Annual Meeting Speakers

David M. Aronoff, MDDavid M. Aronoff, MD, FIDSA, FAAM
Chair, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

David Aronoff is the John B. Hickam Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Medicine, at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Indiana University and his Medical Degree at Tufts University in Boston. He completed internship, residency, and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and stayed there for both a clinical fellowship in Infectious Diseases and a research fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology. He then joined the faculty in Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan where he also completed a research postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology. Dr. Aronoff returned to Vanderbilt in 2013 as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine with secondary faculty appointments in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. In Nashville, he established the Vanderbilt Preventing Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes & Prematurity (Pre3) Initiative, a collaborative, transdisciplinary group of investigators working in maternal-child health. From 2020 to 2022, as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Aronoff’s efforts largely focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022 Dr. Aronoff was recruited back to Indiana University to serve as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Aronoff is an elected member of the ASCI and a Fellow in both the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology. His lab continues to study reproductive immunology and infections that complicate pregnancy. Dr. Aronoff has published more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has held national leadership roles in the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society for Microbiology, and is President of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology. He is a past Chair of the Pregnancy and Neonatology study section of the NIH. 

Jose Cordoba-Chacon, PhDJose Cordoba-Chacon, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Cordoba-Chacon earned a Master of Science in Biochemistry (2006), and a PhD in the Biomedicine program (2011) of the University of Cordoba in Spain. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Department of Medicine of the University of Illinois at Chicago under the supervision of Dr. Rhonda Kineman in 2017. During this training he studied how growth hormone controls whole-body and liver metabolism in different mouse models with external support of the Spanish Foundation Alfonso Martin Escudero, the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, and the Endocrine Society. In 2018, he was promoted to Assistant Professor (tenure-track position) in the Department of Medicine of UIC, and he was awarded a K01 mentored research scientist career development award by NIDDK, and the Early Investigator Award by the Endocrine Society. Since 2017, he has an independent research group in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism that has been extramurally funded by two NIDDK research grants (R03 and R01), a pilot & feasibility pilot grant of the Diabetes Research and Training Center, and an Early Career Development Award of the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research. The research interests of his group are focused on molecular mechanisms regulated by the nuclear receptor PPARgamma in hepatocytes that could promote metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease.

Lynn B. Gerald, PhD, MSPHLynn B. Gerald, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Population Health / Research Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago

Lynn B. Gerald, PhD, MSPH is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Population Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago and Research Professor of Medicine. She is an expert in pediatric asthma and has maintained continuous funding from NHLBI in school-based asthma interventions for 20 years.

Dr. Gerald has extensive experience in the areas of clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological research in respiratory medicine. She currently serves as PI of the American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Center at the University of Illinois Chicago, and Co-PI of a clinical trial that is implementing proven effective interventions on the Navajo Nation to improve health disparities in pediatric asthma.  She has also served as PI or Investigator on many NIH funded multi-center clinical trial networks including: Investigator for AsthmaNet; Investigator for the Lung Health Studies, Investigator for the COPD Clinical Research Network, and Investigator for the Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma Network (PrecISE).

Dr. Gerald has held several leadership positions in the American Thoracic Society including serving on the Board of Directors, serving as Chair of the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the Research Advocacy Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee.  She currently serves as a member of the Health Equity Committee and the Pediatric Health Policy Committee for ATS.  Dr. Gerald has served as a member of the Clinical Trials Review Standing Study Section for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and is also active in service at the local and state level.  Her recent awards include the Respiratory Health Association, Lung Health Partners Award for Asthma, and the Senator Andy Nichols Award from the Arizona Public Health Association for outstanding contributions to public health through public health.

Nadia N. Hansel, MDNadia N. Hansel, MD
Interim Director, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Nadia Hansel, MD, MPH is the interm director of the Department of Medicine (DOM) in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and interim physician-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. A 1997 graduate from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hansel completed her internal medical residency at the University of Pennsylvania before joining Johns Hopkins to complete a master's in public health at Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Simultaneously, she began a fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine that she completed in 2004 before joining the faculty at Hopkins. In 2014, she was named associate dean of research at Johns Hopkins Bayview and chair of the Bayview Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Hansel directed the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine from 2019 until she became interim director in 2022. During that time, she was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and received an Annual Sponsorship Award from the DOM Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine. She also leads the Development Core of the Collaborative Centers in Children’s Environmental Health Research and Translation funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Hansel's areas of clinical expertise include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Her research focuses on understanding environmental determinants and sub-phenotypes of obstructive airway diseases.

Jennifer Larsen, MDJennifer Larsen, MD
Louise and Morton Degen Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Jennifer Larsen, MD, FACP, Louise and Morton Degen Professor, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Larsen graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, completed internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship as an instructor at NIH before joining the faculty at University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1987. She has held many leadership positions within UNMC, including division chief for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and most recently, interim director of the Mentored Scholar Program for Clinical Translational Research graduate program and Vice Chancellor for Research 2011-2022, during which time sponsored research funding repeatedly achieved record increases. She has been awarded multiple teaching awards and invited to lecture around the world. She has also held many national leadership positions including the American Federation for Clinical Research, the Association of Program Directors for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, The Endocrine Society, the AAMC’s research group, GRAND, and the Association of Academic Health Center’s Vice President of Research group.  Her research has focused on the metabolic consequences of kidney and pancreas transplantation, and novel strategies to prevent diabetes and its complications in high-risk populations. She was a co-author of the American Diabetes Association’s position statement on Islet, Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation and the International Consensus Statement on Post-Transplant Diabetes.

Sidharth Mahapatra, MD, PhD, FAAPSidharth Mahapatra, MD, PhD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital & Medical Center / The University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Sidharth Mahapatra is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of Research in the Division of Critical Care Medicine. As both a physician-scientist and a pediatric intensivist working in a state with one of the highest incidences of pediatric brain tumors, he aspires to impact the life course of pediatric patients with medulloblastomas (MB), the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood. Dr. Mahapatra has worked to uncover therapeutically targetable pathways that trigger aggressiveness in these tumors. Now, he is leveraging this knowledge to design new therapies and repurpose FDA-approved drugs to augment the impact of current treatment strategies.

Dr. Mahaptra's clinical interest lies in the study of acute lung injury and pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome (PARDS). As an active member of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury & Sepsis Investigators (PALISI), he has shepherded his institute through several landmark studies aimed at uncovering pathophysiology and treatment strategies for patients with severe PARDS. Over his career, he has aspired to actively engage in the study of this debilitating condition with a singular focus on mitigating morbidity and mortality from PARDS in the field of pediatric critical care medicine.

Dr. Mahapatra has been the beneficiary of dedicated mentors during my growth as a physician-scientist. He hopes to follow in their footsteps and pay their lessons forward to the new generation of burgeoning investigators. To this end, he holds his role as a mentor to be amongst his highest responsibilities.

Joy Y. Wu, MD, PhD, FASBMRJoy Y. Wu, MD, PhD, FASBMR
Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Joy Wu is Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism and Vice Chair of Basic and Translational Science in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She earned her MD and PhD degrees from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and clinical fellowship in Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before joining the Stanford faculty.

Dr. Wu directs a basic and translational research program that focuses on skeletal development, stem cell therapies for bone, and breast cancer bone metastases. She was a recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Mary Kay Foundation and the Department of Defense. She has an active clinical practice focused on osteoporosis and bone health in cancer and has served on clinical guideline committees for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Endocrine Society, and the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. Dr. Wu has served on the Board of Directors for the Endocrine Society and is currently a member of the Council of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.