The Wright Center Operations Committee meets weekly to oversee and guide the day-to-day operations of the Wright Center, as well as promote cross-disciplinary, academic collaboration. It includes faculty researchers, staff and liaisons to other VCU departments, centers and offices.
F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.
Director and Principal Investigator
Antonio Abbate, M.D., Ph.D.
Hub Research Capacity
Alexander Krist, M.D., M.P.H.
Community Engaged Research
Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D.
KL2 Career Development and Mentoring
Lisa Ballance, M.A.
Liaison to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D.
Director of Evaluation and Team Science
Henry Donahue, Ph.D.
Lead, Research Methods
Robert Findling, M.D., MBA
Co-Investigator, Hub Research Capacity
Elizabeth Fortune, MBA, CRA
Alpha "Berry" Fowler, M.D.
Lead, Team Science
Tamas Gal, Ph.D., MBA
Director of Research Informatics
Mary Harmon, Ph.D.
Liaison to the VCU Health Office of Clinical Research
Stephen Kates, M.D.
Co-Lead, Network Capacity
Jinze Liu, Ph.D.
Vimal Mishra, M.D.
John Ryan, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research Development
Roy Sabo, Ph.D.
Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design
Arun Sanyal, M.D.
Co-Lead, KL2 Career Development and Mentoring
Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator, Translational Endeavors and KL2 Career Development
Richard Sterling, M.D.
Co-Lead, Translational Endeavors and Pilot Projects
Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Investigator, Community-Engaged Research
The Greater Richmond Community Advisory Board brings together researchers and community members to engage, understand and support one another. The board assists with the development of community and academic partnerships and ensures that VCU research is meeting the needs of our communities.
The External Advisory Committee of the Wright Center is a diverse team of national leaders in clinical research and community engagement. They meet once a year and evaluate the Wright Center’s work and progress toward its core aims in a structured forum for feedback and oversight.
Harry Selker, M.D., MSPH
Chair of the External Advisory Board
Dean, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Christopher Chute, M.D., Dr. P.H., M.P.H.
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in Health Informatics
Johns Hopkins University
Guarav Dave, M.D.
Director of Evaluation, North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil.
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Oregon Health Sciences University
Frank Harrell, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics
Robert Lenox, M.D.
Professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience
University of New England
Donald Nease, M.D.
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
University of Colorado
Albert Walker, Th.M, M.Div.
Director of Healthy Communities
Bon Secours Health System