All children in South Carolina can benefit from new discoveries in health care

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The work of TRANSFORM SC is supported by NIH Grant 1UG1HD90909-01

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TRANSFORM SC Leaders

Principal Investigators

Christine Turley, M.D.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. Turley is professor of clinical pediatrics and vice-chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine.  She also serves as the Director of the Research Center for Transforming Health at the USC School of Medicine, developing systems of engaging investigators in clinical translational research across the lifespan, developing knowledge and skills across the research team. This work emphasizes reduction of health disparities and optimizing health outcomes.  In addition to this work, she currently leads a statewide Child Well-being Coalition, convened by the SC Department of Health, comprised of interdisciplinary leaders engaged with children and families, as well as serving on the statewide action team for Obesity and the SC Diabetes Advisory Council, again working across sectors in these collective impact coalitions.  She has had extensive experience with clinical trials as PI on projects with sponsors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, multiple NIH-sponsored Vaccine and Therapeutics Evaluation Unit trials, the CDC, foundations, and industry sponsors. 

Andrew Atz, M.D.

Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Atz is a professor and chair of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He has amassed an important and productive career in cardiology-based patient oriented research. Instrumental in reporting the initial early human use of inhaled nitric oxide in patients with reversible pulmonary hypertension, he has subsequently expanded his research experience into multicenter clinical drug and management studies. He was the director of the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU) at MUSC for 15 years until assuming the role of chief of pediatric cardiology in 2013. He is also director of the pediatric clinical trials group. Dr. Atz has been extraordinarily involved in the first 15 years of the NIH-sponsored Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) and is the network chair for three of the ongoing studies.

Lisa Knight, M.D.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. Knight is an assistant professor within the Division of Endocrinology at the University of South Carolina.  She is also medical director for the USC Healthy Lifestyles Program, a multidisciplinary, comprehensive weight management program for children and adolescents.  In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Knight has served as director of resident quality improvement for the USC pediatric residency program since 2012, teaching first and second year residents quality improvement methods and mentoring them as they develop and implement clinical quality improvement projects during their first two years of training.  Beginning in 2013, she has also worked as site PI for the multi-site NIDDK-funded Trial Net Natural History study examining first and second degree relatives of people with type 1 diabetes and as a co-Investigator for the national CDC-funded SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study, characterizing the burden of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and youth in the U.S.

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Lead Coordinator

Sarah Newman-Norlund

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

As the Research Program Manager for TRANSFORM SC, Sarah is engaged at all levels of work required to advance this pediatric network.  By being the boots on the ground in the clinic, training new research personnel, and making important decision for projects, she helps move research forward. Sarah plays an integral role in the network by ensuring clear and successful communication across our 7 clinical sites while systematically designing research education and implementation for statewide and national pediatric protocols. Sarah also has expertise in human subjects protection, research method, and education and can use this knowledge to facilitate research through the Research Center for Transforming Health. In addition to her research roles, Sarah also supervises the pediatric Research Program for Medical Students and co-teaches the research course in the Physician Assistant program at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine. 

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Site Champions

Amber Wiley

AnMed Health

Site Study Coordinator

Barbara Thompson

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Site Study Coordinator

Beth O'Brien

South Carolina Pediatric Practice Research Network

Site Study Coordinator

Devonne Gerstenacker

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center

Site Study Coordinator

Efrain Sanchez-Rivera, M.D.

McLeod Health

Co-Investigator

Erin Dawley

South Carolina Pediatric Practice Research Network

Site Study Coordinator

James Roberts, M.D.

South Carolina Pediatric Practice Research Network

Co-Investigator

Jordan Brittingham

Data Manager

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Hanna Sahhar, M.D.

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center

Co-Investigator

Heather Heape

McLeod Health

Site Study Coordinator

Lauren Baggett

Greenwood Genetic Center

Site Study Coordinator

Mary Freeman

Medical University of South Carolina

Site Study Coordinator

Neena Champaigne, M.D.

Greenwood Genetic Center

Co-Investigator

Patricia Infinger

Medical University of South Carolina

Site Study Coordinator

Ruchika Jain, M.D.

AnMed Health

Co-Investigator

Sarah Roland

McLeod Health

Site Study Coordinator

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