TRACTS Participants

The TRACTS program helped these clinicians navigate research careers. Find out more about how you can develop research skills, facilitate collaborations and connect with mentors in TRACTS.

Faheem Guirgis, MD, FACEP, 2016 TRACTS Participant and k-23 award recipient

Why TRACTS?

"I see clinical research as part of quality health care, and I believe that patients need access to both. I didn’t realize it but I probably wanted to be a researcher all along."

Thanks to TRACTS, Guirgis and other early-career researchers have been able to develop their careers, enhance their research and analytical skills, build strong mentoring relationships, and more.

All TRACTS Participants

2016 Tracts participant

Christa L. Cook, PhD, MSN, RN, APHN-BC

UCF College of Nursing; Specializes in: HIV Health and Nursing

Christa L. Cook, PhD, MSN, RN, APHN-BC

2016 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Faheem Guirgis, MD, FACEP

UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville; Specializes in: Emergency Medicine

Faheem Guirgis, MD, FACEP

2016 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Amy Yomiko Vittor, MD, PhD, MHS

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Infectious Diseases

Amy Yomiko Vittor, MD, PhD, MHS

2017 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Kristin Dayton, MD

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Pediatric Endocrinology

Kristin Dayton, MD

2017 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Scott A. Heller, MD

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Neuromuscular Neurology

Scott A. Heller, MD

2017 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Laura M. Jacobsen, MD

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Pediatric Endocrinology

Laura M. Jacobsen, MD

2017 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Naykky Singh Ospina, MD

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Naykky Singh Ospina, MS, MS

2018 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Wissam Deeb, MD

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Behavioral Neurology and Movement Disorders

Wissam Deeb, MD

2018 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Monica Fernandezm , DDS, MS

UF College of Dentistry; Specializes in: Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics

Monica Fernandezm , DDS, MS

2018 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Basma Mohamed, MBChB

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Perioperative Medicine and Neuroanesthesia

Basma Mohamed, MBChB

2018 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Bhavana Patel, DO

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Behavioral Neurology and Movement Disorders

Bhavana Patel, DO

2018 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Michael Pizzi, DP, PhD

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Neurocritical Care

Michael Pizzi, DP, PhD

2018 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Alexis Simpkins, MD, PhD, MSCR

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Vascular Neurology

Alexis Simpkins, MD, PhD, MSCR

2018 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Maria Von Chamier, DVM

UF College of Veterinary Medicine; Specializes in: Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Maria Von Chamier, DVM

2019 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Lauren Black, MD

UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville; Specializes in: Acute Care and Emergency Medicine Research

Lauren Black, MD

2019 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Jennifer Nichols, PhD

UF College of Engineering; Specializes in: Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal modeling, Predictive Simulation, Medical Imaging

Jennifer Nichols, PhD

2020 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Suman Ghosh, MD, MPA

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Pediatric Neurology

Suman Ghosh, MD, MPA

2020 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Sabina Nduaguba, MSPharm, MS, PhD

UF College of Pharmacy; Specializes in: Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

Sabina Nduaguba, MSPharm, MS, PhD

2020 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Amar Kelkar, MD

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Hematology and Oncology

Amar Kelkar, MD

2020 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Padraic O’Malley,MSc, MD, FRCSC

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Urologic Oncology

Padraic O'Malley,MSc, MD, FRCSC

2020 TRACTS PARTICIPANT

Samir Shah, MD, MPH

UF College of Medicine; Specializes in: Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy

Samir Shah, MD, MPH

Why TRACTS?

Christa L. Cook, PhD, MSN, RN, APHN-BC

TRACTS provided several opportunities to advance my career as an assistant professor including identifying and establishing a mentoring team, improving my statistical analysis skills, improving my publication record, and providing guidance and feedback on grant submissions.

K-23 award recipient

Faheem Guirgis, MD, FACEP

I see clinical research as part of quality health care, and I believe that patients need access to both. I didn’t realize it but I probably wanted to be a researcher all along.

K-08 award recipient

Amy Vittor, MD, PhD, MHS

TRACTS was instrumental in solidifying mentorship, facilitating collaborations, and enhancing my research skills.

Kristin Dayton, MD

I wanted to learn more about research methods and statistical analysis for large population-based studies on tools to improve the diagnosis and management of obesity-related diseases.

Scott A. Heller, MD

I became involved with TRACTS because I saw it as a program that can provide the guidance, resources, and skills to help a research novice like me someday develop into a polished, clinical and translational investigator.

Laura M. Jacobsen, MD

TRACTS offers additional mentorship outside my division with classes and small group discussion tailored to physicians’ research needs. Advancing our statistical knowledge and ability, in addition to having a strong grant support system, are invaluable for young clinician researchers on the road to independence.

Naykky Singh Ospina, MD

As a junior faculty in a new university identifying the opportunities that were a good fit for me was a daunting and challenging process. I joined TRACTS in order to facilitate this process.

Jennifer Schoch, MD

I joined the TRACTS program to provide me with the skills and resources needed to conduct prospective clinical studies. I am currently collaborating with several departments at UF while establishing my research in the neonatal cutaneous microbiome.