Leader: Lawrence Kirschner, MD, PhD; Co-Leader: Robert Gagel, MD
The CDP is led by two senior translational researchers who have demonstrated major commitments to academic education and mentorship in leadership positions within their home institutions. Dr. Lawrence Kirschner, the CDP Leader at OSU, is the Associate Director of the MD, PhD Program at Ohio State, is past Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship director, and has served on the Department of Internal Medicine Internship, College of Medicine Curriculum Development Committee, and Institutional Graduate Medical Education committee. The Co-Leader at MDACC, Dr. Robert Gagel, is currently the Head of the Division of Internal Medicine and prior to that as the Chairman of the Endocrine Department at MDACC. He has mentored a large number of young postdoctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and young faculty members. Both of these individuals are committed to recruiting and supporting new investigators to enter thyroid cancer translational research as well as supporting established investigators from other areas interested in moving into the thyroid cancer field. Both are experienced grant reviewers and effectively have administered large programs within their own institutions, thus both are highly qualified leaders for the CDP. There will be interaction and involvement with CTSA programs at both institutions, which provide additional training for grant writing and provide lectures and materials for young faculty members.