Behind every great organization is a team of dedicated leaders. Our team brings a wealth of experience from across the industry.

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CTN2 Officers & Advisors: Phil Cestaro Executive Director, Karen Johnson, Steve Schwab, Steve Goodman President and CEO, Robert Davis, William Mason, and Ari VanderWalde (Former Medical Director)

Not Pictured: Medical Directors-Giuseppe Pizzorno, Frank McGrew and Geoffrey Smallwood

CTN2 Officers & Advisors

Separate from his role as Vice Chancellor for Research at the UT Health Science Center, Dr. Goodman is elected by the CTN2 Board as its President and CEO, taking responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day executive oversight of CTN2 and its relationships with participating institutions, sponsors, investigators, the University and UTHSC Faculty both as to studies and reporting, as well as the achievement of CTN2's stated purposes.

Steven R. Goodman, PhD

President & CEO, CTN2

Vice Chancellor for Research, UTHSC

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Serves as the Executive Director of CTN2. He is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of CTN2, including but not limited to management of CTN2 staff,  oversight of the budget, services provided, procurement of new clinical trial projects and other activities as assigned by the CTN2 Board of Directors.

Phil Cestaro

Executive Director & Treasurer, CTN2

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Serves as chief legal officer for UTRF and its diverse development and demonstration subsidiaries, including CTN2, leveraging the advantages of a close affiliation with Tennessee's flagship academic research institution, while maintaining suitable separation, and flexibility and nimbleness enjoyed by private enterprise.

Secretary & General Counsel, CTN2
Secretary & General Counsel, UTRF; Partner, Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C.

William Mason, JD

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Frank McGrew, MD, FACC, FHRS
Regional Medical Director, CTN2
Director of Clinical Research, Stern Cardiovascular Foundation


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Dr. McGrew has over 50 years in practice. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins (BA) and Case Western (MD), and a Diplomate of Cardiovascular Disease, ABIM.

Serves as Chair of the UTHSC Clinical Trials Board, which aims to support and grow clinical research by advertising access to resource and opportunities for scientists and faculty throughout the UT System. Serving as one of three Medical Directors of CTN2, he is the lead medical liaison for Chattanooga and works very closely with the Executive Director, Site Directors, and the various site PIs to promote research, drive accrual, and facilitate new clinical trials.

Giuseppe Pizzorno, PhD, Pharm D

Regional Medical Director, CTN2

Chair, UTHSC Clinical Trials Governance Board

Chief Research Officer, Erlanger Health System

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Serves as Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Medical Education. In July 2019, he was named to the newly created position of Chief Academic Officer for Saint Thomas Health, a family of Tennessee hospitals and physician practices in middle Tennessee, where he is responsible for research, graduate medical education and CME.  A board-certified OB/GYN, he was in private practice for 23 years.

Geoffrey Smallwood, MD

Regional Medical Director, CTN2

Chief Academic Officer, Saint Thomas Health

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Serves as CTN2's liaison with the Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Professor and Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, UTHSC.

Co-Director, Tennessee Clinical and Translational Science Institute    

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Karen C. Johnson, MD, MPH

Founding Director of the UTHSC Center for Biomedical Informatics and the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair in Biomedical Informatics. Principal Investigator, UTHSC 100K Genomes Project, and Lead researcher in the creation of the Enterprise Data Warehouse.


Director of Biomedical Informatics within CTN2.

Robert Davis, MD, MPH

Governor's Chair, UTHSC-ORNL Center for Biomedical Informatics

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CTN2 Board of Directors

We are governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a representative from each participating institution, the UTHSC Chancellor, and from UTRF.

Martin A. Croce, MD, FACS

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Regional One Health

 Professor of Surgery, UTHSC

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Serves as chief medical officer of Regional One Health. Dr. Croce is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is a professional member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American College of Surgeons, American Surgical Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Southeastern Surgical Association, the Southern Surgical Association, and numerous other professional organizations. He has special interests in complicated general surgical problems, surgical infections, and trauma and surgical critical care.

Andrew Griffith, MD, PhD

Senior Associate Dean of Research, College of Medicine, UTHSC

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Dr. Griffith is an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon. He served at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 22 years, primarily in the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). At UTHSC, he develops, articulates and implements a vision for growth of the research enterprise across the College of Medicine.

Steve J. Schwab, MD

Chancellor, UTHSC


Serves as the Chief Executive Officer of UTHSC. The Health Science Center contains all six of UT's doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges - Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Science, and Health Professions.

Steven R. Goodman, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Research, UTHSC

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Dr. Goodman is responsible for building strong teams of scientists who will accelerate the growth of research in all UTHSC colleges and at all campus locations. He directs the development and implementation of UTHSC's comprehensive research strategy in keeping with its mission to move into the ranks of the top biomedical research institutions. He created and was lead architect for the CTN2. Dr. Goodman serves as the first President and CEO of CTN2.

