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Whitlow Named Director of M.D./Ph.D. Program

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Chris Whitlow has been chosen to direct the M.D./Ph.D. program. Dr. Whitlow is in many respects a natural choice to lead the M.D./Ph.D. Program. He is an academic physician-scientist, splitting his time between clinical work and translational science research as a neuroradiologist and functional imaging neuroscientist. Dr. Whitlow’s research in the Advanced NeuroScience Imaging Research (ANSIR) laboratory focuses on the application of neuroimaging methods and novel analysis techniques to study the effects of a variety of conditions affecting the brain, including preterm birth, traumatic brain injury, CNS malignancy, Alzheimer’s disease and Diabetes, with over 100 journal articles, published abstracts and book chapters to date. He has a history of successful intra- and extramural research funding, including support from the NIH, academic medical societies, and most recently from the Wake Forest School of Medicine Translational Science Institute as the 2011-2013 KL2 Scholar. Dr. Whitlow has garnered many awards for his scholarly activities over the last decade and serves in leadership roles promoting research and education for several national medical societies. He has also served as the Associate Director of the M.D./Ph.D. program for the last 2 years.

Dr. Whitlow received his medical and graduate degrees in 2004 as the first student to complete the combined M.D./Ph.D. Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in diagnostic radiology and fellowship in neuroradiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2010, after which he was recruited to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology and in the Translational Science Institute.

Dr. Whitlow takes over leadership of the M.D./Ph.D. program from Dr. Paul Laurienti, who is stepping down to spend more time on his internationally known research program in advanced neuroimaging and networks. Paul has provided excellent leadership to the program and its students, for which I am most grateful.

Please join me in thanking Paul for his years leading the program, and in congratulating Dr. Whitlow as he assumes this new leadership role.

Dwayne Godwin, PhD
Interim Dean, Graduate School