Current Investigators

Kelli D. Allen, PhD

Research Health Scientist and Associate Director
Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care
Durham VA Health Care System
Research Professor of Medicine
Thurston Arthritis Research Center 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests: Improving care for patients with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

Jean C. Beckham, PhD

Senior VA Research Career Scientist
Durham VA Health Care System
Research Co-Director and Genetics Core Leader
VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center
Professor, with tenure
Division Director
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine Division

Research Interests: Psychological and physical sequelae of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and smoking cessation among those with psychiatric disorders

Hayden B. Bosworth, PhD

Associate Director, COIN: Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care
Senior Career Scientist
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Duke University
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
Professor of Nursing, Duke University
Adjunct Professor in Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Interests: I am health services researcher with research interests comprise three overarching areas of research: 1) clinical research that provides knowledge for improving patients’ treatment adherence and self-management in chronic care; 2) translation research to improve access to quality of care; and 3) eliminate health care disparities.  

Carolina P. Clancy, PhD, ABPP

Co-site Investigator, CSP-591 Comparative Effectiveness Research for Veterans with PTSD (CERV-PTSD)
Staff Psychologist
Local Evidence Based Psychotherapy Coordinator 
Durham VA Health Care System
VISN 6 Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD Trainer and Consultant

Research Interests: Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Cathleen Colón-Emeric, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University
Associate Director, Clinical GRECC
Durham VA Health Care System

Research Interests: Fall and Fracture Prevention in Older Adults

David Edelman, MD

Staff Physician 
Durham VA Health Care System
Professor of General Internal Medicine 
Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: I study interventions that improve systems of care for chronic illness.

Stephen Freedland, MD

Staff Physician, Durham VA Health Care System
Professor of Urology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Director of Center for Integrated Research in Cancer and Lifestyle, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Co-director of Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Associate Director for Faculty Development, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Editor-in-Chief, Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease
Consulting Editor, European Urology

Research Interests: Prostate Cancer

Daphne R. Friedman, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology 
Duke University School of Medicine
Staff Physician, Hematology-Oncology 
Durham VA Health Care System

Research Interests: Translational research in B-cell malignancies and oncology therapeutics

Jennifer M. Gierisch, PhD,
MPH

Core Investigator, Durham VA Center of for Health Services Research in Primary Care
Associate Director, Durham VA Evidence Synthesis Program 
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine 
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Health Behavior Research, Health Communications, Evidence Synthesis, Patient Engagement 

Karen M. Goldstein MD,
MSPH

Durham Site Lead  VA Women’s Health Practice Based Research Network
Research Associate  HSR&D
Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Internal Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Cardiovascular prevention for women Veterans

Timothy G Hammond MB, BS, BMed Sci, FABDA, FAPWCA, FAPWH

Professor, Nephrology Division
Department of Internal Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine &
Professor, Nephrology Section
Department of Internal Medicine 
George Washington School of Medicine &
Staff Physician, Durham VA Health Care System

Research Interests: Drug metabolism

Christine M. Hunt, MD, MPH

Physician Affiliate 
Durham VA Health Care System
Associate Professor of Medicine 
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Defining VHA Risk Factors for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease to Advance Identification in VHA Electronic Health Records

George L. Jackson, PhD,
MHA

Research Health Scientist and Implementation Science Lab/Core Director
Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care
Durham VA Health Care System
Associate Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Healthcare Epidemiology; Health Services Research; Implementation Science

Rebecca C. Klein, PhD

Research Physiologist
Durham VA Health Care System
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Role of apolipoprotein E in CNS injury and disease

Rodger A. Liddle, MD

Chief, Gastroenterology 
Durham VA Health Care System
Professor
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Gut sensing and communication between the gut and the brain

Christine E. Marx, MD, MA

Staff Psychiatrist; Durham VA Health Care System
Co-Director for Research, VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC
Director, Interventions and Metabolomics Core, VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC
Director, Psychiatry Fellowship Program, VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Director, Translational Neuroscience Division, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Faculty, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: The overarching focus of our research efforts has been the translation of bench neurosteroid efforts to clinical trials in CNS disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia, pain disorders, and Gulf War Illness), and the investigation of neurosteroids as candidate biomarkers of symptomatology and therapeutic response utilizing highly sensitive and specific mass spectrometry-based methodologies.  

