Advancing Health Through Research

About Us

The MedStar Health Research Institute’s ability to showcase the outstanding science being conducted throughout the system would not be made possible without the generosity of the following individuals who served on the 2019 Symposium Scientific Committee. Special thanks to 2019 Committee Chair, Munish Goyal, MD, FACEP; Vice Chair, Carlo Tornatore, MD; Past Chair, Ana Barac, MD, PhD; and Scientific Committee Chair, Meeta Sharma, MD; for their exemplary leadership and dedication to the success of the 2019 Research Symposium.

Munish Goyal, MD

Research Symposium Chair
Munish Goyal, MD, FACEP

Dr. Carlo Tornatore

Research Symposium Vice-Chair
Carlo Tornatore, MD

Dr. Ana Barac

Research Symposium Past Chair, 2018 Symposium
Ana Barac, MD, PhD

Executive Planning Committee Members

Neil Weissman, MD
Jamie Padmore, DM, MSc
Bryan W. Cunningham, PhD
Jonathan Davis, MD
Priscilla Furth, MD
Eva Hochberger
Jennifer Remington, MHSA
Meeta Sharma, MD
Carlo Tornatore, MD
Joseph G. Verbalis, MD
David Weisman, MD

Symposium Scientific Committee

Kelley Baker, MA*
Ana Barac, MD*
Rahul Bhat, MD*
Shaunagh Browning*
Chee Chan, MD*
Florina Constantinescu, MD*
Stephanie Detterline, MD*
Andrew Ertal, MD
Dawn Fishbein, MD^*
Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD, Med
Jessica Galarraga, MD*
Hector Garcia Garcia, MD*
Evgenia Gourgari, MD
Erin Hall, MD
Zach Hettinger, MD^*
Rahsaan Holley*
Chukwuemeka Ihemelandu, MD
Seble Kassaye, PhD*
Kate Kellogg, MD*
Karan Kverno, PhD*
Leon Lai, MD*
Stuart Levine, MD^*
Andrew Lincoln, ScD*
Rosemarie Maraj, MD*
Mihriye Mete, PhD^*
Kristen Miller, PhD*
Lauren Moffatt, PhD*
Loral Patchen, PhD, CNM*
Raj Ratwani, PhD*
Aarthi Shenoy, MD
Jeff Shupp, MD*
Kelly Smith, PhD*
Deborah Topol, MD*
Leonard Wartofsky, MD*
Dave Weisman, MD*
Deliya Wesley, PhD*
Richard Williams, MD*
Alex Yazaji, MD*

* indicates member of 2018 Scientific Committee

^ indicates past symposium chair

Education Committee

Carlo Tornatore, MD (Committee Chair)
Jonathan Davis, MD
Jamie Padmore, DM, MSc

Conference Planning Staff

Eva Hochberger, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, MedStar Health Research Institute

MedStar Health Research Institute provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research funded by local, state and federal government; private foundations and private industry. The transformational nature of MedStar’s research—from bench to bedside to community—complements the key clinical services and teaching programs in MedStar’s hospitals and in the diverse communities MedStar serves. In the last year, active studies resulted in 1,000 peer-reviewed publications. MedStar is in the top 20 percent of U.S. institutions receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, with approximately 60 percent of its studies being federally funded. Learn more at MedStarResearch.org.

MedStar Health Academic Affairs has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country, training more than 1,100 medical residents and fellows annually. As the medical education and clinical partner of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, MedStar is committed to extending the culture of cura personalis, or “caring for the whole person,” to the whole community. Our vision is to continue our established culture of lifelong learning, where every member of our community identifies as a learner. Learn more at MedStarAcademics.org.

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is an internationally recognized academic health and science center with a four-part mission of research, teaching, service, and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis—or “care of the whole person.” The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.