MS in CTS Executive Committee

The Executive Committee will meet quarterly to review progress on implementation and conduct of the curriculum, to address any problems or issues that arise, to review the progress of all participants, and to determine annual program admission.

Members of this committee include:


James Tomasek, Ph.D., Professor, College of Medicine; Dean of the Graduate School

Darrin Akins, Ph.D., Professor, Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine
Doris Benbrook, Ph.D., Professor, College of Medicine
Michael Burton, Pharm. D., Professor, College of Pharmacy
Linda Cowan, Ph.D., Professor, College of Public Health
Carol Dionne, PT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT, Assistant Professor, College of Allied Health
Kathleen Dwyer, Ph.D., R.N., Professor, College of Nursing
Morris Foster, Ph.D., Professor, OU Norman, College of Arts and Sciences
Mark D. Fox, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, Associate Dean, Community Health and Research Development - OU-Collge of Medicine-Tulsa School of Community Medicine
James George, M.D., Professor, College of Medicine, College of Public Health
Gene Hallford, M.A., A.B.D, College of Medicine
Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, College of Medicine

Sharukh S. Khajotia, BDS, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Research and Advanced Prograsm, College of Dentistry
John Mulvihill, M.D., Professor, College of Medicine
Lester Reinke, Ph.D., Professor, College of Pharmacy
Julie Stoner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Public Health, College of Medicine
Sara Vesely, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Public Health


MS in CTS Advisory Committee
Members of the Advisory Committee will review the content and progress of the curriculum, will review progress of the students, and will make recommendations for any necessary revisions to the curriculum or changes in its process or content. This committee will review applicants for the program and make recommendations for acceptance to the Executive Committee. They will also serve as advisors for the participants until they select a mentor and thesis committee. One member from each of the six participating professional Colleges will serve on the Advisory committee. Members of the Advisory Committee will be appointed by the CTS Executive Committee.

Members of this committee include:


Graduate College: Julie Stoner, Ph.D. (Liaison)
College of Medicine: Doug Drevets, M.D.
College of Allied Health: Carol Dionne, P.T., Ph.D., O.C.S., Cert. M.D.T.
College of Nursing: Kathleen Dwyer, Ph.D., R.N.
College of Dentistry: Sharukh S. Khajotia, BDS, M.S., Ph.D.
College of Pharmacy: Lester Reinke, Ph.D.
College of Public Health: Sara Vesely, Ph.D.



The MS in Clinical and Translational Science program is an interdisciplinary degree granting program. Faculty participating in this program must have a primary appointment in one of the health professional colleges at OUHSC. Faculty wishing to participate in the program must be approved initially by the Executive Committee and subsequently be approved by the Graduate Faculty Appointment Committee following the guidelines of the OUHSC Graduate College. Faculty approved to chair MS thesis committee must demonstrate research activity according to OUHSC Graduate College guidelines and must have documented resources, funding, space, and support. Faculty who have been approved to participate in the MS in CTS program, who could potentially chair a MS thesis committee for a student in this program, can be found at the following link: Faculty not currently on the list may apply for a Graduate Faculty Appointment in the Clinical and Translational Science degree program (