Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education & Health Care

Our Team


Charles A. Pohl, MD Chancellor, Jefferson Center City Campus
Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
Vice Dean, Student Affairs and Career Counseling, SKMC
Director, Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education & Health Care
Professor, Pediatric, SKMC

Aaron Douglas, PhD Associate Director, Jefferson Longitudinal Study 215-955-1581

Joseph Gonnella, MD Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Dean Emeritus

Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD Professor, Director of the Jefferson Longitudinal Study 215-955-9459

Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH Managing Director, Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education & Health Care
Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health
Director, Health Economics & Outcomes Research Fellowship, Jefferson College of Population Health


Administrative Assistant 
Contact Ms. Carroll

Shira Carroll joined CRMEHC in January 2015. Shira is the Administrative Assistant for the Center and to Vittorio Maio, Managing Director. She is also the Project Coordinator for the Jefferson Scale of Empathy. Her responsibilities include providing information and permission for the use of the JSE and assessment scales to researchers around the globe. She maintains a database of clients, translations and provides quarterly reports on the project. She also provides administrative support to Center staff for a variety of projects and publications.

Programmer/Analyst II
Contact Mr. He

Lifan He earned his MS at Temple University in Health Informatics. He provides technical support for computer applications in medical education such as ExamSoft in the preclinical curriculum, the Longitudinal Study, clinical skills assessments, Clinical Clerkship Review and NBME Subject Examinations in the preclinical and clinical curriculum.  

Senior Research Study Analyst
Contact Ms. DeSantis

Jennifer DeSantis is a Senior Research Study Analyst at the Center. She has over twelve years of experience in psychology and education research and management, with an M.Ed from Stanford University and a BA from Vassar College. At the Center, she performs statistical analyses for collaborative projects with faculty and students working under the Jefferson Longitudinal Study, and for the national Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy. She has co-authored seven publications since she joined the Center in 2014. She also manages technical, analytic, and scoring services for clients using the Jefferson Scale of Empathy in their institutional research, which in this past year alone comprised of twenty domestic and international research studies.

Statistical Assistant
Contact Mr. Nicks

Mr. Nicks is a statistical assistant whose primary re­sponsibility is coordinating examination and evaluation services for the Medical College and the College of Health Professions. He assists with maintaining the longitudinal database of medical students and graduates, coordinating mailings, collecting data and providing statisti­cal analysis and reports. He also assists with managing computers and other hard­ware within the Center.

Contact Ms. Rabinowitz

Mrs. Rabinowtiz is Programmer/Analyst for the Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Mathematics from Rutgers University. She is responsible for SAS programming for projects in health care. In the past year, the main areas of her fo­cus have been on collaborative projects studying the quality and cost of care in the Italian health care system.