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External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board (EAB) members is broad representative of the scientific missions of GHUCCTS and consist of representatives from funded CTSA institutions in order to benefit from their experience with implementing CTSA programs at their institutions. One member each will overlap with the EABs named for the BioInformatics and Research, Education, Training and Career Development components. In addition, members have been solicited from government agencies responsible for clinical research and health care policy research in the Washington, DC region, national organizations involved with training and education, foundations and industries. The EAB consist of approximately 5 members, who will participate in semi-annual one-day, on-site meetings for the first 2 years of CTSA funding and in yearly meetings afterward. The primary goal of the on-site meetings will be to provide a general review of the GHUCCTS programs and goals, and to assess the degree to which milestones both for the overall program and each of its components have been achieved. These meetings will be planned and chaired by the Director of Tracking and Evaluation in consultation with the PIs. We anticipate both written and verbal presentations by the constituencies of the GHUCCTS and, in later years, targeted responses to questions that may be raised by the EAB at previous meetings.

Board Members:


Daniel Ford, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, and Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation, School of Medicine;
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Daniel Ford is the David M Levine Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He received his M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and came to Baltimore in 1982 to complete the Osler medicine residency at Johns Hopkins.  He received his master’s degree in public health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1986 and completed a Clinical Epidemiology Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health before returning to Johns Hopkins.  He has published more than 160 research papers and book chapters focused primarily on the interrelationship of depression and chronic medical disorders.

In 2005, Dr. Ford was appointed as the Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation and Institutional Official overseeing human subjects research for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He is the Principal Investigator for the Johns Hopkins Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH and was appointed the Director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research in 2007.


Julianne Imperato-McGinley, MD
Chief, Attending Professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Associate Dean for Translational Research and Education
Director and Principal Investigator for Clinical and Translational Science Center
Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley is recognized as one of this nation’s finest endocrinologists. After graduating from the College of Mount Saint Vincent she entered the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine, earned the M.D., and began a career as a medical researcher in endocrinology.

In the 1970’s, she learned of a remote village in the Dominican Republic in which one group of people all appeared female at birth but developed into males at puberty. Additionally suggestive, none of these men ever developed prostate problems. There she began pioneering research that helps to explain the biological mechanisms of identity and personality. She was able to define the role of male hormones in normal human development. Her research directly led to the first medical therapy to remedy prostate enlargement, and subsequently (much to the joy of middle aged men everywhere) to the first treatment for male-pattern baldness. She related studies in androgen physiology and was the first to challenge the widely held view that gender is socially acquired and are now considered classic.

Today she is the Principal Investigator and Director for the largest federal research grant ever awarded to the Weil Cornell Medical College. There, she serves as Associate Dean for Translational Research and Education and is known for telling your students, “You have to think because sometimes the disease doesn’t read the textbook.” She has authored more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Much of her research is included as standard fare in textbooks on endocrinology, psychology and urology, and she is ranked among the world’s most respected medical researchers.

Julianne was an Ad Laudem Dei honoree 2008.


Michael Kahn, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado, Denver
Co-Director of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI)
Biomedical Informatics core director for the CCTSI Director of Clinical Informatics in the Department of Quality & Patient Safety at The Children’s Hospital
University of Colorado, Denver

Dr. Kahn is Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver, Co-Director of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), Biomedical Informatics core director for the CCTSI and Director of Clinical Informatics in the Department of Quality & Patient Safety at The Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kahn holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, College of Nursing and Graduate School at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Kahn’s research interests include real-time clinical decision support linked to clinical outcomes monitoring, clinical data warehouses for both operational and retrospective research support, integration of electronic medical records with prospective research, and translational research informatics for both T1 (bench to bedside) and T2 (bedside to community) translational settings.


Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH
Falk Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Policy and Management
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
Director, Institute for Clinical Research Education, and Center for Research on Health Care
Co-Director, RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute, and Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Kapoor has led major efforts in health services research, including research related to the outcomes and evaluation of syncope and the outcomes, cost, and quality of care for pneumonia. He directs the Center for Research on Health Care and the Institute for Clinical Research Education. He has extensive experience in mentoring fellows and junior faculty who have developed successful academic careers. Dr. Kapoor is a member of the ASCI and AAP, past president of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and chair of the Federal Council of Internal Medicine.