Our Team

Ever wondered who is behind your training and fellowship experience? Check out our great staff below!

Frederick Ognibene

Frederick P. Ognibene, MD, MCCM, FACP
Phone: (301) 496-9425

An Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Cornell University Medical College in 1979, Dr. Frederick P. Ognibene completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and is a board certified internist. In 1982, Dr. Ognibene came to the National Institutes of Health as a clinical fellow in critical care medicine; becoming a senior investigator in the Clinical Center's Critical Care Medicine Department.

Dr. Ognibene served as director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program and co-chaired the NIH Graduate Medical Education Committee for clinical fellows in accredited training programs until May 2003, when he was appointed director of the newly established Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education in the NIH Clinical Center. In 2009, he was appointed NIH Clinical Center Deputy Director for Educational Affairs and Strategic Partnerships. Dr. Ognibene is responsible for all of the clinical research educational programs in the NIH Clinical Center as well as trans-NIH clinical training programs. He is actively engaged in the development of new educational programs in the Clinical Center and new partnerships with extramural investigators. He works closely with the NCATS CTSA network as a member of its Steering Committee and other key function committees. He is a past president (2007) of the 15,000 member Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He is the recipient of multiple NIH Director's Awards and was honored with election to the Association of American Physicians in 2010. He is co-author with Dr. John I. Gallin of the textbook, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, published by Elsevier and currently in its third edition.

Robert Lembo

Robert Lembo, MD, FAAP
Deputy Director

Phone: (301) 496-9425

Dr. Lembo serves as both the Executive Director of Graduate Medical Education and as the Designated Institutional Official to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for the NIH Clinical Center. In these roles, Dr. Lembo is responsible for administrative oversight of all ACGME accredited training programs at the Clinical Center, and for the maintenance of NIH institutional accreditation as a sponsor of graduate medical education specialty and subspecialty training programs nationally. He also serves as the director of the Clinical Electives Program, which provides senior year medical or dental students with an opportunity to gain firsthand experience working with patients enrolled in clinical or translational research protocols at the Clinical Center. Dr. Lembo is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency and fellowship training in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has served as a faculty member at Case-Western Reserve University, Yale University and New York University.

Irwin M. Arias, MD

Irwin M. Arias, MD
Director, Demystifying Medicine Course
Email: AriasI@cc.nih.gov

Dr. Arias joined the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education (OCRTME) in January 2012 and serves as Director of the Demystifying Medicine Program and its associated course. In its twelfth year, the Demystifying Medicine course is designed to bridge the gap between advances in biology and their application to major human diseases. Approximately 900 Ph.D and M.D. students register for the course annually.

Dr. Arias has an eminent scientific career spanning over six decades. Since 1956 he has studied the mechanisms for entry, transport and secretion by hepatocytes of bile pigments, metabolites, hormones and drugs. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed research papers and completed 66 invited reviews and book chapters. Dr. Arias came to the NIH as a Fogarty Fellow and IPA recipient in 2000. He was later appointed Senior Scientist and Head of the Unit on Cellular Polarity within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Cell Biology and Metabolism Program (CBMP), a position he held until joining OCRTME.

Justin Haynes

Justin Haynes
Automation Clerk

Email: haynesja@mail.nih.gov

Justin Haynes joined the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education in June 2011. In his position, Justin provides administrative support to the Graduate Medical Education, Clinical Electives, and Residency/Fellowship Electives programs. He also applies his talents for the accomplishment of cross-functional departmental strategies. Justin is a member of the first graduating class of interns from the NIH's collaboration with Project SEARCH.

Walter Jones

Walter Jones, MHSA
Director for Diversity Management and Minority Outreach

Email: WJones@cc.nih.gov

As the Clinical Center Director of Diversity Management and Minority Outreach, Walter L. Jones devotes his time to increasing the diversity of clinical researchers in the biomedical research environment. In addition to managing the Clinical Center Summer Internship Program, Mr. Jones routinely interfaces with minority professional and academic programs to increase the awareness of training and career opportunities at the NIH Clinical Center. Mr. Jones has 30 years of professional experience in a variety of healthcare business environments, including several senior positions in the federal government. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Management Science from Binghamton University and a Master's in Health Services Administration from the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University. Mr. Jones also completed the Program for Senior Managers in Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Susan Leitman

Susan Leitman, MD
Director, Medical Research Scholars Program

Email: SLeitman@nih.gov

Dr. Susan Leitman is the director of the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). Her primary roles include developing the program's academic curriculum and providing guidance to the MRSP participants based on their research and career goals.

Dr. Leitman began her career at the NIH in 1983 as a post-doctoral fellow in the Clinical Center Department of Transfusion Medicine (DTM). She became Chief of the Blood Services Section of DTM in 1985 and Deputy Chief of the Department in 1992. Dr. Leitman was also the Medical Director of the NIH National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Donor and Apheresis Centers. Her research was directed at maximizing the safety of blood and apheresis donations, developing techniques to optimize the cellular yields of leukapheresis and peripheral blood stem cell procedures, and defining, through randomized controlled trials, those conditions for which plasma exchange, red cell exchange, and other apheresis procedures had therapeutic efficacy.

