis was on the evaluation of percutaneous drainage of abdominal abscesses in patients with Crohn’s disease. She is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis Medical School and Director of the Inflammatory Bowel disease fellowship at Washington University.
Dr. Gutierrez’s areas of interest include post-operative complications in patients with IBD. She has evaluated the risk of requiring surgery after percutaneous drainage and most recently, the article “Clinical and Genetic Risk factors for the Development of Chronic Pouchitis” was submitted for publication. Most recently, Dr. Gutierrez began enrolling an investigator initiate study to evaluate the decrease risk of pouchitis after a total proctocolectomy in patients placed on daily oral yogurt postoperatively. Lastly, Dr. Gutierrez designed and was the recipient of an unrestricted educational grant to evaluate the closure of perianal fistulas through local injections of anti-TNF therapy.
Dr. Gutierrez has received funding from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to evaluate the correlation of daily patient symptom reporting to the likelihood of having a disease flare.
In addition, she is active in many professional organizations, including chairperson of the American Gastroenterology Association CME committee and a member of the Education and Training and the Underrepresented minority committee.
Cynthia Rogers, MD
Dr. Rogers, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is the director of the Washington University NICU Behavioral Health Service at St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she treats both parents and formerly preterm infants with psychiatric symptoms. She completed medical training, residency, fellowship and postdoctoral research training at Washington University. Dr. Rogers currently is a member of the multidisciplinary Washington University Neonatal Development Research (WUNDER) group where she investigates the relationship between altered brain development, psychosocial risk factors, and childhood psychiatric disorders utilizing advanced brain MRI analytic techniques including surface based morphometry, diffusion tensor imaging, and functional connectivity in several longitudinal cohorts. Dr. Rogers is particularly interested in high risk populations including children born preterm, children with elevated sociodemographic risk, and children born to parents with psychiatric illnesses.
Daniel A. Osei, MD
Dr. Osei received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the William G. Munns Memorial Prize as the top student pursuing orthopedic surgery. He went on to pursue his orthopedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where he was awarded the Distinguished House Staff Award during his chief resident year. He joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery following his fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery. Towards his goal to develop an orthopedic limb reconstruction service, he also completed a fellowship in microvascular surgery in Taiwan at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Osei will complete a 3-year Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation in Fall 2014. His research primarily involves clinical outcomes research in hand surgery and he has authored numerous scientific manuscripts in this area. He has a particular interest in the epidemiology of upper extremity nerve compression syndromes and cost effectiveness research in orthopedics.
In addition, Dr. Osei is an active member of professional orthopedic societies, and serves on a number of committees for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).
Ellen Lockhart, MD
Ellen Lockhart, MD received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her medical degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in 1993. She completed a residency in Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine where she served as chief resident, followed by a fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia at Duke University. She has served on the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine and later at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where she served as Division Chief of Obstetric Anesthesia until returning to Washington University in 2008. She is currently an Associate Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Anesthesiology. Her clinical activity includes the care of patients on the general and obstetric anesthesia services at Barnes-Jewish and Missouri Baptist Hospitals, and in the center for preoperative assessment and planning. Her research interests include the diagnosis and clinical outcomes of obstructive sleep apnea during pregnancy.
Enyo Ablordeppey, M.D., MPH
Dr. Ablordeppey received her medical training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed an emergency medicine residency at Washington University School of Medicine as well as fellowship training in critical care medicine and emergency ultrasound with specific concentration on point-of-care echo. Currently serving as the director of critical care ultrasound in the surgical intensive care unit, she has two areas of focus. First is bedside ultrasound education. With a team of dedicated faculty members, she developed a point-of-care critical care ultrasound-training program for critical care practitioners. Her second focus is research, both in point-of-care ultrasound applications and ultrasound education research. Her research assesses point-of-care ultrasound applications on clinical outcomes, including the perceptions and use of bedside ultrasound in critical care, patient safety, and hospital resource utilization. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, her team has emphasis on the implementation of ultrasound education strategies that promote critical care practitioner competence and expertise with bedside ultrasound in the management of critically ill patients.
Hiram A. Gay, MD
Dr. Gay was born and grew up in Puerto Rico. He went to medical school at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. He moved to New York for his Internship at Rochester General Hospital, and his radiation oncology training at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. After completing his training, he worked for four years at the Radiation Oncology Department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he started his academic career. After this he joined Washington University and has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology for three years. Dr. Gay specializes in prostate, bladder, and head and neck cancer.
