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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 Medical Director

CTN2 Officers & Advisors

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 practice.

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

William Mason, JD

Serves as CTN2's representative to the Clinical Trials Governance Board (CTGB).

Co-Director Tennessee Clinical and Translation Science Institute, Co-Chair of the Clinical Trial-Governance Board

Karen C. Johnson, MD, MPH

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.

President & CEO, CTN2
Vice Chancellor for Research, UTHSC

Steven R. Goodman, PhD

Serves as the Executive Director of CTN2. He is responsible for the overall leadership of CTN2, including but not limited to overseeing 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

Founding Director of the UTHSC Center for Biomedical Informatics and the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair in Biomedical Informatics. 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

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

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.

John Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA

Jay M. Sullivan Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, UTHSC 

Co-director UT Methodist Institute for Cardiovascular Science

Serves as the appointed Jay M. Sullivan Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). He has also been named Co-Director for the newly formed UT Methodist Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Jefferies oversees the educational opportunities that occur within the Institute, including its comprehensive fellowship programs, the inpatient and outpatient clinical services offered through Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, the Memphis VA Medical Center, and Regional One Health. He also directs the basic, translational, and clinical science research efforts within the Institute.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Geoffrey Smallwood, PhD

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.

Courtney Love, BA

Executive Director of Performance Management and Strategy, University Clinical Health

Serves as Executive Director of Performance Management and Strategy overseeing Organizational Strategy, Business Development, Revenue Cycle and Financial Planning and Analysis. Love joined University Clinical Health in 2007 and was promoted to her current role in March of 2018. She is a native Memphian but joined University Clinical Health from Chicago where she worked for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Lee Schwartzberg, MD, FACP

Executive Director of the West Cancer Center, Professor of Medicine UTHSC

Serves as Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at West Cancer Center. Dr. Schwartzberg’s major research interests are new therapeutic approaches to breast cancer, targeted therapy and supportive care. He specializes in the treatment of breast cancer.

Sue Theus, PhD

Associate Chief of Staff for Research, VA Medical Center Memphis

Dr. Theus 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 2002, she was the Director of the Biosafety Level III Laboratory within CAVHS and Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research with a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, UAMS. 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

Jennifer Burgess | Chattanooga, TN

Regional One Health

Memphis, TN

Saint Thomas Health

Nashville, TN

University of Tennessee Medical Center

Janet Parkey, CPA, CGMA & Brandy Herbert, BSN, RN | Knoxville,TN

West Cancer Center

Eboney Ingram-Ware | Memphis,TN

Memphis Veterans Affairs


University Clinical Health


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