Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

Leadership and Members

The SRC leadership is composed of current and future leaders in research at VCU. The SRC is led by a Chair, Dr. David Cifu and an Associate Chair, Dr. Antonio Abbate, they are charged with providing oversight of the SRC and serve as the liaison between the SRC and its stakeholders.

Dr Cifu

David Cifu, M.D., chairman and Herman J. Flax Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Virginia Commonwealth University, serves as the Chair of the Scientific Review Committee. A renowned leader in TBI research, Dr. Cifu heads the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC), a $62 million federally funded research project aimed at addressing the long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury in military personnel and veterans. In addition to his service at VCU, Dr. Cifu is the Senior TBI Specialist within the Veterans Health Administration which aims to increase independence and quality of life for persons with disabilities.

Abbate pic

Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Chair of the SRC, is the Vice-Chairman of the Division of Cardiology under the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine. In addition, he serves as the Medical Director for the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research’s Clinical Research Services. His research interests include identifying novel anti-inflammatory therapies for patients with acute myocardial infarction or heart failure. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and editorials in professional publications.

The core members work with the SRC leadership to provide mentoring and are chosen for their research expertise:

VanTassell
Deborah B. McGuire, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Nursing
Sahingur
S. Esra Sahingur, DDS, MS, Ph.D., Periodontics
wegelin
Jacob Wegelin, Ph.D.
Biostatistics
dillon
Pamela Dillon, PharmD
Pharmacology
bjork
James Bjork, Ph.D.
Neuroscience


The Ad Hoc members provide the SRC with content expertise:

Amstadter
Ananda Amstadter, Ph.D.
Psychiatry
arrowood
James Arrowood, MD
Cardiology
bajaj
Jasmohan Bajaj, MD
Hepatology/Encephalopathy
Baker
Sherman Baker Jr., MD
Hematology/Oncology
Brophy
Gretchen M. Brophy, Pharm.D
Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science
DeShazo
Jonathan P. DeShazo, PhD
Health Informatics
Brophy
Gary Francis, MD, PhD
Pediatrics
DeShazo
Stephen L. Kates, M. D.
Orthopedic Surgery
krist
Alexander Krist, MD, MPH
Family Practice, Community
moeller
F. Gerard Moeller, MD
Psychiatry
ripley
Elizabeth Ripley, MD, MS
IND/FDA, Nephrology
vantassel
Benjamin Van Tassell,
PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacotherapy
& Outcomes Science
gary
Kelli Williams Gary, PhD, MPH
Occupational Therapy