Micah T. McClain, MD, PhD

Staff Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases
Durham VA Health Care System
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Host-based biomarkers for the diagnosis of infectious diseases

Scott D. Moore, MD, PhD

Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine Division
Duke University Medical Center
Staff Physician
Durham VA Health Care System
Neuroscience laboratory chief
VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center

Research Interests: Characterization of the role stress-related brain circuitry and transmitter systems in the reinforcing effects of drug reinforcement and characterization of risk factors for age-dependent cognitive dysfunction, including genotype and history of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Miriam C. Morey, PhD

Associate Director of Research
Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center
Durham VA Health Care System
Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
Co-Director, Older Americans Independence (Pepper) Center
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Physical activity and physical function in aging

Kelly W. Muir, MD, MHSc

Ophthalmology Chief, Surgical Service 
Durham VA Health Care System
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Duke Eye Center

Research Interests: Health Service Research in Glaucoma

Leila Mureebe, MD, MPH,
FACS

Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery
Durham VA Health Care System
Associate Professor of Surgery
Leader of the Vascular Outcomes Group
Duke University School of Medicine 

Research Interests: Vascular and endovascular surgery 

Bradly P. Nicholson, PhD

Director, Molecular Epidemiology Research Laboratory (MERL)
Durham VA Health Care System

Research Interests: Infectious Diseases

Jason A. Nieuwsma, PhD

Associate Director 
Mental Health and Chaplaincy, Department of Veterans Affairs
Associate Professor 
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Religion / Spirituality and Health

Thomas J. Povsic, MD, PhDc

Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Director, Advanced Biomarkers Research, Duke Clinical Research Institute
Staff Physician
Durham VA Health Care System

Research Interests: Translation of novel basic therapeutics to clinical use

Dawn Provenzale, MD, MS

Director, Cooperative Studies Epidemiology Center 
Durham VA Health Care System
Director, GI Outcomes Research, Duke University
Professor of Medicine 
Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Risk stratification for GI cancer prevention, cancer quality of care, and Gulf War research

Karthik Raghunathan, MD,
MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology 
Duke University Medical Center 
Anesthesiology Service 
Durham VA Medical Center

Research Interests: Patient safety, perioperative and intraoperative care

Kenneth Schmader, MD

Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatrics
Duke University Medical Center
Director, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
Durham VA Health Care System

Research Interests: Drugs, Infections and Vaccines in Older Adults

Rebecca Schroeder MD,
MMCi

Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Duke University Medical School
Durham VA Health Care System

Research Interests: Operating Room Workload and Quality of Care; Transfusion Requirements in Cardiac Surgery III; Identification and Validation of Biomarkers of Biomarkers of Acute Kidney Injury Recovery; A Sample Collection Study to Validate the Astute Medical NephroCheckTM Test in Critically Ill Subjects at Risk for Acute Kidney Injury

H. Scott Swartzwelder,
PhD

Durham VA Health Care System
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

Research Interests: Neurobiology of Addiction

Steven T. Szabo, MD, PhD

Staff Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Emergency Clinic 
Mental Health Service Line
Durham VA Health Care System
VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Divisions of Translational Neuroscience and Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology
Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Experimental Therapeutics and Biomarkers in Psychiatry

Gregory A. Taylor, PhD

Research Biologist
Durham VA Health Care System
Associate Professor
Division of Geriatrics
Departments of Medicine; Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; and Immunology
Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Basic research of immunity, inflammation, and aging

Robert Tighe,MD

Staff Physician
Durham VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor
Duke University School of Medicine

Ephraim L. Tsalik, MD, MHS, PhD

Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine Service 
Durham VA Health Care System
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine
Co-Director, Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Host-Pathogen Interactions and Infectious Disease Diagnostics Development

Christi S. Ulmer, PhD,
CBSM

Clinical Research Psychologist
Health Services Research & Development
Durham VA Health Care System
Assistant Professor
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Increasing Access to Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Health Correlates of Impaired Sleep

Elizabeth E.
Van Voorhees, PhD

Psychologist, Research
Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences
Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Anger and aggression in combat Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder

Virginia Wang, PhD, MSPH

Research Health Scientist
Health Services Research and Development
Durham VA Health Care System
Assistant Professor 
Division of General Internal Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Health Services Research

J. Brice Weinberg, MD

Senior Research Career Scientist
Durham VAMC Center for Health Services Research
Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management
Department of Health Policy and Management
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Research Interests: Health Services Research in Primary Care

Karen Welty-Wolf, MD

Section Chief, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, Durham VAMC
Medical Director, Respiratory Care Services, Durham VAMC
Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Research Interests: Mechanisms of organ injury and recovery in sepsis

Christina D. Williams, PHD, MPH

Deputy Director, Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham
Durham VA Health Care System
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Medical Oncology
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Health Services Research in Cancer Treatment and Outcomes/Health Disparities

John Williams Jr., MD, MHS

Director, Durham Evidence Synthesis Program
Durham VA Health Care System
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Division of General Internal Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Evidence Synthesis, integrated mental health and primary care, and shared decision making

Christopher Woods, MD,
MPH

Chief, Infectious Diseases
Durham VA Health Care System
Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Global Health
Associate Directory, Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Director of Graduate Studies
Duke Global Health Institute

Research Interests: Applied Genomics and Infectious Disease Diagnosis and Epidemiology

Leah Zullig, PhD, MPH

Research Health Science Specialist
Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care
Durham VA Health Care System
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine

Research Interest: Health Services Research in Cancer and Chronic Disease Management

Institute for Medical Research