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HBCU Scholars Mentorship

The beating heart of the program

Volunteer mentors are the beating heart of the HBCU Scholars Program. Their influence goes far beyond the classroom. By giving their time, expertise, and invaluable wisdom to our scholars, they are shaping the next generation of Black biomedical science and health care professionals. Communities will be changed. Lives will be saved. 

Want to become a volunteer mentor? Email Dr. Charlene Walton for more information.


To all who volunteer, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

ALABAMA

Birmingham

Ryan Cantor, PhD, Lead Statistician, Department of Surgery, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Luqin Deng, PhD, Clinical Data Base Manager II, Department of Surgery, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Devin Koehl, MS Data Science, Database Analyst II, Department of Surgery, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

James K. Kirklin, MD, Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, James K. Kirklin Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, Director, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Ramaraju Rudraraju, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Tuscaloosa

Lilanta Joy Bradley, PhD, MFT, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Population Health, University of Alabama

Shameka Cody, MSN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama

Cassandra Ford, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, FAHA, Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama

Betty A. Key, Ed.D, MSN, RN, CCRN, Assistant Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama

Pamela Payne-Foster, MD, MPH, Professor, Community Medicine and Population Health, Deputy Director for Community Outreach, University of Alabama

Raheem Paxton, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Community Medicine and Population Health, University of Alabama

Remona Peterson, MD, Family Practice, WeCare Family Practice Clinic

RaSheda Workman, MA, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Stillman College

GEORGIA

Atlanta

Alvaro Alonso, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Kimberly Cooney, PhD, Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine

Cheryl Franklin, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Morehouse School of Medicine

Shabatan Jamila Islam, MD, Fellow, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Emory University School of Medicine

Rebecca Levit, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine

Manu Platt, PhD, Associate Professor, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Deputy Director, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, Director, GT-ESTEEMED and Project ENGAGES, Co-Diversity Director, CMaT

Rakale Quarells, PhD, Associate Professor, Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Associate Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

Arshed Quyyumi, MD, FACC, FRCP, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Emory University School of Medicine

Charles Searles, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice Chair, Research and Space Management; Director, Cardiology Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine

Kiyoko Takemiya, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine

Herman Taylor, Jr., MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, Professor of Medicine, Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

LOUISIANA

New Orleans

Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Bogalusa Heart Study, Tulane University School of Medicine

Suttira Intapad, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine

Prasad V.G. Katakam, MD, PhD, FCVS, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine

Sarah Lindsey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine

Hongbing Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Nephrology, Tulane University School of Medicine

Kevin Zwezdaryk, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Tulane University School of Medicine

MISSISSIPPI

Jackson

Clifton Addison, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Senior Research Scientist, Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center, Jackson State University School of Public Health

Denise C. Cornelius, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of Preclinical Research, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Marinelle Payton, MD, PhD, MS, MPH, Chair and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Director, Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Disparities, Director, Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center, Jackson State University School of Public Health

Mario Sims, PhD, MS, FAHA, Professor of Medicine, Chief Science Officer, Jackson Heart Study, University of Mississippi Medical Center

TENNESSEE

Nashville

Larry D. Alexander, PhD, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Innovation, Associate Professor of Physiology, Department of Professional and Medical Education, Meharry Medical College

Joey Barnett, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vice Chair Pharmacology, Director of the Office of Medical Student Research, Assistant Dean, Physician Research Training, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Walter Chazin, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Chancellor’s Chair in Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Steven Damo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Co-Director, Minority Access to Research Careers, Fisk University

Evangeline Motley-Johnson, PhD, Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research and Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Physiology, Meharry Medical College

David Wasserman, PhD, Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, AM Lyle Chair in Biomedical Sciences, Director, Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Quinn S. Wells, MD, Pharm.D, MSCI, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

CharLynda Williams-DeVane, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Chair, Department of Bioinformatics and Data Science, Fisk University