Dr. Leitman received her B.A. and M.D. at Brown University and completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Irena Malkovska, PhD

Irena Malkovska, PhD
Program Coordinator, Clinical Electives Program
Email: Irena.Malkovska@nih.gov

Irena Malkovska joined the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education in November 2012. Dr. Malkovska serves as Program Coordinator for the NIH Clinical Electives Program for Medical and Dental Students (CEP). Dr. Malkovska graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center with a Ph.D. in neuroscience and received a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dan McAnally

Daniel McAnally
Program Analyst
Email: daniel.mcanally@nih.gov

Daniel McAnally joined the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education in November 2011. Daniel primarily works with the Clinical Center Grand Rounds, the Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research course (IPPCR), the Demystifying Medicine Lecture Series, the NIH-Duke Master's Program in Clinical Research, Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs, and helps provide administrative assistance and support to the office. Before coming to NIH, Daniel served in the United States Peace Corps from 2009 to 2011 in Mali, West Africa as a Health Education Volunteer. Daniel received a Bachelors of Science degree from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and is a Certified Yoga Alliance Teacher through the Yoga Life Institute in Philadelphia.

Terra Miller

Terra Miller, PhD
Program Analyst
Email: Terra.Miller@nih.gov

Terra Miller is a Program Analyst in the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education (OCRTME). She manages logistics and evaluation for pre-doctoral and mid-career training such as the Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students, and the Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management for Mid-Career Professionals. Terra also manages outreach initiatives and new media for OCRTME. Terra is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama.

Tonya Shackelford

Tonya Shackelford
Program Specialist
Email: ShackelfordT@mail.nih.gov

Tonya Shackelford joined the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education in January 2010. In her position, she serves as an administrator for the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) focusing primarily on financial, travel and housing components of the program.

Jennifer Simmons, MPH

Jennifer Simmons, MPH
Management Analyst
Email: SimmonsJN@mail.nih.gov

Jennifer Simmons serves as the special assistant to the Director of the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education. In this capacity, she assists with special projects for both OCRTME and Clinical Center (CC), performs tasks associated with intramural-extramural partnerships of the CC, and provides administrative support for OCRTME related to human resources, space, and NIH IC partnerships. Ms. Simmons began her NIH career in 2008 as a management analyst with the National Institute of Mental Health and is a 2010 graduate of the NIH Administrative Fellows Program. Ms. Simmons joined OCRTME in November 2011. She graduated cum laude from Spelman College with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and received a Masters in Public Health in Health Administration and Policy from Morehouse School of Medicine.

Hana Smith

Hana Smith
Health Specialist
Email: Hana.Smith@nih.gov

Hana Smith is a health specialist in the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education. In this role, she manages the review, coordination, and implementation of research activities for research collaboration programs. Hana has been at the NIH as a senior research chemist for over twenty years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Boston University in Massachusetts. She also attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene & Public Health and is currently pursuing her masters in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland, University College.

Randall Dean Smith

Randall Dean Smith
Property Manager, Medical Research Scholars Program

Email: Randy.Smith@nih.gov

Randall Dean Smith is the Property Manager of the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program residence. Mr. Smith provides support to the new NIH Medical Research Scholars Program and maintains an office in the NIH historical building, the Mary Woodard Lasker Center (NIH Building 60).

Max Sauvé, JD

Max Sauvé, JD
Program Coordinator, Graduate Medical Education and Resident Electives Programs

Email: Max.Sauve@nih.gov

Max Sauvé, serves as Program Coordinator for the NIH's Graduate Medical Education Program (GME) and Resident Electives Program (REP). In this capacity, he takes on compliance and administration tasks for both programs. Prior to joining the NIH Mr. Sauvé worked as a Government Consultant for LexisNexis, assisting attorneys and investigators in agencies ranging from the Department of the Interior to the U.S. Senate. Mr. Sauvé graduated cum laude from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, the University Of South Carolina School Of Law with a J.D. with focus in Healthcare Law and Certification in Bioethics from Yale University.

Rita Stevens

Rita Stevens
Program Analyst

Email: Rita.Stevens@nih.gov

Rita Stevens supports the NIH-Duke Master's Program in Clinical Research, Clinical Research Curriculum Certificate, and Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course. Her life's work spans a broad spectrum across public education and public health: from teaching in D.C. Public Schools as an early childhood special educator to administering federal disability programs at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In her last role, she managed a national university grant portfolio focusing on training, technical assistance, research, and building capacity in the Intellectual/Developmental Disability field. Ms. Stevens graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing a MBA and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration at University of Maryland University College.

Kenny Williams

Kenny Williams
Education Program Coordinator, Medical Research Scholars Program

Email: WilliaJK@mail.nih.gov

Kenny J. Williams is the Education Program Coordinator in the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education. His primary role involves administrative responsibilities for the NIH's Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP), including recruitment, website development, and advertisement. He also is responsible for direct communication with the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) alumni. Mr. Williams worked with the CRTP since the inception of the program in 1997 and witnessed it grow from nine CRTP fellows to 340 fellows. He is one of the frontline points of contact at the NIH for medical, dental, and veterinary student training opportunities.

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