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Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry

James Berry, Professor and Chair, Director of Addictions, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
Associate Professor, Neuroscience, School of Medicine

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Opioid Withdrawal
  • Psychiatry of Addiction
  • Opioid Use and Disorders
  • Treatment for Addiction

Kathleen M. Chiasson-Downs, Lead Clinician for Addiction Services, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, Clinical Therapist, Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, School of Medicine

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Trauma

Marc Haut, Professor, Department of Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry; Director, Memory Health Clinic, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
Professor, Research Advisor, WVU Cancer Institute

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Memory
  • The Structure of the Brain
  • Alzheimer's
  • Impairment of Cognitive Function
  • Neuropsychology

Laura Lander, Addiction Therapist and Associate Professor, Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Neuroscience, School of Medicine

  • Addiction
  • Neonatal Abstinence
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Psychiatry and Addiction
  • Treatment for Addiction
  • Opioid Use and Disorders

Robin Pollini, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Associate Professor, Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry, School of Medicine

  • Overdose
  • Addiction
  • Infection and Injectable Drugs
  • The Use of Injectable Drugs
  • Harm Reduction Programs

Erin Winstanley, Associate Professor, Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry; Neuroscience, School of Medicine

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurosciences
  • Addiction

Stephanie Cox, Associate Professor/ Bariatric Psychologist and Eating Disorders

  • Provider Burnout/Wellbeing
  • Weight Management
  • Eating Disorders

Kari Law, Associate Professor/Psychiatry Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Director Telepsychiatry and Forensic Psychiatrist

  • Telepsychiatry
  • University Student Health
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Rural Health

Daniel Elswick, Professor/ Vice Chair for Education/Residency Program Director

  • General Psychiatric Disorders
  • Methamphetamine
  • Psychosis
  • Integrative Mental Health Care
  • Mental Health Education and Training Programs
  • Rural Health

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Vinay Badhwar, Executive Chair, WVU Heart & Vascular Institute; Gordon F. Murray Professor and Chair, Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, WVU SOM

  • Heart
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Emergency Medicine

Steve Davis, Associate Professor

  • Needle Exchange
  • Injection Drug Use
  • Opioid Use Disorders
  • Telehealth
  • Addiction

Bill Ramsey, Associate Vice President for Coordination and Logistics & Chief Collaboration Officer

  • Policy Leadership
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Management and Crisis Situations

Gordon Smith, Stuart M. and Joyce N. Robbins Distinguished Professor

  • Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose
  • Alcoholism
  • Injecting Drug Users
  • Suicide
  • Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
  • Healthcare Response to Violence
  • Occupational Health and Safety Policy
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Addiction

Brian Dilcher, Assistant Professor

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder from the Emergency Department
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Health Information Systems

Joseph Minardi, Professor, Director, WVU Medicine Center for Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Chief, Division of Emergency and Clinical Ultrasound

  • Emergency and Point-of-Care Ultrasound
  • Emergency Medicine


Dr. Sally Hodder, Director, Associate Vice President, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Professor, Medicine, School of Medicine

  • Translational Research
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Hepatitis-C
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Addiction
  • Research on Rural Areas
  • Health in Rural Areas
  • Infectious Disease

Dr. Rashida A. Khakoo, Professor, Infectious Diseases

  • Types of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President, Executive Dean, WVU Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine

  • Health
  • Wellness
  • Addiction
  • Personal Medicine
  • Health Policies
  • Critical and Pulmonary Care

Dr. Arif R. Sarwari, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, School of Medicine
Professor, Infectious Diseases

  • Infectious Disease

Douglas Slain, Chair, Professor, Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy
Clinical Professor, Medicine, School of Medicine

  • Vaccinations
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Medical Pharmacology
  • Global Pharmacy Practice
  • Antibiotic Resistance

Judith Feinberg, Professor, Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Professor, Neuroscience, School of Medicine

  • HIV
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Overdose and Opioids
  • Needle Exchange Programs
  • Harm Reduction Services

Laura Davisson, Professor, Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine & Director of Medical Weight Management

  • Obesity Medicine

Medical Education

Dr. Norman Ferrari, Chief Academic Officer and Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs, WVU Department of Medical Education
Professor, Medicine, Pediatrics, School of Medicine

  • Pediatrics
  • Medical School Education
  • Graduate Programming Medical Education
  • Continuing Education and Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Study
  • Medical School Curriculum
  • Medical School Student Affairs

Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology

Ivan Martinez, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Cell Biology

  • Viruses/Virology
  • Cancer Genetics
  • RNA Vaccines and Non-Coding RNA


Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Research Assistant Professor, Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, School of Medicine
Research Assistant Professor, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

  • Neuroimaging
  • Imaging
  • Memory
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Wearable Imaging Devices
  • Compassion Meditation
  • Brain-related Research

Dr. Ali Rezai, Executive Chair, Vice President, Associate Dean, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
Director, Neurosurgery; Tenured Professor, Neuroscience, School of Medicine

  • Neurosciences
  • Addiction
  • Brain Research

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Roberta Renzelli-Cain, Director, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, School of Medicine

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Women's Healthcare

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Dr. Ghassan Ghorayeb, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, School of Medicine

  • Solar Eclipses
  • Ophthalmology
  • Visual Sciences


Dr. Lisa Costello, Assistant Professor, WVU Department of Pediatrics

  • Pediatrics
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Health Care Literacy

Lesley Cottrell, Professor, Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics Research
Director, WV Center of Excellence for Disabilities

  • Adolescent Risk
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Family Health Decision Making
  • Disability
  • Parent Influence on Child and Adolescent Health
  • Addiction

Dr. Kathryn Moffett, Chief, Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine

  • Vaccinations
  • Immunization
  • Pediatrics
  • Infectious Disease

Frank Casey, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Critical Care

  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Lara SroujiAssistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Critical Care

  • Medical Simulation

Casey McCluskey, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Critical Care

  • Medical Education

Claudiu Faraon, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Critical Care

  • Pediatric Moderate Sedation for Procedures

Mel Wright, Associate Professor, Chief - Pediatric Critical Care

  • Pediatric Intensive Care

Jean Someshwar, Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics

  • Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Oulimata Grossman, Associate Professor & Division Chief-Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Director-Pediatric Dialysis

  • Pediatric Hypertension
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Kidney Stone and Pediatric Nephrology

Physiology and Pharmacology

Tim Nurkiewicz, Professor, Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, School of Medicine

  • Air Pollution and Particulate Exposure

Human Performance and Applied Exercise Science

MaryBeth Mandich, Vice Dean, Professional Programs and Human Performance, School of Medicine
Chair, Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine

  • Physical Therapy Practices
  • Occupational Therapy Practices
  • Pediatric Neonatal Care Practices
  • Development Care of High-risk Infants
  • Exercise Physiology Theories
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Medical Lab Sciences
  • Informatics
  • Information Management and Healthcare
  • Programs in Health Professions


Dr. Alison Wilson, Professor, Chief, Trauma, Emergency Surgery & Surgical Critical Care, School of Medicine
Chair, Trauma Surgery

  • Critical Care and Trauma
  • Emergency Medicine