Jerry J. Jaboin, MD, PhD
Jerry J. Jaboin received his doctoral research training through the Graduate Program Partnerships of the National Institutes of Health with his combined M.D., Ph.D. degree conferred by Howard University. He subsequently completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University within the auspices of the American Board of Radiology’s Leonard B. Research Pathway. He is now an Assistant Professor on the investigator-track within the Washington University Department of Radiation Oncology since his appointment on July 1st, 2010. His research interests center on the field of NeuroOncology, particularly the development of novel therapies for the treatment of brain tumors.
Melody S. Goodman, MS, PhD
Melody received her B.S. summa cum laude in applied mathematics-statistics and economics (double major) from Stony Brook University (SBU) where she was a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellow. In 1999, she received the Provost Award for Academic Excellence, graduated from the SBU Honors College and was inducted into the SBU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2003 she received her M.S. in biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health where she was an Initiative for Minority Student Development (IMSD/NIH) Fellow. In 2006 Melody received her Ph.D. from the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University with minors in theoretical statistics and the social determinants of health disparities. She was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development NIH Minority Pre-doctoral Fellow. Her doctoral work focused on statistical methods for community-based cancer interventions and health disparities research. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.
Dr. Goodman believes that community lies at the heart of public health and is actively engaged in community based participatory research. She has been subcontracted by the National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH to analyze patterns of beliefs about the genetic causation of health conditions and health behaviors among community health center patients. Dr. Goodman was Principal Investigator on a NIH Partners in Research grant entitled Community Alliance for Research Empowering Social change (CARES). Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Long Island Community Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Her research findings have been published in top public health peer reviewed journals including Health & Place, Health, Education & Behavior, Obesity, Cancer Causes & Control, Public Health Genomics, and the American Journal of Public Health.
Methodius Tuuli, M.D., MPH
Dr. Tuuli has several years of teaching experience, including teaching mathematics and physics at the secondary school level in Ghana. Currently, Dr. Tuuli is a co-instructor for the Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis elective course with Dr. Graham Colditz. He has been recognized with teaching awards including Golden Apple Awards, Berlex Laboratory Best Resident Teaching Award and the Fellow Teacher of the Year Award.
Dr. Tuuli joined the OB/GYN faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in August 2011 following fellowship training in maternal fetal medicine. He is also an NIH-sponsored Women Reproductive Health Research Scholar. Earlier, he earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, with a concentration in maternal and child health. His research interest is broadly characterized as perinatal epidemiology. Dr. Tuuli uses various research designs including randomized clinical trials, cohort and case-control studies to generate primary data on common perinatal questions. He further critically appraises and synthesizes existing data using systematic reviews, meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis to yield quality evidence for clinical practice and health policy. His specific areas of current research endeavors include evidence-based techniques for cesarean delivery, optimizing the management of labor and delivery, prediction and prevention of placenta-related syndromes (preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction), prevention of preterm birth, reproductive health in developing countries and sickle cell disease in pregnancy. He has 18 peer-reviewed publications and several invited reviews related to clinical research in obstetrics. He serves as an editorial consultant for several obstetric journals.
Sarah England, PhD
Sarah England, Ph.D. is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University. She was previously on faculty at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Gynecology. Dr. England is a graduate of Carleton College and obtained her doctorate in Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her post-doctoral training at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. In 1997, Dr. England moved to the University of Iowa as an Assistant Professor and began studying the molecular mechanisms underlying uterine function during pregnancy. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes, and other federal agencies. Dr. England has authored many scientific publications and has reviewed for multiple journals in both basic science and clinical fields. Dr. England serves on review committees for multiple funding agencies including the NIH, AHA, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. England was active in multiple educational initiatives at the University of Iowa including directing the Iowa Biosciences Advantage program, an NIH funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity, which serves to increase the number of underrepresented minority undergraduates pursuing doctorate degrees in the biomedical sciences. She also served as co-investigator of the Minority Health International Research Training grant, which funds students to study health disparities in developing countries. She was a 2005-06 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and worked in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for one year developing policies related to maternal child health issues, women’s health, the healthcare workforce, and health disparities. She joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in July 2011 and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology.