Faculty

Dr. Albert G. Crawford holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. in Health Administration from Widener University, and an M.S. in Information Systems from Drexel University.  Dr. Crawford is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy of Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Quality Analyst for the Clinical Care Committee of Jefferson University Physicians.  His expertise extends to directing health services research and quality measurement and improvement projects.

Dr. Bruce A. Kuo, PhD, earned his degree in Molecular Biology from Hahnemann University. He held postdoctoral fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University. He currently holds a faculty position at Jefferson in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology. Dr. Kuo's research interests are focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that affect thyroid-host interactions during the progression of thyroid malignancy with a view toward altering leukocyte infiltration into the diseased thyroid.

Dr. Bruce Fenderson received his PhD in Biology from Johns Hopkins University. His interests include mechanisms of morphogenesis and differentiation, focusing on the role of cell surface glycoconjugates in mediating intercellular signaling. A second major interest is the development of web-based instructional media, distance learning courses, novel formats for student evaluation, and systems for computer-based testing.

Dr. Constantine Daskalakis earned a PhD in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests in biostatistics include likelihood methods, multivariate and longitudinal methods, and randomized controlled trials. In epidemiology, Dr. Daskalakis studies methods for causal inference, measurement, and reliability; mental health; gene-environment interactions; psychosocial risk factors; and behavioral intervention trials. He hold a faculty appointment in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Dr. David Weinberg, MD, MSc, earned his medical degree from the Cornell University Medical College and his MSc from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Weinberg has held a fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology and in Gastroenterology. He has published extensively on gastrointestinal illnesses, including hepatitis, colorectal cancer, and comparisons of the effectiveness of various colorectal cancer screening methods.

Dr. Dennis Gross received his PhD in Cell Biology in 1974 from the University of California, Los Angeles and did postdoctoral training at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Gross has a long history as instructor and course developer for the Masters programs of the college and has had an adjunct faculty appointment in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College since 1977. Dr. Gross comes to his present position after a 28-year career at Merck Research Labs.

Dr. Frank T. Leone received his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He held residencies at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (culminating in an MS degree in Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His main research focus involves treatment strategies for tobacco use. His expertise in clinical epidemiology has been recognized by his peers and he has received the Lederle Award.

Dr. J. Bruce Smith received his MD degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He has held both clinical research fellowships and a postdoctoral fellowship, and has served in the US Navy Medical Corps. He is certified as an IRB professional and served on and eventually chaired IRBs at Jefferson. Since 2005, he has been Director of the Division of Human Subjects Protection at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. James J. Diamond received his PhD in Psychology from Syracuse University. He holds a faculty appointment within Sidney Kimmel Medical College and is also Director of the Greenfield Research Center of the Department of Family and Community Medicine there. He has been a Fullbright Senior Lecturer in Sri Lanka and has published extensively on measuring the effectiveness of various healthcare delivery and educational programs.

Dr. James Plumb, MD, MPH, received his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and his MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a faculty position in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He has conducted research and published extensively in several areas of public health concern, notably on means for delivering medical care and health promotion programs to vulnerable populations in community settings.

Dr. Jerome G. Buescher received his PhD degree in Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University. He has taught microbiology and immunology for many years to undergraduate students, graduate students, and medical students. He has a long-term interest in clinical microbiology and has held supervisory and management positions in two clinical microbiology laboratories. He has developed expertise in Team-Based Learning and incorporates this technique in some of his courses.

Dr. John T. Flynn received his PhD in Physiology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and took post-doctoral training in Cardiovascular Physiology at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a tenured professor of Physiology in Sidney Kimmel Medical College His research investigator and grant administrator background has given him a sensitivity to and expertise in ethical issues relating to research.

Dr. Laura T. Pizzi, PharmD, MPH earned her Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and her MPH degree from the New Jersey School of Public Health at UMDNJ. She held a fellowship in Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Associate Director of Research in the Department of Health Policy. Her research interests include clinical information systems, quality considerations in healthcare purchasing decisions, and the impact of direct-to-consumer advertising.

Dr. Melina M. Pellini received her PhD in Genetics from Thomas Jefferson University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lankenau Medical Research Center of Lankenau Hospital where she developed transgenic mouse lines and supervised the DNA sequencing core operation. She has also provided consulting services in the areas of literature analysis and databank mining.

Dr. Myra Karstadt earned a PhD degree in Biophysics from the
University of California at Berkeley and a JD degree from Harvard Law School. She is currently a consulting toxicologist and has held positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency and other US agencies. She has also held teaching positions at several universities.

Dr. Pierre A. Conti, VMD, MBA received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and his MBA from Eastern College. At the present time, he is Acting Director for Veterinary Sciences at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He has been head of veterinary services at both Hahnemann University and Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories. He has also provided veterinary consulting services to many research institutions in the Philadelphia area.

Dr. Robert A. Middleberg, PhD, is the Laboratory Director at National Medical Services and is a certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists and by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. He received his PhD in Pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University. He holds a position on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and is an Inspector for the College of American Pathologists' Forensic Urine Drug Testing Program (CAP-FUDT) as well as the American Board of Forensic Toxicology Laboratory Accreditation Program.

Dr. Robert N. Willette holds a PhD degree in Pharmacology from UMDNJ. He is currently the Director of Investigative and Cardiac Biology at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. His special interest area is cardiovascular pharmacology and pathophysiology. He has published extensively over 25 years, holds several patents, and has played a role in developing and proving several pharmaceutical compounds.

Dr. Stephanie Schulz holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of Vermont and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. She holds a faculty position in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Her research interests include the use of the enzyme guanylyl cyclase C as a marker for staging and surveillance in patients with colorectal cancer.

Dr. Theodore M. Bross, EdD, received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University. Currently, he Associate Director for Administrative Information Services at Princeton University. He has also held Director or Associate Director positions with the University of Pennsylvania and with Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Bross holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Thomas Jefferson University.

Linda D. Chatterton received her MBA degree from the University of Baltimore. She has extensive experience as a health care executive with recognized skills in team building, leadership, quality management, and process design and management. Her MBA background has provided her with strong skills in budgeting, cost containment, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Neil I. Goldfarb holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a doctoral candidate in Health Care Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University. Particular areas of interest and expertise include: Quality measurement and improvement in managed care, ambulatory care, and long term care settings, economic evaluation of health care technologies, and value-based purchasing and the employer's role in health care financing and delivery.

Patricia L. Sidelsky holds degrees from Rutgers University and Bucknell University. She has wide-ranging interests in the biological sciences -- plant molecular genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics; Belize rainforest and reef ecology; agrobiotechnology; and plant physiology. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her excellence in teaching at multiple educational levels.

Dr. David Woods holds a doctorate in healthcare policy from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of the University of Ulster. Dr Woods is editor in chief, and director of US corporate relations for Rx Communications … and is the publisher of Philadelphia Medicine. A former editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, he is the author of four books and over 100 articles, editorials, and reviews on health policy issues. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and a Senior Scholar in Jefferson’s Department of Health Policy.

Dr. Gerald B. Grunwald, PhD, received his doctoral degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Grunwald holds a faculty position in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology and is also Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies. The research interests of his laboratory center on studies of the developmental biology and pathogenesis of the eye, especially of the neural retina, the retinal pigment epithelium, and the lens.

Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH received her degrees from Temple University, Department of Public Health. Dr.Brawer's professional career has been spent working with Philadelphia neighborhoods to promote healthy lifestyles and improve access to care and health services for the most vulnerable populations.