Program Directors

Sidney W. Whiteheart, PhD

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Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, Cardiovascular Research Center, MD/PhD Program
Bio / Education:

B.S. Emory University
Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Sidney (Wally) Whiteheart, professor in the department of molecular and cellular biochemistry, joined the College of Medicine in 1994. He has been an active member of the college community, serving as chair of the faculty council, a member of the strategic plan executive oversight committee, and interim chair of his department. He has mentored more than 50 trainees and is an active researcher focusing on platelet function and cell biology, with two R01 grants and a VA Merit grant. As the director, he will provide oversight for the program; ensure appropriate infrastructure and integration with the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program, oversee the graduate mentor/advisory committees and the co-directors, and cultivate and maintain an open-door culture for the MD/PhD students.

Other Affiliations:
MD/PhD Program Internal Advisory Committee, MD/PhD Program Mentor, CVRC - Affiliated Faculty

Richard Daniel King

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Neurology, MD/PhD Program
Bio / Education:

Dr. Richard D. King, associate professor of neurology, has mentored dozens of residents, medical students, and graduate students through their journey and will apply this skill to enhance student recruitment, guide the first and second year medical students through their learning experiences, assist in the transition to third year, oversee clinical workshops, and develop and lead efforts to ensure student wellness. Dr. King earned his MD and PhD in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine and continued his training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, University of Texas, and the University of Utah. In 1994, he was awarded an MSTP scholarship and received the Rich Dickason Outstanding Physician Scientist award in 2002. His research interests focus on computer-based neural imaging methods and he is the site co-director for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.

Brandon Andrew Miller, M.D., Ph.D.

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Neurosurgery, MD/PhD Program
Bio / Education:

Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine / St. Louis Children's Hospital
Residency: Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Medical School: The Ohio State University
Graduate School: The Ohio State University
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Brandon A. Miller is an assistant professor in the departments of neurosurgery and neuroscience and faculty associate in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center. He is a current NIH K08 fellow and directs a research laboratory studying pediatric brain injury. He is a co-director of the UKY MD/PhD program.

Interests / Specialties:
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Other Affiliations:
SCOBIRC - Faculty Associates, Neuroscience - Joint Faculty, MD/PhD Program

Therese Stearns

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MD/PhD Program
Other Affiliations:
MD/PhD Program Director, Internal Medicine - Cardiology