Leadership Team

The Leadership Team for Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research meets monthly to provide input on key administrative issues. It includes representation from the various Frontiers partner institutions:

Frontiers Administration

• Director: Richard J. Barohn, M.D., University Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, University of Kansas Medical Center
• Deputy Director: Lauren S. Aaronson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor, KU Medical Center.
• Administrative Director: Kieran Pemberton, Ph.D., KU Medical Center.
• Assistant Program Director: Sarah Schlachter, M.Ed., KU Medical Center.
• Communications Coordinator: Andy Hyland, KU Medical Center.
• Administrative Officer: Jennifer Maddox, KU Medical Center.
• Administrative Assistant: Ashley Wooldridge, KU Medical Center.
 

Frontiers Component Leadership

Clinical & Translational Research Education Center (CTREC) Director: Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, KU Medical Center.
CTREC Co-Director: Won Choi, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, KU Medical Center.
CTREC/MS-CR Project Director: Laura Mussulman, MA, MPH, KU Medical Center.

Clinical and Translational Science Unit (CTSU) Director: Jeffrey Burns, MD, Professor, KU Medical Center.
CTSU Associate Director: Patricia Kluding, PT, Ph.D., Associate Professor, KU Medical Center.
CTSU Administrative Director: Jo Denton, RN, MSN, CCRN, KU Medical Center.
CTSU Nurse Manager: Andra Lahner, RN, BSN, KU Medical Center.

Biomedical Informatics Director: Russ Waitman, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Analytics, KU Medical Center.
Biomedical Informatics Assistant Director: Paul Terranova, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research, KU Medical Center.

Community Partnership for Health (CPH) Director: Allen Greiner, MD, Professor and Associate Chair for Research, KU Medical Center.
CPH Associate Director: Kim Kimminau, PhD, Associate Professor, KU Medical Center.
CPH Project Director: Todd Moore, KU Medical Center.

Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) Director: Scott Weir, PharmD, PhD, Professor, KU Medical Center.
IAMI Deputy Director: Mike Baltezor, PhD, Professor, University of Kansas.

Biostatistics Director: Matthew Mayo, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics, KU Medical Center.

Personalized Medicine and Outcomes Center Director: John Spertus, MD, Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Director, Cardiovascular Education and Outcomes Research, Saint Luke's Health Systems.

Genomics Program Director: Stephen Kingsmore, MB, ChB, BAO, DSc, FRCPath, Dee Lyons/Missouri Endowed Chair; Director, Pediatric Genomics Center, Children's Mercy Hospital.

Translational Technologies Resource Center Director: William Brooks, PhD, Professor, KU Medical Center.

Regulatory Knowledge and Support Program Director: Kieran Pemberton, PhD, KU Medical Center.

Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program Director: Peter Smith, PhD, Professor and Co-Director of Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, KU Medical Center.

• Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Program (PK/PD) Director: Maxine Stoltz, PhD, Senior Executive Director, Fairway Clinical Research, KU Medical Center.
• PK/PD Associate Director: Greg Reed, PhD, KU Medical Center.
• PK/PD Associate Director: Steven Leeder, PhD, Division Chief, Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology, Children's Mercy Hospital.
 
• Ethics Program Director: John Lantos, MD, Director, Children's Mercy Bioethics Center.
 
• Evaluation, Implementation and Milestones Director: Kim Kimminau, PhD, Associate Professor, KU Medical Center.
 
Affiliate Liaisons and Ex Officio Members

• KU Medical Center Affiliate Liaison: John Chen, MD, PhD, MPH, Director, Office of Scholarly, Academic & Research Mentoring.

• KU Cancer Center Affiliate Liaison: Parvesh Kumar, MD, Professor and Chair, Radiation Oncology, KU Medical Center; Associate Director of Clinical Research, KU Cancer Center.
• KU Cancer Center Affiliate Liaison: Raymond Perez, MD, Professor and Director, Phase I Program - Clinical Trials Shared Resource, KU Cancer Center.

• KU-Lawrence Affiliate Liaison: John Columbo, PhD, Professor and Director, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, KU-Lawrence.
 
• K-INBRE Affiliate Liaison: Doug Wright, PhD, Professor and K-INBRE Principal Investigator, KU Medical Center.
 
• KU Medical Center-Wichita Affiliate Liaison: James Kallail, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, KU-Wichita.
 
• Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Affiliate Liaison: Jeffrey Joyce, PhD, Vice President for Research, KCUMB.
 
• Children's Mercy Affiliate Liaison: Michael Artman, MD, Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor, UMKC; Chair, Department of Pediatrics, KUMC and CMH.
• Children's Mercy Affiliate Liaison: Gregory Kearns, PharmD, PhD, Marion Merrill Dow/Missouri Chair of Medical Research, Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology, UMKC; Director, Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit, CMH.
• Children's Mercy Affiliate Liaison: Kathy Goggin, PhD, Ernst L. Glasscock, MD, Chair in Pediatric Education and Research; Director, Health Services and Outcomes Research, CMH.
• Children's Mercy Affiliate Liaison: Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services, CMH.
• Children's Mercy Affiliate Liaison: William Truog, MD, Professor and Associate Chair of Pediatrics, UMKC; Director of the Center for Infant Pulmonary Disorders, CMH.
 
• University of Missouri-Kansas City Affiliate Liaison: Betty Drees, MD, Dean, School of Medicine, UMKC.
• University of Missouri-Kansas City Affiliate Liaison: Lynda Bonewald, PhD, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, UMKC; Curator's Professor, School of Dentistry, UMKC.
• University of Missouri-Kansas City Affiliate Liaison: Travis Solomon, MD, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research, School of Medicine, UMKC.
• University of Missouri-Kansas City Affiliate Liaison: Patricia Kelly, PhD, MPH, RN, FNP, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing, UMKC.
 
• Saint Luke's Affiliate Liaison: Julie Quirin, Chief Executive Officer, Saint Luke's Hospital and Clinics.
 
• Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute Affiliate Liaison: Wayne Carter, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, President and Chief Executive Officer, KCALSI.
 
• Center for Practical Bioethics Affiliate Liaison: John Carney, MEd, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Practical Bioethics.
• Center for Practical Bioethics Affiliate Liaison: Linda Doolin Ward, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Center for Practical Bioethics.
 
• Ex Officio: Doug Girod, M.D., Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center.