B. A. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
M.D. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Internship/Residency, Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee
Residency, Internal Medicine, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, N. Y.
Fellowship in Gastroenterology, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, N. Y.
I am involved in teaching and research in PMCH and the Division of Human Nutrition and the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS). My research interests are in the human porphyrias and the development of new therapies for these rare diseases. Our laboratory supports our own clinical research and serves as a national resource for the laboratory diagnosis of porphyrias. We have established a porphyria data and sample repository here at UTMB. The Porphyrias Consortium is a collaboration with five other academic centers and the American Porphyria Foundation, and was awarded a Rare Disease Clinical Research Consortium grant from NIH. I am also have a longstanding interest in the effects of changes in diet on human drug and hormone metabolism. I collaborate with other clinical investigators in studies on soy isoflavones, genetic factors influencing warfarin metabolism, and with NASA on countermeasures for adverse effects of microgravity.
In education, I am involved in teaching and program development in the medical and graduate schools and in postgraduate medical education. I co-direct the Education Resource of the ITS, which is the home of UTMB’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from NIH, and direct the Clinical Science Graduate Program, which is based in Preventive Medicine and Community Health. I am involved with many clinical research education activities in the ITS and PMCH. I also co-direct the ITS Clinical Research Center (CRC), which is the focal point for patient-oriented research at UTMB.
I see patients with porphyrias and other liver and GI diseases in the clinic, or at the CRC if they are study subjects. I attend either on the wards or the clinics and interact with residents in Internal Medicine and fellows in Gastroenterology.