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Leadership

Joseph G. Verbalis, MD is Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Chief of the Division on Endocrinology and Metabolism at Georgetown University. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh from 1980-1995 until he was recruited to GU. From 2004 to 2007 he served as interim chair of the Department of Medicine, and relinquished this position to direct Georgetown’s CTSA effort. He was one of the founding PIs of the GU GCRC in 1999, served as Chair of the GAC from 1999 to 2002, and has been the Program Director of the GCRC since 2002. He has been continuously funded as a PI on NIH research grants since 1988, and is currently the PI of two NIH R01s focusing on mechanistic studies of kidney and bone complications of hyponatremia, and the GU/MedStar CTSA Planning grant, and is a co-PI of an R01 studying hormonal effects on cognition in post-menopausal women. In 2007 he was the awarded the Berthold Medal by the German Endocrine Society for outstanding scientific achievement in endocrinology by individuals who have excelled in combining both basic and clinical research. He has mentored many fellows and junior faculty members through directorship of the endocrinology fellowship training programs at both the University of Pittsburgh and GU, and is a member of the training faculty of the GU T32 Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience.

Thomas A. Mellman, MD is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research for the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University and Associate Program Director for the GCRC. He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Miami and Dartmouth and received training at the NIMH Division of Intramural Research Programs. Dr. Mellman has had continuous funding as PI on federal research grants since 1991 including a VA Merit award, and R01 and K24 awards from NIMH. His primary research interest has been the role of sleep in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the early aftermath of trauma and he recently initiated study of the relationship of PTSD to nocturnal blood pressure in young adult African Americans. His additional research interests with resulting publications include other aspects of the psychobiology and treatment of PTSD and evidence-based practices in psychopharmacology. He has a consistent track record of mentoring junior investigators and interdisciplinary collaboration. He has been a member of NIMH IRGs for Violence and Traumatic Stress, and Interventions and has served on several review committees for the NIH Roadmap and the Department of Defense research program. Dr. Mellman was a member of committees for developing consensus treatment guidelines for PTSD, text revision of the DSM-IV, and the Institute of Medicine Committee for the treatment of PTSD.