Richard Magid, PhD

Vice President, UTRF UTHSC Office

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Manages the operations of the UTRF Memphis Office. This office is responsible for all aspects of the commercialization of technologies developed at the UTHSC. The Memphis UTRF office also assists UTHSC by negotiating confidentiality and material transfer agreements, offering education programs on technology transfer and entrepreneurship, and connecting researchers with local economic development resources.

Steven R. Ross, PhD, MS

Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, UT Medical Center & University Health System, Inc.

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Serves as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) and University Health System (UHS), Inc. In this role, Dr. Ross is responsible for a variety of areas including hiring and managing the over 200 UHS employed primary care and specialist physicians, the Cancer Institute, Institutional research activities, pharmacy services for the system, marketing, and strategic planning.

Giuseppe Pizzorno, PhD, PharmD

Chief Research Officer, Erlanger Health System, Professor and Associate Dean of Research, UTHSC

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In the role of Associate Dean of Research for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, Chattanooga campus and the first chief research officer for Erlanger Health System, Dr. Pizzorno leads efforts to advance capabilities in medical research and offer the latest treatment protocols to patients – all with the important goals of teaching future professionals and improving healthcare in our region.

R. Brad Canada, MD, MS

Chief Medical Officer, University Clinical Health

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Dr. Canada serves as Chief Medical Officer of University Clinical Health, one of the faculty practice plans of the UTHSC College of Medicine.  He is also the Director of the Clinical Nephrology Program and Professor for the Department of Medicine/Nephrology at UTHSC.  Active in current practice, Dr. Canada has special interests in apheresis therapies and late-stage kidney disease.  He is certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  

Amanda Nolte, BA, CCRP

Executive Director, Semmes Murphey Foundation


Nolte joined the Semmes Murphey Foundation in 2017 where she served as the Clinical Research Manager and was promoted to her current role in 2020. 

Geoffrey Smallwood, MD

Chief Academic Officer,
Saint Thomas Health

Serves as Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Medical Education. In July 2019, he was named Chief Academic Officer for Saint Thomas Health, where he is responsible for research, graduate medical education and CME. Dr. Smallwood joined Saint Thomas Health from Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital where he served as Chief Medical Officer. As a board-certified OB/GYN, he was in private practice for 23 years prior to his time at Saint Thomas.

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Maggie DeBon, PhD

Executive Director,
Baptist Clinical Research Institute

Served as Professor of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC and has nearly 20 years of research funding from the NIH and several foundations. She has lead research at Baptist for seven years.

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James H. Beaty, MD

Chairman and Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, UTHSC

Served as the Chief of Staff of Campbell Clinic from 2001 to 2010. He is Past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Mid America Orthopaedic Association, the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has a special interest is in Pediatric Orthopaedics.

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Frank McGrew, MD, FACC, FHRS

Director of Clinical Research, Stern Cardiovascular Foundation

Dr. McGrew has over 50 years in practice. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins (BA) and Case Western (MD), and a Diplomate of Cardiovascular Disease, ABIM.

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Eric Schnapp, JD

Chief Executive Officer, Mays and Schnapp Neurospine and Pain

Serves as CEO of Mays and Schnapp, a pain management practice providing comprehensive pain management to help relieve pain and restore patients to living their lives for over 20 years. Schnapp develops business strategies and manages company operations and growth, along with overseeing clinical operations staff, physical therapy and an ambulatory surgery center over multiple locations.

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Sue Theus, PhD

Associate Chief of Staff for Research, VA Medical Center Memphis

Dr. Theus previously served at the Cincinnati Veteran Affairs Medical Center with a joint appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. In 2018, Dr. Theus joined the Memphis VAMC as the Associate Chief of Staff for Research. She has over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and is a merit review funded VA investigator.



In order to sustain a successful, state-wide multi-site clinical trials network, each participating hospital appoints a Site Director. While executive level communication is maintained through Board representatives, CTN2 routinely works with each participating institution's Site Director as the lead on conduct of clinical trials. CTN2 develops working practice guidelines with each participating institution, customized to each institution's particular requirements, policies and environments. CTN2's site liaison and the Site Directors take the lead in developing and implementing those standards and operating procedures to facilitate prompt compliant and effective administration of clinical trials. The Site Director is also regularly consulted on potential and pending clinical trials in the pipeline. The Site Director is the main administrative contact for the TN-EDW data transfer facilitation, and inevitably a key person in the hospital on deploying TN-EDW as a tool for researchers. 

CTN2 Site Liaison Director

Sandra Dodd, RN, CCRC Memphis,TN

Erlanger Health System

Chattanooga, TN

Regional One Health

Memphis, TN

Saint Thomas Health

Nashville, TN

University of Tennessee Medical Center


West Cancer Center


Memphis Veterans Affairs


University Clinical Health


Stern Cardiovascular Foundation


Semmes Murphey Clinic


Campbell Clinic


University of Tennessee Health Science Center


Baptist Clinical Research Institute


Mays and Schnapp Neurospine Center


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